Due for UK wide release in late spring, the movie ‘The Wedding Plan’ is a romantic comedy that pitches the expectations of love against faith. When her fiancé backs out a month before the wedding, Noa Kooler’s character Michal puts her faith in God to deliver her a groom in 30 days before Hanukkah.
She continues to plan the wedding with military precision but which groom, if any, will appear to marry her?
Hopefully, planning your wedding won’t be as stressful as finding a groom as well as planning table settings, booking the photographer and other essential activities – and all against the clock in 30 days.
A wedding planner sounds a fantastic idea but for most people, it is an expense too far. How can you plan your wedding and make it a day to remember (for all the right reasons)?
Precision and Preparation
There is a saying, ‘fail to prepare, prepare to fail’ and never a truer word was spoken when it comes to planning your wedding.
There is a lot to do in in planning and executing a flawless wedding day, from the big stuff – like booking the wedding photographer – to the smaller stuff that ensures the day run smoothly – such as catering for special diets.
So, folder, pen and paper at the ready, here is what you need to know to create your perfect wedding:
#1 Theme or No Theme
Some people enjoy a traditional wedding, run along formal lines. Other couples prefer something quirky and individual.
There is no right and wrong to theming a wedding, so don’t feel pressured into doing something that you don’t want.
What kind of personalities and characters are you and your partner? Use the answer to this question to the basis of how you theme your wedding.
Take a look at the themes tipped for wedding success in 2017.
#2 Set the Date/ Find the Venue
The second important task is the venue and the date. This is a ‘chicken and egg’ moment of wedding planning;
- The Must-Have Venue – if you have a venue in mind, it may be that your wedding date is decided by the availability of the venue to accommodate your big day. Do not be tempted to shoe-horn your wedding celebrations in alongside another wedding at the same venue on the same day as this can result in chaos and tears.
- The Must-Have Date – some couples, however, have a firm date in mind on which they want to tie the knot. It could be the date they first met, a special birthday or other occasion. If this is the case, the hunt is on for a wedding venue that has availability on that day.
When it comes to wedding dates, there are a few things to bear in mind:
- Peak wedding season is from May through to September in the UK, thus most popular wedding venues will have limited availability for Saturday weddings – it pays to book well in advance.
- Some dates are more popular than others and thus, you may need to book earlier than you think. The last huge rush to book weddings were dates such as 7/7/07, as well as dates around New Year and Valentine’s Day too.
For popular dates and for wedding dates into the future, sending ‘save the date’ cards to your guests is important.
#3 Budget, Budget, Budget
Now that you have the foundations in place, you need to start thinking seriously about your budget. No matter how large or small your budget, it has a lot to cover and could be stretched very thin.
Financial management of your wedding budget needs to be detailed and on-the-money every step of the way or you may find that wedding costs spiral out of control.
But at the same time, you need to be realistic.
Top tip for making your wedding budget stretch further – haggle.
#4 Get Skilled
Wedding planner courses are not just for people who are choosing to make a career out of wedding planning.
We have fantastic courses that upskill you in the art of wedding planning, including what you need to know about the legalities of getting married, the documentation you need, as well as a great schedule suggestion to follow when planning your Hollywood worthy wedding.
Study online, complete wedding planner courses with support from our fantastic tutors and student support staff and plan your wedding exactly how you want it.