Things to think about to make your planning go smoothly

I’m The Planner gives tells us the most important things to remember when planning your wedding…

Things to think about to make your planning go smoothly
Congratulations on your engagement! You’ve probably been caught up in the whirlwind of telling friends and family, and now it’s time to start planning your wedding day. There is so much to think about – especially to begin with, so we’ve put together a list of 7 things to help you in making the planning go smoothly.

1. The people making the speeches are really nervous
It’s tradition that speeches are made by the Father of the Bride, Groom and Best Man. Speeches are a big part of your day, so unless they are public speakers, standing up in front of a group of people can be a daunting one.
So, why not have the speeches before you eat? This way, the Father of the Bride, Groom and Best Man will actually enjoy the Wedding Breakfast! Just give the caterers approximate timings so that they know when you want to start serving the food.
Alternatively, if you are having a more relaxed feel to your day, why not ask if you could do speeches during the drinks reception? This will be much more informal which will make them feel more relaxed.

2. We’ve been to so many weddings, we want ours to be different
We’ve had couples tell us that they have been to so many weddings, that they want theirs to be different. But this doesn’t mean that you have to spend a fortune – some of the best weddings are the most intimate with smaller numbers. Really have a think together about what would reflect your personality and let that show in your day. These small things will really make sure your wedding stand out.

3. My wedding is being planned in such a short space of time
One word… Delegate! There is the option of hiring a wedding planner who will take on sections of the planning that you simply don’t have time to do, so you’ve still got overall control of your day. Or rope in your friends and family to help you. They’ll be really glad you’ve given them something to do and will make them feel involved!
Give them tasks which can be time-consuming if you did it alone, ask your Bridesmaids to help you write out invitations, the Mother of the Groom could help you source your cake, and the Groom to book the DJ – it doesn’t all have to be done by you!

4. My budget is spiralling out of control
Whilst you are probably planning the most important day of your life to date, you don’t want to spend the next few years paying for it! So, once you know how much you want to spend, work out what is important to you and where you want to spend the budget. Think about where you can compromise or cut back – can you make table decorations yourself, or use the high street for your bridesmaid dresses, for instance.
If the budget doesn’t stretch to a honeymoon, ask your guests to contribute to this as a wedding gift. Trust us; you’ll need some time out after the day too!

5. Get yourselves covered
We can’t stress how important it is to get insurance for your day to cover for any eventualities. Following on from point 4 – the amount you spend on your wedding can sometimes be more than your car. Your car is insured, so why not your wedding? Hopefully this will be the biggest waste of money and won’t be needed, but you never know what is around the corner.

6. Has someone got control of the bigger picture?
On your wedding day, you will have enough to think about other than if the caterers have arrived, the DJ knows the correct version of your first dance song, and whether the florist has got to the venue in time. Ask who is taking control of the bigger picture to make sure everything is in place.
Ring around your suppliers the week before the wedding to make sure they know exactly what they are doing, and send the wedding manager (which may possibly be the venue) a list of all suppliers and their contact details so that they can make contact on the day if needs be.

7. Be led by the professionals
This may be the first time you have planned an event, and is so very personal to you and we know how scary that can be. So our last tip is to be led by the professionals. Your suppliers have the experience and do this week-in, week-out. Their job is to help you, so ask them for suggestions on how to cut down your budget if you are struggling, and different ideas to make your day perfect for you.