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You’ve a wedding to plan – here’s how to get started and keep your sanity …. Part 2

If you’ve become engaged over the festive period, then the chances are you’re starting 2017 with a whole new project to plan. Congratulations, this is such a unique time and there’s lots of fun and excitement ahead.

Earlier this month, I started this short series designed to share my key tips from my considerable experience of working with hundreds of couples in building their weddings from the ground up; these fundamentals should set you on a really stable, safe start, making sure you can cherish and enjoy the planning, not wish it away as the joy of engagement can sometimes descend into panic as the magnitude of the planning kicks in.

I do suggest a read of Part 1 here.

Check the paperwork – I can’t stress enough how big a decision the venue for your wedding is and, whilst I don’t want to scare you, do be careful of going ahead without reading the small print and doing due diligence. Whilst I can’t cover every single eventuality here, look out and check for things like access hours for set up and clear up, minimum contracted guest numbers, restrictions on your choice of suppliers, restrictions on music and noise levels as well as other events/exclusivity. Contracts/paperwork should be offered and in place for all key suppliers and be sure to read it and ask for clarity on anything which doesn’t sound right to you. Don’t be afraid to ask for a simple contract or confirmation of key details from all of your suppliers; some are not terribly good at this but without it you have no security. It’s always better to pay a deposit to secure services even if suppliers don’t insist on it.

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Building your team – as you probably already know this is a special occasion for so many of your nearest and dearest and one you want to be memorable for all the right reasons. Enlist some help from early in the process by appointing your brilliant team of bridesmaids and groomsmen to help you with hen and stag planning, dress fittings, DIY projects, invitation envelope stuffing and more. Also, whilst it’s key to know your minds before you consult with too many of your closest, there’s nothing like the support and involvement of parents along the way. Don’t feel like you have to go it alone – sharing really is better!

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Breaking it down – my biggest tip for beating overwhelm is to break down this project (and it is a project) into bite-sized chunks. You’ll read a lot about the urgency to book and how suppliers get booked up early. Yes, this is true but as a planner who often plans weddings from scratch in less than 6 months, they always come together and we always find great suppliers. I’m not suggesting waiting until the last minute but I am suggesting you tackle things in bite-sized chunks as you can manage with life’s other activities and responsibilities. In general after your venue, look at photography/film, then invitations and then tackle 1-2 things at a time for the other things you’ll need; it will become a lot easier to research, meet, confirm 2 suppliers at a time than to be researching 10 different things at once.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed these starting tips. If you feel overwhelmed and recognise that you are perhaps time short and in need of a professional hand, then that’s what we’re here for. I’d be delighted to talk about how we can help with our full wedding planning service, a smooth and fun-filled journey guaranteed!

Happy planning!

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