THE FIRST 5 STEPS TO BEGIN PLANNING A STYLISH WEDDING IN THE UK
UK WEDDING PLANNING ADVICE BY EMILY 8TH JANUARY 2022
Congratulations! Being engaged is one of the most exciting times in your life, and it's been so lovely to see the end of 2021 filled with so many love stories. Planning a stylish wedding is a complex process, especially if you're already overwhelmed with the wealth of incredible inspiration. These first 5 steps will enable us to establish your wedding vision and events operational needs, and set you up correctly for the wedding planning journey ahead!
It's so important that before you begin, take the time with your new fiancee to revel in the happiness of starting the rest of your lives together, live off the euphoria, celebrate, drink copious amounts of champagne, and tell all your loved ones!
SET YOUR WEDDING BUDGET
Set Your Wedding Design & Planning Expectations
Have an honest conversation with each other and calculate how much you have to spend on your day. Who is contributing? How much do you have saved or could you save over time? This is the most monotonous part of planning, it gets so much more fun after this I promise!
Without having a set budget you're planning blind. Think of it as going into Selfridges picking everything you think looks pretty in the store (without checking the prices), then reaching the checkout and being gutted you have to put everything back or paying for it anyway and then not eating for a month.
Delving into the plethora of talented suppliers, stylish wedding inspiration, gorgeous products, venues, and delicious catering the wedding industry has to offer without any idea of what you can spend beforehand, will only leave you feeling utterly disappointed, gutted, and upset when you choose the most expensive stunning dream option, and then look into your finances and have to tell yourself you can't have it.
BROWSE STYLISH WEDDING INSPIRATION
Where A UK Wedding Planners Styling & Design Journey Begins
Pictures say 1000 words, and Pinterest really is the best tool in the business. Before diving in and booking suppliers start pinning wedding ideas onto a board so you can discover a general colour scheme and define your wedding style. Having this solid vision will really enable any wedding industry expert to elevate your design, and use their professional knowledge to build upon it and produce something that surpasses your expectations.
If you add Pinterest onto your chrome browser as an app you can pin images from everywhere including Instagram, online wedding magazines, and wedding blogs to your board too!
It's really important to understand that in order for any stylish wedding design to be authentic, memorable, and feel like home it needs to be inspired by the both of you. Be inspired by your personality and your relationship, what makes you individual. Think of things you love doing together, your own home, your heritage, each other's passions and hobbies, favourite places you have visited and even wedding traditions you want to make or break.
WRITE YOUR FIRST DRAFT GUESTLIST
Get All Your Loved Ones Down On Paper
When collating that first list of guests you want to invite to your wedding, just go with your heart and don't panic too much if the list gets wildly out of control, you can revisit this later!
It's also a good idea to separate your guests into groups (ie work friends, school friends, your side, his/her side etc) and start to think about whom you would both like to be in your wedding party.
For all access to the downloadable guestlist spreadsheet I use for all my clients, head to my luxury wedding planning tools and resources blog here,
SET YOUR WEDDING PRIORITIES
What Is Most Important To Curating That Wow-Factor Wedding
Delve deep into what you both feel is really important (incredible entertainment, delicious food, stylish wedding design, a wow moment, epic entrance etc), and the emotions you want to evoke on the day. Also, make sure you write down what you don't want as everyone has more personal priorities which make their wedding design distinctive and authentic to them!
My client's main priority is usually their guest experience, having an epic party and a timeless, elegant, fashion-forward design throughout their day. Here is my advice on how to get that wow-factor wedding which might help as a source of inspiration for this section too.
HIRE A UK WEDDING PLANNER
Invest In Your Wedding Day
If you already feel time-starved, want expert reassurance and advice and an uncomplicated process when planning your wedding, hiring a wedding planner is for you! An experienced wedding planner provides expert reassurance and advice, and an uncomplicated process. The time consuming administrative tasks associated with planning such a complex event are meticulously organised for you, whilst you indulge in the possibilities and can relax having complete confidence in our plan throughout.
Hiring a planner isn’t about them taking over and planning the wedding day they want for you, most of my clients love wedding planning and want to be fully involved, but being style-conscious they know they need an experienced professional planner and stylist to support them in realising and elevating their vision. Wedding planning is a team effort and a good planner will allow you as little or as much involvement as you wish, and the final decision making always lies with you.