The Best Laid Plans - Wedding Planning Guide
PUBLISHED: 17:25 17 August 2011 | UPDATED: 19:51 20 February 2013
Whether you are well-organised with a clear vision of what you want but are not sure where to find it, or your heart flutters at the mere thought of juggling budgets, venues, and suppliers alongside the day job, wedding planners are there to help...
Whether you are well-organised with a clear vision of what you want but are not sure where to find it, or your heart flutters at the mere thought of juggling budgets, venues, and suppliers alongside the day job, wedding planners are there to help.
It started with my own wedding back in 2005, says Nicole Williams from Devon Wedding Planner. I did everything, from handling the budget to making the invitations and favours. Im quite creative anyway and I loved every moment of it. Even the day before, I was helping my aunt decorate the church with flowers. After Id finished planning my own wedding, I didnt want to stop.
Today Nicole can either organise your big day from start to finish, or act as a coordinator to ensure everything a couple has organised themselves falls neatly into place. I see myself as a personal assistant, she says. One of the nicest things about my job is being able to bring everything together behind the scenes. It gives the bride peace of mind so that rather than worrying about things going wrong, she looks and feels happy and confident. The day goes by so quickly, so its really important to enjoy every minute of it.
While full of great ideas, such as creating your own scrap book to use for inspiration in the run-up to the big day and then have as a keepsake in years to come, Nicoles biggest piece of advice for couples is to make sure they have the wedding they want and not one to please others.
Sarah Gillett from Perfect Preparation in Cornwall agrees: It is important to remember that you cant please everybody all of the time. It is all about compromise and friends and family will fit in around you because this is your day. She continues: When planning your wedding, the main thing is make sure that you are both happy with the decisions you make. Dont worry about everybody else. On average, a bride spends 250 hours planning her wedding. So if you dont have fun at the organising stage, then it is going to be one long, hard slog.
The first priority should be sitting down with your partner and working out your likes and dislikes, says Sarah. Write them down in a list. It is surprising how many couples arrive at a venue and one will like it and the other wont.
Never go for the first option either, she adds. Choose three favourite alternatives of everything you have agreed upon style of venue, cakes, flowers, and so on. That way, you will have several comparisons but wont be overwhelmed. Then, go with your gut instinct.
Devon Wedding Planner
Nicole Williams: 07816 927878 | devonweddingplanner.co.uk
Sarah Gillett: 07771545620 | perfect-preparation.co.uk