12 things to remember when planning your wedding....
1. Remember to budget accordingly. Make a list of things that are important to you from must have's like ideal venue, flowers, wedding cake, wedding cars and photographer to things that you would like if you have the extra money like maybe a string quartet for background music a sweet stand for your guests (very popular) and maybe a traditional ice cream bike.
2. Don't be afraid to ask your guests for a contribution towards your honeymoon fund. Its the 21st century, most couples will have been living together for some time and have all the pots and pans and tea sets etc that they need. Guests will buy you anything unless you tell them what you'd like.
3. Go to lots of wedding fayres and don't always choose the first person you see. Lots of suppliers will have deals at wedding fares which might seem to good to be true. Ask if they will hold the deal till after the wedding fair so you can make an informed decision.
4. Ask friends and family for help with things like making invitations, table decorations. This can save you a lot of money in the long run and give you a more personalised feel to your wedding knowing you've had a lot of input not just in what you've booked, but what you've created for the big day
5. Look around for bargains on the web. Ebay is very good for small decorations and signs and things that you just aren't going to find the high street. Also check www.preloved.co.uk they do all kinds of wedding and bridesmaid dresses and usually, they've only been worn once. You can save a lot of money.
6. Have a little look at www.wedsite.com they make great bespoke wedding websites - its a great way to keep in touch with your guests, makes it easier for them to RSVP and a nice thing to look back on when the big day is over.
7. Consider booking a pre wedding shoot when choosing your photographer, not only will it make you more confident in front of the camera on your wedding day, but you can get some great images to put in a digital signing board and even some images to include on your thank you cards and invitations maybe
8. Have a look on sites like pinterest, twitter, etc. Create your own boards and start pinning what you like on to there as soon as you can - you may see something you like but forget where you saw it. This is also a good idea to help you with knowing what type of shots you'd like from your photographer.
9. Delegate. Girls don't do it all yourselves and fellas make sure you have some say in the big day. Remember it's a big day for both of you and should reflect you as a couple rather than just one of you, be willing to compromise and help each other plan.
10. Relax, wedding planning should be fun, exciting and ultimately rewarding. Seeing all the things you planned together come to fruition is incredibly fulfilling.
11. Make sure you have your gifts sorted. For example we do wedding gifts for the mother and father of the bride and groom to give away at the reception and they are always great reminders of the day - how about some images from the wedding day in a beautiful frame?
12. There will undoubtably be countless other things that will cross your mind before the big day - get lists going and write everything down. Use onenote (free app for windows phone iPhone, mac, pc and android). I couldn't live without it now