5 tips to help you plan your perfect big day
From selecting the wedding venue to adding those all-important personal touches, we show you how to plan the perfect wedding.
Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life, so it’s understandable that you want to make it as good as it can possibly be. Follow our tips and advice for a perfect wedding that you and your guests will remember for a long time to come.
The best weddings are those that reflect the personality of the happy couple, so make sure you plan a wedding that pleases you, rather than members of your immediate or extended family. You can show your personality through the theme or style of the wedding, the entertainment and food you select, and the decoration and clothing choices. To make it truly special, try to incorporate personal touches throughout the day, from selected readings at the ceremony, through to a themed table plan, and a first dance that means something special to both of you.
Choose the right venue
Choosing the right venue is one of the most important elements of planning your wedding. It will be where you spend most of your day and the backdrop to your photos so make sure you choose wisely. Your decision will be influenced by elements such as your guest numbers, your budget and the type of wedding you and your partner want – for example, for a fun, festival-themed wedding, a large yurt in a field could work really well, whereas a formal, traditional affair would be more at home in a manor house or fancy hotel. Make sure you take into account logistical issues such as how the weather could affect the day and how easy it is for you and your guests to get to the venue. If you’re looking for an Essex wedding venue, the county has plenty of great options to choose from.
Get the menu right
As with any event, the food is one of the main things that guests will remember and talk about, so it’s worth putting some thought into. Ask your venue or caterers if they offer menu tastings so that you can test out the food and choose your favourites before the big day – that way you know you and your guests will be getting something tasty! If you don’t fancy a traditional dinner, why not treat your guests to something a bit different, such as a hog roast, fish and chips, a BBQ, afternoon tea or even a picnic?
Entertain your guests
For an evening reception, a DJ or live band always go down well and are a great way of getting the party started. If you hire a DJ, consider asking guests for a song selection when they return their RSVP. That way you can be sure of having a playlist that pleases everyone. Installing a photo booth with plenty of props is a recent popular trend and one that adds a fun element to the evening as well as giving you some mementos to keep. During the day, there are some periods of time which can be a bit boring for guests, for example when you’re off having photographs taken, so you might want to think about putting on some form of entertainment during these quiet periods. A magician, caricaturist or musical ensemble are all ideas that can work really well.
Relax and enjoy
Getting these different elements right is important but it’s not the be all and end all. While a lot of time and effort (not to mention money!) goes into planning a wedding, try not to get too hung up on everything going perfectly on the day. There may be little things that go wrong, but as long as the most important thing happens – i.e. you and your partner get hitched – nothing else really matters.
So don’t sweat the small stuff. Relax and enjoy your day, and everyone is sure to have a great time.