Award-winning and internationally acclaimed wedding planning expert, Sarah Haywood, shares her top 10 wedding planning tips for a seamless big day.
- Money Management
Plan only for the type of wedding you can afford; accept what you’ve got to spend and always shop with this in mind. Create your perfect wedding, not a premier league footballer’s dream day.
- Be Organised
It’s the key to successful and stress free wedding planning.
Don’t waste time getting carried away with the detail of your day until you have put the key elements in place: where and when you’ll be married, who you will invite and how much you can spend.
- Present a United Front
Create your day together and present a united front to your families. Leave some room for family input – especially if they are contributing financially.
- Respect & Compromise
Be sensitive to the desires and expectations of each other and your families. Respect the point of view of those who are invested in the day (financially or otherwise) and listen, even if you eventually reject their ideas. Be prepared to negotiate and compromise.
Behind every couple is a fabulous and efficient team, so delegate what you can to friends and family who have skills in the areas you need help with.
- Bridesmaids and Best Men and Women
Have reliable attendants. If your closest friends are not reliable and/or competent, give them something else to do.
- Hiring & Firing
Do not hire anyone or anything until you have seen or sampled their wares. Get every detail in writing and ensure taxes and service are included. Remember, before signing a contract always ask: “is this your best price?”
- Stay Cool, Calm & Collected
Especially with your nearest and dearest. Don’t alienate anyone you’ll need later on. (I’m thinking mother-in-law here!).
- Wedding Free Zones
Have wedding free zones in your home(s) and enjoy a wedding free evening out with your intended once a week when you don’t discuss the wedding at all. This will help you remember why you are doing this!
Sarah is internationally acknowledged as one of the world’s premier wedding planners and designers. Sought by celebrities, leading public figures, and nobility, Sarah was CNN’s expert commentator for the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton and regularly appears in the media. She is the author of the best selling Wedding Bible books and was the first wedding planner globally to develop smartphone apps. Discover more or read about her insights into planning a successful wedding.
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