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Make your Wedding Day Outstanding!

By Helen Pentith  //  Tue 28th November 2017

Make your Wedding Day Outstanding!

We are delighted to hear of the engagement of Price Harry and Meghan Markle and everyone will be watching with interest as these two plan their wedding day. But most of us will not have a Royal budget, so here are a few tips to set you in the right direction toward planning for your special day and keeping a lid on your costs.

Wedding trends are changing, many couples are now looking for something more relaxed and certainly less formal and even something a little bit quirky and out of the ordinary. The Average cost of a wedding now is between £15 and £20k., but there are ways to keep a limit on costs or to make your money stretch further.

Budget Planner

This is your starting point and will help you keep a tab on your costs and a clear breakdown of each individual item as well as making sure all is accounted for.  Run this with a ‘to do list’ and you will feel so much more organised and in control.  Ticking off a task is so satisfying too and keeps everything in managed order.  Look on line for wedding planning help, there are lots of sites out there you can register with which will provide all the tools you need to help with planning.


From Village Halls to exclusive castles and everything else in between, there is a massive choice out there for your wedding venue.  Don’t overload yourself trying to get around 10 venues, try to find your favourite 3 best venues, and visit these.  Make sure you book an appointment with the venue co-ordinator so you can thoroughly pick their brains.  Make a list of things you need to ask, such as cut off times, alcohol licence, can you book your own catering, can you use your own music/band, how many days do you have access to get the venue ready, accommodation on offer for guests.  Taking someone else with you helps for an alternative point of view too.


Most couples would plump for a summer wedding, the traditional June – September months.  However, with summers being wetter and winters being warmer there really is no need to stick to the traditional time of year.  Most venues will offer discounts in the winter months when they are quieter and often catering companies and suppliers will be easier to book during the ‘off-peak’ period.  So, consider a Spring/Autumn or even a winter wedding instead.


Over half of weddings now feature homemade stationary, favours and table settings.  You really can have a fun time creating and getting everyone else involved.  Sometimes it is the simplest things that look the most effective.

There are so many available website and social media sites to provide lots of inspiration and colour schemes. Working with the season that you are actually marrying in does help with costs, seek out available flowers, and think about reflecting colours of the outdoors, this works well and keeps costs down.  Peonies in winter would be a costly item for instance.

Wedding Planners

If you still feel really overwhelmed and finding the whole process too demanding when juggling with your already busy life, then seek out the aid of a Wedding Planner. Sometimes all you need is a bit of advice to set you in the right direction or you can book the whole package so everything is seamlessly sorted for you. 

See our suppliers list for a selection of Wedding Planners we recommend that would be happy to help, they are all wonderful people!

Photo credits: Lianne Gray Photography

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