Wedding planning is one of the most incredible journeys you’ll ever experience, but it’s also one of the most stressful things you can ever do. From budgets to guest lists, suppliers to stationery, there is a huge amount to think about and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. In fact, it can be difficult to know where to start. After years of hosting weddings here at Pynes House, we have collected lots of tips, hints and advice along the way that we’ve put together for couples who are about to embark on this very special time. So, grab a notepad and read the Pynes House pocket guide to wedding planning…
Save the Date
If you can, try to set a wedding date as early as possible – whether you want a wedding sooner rather than later, or in a couple of years. It will mean you can start browsing and booking suppliers, you’ll be surprised by how booked up in advance wedding professionals get.
Choose the Venue
Now you’ve got a date in mind, it’s time to start the search for your wedding venue. We’ve written a whole feature about what you should consider when choosing your wedding venue, or you can read our guide on ‘Everything You Need To Know About Pynes House‘. Your venue should be at the top of your wedding to-do-list for a number of reasons: it means you can start sending out your save the dates, advising suppliers on your location and you can start picturing your perfect day.
Consider your Wedding Style
Think carefully about what you want your wedding style to be. Do you want an intimate affair with your closest friends and family or a lavish celebration that’s brimming with luxury? Think about what is important to you both and ensure that your wedding day reflects this.
Set the Budget
Although it is certainly not the most exciting aspect of wedding planning, it is definitely one of the most essential. You need to sit down, create a spreadsheet and start setting your wedding budget. You may need to compromise and prioritise on what you both feel is most important to you – is the photographer key? Perhaps you want to splurge on the catering? Once you’ve got a budget in mind, you can start sourcing suppliers that are a fabulous fit for your celebration.
The Seating Plan
The dreaded seating plan – couples avoid it for a reason but once it’s done, it’s done! It can be very difficult working out who to sit next to who and it is time-consuming. We recommend putting a whole evening aside to sit down and tackle the table plans. You can always revisit it later on down the line, but you’ll only feel stressed if you leave it until the last minute.
Choosing your Suppliers
Luckily for you, we’ve got a blog feature that is packed with helpful advice on choosing your wedding suppliers. Don’t forget to visit our page of hand-picked recommended suppliers that we have worked with over the years, from florists to photographers.
Stay true to yourself, but don’t be afraid to look for wedding inspiration! From the Pynes House blog to our real weddings section, you’ll find plenty of wedding prettiness to kick-start your wedding planning experience. We also love Instagram and Pinterest for ideas about swoon-worthy celebrations!
Wedding Planning Free Days
Wedding planning is super stressful so make sure you have the occasional day off from talking and thinking about all-things wedding related. You’ll feel refreshed and ready to take on those last-minute items on your checklist after a break away from decorations, DIY details and more.
It’s your Wedding Day
Our final and perhaps most important piece of advice is to remember, it’s your wedding day. It’s a time for you to celebrate your love story with your friends and family, so make sure you have it exactly the way you want it. This way, you’re guaranteed to have memories that you can treasure forever.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas from the Pynes House team!
Image Credits: Image 1 by Ross Talling Photography / Image 2 by Miss Gen Photography / Image 3 by Amy Sampson Photography / Image 4 by Bianco Photography / Image 5 by Bianco Photography / Image 6 by Miss Gen Photography / Image 7 by Ross Talling Photography / Image 8 by Amy Sampson Photography / Image 9 by Miss Gen Photography / Image 10 by Casey Cosley Photography