For the majority of brides, prior to getting to the planning, they can seem somewhat bemused by tales of stressed and tearful brides that are close to the matrimonial edge; and then the planning begins and they appreciate just a how complex a task they’ve got ahead of them. So here we talk you through the key elements for the perfect wedding, so you can get an overview of the tasks you have ahead (this list might be useful if you want a bit more structure and detail.)
Your Theme And Colour Scheme
Your theme and colour scheme is one of the very first tasks you have on your hands. Choosing a theme will help keep your ideas in check and ensure that your wedding looks unified. For example, going for a vintage theme would help you choose a colour scheme (generally pastels work well, with the exact colours being dictated by the season) and will mean that you have ideas for table decorations and other key factors.
The Wedding Photographer
When you’re getting married in London or the surrounding counties, choosing the best Surrey wedding photography should make for an important task on your list, and one that is not to be scrimped on. Wedding photographers can, and do, cost hundreds, often thousands of pounds, so be prepared to invest in this element. You may also want to look at some inspirational wedding shots online to talk to your photographer about, and take a look at these helpful tips for choosing your wedding photographer.
The Wedding Cake
Your wedding cake will make for a focal feature within your wedding, so choosing one that is unique is essential. If you can’t afford to go all out then check the major supermarkets for their budget wedding cake ranges.
When choosing your venue you have a few options; you can have the ceremony and the reception at a venue, or just the reception, with the service undertaken at either a registry office or a church.
The venue will largely dictate how formal your guests take the wedding to be, so be sure to put any specific instructions on your invitation if you need to communicate key information (such as relaxed attire).
You should also consider how those that travel will be accommodated, are there enough rooms for them to stay overnight? Or hotels within walking distance? Do you need to accommodate visitors with disabilities, and if so is the venue accessible?
Thinking About Others
Wedding Favours For Guests
Wedding favours can range from the traditional (chocolates in a box) to the unique (such as instant photos of each guest, or potted flowers that can be taken home to grow). The budget you have for your favours needn’t cost the earth, and favours that follow a more memorable line are becoming ever more popular.
Gifts For Bridesmaids
It’s generally tradition for gifts to be given to the bridesmaids, which are typically handed out during the speeches at the wedding breakfast (although they can be given in private prior to the service). Your choice of gift will largely depend on your bridesmaids, you obviously know them best of all so choosing what’s suitable will be down to your judgement.
A Thank You is Always Nice
It’s easy to get so caught up in all the preparation for the big day, that you forget about what happens afterwards. Whether it’s simply saying thanks for coming and making your day so special, or a more formal, and proper, thank you for your wedding gifts, personalised wedding thank you cards are a great way to show how much you appreciated everyone being there.
More Information And Further Help
Books will be your best friend when you need a solid resource for working through your tasks and knowing what you have to do next. There’s plenty of fab wedding books around, from complete planners, to those that focus upon key elements such as entertainment.
Throughout your planning you’ll come across plenty of inspiration for your big day, using websites such as Pinterest is a great way of quickly getting ideas from dedicated boards that feature wedding photos on everything from table layouts to wedding cakes.
Hiring professionals will certainly make arranging your perfect day a lot eaier, but if you want a little more help you could always look at hiring a wedding planner. Hiring a wedding planner is no longer the remit of just the rich and well heeled. Today they’re more affordable than ever, so if you’re considering the deal then you should at least get some quotes to explore the idea further.
We hope this has given you a few ideas and pointers as to what you need to bear in mind when you want to plan the perfect wedding, and that as we add more articles to our site, you’ll find even more helpful tips and pieces of advice.