Top Wedding Planning Tips

Planning a wedding is a big deal – not only do you only get one chance to get it right on the day, but it involves a lot of organisation – take it from me as a wedding planner! 

 

One of the best ways to eliminate stress and ensure no stone has been left unturned is to hire a great wedding planner, with a proven track record, who you really click with and who will work with you to bring your dream wedding day vision to life. However, if you have a tight budget or simply enjoy doing it yourself, I’ve shared below my Top 10 wedding planning tips to help you plan your own unforgettable wedding.

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1.    Budget

Although this is probably the least fun part of planning your wedding, agreeing how much you plan to spend on your Big Day is the first important element you need to consider. Setting a realistic budget will help when it comes to making wedding decisions and it will also keep you on track so as not to over-stretch yourself. Be sure to list out and consider all the different details that go into planning your wedding to best manage all your expenses – everything from venue hire and catering, to dress alteration costs and gifts for the bridal party. I would also recommend allowing an amount for any “on a whim” costs when you stumble upon something that is too cute and perfect that you cannot resist. 

 

2.    Prioritise

The next thing to do is to think about what three things are most important to you for your wedding day. Some couples feel that food is very important, while others may feel it’s the music or even the flowers. Prioritise those aspects of your wedding and be prepared to compromise on the rest so that you can stick to your budget. 

{ Once you have established your top 3 wedding priorities, an extra piece of advice from me is to spend as much as you can afford on a fab photographer. Your wedding photos will help you relive your magical day for many years to come, so it is important that you choose a professional wedding photographer that can capture all those special moments for you. }

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3.    Be Organised

Being organised is essential when planning your wedding. The best way to stay on top of it all is to keep all your ideas, quotes, budget, contracts etc in one place. Whether you create a binder or an online folder filled with checklists and/or spreadsheets, being organised will help keep you on track and focused when you have lots of decisions to make, deadlines to meet and RSVPs to update. Take it all one step at a time and plan ahead as much as possible to avoid any last minute mayhem.

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4.    Style & Design

When it comes to styling your wedding, think about what colour palette you like, and whether you’d like a casual, bohemian vibe or an elegant evening soirée. There is so much inspiration available from blogs, bridal magazines and social media that choosing a specific look and feel for your day will help narrow down your design choices and make your wedding décor look cohesive.

5.    Narrow Down Your Guest List

This can be quite a daunting task, but the best place to start is to sit down with your fiancé and your families to create an ideal case wishlist of guests. You’ll also need to consider whether you will be inviting children, which of your guests may bring a plus one and whether you’ll be inviting additional guests for the evening. Depending on your budget and any venue limitations, it is highly likely you’ll have to refine your guest list. 

 

6.    Keep it Personal

One of the best things about being a wedding planner, is that I get to meet different couples with their own interpretations of their dream wedding day. I don’t believe in ‘cookie-cutter’ weddings and consider it important that each wedding is a unique reflection of the couple’s personal style and interests. Your wedding will be so much more memorable to your guests if you give it that personal touch and incorporate your personalities into your special day – whether it’s creating a bar menu with your favourite drinks, your first dance song which has a significant meaning to you or your favourite foods served at dinner - your guests should be thinking “it’s so them!” Also, don’t be scared to forgo wedding traditions if they make you feel uncomfortable, create your own traditions which suit your style better.

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7.    Connect with your Suppliers

Choose suppliers that you really click with and who really understand your wedding vision that you trust to do a brilliant job. Don’t be scared to ask lots of questions to make sure you book the best supplier for you. Before you sign on the dotted line, also be sure to read through your contract with them, making sure all the details such as your wedding date and times are correct, and take note of the payment and cancellation policies. And have fun at your supplier meetings! It’s not often you get to indulge in so many cake flavours at once.

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8.    DIY Strategically

Although DIY can be a very cost-effective way to incorporate personal touches to your wedding, don’t over burden yourself if you don’t have a lot of spare time available in the lead up to your wedding. Where things can be done far in advance, such as wedding favours, it’s fun to get creative and indulge your inner creative through DIY. However, where things need to be done closer to the wedding date such as catering and flowers, it’s best to hire a professional.

 

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9.    Scheduling:

Create a detailed running order of events for your wedding day and give a copy to your Master of Ceremonies, Best Man, Maid of Honour and Photographer. Include details of the timings and location of the ceremony, pre-reception drinks, couple photos, group photos, dinner reception, speeches, cake cutting, the first dance and party. It will be useful to find out access times and details of loading bays from the venue so that you can arrange enough time for delivery, set up and collection logistics. Lastly, as much as we hope nothing goes wrong on your Big Day, it’s worth putting a contingency in place. For example, if you are planning to have your pre-dinner drinks outside, be sure to have an indoor option on standby in the event of wet-weather. 

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10. HAVE FUN! 

My final wedding planning tip is to have fun and enjoy the wedding planning process as well as your wedding day itself! Wedding planning can be stressful but if you find yourself getting overwhelmed by it all, pause and remind yourself what your wedding is truly about – you’re marrying the love of your life! With that in mind, over the course of your wedding planning journey, be sure to take a time out from “Wedmin”. If you are planning your wedding on top of your regular day job, it is easy to forget to make personal time to spend with your fiancé (or friends and family!) where wedding admin chat is banned.Trust me, you’ll thank me for it later! Consider taking the week off work before your wedding, so that you can confirm any last-minute details and, most importantly, relax. By your wedding day you’ll be in the best frame of mind to soak it all in and enjoy it.

Elegant, luxurious, personal and impeccably organised. These are the signature features of weddings, events and parties that I plan for those with the highest expectations.

I have been organising weddings and events for over ten years and am the founder and director of Lamare London – a premier wedding and event business providing a truly luxury service for those looking to hold exquisite and memorable events, large or small. The Lamare London ethos is to ensure every wedding and event is filled with TLC to give it that wow-factor and personal feel – the “TLC” at Lamare London stands for Touches of Luxury and Character.

When designing and planning a wedding, party or event I cannot help but get excited and passionate over the personal touches, meticulous attention to detail and creativity that goes into each special occasion. Finding the je ne sais quoi that takes an event to the next level is one of the most rewarding parts of the job for me as it makes your celebration exclusively “yours”, oozing personality in a stylish way. 

I am dedicated to exceeding expectations and making the planning journey an enjoyable experience for each of my clients.

Having originally hailed from South Africa, I moved to the UK in 1999 where I now live with my husband, young daughter and three dogs. When I’m not planning weddings and events I love to bake and enjoy the delights of London’s finest afternoon tea establishments. {Can you tell I have a sweet tooth?!} 

I draw a lot of influence from emerging interior design trends, fashion, travel and exhibitions. And if asked to describe my style, I would say it’s feminine and modern with classic undertones. I love the stylish foundation of something classic or traditional and layering it with something a bit bold or contemporary – whether it’s in my home or what I wear. For example, I love a feminine black dress, but will add a statement necklace or a bright jacket or scarf for personality. I also have an obsession with grey.