10 things that should be on your wedding planning checklist

November 21, 2014 admin No comments

A bride and her bridesmaids jump on a bouncy castle at a wedding reception

(Picture: Babb Photo http://www.babbphoto.com/)

Grappling with a massive checklist when you’re planning your wedding can seem like a scarily large task, but if you break it all down, it’s really just a ceremony followed by a big party.

You want to create moments and memories to last a lifetime, so make sure you do things in your own way and show off you and your groom’s brilliant personalities.

Here are my top tips for breaking down your massive to-do list into manageable chunks – no wedding planner required!

1. Budget

It is more than likely that you will have a budget for your wedding celebrations. Sit down and decide on how much you can or want to spend.

Then it is all about prioritising. Is it important to you that you have the tastiest food and drink, or are you after the dream frock or flowers? Perhaps capturing your day in images and film is your essential. Then budget each aspect accordingly.

Look for out for corkage fees if you want to supply your own drinks; many venues don’t charge a fee and that can save you a small fortune.

Cocktails in jars with retro straws, on a table at a wedding

(Picture: Gemma Williams (http://www.gemmawilliamsphotography.co.uk/)

2. Ceremony location

Next up just has to be deciding on the type of day you want to have, which begins with your location.

Are you looking to have a religious, spiritual or perhaps a humanist ceremony? Then you will need to find the perfect spot to suit.

Legally in the UK you can only marry in registered locations, but you could choose to have a blessing in the middle of the woods, on the beach or in a city chic space.

A bride and groom kiss on a sunny beach under a blue sky after their wedding, flanked by groomsmen

(Picture: David Stubbs Photography http://www.davidstubbsphotography.co.uk/)

3. Reception venue

Then of course you need the perfect party venue – one of the most important points on your wedding planning checklist.

Why not think outside of the box by looking for quaint villages or town halls, industrial warehouses, barns, museums or a meadow for a tipi.

A tipi wedding reception at night - guests and the bride can be seen enjoying the party

(Picture: Jackson & Co Photography (http://www.jacksonandcophotography.com/)

4. Photography and film

While you are having the time of your life at your wedding try to make sure you have a professional capturing the whole thing.

Couples always tell me how fast it goes and how they love to be able to look back at their imagery and film to bring it all back. Beautiful photography and film lasts a lifetime and you and your family can treasure those memories forever.

Check out wedding blogs, magazines and word-of-mouth recommendations for brilliant photographers and filmmakers who can suggest ideas to make your planning that little bit more fun.

5. Fun and games

You will want your guests to have a total blast and let their hair down right? Well make sure you think about fun ideas you can inject into your wedding, building these into your checklist as you go.

From a board game table, to fete games and quiz contests; there are so many great options that are easy to plan, buy and even borrow to keep costs down.

A wedding checklist, ticking off venue, food, budget and photographer

6. Entertainment

Personalise your entertainment based on your own interests. If you love music then compile your own playlist. Or if you are a keen baker why not host a bake off contest?

7. Honeymoon

Don’t forget to have a think about your honeymoon. Planning the wedding itself might be taking up all your time at the moment but once that’s done you’ll be itching for some time away!

Anything goes when it comes to your first holiday as newlyweds, from a night in a boutique hotel, glamping in Scotland or an American road trip – anything is possible.

This is the perfect opportunity to plan your dream travels.

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8. Food

The wedding breakfast has traditionally consisted of a three-course meal of recent years. But there is a real trend for something a little different right now.

A retro style buffet, fish and chip supper, food truck or afternoon tea catering are all budget friendly and fun ideas.

Plus added extras like a popcorn, sweetie or ice cream cart can add so much to your wedding day.

A bride and groom in a vintage style ice cream van after their wedding

(Picture: HBA Photography http://hbaphotography.com/)

9. Transport

Everyone wants to make a grand entrance and arrive in style. So how about something unique like riding a tandem bicycle together, skateboarding in, hitching a ride on a tractor or arriving by train. Different options not only stamp your personality on the day but can save you money too.

A bride, groom and their wedding party on bicycles and skateboards on their way to the reception

(Picture: Sophie Duckworth Photography http://www.sophieduckworthphotography.com/)

10. Homemade

There is a huge rise in couples getting super crafty and DIYing their day. Not just to save money but to make it a really personal celebration.

From making your own dress, cake or growing your flowers there are so many fun skills to take away from planning your day. Look out for workshops to hone your talents.

A bride in a homemade wedding dress holding a bouquet of flowers, with a woodland backdrop

(Picture: Alexa Loy http://www.alexa-loy.com)

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