My Top Ideas To Plan Your Perfect Day

 Aaron Jeffels Wedding Photography | North East Wedding Photographer

Wedding planning shouldn’t be stressful. It often is, but it shouldn’t be. It doesn’t have to be expensive either. From my experience we as a society seem to have passed over the hump of expensive lavish weddings and we seem to have come back down to earth with more low key weddings that mean something to the couple.

I have photographed so many weddings over the last few years and being married myself I think I have a fair bit of knowledge on where to put your money and where to save a little, remember this is just my opinion and you might not agree 100% with every point.

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My Top Tips

  1. Budget! It’s a pretty obvious one to start with but it catches many couple out when they first start planning their special day. Set a realistic budget with a little leeway and try and stick to it. Don’t put your relationship under stress because of finances!

  2. Suppliers – After you have set your budget then sit down and decide on what suppliers are going to make the biggest difference to your wedding day. After you have come up with a list in ranking order then start to allocate your budget to those suppliers. Remember to book early – top suppliers book months or even years in advance

  3. Venue – Book a venue that means something to you – not just on price. The best weddings I have been to over the last few years all had one thing in common; the venue reflected the couples personality. Big or small, it doesn’t matter – just make sure it reflects you. There are so many options these day with wedding venues. In the last year I have been to barn weddings, tipi weddings, weddings in village halls and one bride hired a marquee and got married on her Grandmother’s farm!

  4. Forget the small things!! – I often see brides stressing about the smallest of things, DONT! There’s no need, people won’t remember and probably won’t even care. This is where you can save a huge amount of money either by cutting back or doing it yourself. Make your table look nice, but you don’t need to hire someone to do it. Some of the best centre pieces I have seen were all homemade. One couple went to a few different charity shops and bought individual china cups and plates. Added together with a few other little bits and the tables looked amazing.

  5. Get people involved – This follows on from above. It’s a great way to get family and friends involved in your big day. Have a get together and get everyone making your centre pieces or invitations. Don’t think you have to do everything yourself, spread the workload. You will probably find people want to help and join in.

  6. Enjoy the day – Remember, on the day you have people to do the running around for you. Delegate to your most trusted friends and family and let them do the work for you.

  7. Photographer – I know I am going to say this, but you should invest in photography. Why? Well once your big day has finished and the last drink has been drunk, the band has packed up and the wedding dress is back in the box, all you will have left is memories; unfortunately these will fade in time. For me photography is one of the most important investment you can make when planning your wedding. A good photographer will be able to capture all the emotions from your big day. Make sure they are there for as long as possible, and give them the freedom to work. You will not regret it.

  8. Lastly, but probably one of the most important – Entertainment. It is often overlooked by most couples or added as an afterthought. The cake, table decorations or flowers often come out on top, but hiring good entertainment for the night do in my opinion is so important. From my experience I would recommend a good band, but try and get one that gets people involved and they have a good set list. There’s nothing worse than a DJ that can’t get people dancing.

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These are some of my top tips on how to plan your perfect wedding day. Remember, make the day yours, get people to help and pick your perfect suppliers. Don’t stress about the small stuff, invest your money in making sure people have a good time (food, drink and music) and lastly…..document it!

I would love to hear any of your top tips in the comments below.