How to Plan Your Own Wedding

How to plan your wedding | The Castle Hotel

Once you’re engaged, (and the reality has set in that you really are getting married) shock soon takes over as you realise that you’ve got to PLAN a wedding! It can be a little daunting and there’s quite a lot to take into consideration.

When I planned my wedding, I was clueless about where to start or how to go about it. The only knowledge I had came from watching ‘Don’t Tell the Bride’… so at least I knew that SOME research needed to be done!

Since then, I decided to make a career of planning events and, though I’ve become quite used to what needs to be done, I haven’t forgotten the panic I faced when planning my own wedding. So, I hope to help you avoid the same experience with my handy planning list!

Things to consider:

  • Set your budget – this should always come first
  • Select the date
  • Choose a venue
  • Number of guests – ceremony and reception
  • Theme/Colour scheme (FUN!)
  • Flowers
  • Decorations
  • Wedding party (bridesmaids, best man, etc.)
  • Hen/stag do
  • Honeymoon
  • Don’t forget to check your passport expiry dates!
  • Stationery
  • Photographer/videographer
  • Attire
  • Save the dates
  • DJ/band/entertainment
  • Reading and music
  • Travel
  • Reading of the Banns
  • Take out wedding insurance

There are some great websites and books out there to help you plan. I’d suggest either buying a wedding planner/folder, so you have a place to keep all your important info, or creating a spreadsheet…depending on how you are inclined. I know a spreadsheet might be a horrifying thought for some!

I went all Monica Geller (from Friends) on my our wedding and went to town on the old spreadsheets. That was mainly because I couldn’t find a wedding planner that suited my needs. I wanted a count down, so I knew when to do what and I wanted somewhere to collate all the info.

Two books which I found very helpful were: Wedding Planning for Dummies (links below) and The DIY Wedding Manual: How to create your perfect day without a celebrity budget.

But there are so many free helpful websites and blogs available too and, of course, PINTEREST. I love this site and whiled away far too many hours in the rabbit hole that is Pinterest. If you haven’t experienced this site, it’s a wonder of online mood boarding and inspiration. You didn’t know you wanted or needed it until you’ve been on Pinterest!

The first thing I would suggest doing would be to set your budget and how much you want to spend on the different areas of the wedding. Once that’s done its plain sailing.

In my next post, I’ll give you a helping hand with a countdown and how to get the ball rolling.

    

Our 3 Favourite Personal Touches

Personalise Your Wedding Accessories & Gifts

It is the same with any wedding, you want to make it your own, using personal touches that can propel the day from pretty special to pretty spectacular! Here are three amazing ways which can totally add that personal touch to your special day!

1. Personalised HangersPersonalised hangers for your wedding day

If you are starting the day with your bridesmaids & plenty of bubbles, give them personalised dress hangers! Each can be individually styled with their name and you could even add the date for that extra touch! As an added bonus, these hangers make great props for photos. A perfect and practical memento for your bridesmaids!

Personalised Details2. Individual Drinks for Your Guests

What about those welcome drinks? The first drink you offer to your guests once you have said the I Do’s and the knot is tied. A brilliant personal touch, that I’ve seen, is using personalised, individual bottles of Fizz with decorative straws. You could ask the bar staff to serve or simply leave the guests to it, adding a bit of fun to the day!

 3. Make Your Guest Book Into ArtAlternatives to wedding guest books

Finally, if you’d like remember all of your guests, but want something a little more exciting than your standard guest book, why not use a personalised drop top guest book!

This is a super cute way of creating a memory that can be hung over the mantelpiece for a lifetime! Giving the guests a small heart to add their names or best wishes and ask them to drop it into the box (Make sure they post it the right way though!)

You will even be able to add fit this to your wedding colour theme and style. Such a great way of displaying your memories instead of a traditional guest book that will gather dust on top of your wardrobe!

 

 

 

 

Weddings Are Mixing It Up!

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Best man… so last year. Best Woman is the way forward!

As weddings continue to break with tradition and are becoming more personal to the bride and groom, it make sense that the traditional wedding party concepts would change as well.

If you’re a Groom and your best friend is a girl, why not have her as your ‘Best Man’ and vice versa. Your best guy friend could share your special day as your Man of Honour… Chief Bridesmaid… Chief Brides Man… name it whatever you’d like! Afterall, your wedding party should be made up of the people you love the most, those who have been there to share your most memorable life events.

This is the biggest day of your life, so you don’t have to stick with tradition. Traditional weddings are beautiful but, if you want your personalities to shine through, then why not include your best friend in a non-traditional role?

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Groom & Best Man, Photography by Wiltshire Wedding Photography – Jamie McDine

This is exactly what we did. My husband Zeppi’s best friend is a girl named Jodie. We all met at university and they’ve been inseparable since. I’d say she was one of the lads but I don’t want to do her a disservice.

Jodie planned Zeppi’s stag do (again, a mixed event, guys and girls) which pleased everyone not just the Groom. She was there to offer advice and support throughout the whole wedding planning process and got Zeppi through a nervous morning on the big day. Her speech couldn’t have been funnier, and she started off the dancing at the reception with the help of our Maid Of Honour. They got everyone up on the dance floor for the ENTIRE night! We couldn’t have asked for a better ‘Best Man’.

And yes, she wanted to be called the ‘Best Man’. Jodie said, “I wanted to be the best man, not the best woman, because we all know the best woman today is Elaine.” Awwww! Oh yes, she was good! That’s just one of the many witty lines from her speech. She made us laugh and she brought us to tears as well as poking fun at the Groom as only a Best Man can.

I’m all for mixed wedding parties, as you can tell. But bride’s-to-be, let me tell you, it gives you peace of mind when your groom goes off on his stag do, knowing a girl has organised it! You know he won’t end up naked, chained to a lamppost or on a train to goodness-knows-where! 😉

So, break with tradition and make your wedding as unique as you are!