And it all went according to plan… Expert wedding planner, Shaun Johnson, shares his essential tips for planning made easy and nothing but smooth sailing ahead…
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As soon as the ring is on, it’s already time to start thinking about your big day. I completely appreciate that it can seem a little overwhelming to say the least, so I would always start with getting things down on paper, or – even better – putting it all together on a spreadsheet. On this should be everything you need to do for your wedding – from sorting wedding insurance to the decorations. Brain dumping everything in one document helps you de-compartmentalise, and assigning a timeline to each element breaks things down in more manageable stages.
Do your research
Wedding budgets can have a habit of creeping their way up as the big day approaches. In my time I’ve witnessed a lot of couples who waste money on things that, if thought about earlier, could have been achieved a lot cheaper. For example, decorations. A lot of weddings have an outside element and it’s always lovely to decorate that area in line with the theme and colours of the wedding. What I see a lot is couples going online and thinking the decorations are cheap, but it very soon adds up, as you need to buy quite a lot to get the effect you desire. You don’t have to be particularly artsy to have a go at making them yourself – you just need to dedicate time, and the end result feels so much more personal and often looks a
As a wedding planner I love it when couples assign roles to people in the lead up to the day and on the day itself. Giving people roles and responsibilities really helps, and for me, having a little go-to team is hugely beneficial. So even if it’s something like ensuring grandma is helped to get somewhere or making sure a taxi is arranged for your out-of-town guests, these little things are appreciated on a colossal scale and really contribute to the day running smooth as clockwork. I have heard about brides and grooms dealing with emergencies or sorting out paying of suppliers on the day – this shouldn’t happen, not on their big day – which is why I personally think a wedding planner is vital.
Don’t overcomplicate things too much!
I’ve seen a lot of weddings that just have too many elements to them. This is particularly common when the budget is big, which can result in the day feeling over-produced and not very relaxing. For me, the weddings that work best are calm and simple, and the elements that are there are executed really well. It’s about asking, ‘do we really need a plane with a ticker tape with our names attached, and fireworks, and a dance routine?’ Probably not.
Remember to reflect you
The best weddings are the ones where the couple’s personalities shine through. This can be through little touches such as the music, colours chosen, favours or readings. It’s such a personal day, so really focussing on what makes you tick works really well. For example, I’ve seen couples have readings of their favourite song lyrics instead of religious readings, or having a specific drink or sweet from one of their home towns as favours. Also involving close family and friends in the ceremony and running of the day makes it feel extra-special.
Get a wedding planner!
Now, not blowing my own trumpet (okay, maybe I am a bit!), but I can’t stress the importance having a planner enough, especially on the big day. They just bring everything together and ensure everything works on time and ensure your vision comes to life. They also shield the happy couple from anything that might not be going according to plan!
Many thanks to Shaun for his tips! Find out more at shaunjohnsonevents.com.