When planning your wedding, the amount of information out there can be overwhelming and sometimes there's a lot of information that isn't relevant to your particular wedding. So we have done our best to consolidate it down into 10 top tips to make the most out of your wedding day and the services you book.
1. Wedding Day Event Manager
This is one of the best pieces of advice we can give you – take all the stress out of your day by passing it on to someone else! This means that on the day of your wedding, they can be in charge of everything from the moment the day starts, to the end of the night when you are off enjoying yourself. While you may be offered the services of the venue event manager, hiring a separate one means that they can liaise with all elements e.g. florist, church, reception, caterers, guests, entertainment, and be there on the day to resolve any issues without needing to get you involved!
Placing the word 'Wedding' in front of a something and it will instantly double or quadruple in price – so watch out for this when researching florists, cake companies and discussing menus with the wedding venue. To get an idea of the difference, search 'celebration cakes' and 'wedding cakes' and you will instantly see a price difference! Quite often negotiating with a venue or being sneaky about how you word things will working in your favour massively.
3. Set up a wedding credit card
Unfortunately, gone are the days when the bride's father is expected to pay for everything (generally), so it's a great idea to get your finances in order to make it as easy as possible. Research credit cards with 0% APR and cashback deals, so that you pay as little interest as possible and may even get air miles to put towards your honeymoon! Putting every wedding expense on the card means that you can easily keep track of your spend. You can also set the limit to make sure you don't overspend! Check out Money Saving Expert for the best deal:http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/credit-cards/best-0-credit-cards
4. Look out for sales
This may seem an obvious one, but don't forget that it isn't just shops that have sales - venues, florists, dress shops, cake decorators and car companies often have sales and can provide fantastic promotions. This may depend on the time of year your wedding is, as companies aren't likely to offer a discount in their busier months, but it's always worth researching when and if sales will be on.
5. Check local events on your wedding date
It's always worth checking if there are any events going on in the local area on the date of your wedding, as this will effect transport on the day and accommodation for guests. For example, if you are getting married in Central London, make sure it isn't on the day of the marathon! Click here to check events near the wedding venue:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk
6. Book hotel rooms quickly
If you are having your wedding/reception at a hotel, they will often offer a reduced rate if you book a block of rooms at once. Quite often this is done by a code on the website, so guests can do it individually. As soon as you send save the dates out, encourage you guests to book the hotel well in advance to avoid disappointment.
7. Think hard about the guest list
Feeding guests can take up half of the spend on a wedding, so if you're looking to save money, make sure you think hard about who you are inviting. Also serve a simple meal for the staff at the wedding, whether it's your event manager, entertainers or band, as this will reduce costs for you.
8. Plan your time
Set up goals to achieve by certain dates, (E.g May 1st venue sorted). You will be surprised how far in advance you need to book venues, photographers and videographers to make sure you get the perfect one. For a special discount on our favourite videographer quote 'Evolve Wedding Video' when contacting them:https://www.groundfilms.com/
9. Don't leave entertainment to the last minute
One of the most common things we find with weddings is that we get enquiries at the very last minute, as this is often the last thing the bride and groom think of. While we are more than capable of dealing with last minute bookings, we prefer to have a bit of notice! This will not only ensure you get the best performers before they are snapped up by others, but also means we can ensure every aspect of the booking is sorted with plenty of time to liaise with the venue and event planner.
10. Leave some room in the budget
In our experience, problems always pop up right at the last minute without you expecting it (which can be reduced with an event manager). Prepare yourself for this by putting a little money aside which will help in case anything pops up last minute or there's other things you think of that you would like to include.
There are plenty more tips that we can give you but we believe these are the most important ones! Good luck with your wedding planning and don't forget to have a look at our 'Wedding' section on the website for entertainment ideas.