Wedding planning is one of the most exciting challenges in your life. If you’ve recently got engaged, you’re probably thinking about where to start with planning your big day. The question’s been popped, the ring is on, and the countdown to saying ‘I do’ has well and truly begun. So, where do you start with wedding planning?
Do you choose your wedding venue first or your wedding dress? To help you enjoy planning your special day without any stress, take a look at our ultimate wedding planning do’s and don’ts below:
Planning Your Wedding – The Dos
DO: STICK TO YOUR BUDGET
Before you make any decisions, you must set your budget. If you book your wedding venue, photographer, and caterers before deciding on what you can afford, then there’s no guarantee you’ll have the money for all the other parts of your day. Some couples may ignore the budget as it’s a source of stress. However, if you set your budget and stick to it, this makes planning the big day much easier.
DO: BREAK YOUR RULES
That’s right, we’ve just said to stick to your budget and now we’re telling you to sometimes break your rules. However, some rules are meant to be broken, and that’s especially true when you're planning your wedding. If you have your heart set on a wedding venue, that’s the place where you should get married. Breaking the rules doesn’t mean ignoring your budget, it means choosing options for your wedding that you will love.
DO: CHOOSE YOUR DREAM VENUE
If your budget is the foundation of planning your wedding, your wedding venue is the first part of building towards your dream day. Maybe you want somewhere traditional or a contemporary venue. Whatever your preferred location, choose a unique venue that offers a variety of wedding packages. Your venue should take your breath away, so take your time and make a perfect choice.
DO: ENJOY EVERY MOMENT
In all the hustle and bustle of planning your wedding, sometimes couples forget that the experience should be enjoyable. Most people say you will only get married once. Well, you’ll only plan your wedding once too. The moment you see your dream venue for the first time will only happen once, so make sure you enjoy every moment, both yourself and as a couple.
DO: MAKE YOUR DAY UNIQUE
Your wedding day should be special. But what is special? Well, that depends on your preferences. Even if you want the most traditional wedding possible, it will still be unique and special to you. Making your day unique creates an unforgettable experience for both you and your guests.
Planning Your Wedding – The Don'ts
DON'T: PUT PRESSURE ON YOURSELF
When you care about something, it’s natural to put pressure on yourself. Wedding planning can be a challenge, so it’s easy to feel pressure and stress. But it’s important to remember it should be a fun experience for you and your partner. If you’re feeling under pressure, take a short break and remember what your wedding is all about.
DON'T: RUSH YOUR PLANNING
Take your time when planning your big day. Don’t rush anything, even the small details, make sure you enjoy every second. You only get to plan your wedding once, so don’t let any moment pass without you enjoying it.
DON'T: SETTLE FOR LESS
If you’re having a stressful day, it can be easy to make a snap decision. Even if you’re not 100% happy with your choice, sometimes it feels easier to settle for less rather than wait. However, this could mean you settle for something you don’t want. Take your time and remember your wedding is your day, so only choose options that are special to you.
DON'T: FORGET ABOUT LIFE AFTER THE BIG DAY
Despite all the build-up, your wedding day is only the first day of your happy life together as a couple. Continue to plan your honeymoon and life after the big celebrations too. You could also plan for when you’re sharing your wedding photographs and video. Who says your wedding should only last for one special day?
DON'T: DO EVERYTHING YOURSELF
Your wedding will be a massive event. But wedding planning is something many people take on themselves, even when they have no experience with events. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help. This doesn’t have to be a wedding planner, even if you're leaning on your partner, friends, and family to help make your day special, they will offer you support. Your wedding venue’s staff can also help you make sure your wedding dreams become a reality.
Franklin’s Gardens Wedding Venue
Franklin's Gardens in Northampton is a one-of-a-kind and spectacular wedding venue location. We have several wedding packages, rooms, and outdoor areas to choose from. Before, during, and after your wedding day, our events team is always ready to answer any questions you may have. Our team is dedicated to helping couples plan their dream wedding day.
Visit our contact page to discover more about Franklin's Gardens' wedding venue spaces.