Wedding Planning Needn't Be Stressful

Planning your wedding in plenty of time is important. Not only do the most popular venues get booked up months ahead of time, but good planning can also save you money. Whether it's hiring your dress clothes from a tailors in london, securing a good DJ for the evening, or getting the best price on your honeymoon, planning efficiently is a must. Being organized also eliminates much of the anxiety that inevitably accompanies planning a wedding; leaving things until the last minute can make the process even more stressful.

Perhaps the most important thing is having the perfect venue, both for the ceremony and the reception. Some places actually sell out up to a year ahead, especially if you are tying the knot during peak wedding season. Many places will accept a deposit and allow you to make payments, so the often high cost can be spread over several months or longer. The number of wedding guests will determine your venue to some extent, and it's best to decide on a number as soon as possible. Knowing how many people to plan for means you can budget more accurately, and guests with work commitments or those coming from far afield can better plan. One effective approach to keep the guest list manageable is to add names in priority order - immediate family, cousins and aunts, friends, etc. 

Of course, there are other things that have to be planned or ordered ahead of the big day. Making a list is always a good idea, and putting items on there in order of how far ahead they should be addressed works for most couples. For many brides, the wedding dress is one of the most important features in any wedding; again, planning ahead eliminates stress and ensures you'll find the perfect dress, especially if alterations are needed. Any wedding planner will tell you that your dress should be ordered at least 6 months beforehand.

Don't forget the flowers, catering, entertainment for your reception and the photographer. Many wedding photographers are booked up a long way ahead of time, and if you're getting married on a Saturday in Spring, you'll need to book ahead. Finding the ideal wedding photographer and agreeing to terms isn't always as straightforward as you might think; different photographers have different styles. The catering too, should be booked at least 6 months ahead of the day, and if you want live entertainment at your reception, that also needs booking early.

Other things you may need to plan and book include flowers, transportation, invitations, wedding favours and gifts for the bridesmaids. Don't forget your honeymoon; airfare is nearly always cheaper when booked in advance, and booking a package in advance also means the cost can be spread out. There's no doubt that planning a wedding can be overwhelming and stressful, especially with the average wedding cost at around £30,000, although of course you can get married without paying that much. Proper planning, a budget, a check list and a list of guests can all help to make the process easier.