The Do’s & Dont’s of Planning Your Wedding!
When you start planning your wedding there is a good chance you will be overwhelmed by family, friends sometimes even complete strangers giving you their own wedding advice. Some of these hints and tips will be useful others will go straight over your head. If you’re anything like me you will forget most of what your told and do it all your own way anyway.
Personally I felt like it would be good to have simple list of do’s and don’ts, obviously they aren’t gospel but it is list based on what real brides and grooms have advised. Who knows planning a wedding better than those that have been there, right?
♥ DO: Have Fun at your wedding!
x Don’t: Sweat the small stuff, all the little details aren’t so important when you consider the larger scale of your marriage.
♥ DO: Consider getting married on a weekday
x Don’t: Follow traditions if they are not important to you.
♥ DO: Make your wedding personal.
x Don’t: Try to be alternative be yourself.
♥ DO: Use your wedding as a chance to raise some money for a charity that is important to you. You could hold a raffle, have guests bid on bits from your wedding or have them donate money instead of a wedding gift.
x Don’t: Don’t feel bad about asking guests to bring their own food and drink if you are considering a picnic style lunch or to contribute to a buffet.
♥ DO: Research your photographer and pick the one that is right for you.
x Don’t: Forget to spend time with your other half on your wedding day. It’s the best advice you will ever hear, it can be easy to get caught up in celebrating with your guests but don’t forget what a wedding is really about.
♥ DO: Consider venues other than those that advertise as wedding venues.
x Don’t: worry if you have a small budget, these are the weddings that are usually the most inspirational.
♥ DO: Hold your wedding in your own garden if space will allow.
x Don’t: skimp on food, nothing will spoil a vibe faster than crap food!
♥ DO: Keep it small.
x Don’t: Feel like you have to have guests at your wedding, you might really want your wedding to be just the two of you?
♥ DO: Have hair and makeup trials before your wedding.
x Don’t: Go with absolutely outrageous hair and makeup on your wedding day if it isn’t something you would usually do, it just won’t be you.
♥ DO: Involve your pets in your ceremony if your venue will allow.
x Don’t: Feel like you have to have speeches – some people just aren’t comfortable with them?
♥ DO: Research sites such as Ebay when sourcing your wedding dress, just ensure to be buyer savvy.
x Don’t: Feel like you have to wear a wedding dress.
♥ DO: Have two dresses. Maybe an interchangeable one? It’s only your wedding day once right? Make the most of it!
x Don’t: Think your bridesmaids need to wear bridesmaid dresses. Search the high street to cut cost and mix it up a bit with skirts and tops and mismatched dresses?
♥ DO: Re-use and recycle where possible – little things such as reusing flowers from the ceremony as decor at the reception will help cut costs not to mention recycling is a huge help to our environment.
x Don’t: Be afraid to save money where you can if you have friends or family that offer discounted services then use them, just make sure they are someone you can trust.
♥ DO: Expect hiccups on the day, you can only plan for so much.
x Don’t: Let the weather spoil your day, grab a pair of wellies and an umbrella and your set!
♥ DO: Go with things for your wedding that ‘YOU’ like, try to avoid thinking whether or not others will.
x Don’t: Have a seating plan if your not worried about where people sit.
♥ DO: Have fun with your wedding photos!
x Don’t: Be afraid to ask friends and family for help, there are always people who want to help and I am always surprised by the number of people who just will not accept help even when they are bogged under with stress!
♥ DO: Have a first look if you aren’t worried about traditions, that first glimpse with just the two of you can be the most beautiful!
x Don’t: Feel like you have to have a Best Man or Bridesmaids.
So do you have any more do’s and don’ts that you would like to add to our list?
Enjoy the rest of your weekend, I am off to do a spot of shopping then to the spend the night with Mr T’s football pals with a glass of vino or two.
Much Bespoke Love