Wedding planning: 10 Tips for the perfect wedding day

In Association with DCCC

Today, Oh So Hitched has teamed up with the wedding planning team of Durham County Cricket Club (DCCC) who would like to share their 10 brilliant tips for planning the perfect wedding…

Wedding planning tips

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So you’ve said yes and you can’t wait to start planning your big day. There is a lot to consider when planning your wedding, and it can sometimes feel overwhelming, but that’s where we can help you out. Whether you want a beautiful summer wedding or a magical Christmas ceremony, take a look at these ten essential tips to make sure your day is as perfect as it can be

Make some key decisions

Before you can get down to planning the specifics of your ceremony, you should sit down with your partner and decide what your perfect wedding will be. What kind of ceremony are you going to have? Will your wedding have a theme? These are some of the many things you will need to think about before you even start on the wedding planning details. Once you have settled on a vision for your wedding, you can begin to work towards making it a reality.

Agree on a budget early

When you know what kind of wedding you are going for, you can begin to put together a budget. Keeping your finances in mind as you plan your wedding will make sure that things do not get too extravagant. A great way to track your budget is to use a wedding planning app to keep tabs on everything. Techradar has a list of the seven best wedding planner apps to help you find the best one for your plans.

Start an inspiration scrap book

This a great way to compile all of the ideas, notes, and pictures that have inspired your wedding vision. It will help you to stay focussed on your wedding planning ideas, and resist any spur-of-the-moment impulse buys. If you haven’t already, consider setting up a Pinterest account so that you can create a digital scrapbook for your ideas.

Decide on a date and a venue

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© Stephen Korecky via Flickr Creative Commons

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If you want to book a popular venue for your wedding, you will have to act well in advance of your prospective date. Finding the perfect venue can be fun as there are so many different places to explore. From historic country homes like Syon Park to alternative venues like Durham County Cricket Club, there is so much variety in England that you’ll be spoiled for choice.

Get your guest list and important roles sorted

It can be tough, but you will have to decide who is going to fulfil the key roles on the big day. The maid of honour, bridesmaids and best man all need to be chosen and asked. You also need to decide who will make the guest list to your wedding, which can be a challenge all on its own.

Once you have your guest list, you should look to come up with a seating plan. You shouldn’t completely overthink this, but you will have to give consideration to how many people will sit at a table, whether they will be round or square and how far apart they should be. Depending on your catering choice, you might not have to assign seats to people, but if you have a multiple course meal with multiple options, you will have to place people precisely.

Find your perfect dress

Wedding planning tips

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© Darlington Borough Councillicence

You should begin to look for your ideal wedding dress quite early because it can take a while to order and fit, sometimes over several sessions. Keep an open mind when you go dress shopping and try a variety of dresses on. You might dismiss the one that suits you best if you only see it on the mannequin. As your bridesmaids will also need dresses, you could turn your shopping trip into a day out with the girls.

Flowers, food and photographs (and cake)

Get in touch with a good florist and discuss your choice of flowers, making sure they match the colour and theme of the ceremony. Find a good caterer and decide on a menu for your guests, taking into account any who may have allergies or particular requirements. Don’t forget to order your cake; the possibilities are endless so be sure to be creative and put your trust into a talented baker who will deliver the finished product. Lastly, you will need to hire a photographer who will be able to capture the memories of your day. Be sure to hire someone with a great eye as these will be photos that you will treasure for years to come.

If you don’t have anyone in mind already for a particular aspect of your wedding, it is worth looking at wedding directories such as theweddingdirectory.co.uk to find listings in your area.

Book your honeymoon

Wedding planning tips

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This is the fun bit. Choose somewhere that you know will provide you with some great memories. After all of the planning and coordination, being able to relax might be your number-one priority — or maybe relaxation is the last thing on your mind, and you want a trip full of adventure and culture. Take a look at the great trip ideas on the Oh So Hitched honeymoon page.

Choose your wedding rings

You will wear your wedding ring for the rest of your life, so making sure it is a timeless design is very important. You will have to choose the material of your ring and what design you want to go for, and with so many choices at different price points, it should be something that you sit down and discuss together.

Enjoy your hen do

Depending on whether you like to party or you prefer to relax, your hen do could be a very different experience. You could opt for a night on the town, or head off for a day of pampering at a country spa. With the range of low-cost airlines flying to destinations around Europe, you could even jet off to the continent for a classy break with your bridesmaids. You could use Skyscanner to find yourself a cheap flight and keep your costs down.

If you follow our tips for planning your wedding you should be able to put together a great plan for your big day. Planning a wedding can be stressful, but remember that the day is about celebrating your marriage, so the most important person to please is yourself.