Planning Your Wedding

Planning Your Wedding

Planning a wedding is an exciting activity but comes with challenges. You want to get these right.

Of course, no two couples will do exactly the same as any other. One thing you’re likely to need to do is to set a budget (and agree who will be on the decision-making team).

Questions to Consider

Are you going to plan the event yourself, do some of it (perhaps in tandem with someone else) or take professional help?

What do you want to include on the day? This can range from what drinks to offer (straight after the ceremony) to hiring a band.

What sort of ceremony will you choose? Church, registrar or celebrant?

How many guests will you invite (and who might they be?)?

What date do you want? Unless you have a specific landmark date in mind, be flexible. Some days are more popular (and expensive) than others.


You need to get cracking with bookings, as some suppliers get booked up well in advance.

Priorities normally are:

  1. The Church or Register Office
  2. The wedding venue
  3. Caterers (if you’re having any)
  4. Wedding Planner (ditto)

Next you may consider:

  1. A civil celebrant
  2. Clothes supplier
  3. Photographer/videographer
  4. Florist
  5. Entertainment
  6. Transport to/from the venue
  7. Make-up artist
  8. Hairdresser

With all suppliers, do your homework, where possible. Check for recommendations, use websites and make in-person visits, if you can. You must be confident that they can do what you require.

You may be able to do all this in a matter of weeks, but, realistically, you should start planning at least a year before your big day.

Hopefully, this can suffice for starters. If you want more advice, just contact me.

A great guide (OK, I am the author!) is “Your Wedding Guide”, available on Amazon. It takes you right through this process in much more detail – and  costs (currently) less than a fiver!

Main photo: Matt Penberthy

Your Wedding ceremony in Six Easy Steps

Your Wedding ceremony in Six Easy Steps

Just how easy is planning a wedding ceremony?

Well, OK, six steps may be over-simplifying it a bit, but the principles I’m about to suggest will be a great starting-point.

Bear in mind that not everybody will want the same thing for their wedding, so these comments may be of varying importance or relevance to people with different budgets, of different religions (or none), or  with different ideas of scale, etc.

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So here goes:

  1. Whether or not you will marry in (say) church or in a civil ceremony, you will need to give official notice of your intentions. Consult with your priest or local register office to get the legal low-down, but, as with all your preparations, allow plenty of time for this.
  2. You will need to book your venue well in advance. If you are choosing a civil ceremony, do go and visit the venue, so you can see if it fits in with your dreams.
  3. The reception may be in a different venue, but, either way, go along and book it earlier rather than later. Start thinking also about who to invite and, eventually, about seating plans, if any.
  4. Book your civil celebrant well in advance (they get booked up too). Meet them first (or, at least, Skype them), because you’ll want to be sure there’s going to be rapport between you. After all, you’ll have to work quite closely with them. You’ll need to decide on the type and tone of service you’ll be having. (Obviously, there’s much less freedom here if you’re having either a full religious service or else a register office ceremony.) If you’re having a civil ceremony, you’ll want to discuss the content, so that it can be personalised for you. Finally, make sure you are happy with the Ts and Cs before making your final decision (as with all your suppliers). An excellent place  to start looking is at – well, I would say that!
  5. Start thinking about the music you want to include. (Again, your celebrant should be able to advise you.) Consider the sound system and also any musicians you may want to use.
  6. Start booking your other suppliers. These may include florists, a toastmaster, photographers/videographers, cake-makers, caterer, dress or suit supplier, post-ceremony entertainer, hair/beauty treatment, guest accommodation, etc.


If you want a concise, easy-to-follow (and modestly-priced) guide that will take you virtually every inch of the way, then have a look at my recently-published “Your Wedding Guide”.