Ok, so you’ve gotten engaged, had all the craic and shenanigans that go with that, and now down to planning your big day! For some, it’s super exciting from beginning to end but for others (I would include myself in this category) although you’re excited, that little creeping fear of ‘where the hell do I begin’, ‘what if this?’, ‘what if that?’ starts to give you palpitations!
Don’t worry guys and gals! Here at Kerry Harvey Designs, we have some fine friend’s in matrimonial places who are willing to give a helping hand. Today, the fabulous weddings and event planner, Alexandra Manning of The Wedding Experience, is here to give you her top tips for a smooth and carefree journey to your big day!
I know I can’t be the only one out there who does this, at least I hope I’m not, but I am a complete magpie when it comes to spotting shiny new engagement rings on people and my love of all things weddings takes over and I just have to ask them about their wedding plans.
I love hearing about the different plans people are making and how certain details are so unique to each couple getting married. What does stand out to me though is how stressful planning a wedding can be and hearing that side of people’s stories always makes me want to make things easier for them.
A few tips I find myself giving to nearly everyone starting their wedding planning adventure always seem to be the same so I thought I would share them with you too.
First things first, your Budget. Deciding on what kind of wedding you want, big or small, at home or abroad, traditional or otherwise, it all really comes down to your budget. Your budget will dictate pretty much everything else.
I know it isn’t the most fun thing to dive right into when all you want to do is pick out decor and flowers and all the nice things but trust me you will be glad you did.
There is nothing worse than finding your dream venue, dress, supplier and then realising that you just don’t have the budget to bring your Pinterest board to life.
To narrow it down for you these are the three things to consider when planning your budget:
- Figure out the style of your wedding – for example, do you want a high-end luxury theme or a more laid back outdoorsy feel to it, this will help to narrow down decor options.
- How Many Guests? the biggest element to influence where your budget is spent is how many guests you will have, will it be a big wedding or a smaller, more intimate setting?
- Preferential Suppliers – if you know that you just have to have that wedding band you saw at that showcase on a night out no matter what then be sure to allocate the budget accordingly. This might mean you have to go for a cheaper alternative on another element to your wedding but if say for example the band and the photographer mean more to you than the centrepieces or the car then give more of your budget to getting what you really want.
I hope this will help give you an idea of where to start on your wedding planning adventures. Every wedding is different, so don’t feel under pressure to do things for other people – do it for yourselves! Do what feels right for you both and plan a day that won’t have you feeling stressed financially or emotionally! Enjoy every minute of it!
If you’d like to hear more from Alexandra, feel free to connect with her on social media or via the following contact details:
T: +353 (0)21 4961000
Instagram: @Alexandramanning & @weddingexperiencecork
Twitter: @AlexandraKateM & @WeddingExpCor