Tips for stress-free wedding planning (well as much as it can be)
NUMBER 1 LEARN TO SAY NO
Planning a wedding is exciting and fun, but it can also be one of the busiest times of your life. If you don’t want to end up being a nervous wreck before your wedding day, learn to prioritize and say no to any new commitments that would take away from other important wedding-related tasks.
NUMBER 2 BECOME THE QUEEN OF ORGANIZATION
The more organized you are, the better your wedding planning experience will be. Keep a digital copy of all your important documents, contracts and information in one file on your computer so you can easily refer back to them when you need to.
NUMBER 3 HAVE A LITTLE FUN
There’s no need for you to be a frazzled bride. Take out your calendar and schedule a few fun days between all your wedding planning. Make fun and laughter a priority in the weeks leading up to your wedding. Sometimes it’s important to come back down to earth and remember why you’re choosing to marry your partner. Or perhaps go out and enjoy an afternoon with the girls where you don’t talk about the wedding at all.
NUMBER 4 MOVE YOUR BODY
Exercise does wonders when you’ve got a lot on your plate. Sometimes you need to take a breather and focus on your health. This doesn’t mean that you need to schedule in an hour at the gym every day either. If you’re strapped for time, a simple 15-20 minute walk or yoga session can make all the difference to your stress and energy levels.
NUMBER 5 JUST BREATH
Take a complete timeout from wedding planning as often as you need to. Every bride deserves a relaxing soak in the tub or a heavenly hot stone massage to relieve some of the tension she might be feeling. It can be difficult to make time to simply relax but do your best to find the time, even if it’s just 30 minutes a week.
Wedding Planning Advice to IGNORE
There’s a lot of advice out there for new brides-to-be and it can be difficult to decide what advice to take and what to ignore.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed with all of the advice you’ve been reading and receiving, here are a few wedding planning myths that you can toss aside.
A talented friend is exactly the same as a professional
This is especially relevant when it comes to choosing a photographer. Just because you have a friend who takes amazing holiday photos doesn’t mean they’re prepared or skilled to capture your wedding day. Same goes for florists, venue-decor specialist, DJ’s, Caterers. Doing something for a party is very different to doing it for a wedding!
Every detail needs to be perfect
If you would prefer not to drive yourself mad before your wedding day, leave perfection at the door. Your wedding doesn’t need to be Pinterest-perfect in order for it to be special and memorable. You need the right people around you, and to focus on what is the most important for you.
DIY is the only way
While DIY is a great way to save money, it isn’t always the best route. Sometimes it’s better to pay a professional to assist you with aspects such as your cake, catering, and even some of your decorating. Recognise that any DIY has to be in place before your wedding day; you don’t want you or your partner having to set stuff up when you should be getting ready!
You went to their wedding so they should be invited to yours
There is absolutely no rule that says you have to invite every single person that invited you to their wedding. This is your day and your budget, so choose your guests wisely.
You SHOULD be engaged for at least one year
There is no rule that says you need to wait at least 365 days before you wed. Your timing should be based on your personal preferences and your lives.
You need a big bridal party
This is your wedding and if your future husband only wants his brother at his side on his wedding day while you want all five of your best friends, that’s ok. Adding people to your wedding party unnecessarily racks up unnecessary costs.
It’s okay to go in to debt to have the perfect wedding
You do not have to start your married life with mountains of debt just so that you could have a magazine-worthy wedding. Decide what’s most important to you as a couple and allocate your budget accordingly
FUNBOOTH WEDDING PLANNING SERVICES
- Initial Consultation – Free
Every service begins with a consultation in which we discuss your wedding vision, planning so far, and what it is you’re looking for from your planner. It also makes sense to know exactly who is helping you plan one of the most important days of your life!
- Full Planning Service – Bespoke price based on services, logistics and size of wedding. Minimum investment fee of £1200.
Although you’re in control every step of the way, making the choices for what you want at your wedding, having the full planning service supports you with every aspect of your wedding.
This service includes venue sourcing, supplier sourcing & consultations, helping creatively – suggesting ideas and putting your ideas into practice.
It also includes creating floor-plans, mood boards and helping with the styling of the wedding. As well as budget management & support, producing a running order of the day to distribute to all suppliers, setting up and decorating your venue and being in attendance from start to finish on your wedding day to oversee everything. Regular meetings and unlimited e-mail and phone call support
- Partial Planning Service – Bespoke based on the services required. Minimum investment fee of £750 applies.
Funbooth LTD work in 2 styles for the partial planning service based upon what is required for your special day. You can either purchase our time in blocks of 15 hours, and we work on various different aspects of your day during this time, or we focus specifically on the area(s) you need to, for example organising and coordinating your entertainment or RSVP’s and seating plans. The choice is yours.
- On the Day Wedding Coordination – £500 for 12 hours.
This service includes liaison with suppliers to ensure all is on track and running smoothly and the creation of your Wedding day schedule & timeline, which will be pre-approved with you. We’ll have a final meeting 4-6 weeks prior to your day to go over details (preferably at the venue if this is possible). Meeting all suppliers on the day for set up, ensuring they are there on time and know your desired layout. Organisation of the venue set up including table plans, decoration, lighting and music. Coordinating order of events including the ceremony, wedding breakfast, speeches, cake cutting and first dance. Tidy of the bridal suite (if within the venue), ensuring it is ready for the newlyweds. Responsibility for any supplier payment balances on the day if required and a Wedding Coordinator will be present on the day from start to finish, times to be agreed with the couple