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.


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