Things You Might Forget When Planning A Wedding

It’s highly unlikely that a few weeks before your wedding you’ll wake yourself in the middle of the night with the dread and realisation that you’ve forgotten to choose a dress.  Or book a venue. Or invite any guests.

That’s all pretty bloody obvious so instead of pulling together a standard; “Planning a Wedding Guide” where we go over things you’ll already be well on top of, we thought why not share the things that you might forget or overlook?  The little bits and bobs that can add up (in terms of both time and money).  So we put our heads together and had a think about what caught us out, or almost caught us out when planning our own weddings.

THINGS TO BUDGET:

1.Postage Costs…

…A cost of a stamp isn’t all that much. It’s almost not even worth thinking about. Until you have to post out 100 Save The Dates, followed by 100 Invites, maybe complete with 100 pre-stamped RSVPs… At 63p a stamp for first class postage you’re looking at £189. It suddenly adds up – think what £200 could be spent on!

If you opt for a large invite it could be 95p – £1.68 taking the cost to £285 – £504! Our advice?Don’t bother with stamping RSVPs. I did this for my wedding and to this day I’m yet to receive an invite myself where anyone else did this, so it really isn’t expected (ooh the joys of being first out of your friendship group to get married!) If £200+ is going to be a considerable spend for you and you’re other half,  then don’t be afraid to make the most of digital invites and forgo postage altogether. Everything’s online these days and your guests will probably find it easier to click a link via email then journey out to a postbox anyway!

2. Dress alterations…

… When it comes to setting a budget for your dress you also need to think about the cost of alterations. Again, as first of my group to get married I had no idea that you’d need to budget this in. Each bridal shop or seamstress will have differing prices but from our experience it’s worth adding £100 – £200 to the cost to factor this in. After all, your wedding dress is likely to be the most expensive item of clothing you’ll ever buy, so it’s worth getting it to fit you perfectly.

3. Customs Charges…

… You may have tracked down the perfect bikini from Australia for your honeymoon, or found amazing invites from the States and already considered the international shipping. But what I always seem to forget (I do it every time – it’s as if I blank out the bad memory!) is the charge to release it from UK customs! If you’re buying anything from outside the EU, you’ll have to pay Customs Duty (if over £120) AND Import VAT (if over £18). Duty Calculator is a good tool to use to figure out whether something really will be cheaper from abroad.

4. Trying things…
… It’s always a good idea to have a contingency budget – a pot of money which you factor into your overall budget that can be used for ‘trying things out’. It is after all better to pay a small sum of money for fabric samples, or mock invitations before shelling out on the real thing only to find it’s not what you wanted.

WAYS TO SAVE TIME:

  1. Organise your table settings…

… No doubt you’d have spent hours figuring out your seating plan and sourcing/making your place settings.  So do yourself (and/or those setting up your venue) a favour and get things organised ahead of time! Take each table individually and write a list of all the names of your guests sat at it. Draw an individual table plan then place these in a box or bag along with the place names/favours.  Do this for each table, have a separate bag/box for each. This means that whoever is setting up can easily put everything together without spending hours looking through the whole guestlist and figuring out which, “Steve” is which…

2.  Take time to pack your suitcase…

…Okay, so I’m actually really sad and create excel spreadsheet packing lists before I go away. I’ve even been known to have a pivot table with outfit ideas (I love a spreadsheet okay!) but there’s a less extreme way to plan.

Take a bit of time and think about what you’ll be packing to take with you to your venue and when you’ll need it.  In all the excitement of preparing for your day (and quite possible a haze of Prosecco) the last thing you want to do is to send yourself into a mild panic by not being able to find something.  So think about what you’ll need and arrange your suitcase so everything is in order.  For example, if you’re getting to the venue the night before with friends and family, then put your “night before outfit” (yes – that’s a thing!) on top.  Then your PJs under that; Then your underwear for the wedding under that;  your “next day outfit” below that, etc…. It just stops you having to toss everything around the room trying to find it.  If you want to be a little more organised, Packing Cubes are a great way of keeping outfits together in one pile (I swear by these for road trips when there’s little time to unpack between destinations!)

3. Think about your thank you’s…

… When you get back from your wedding you’ll be high on the energy and probably getting excited about going away on your honeymoon.  But you really shouldn’t forget your guests who helped to make your day so special.  When going through any cards and gifts you may have been lucky enough to receive it’s a good idea to jot down who got you what so you can easily remember when it comes to writing your thank you cards. I also highly recommend writing the envelopes for these as you’re writing the invites so you don’t misplace addresses in-between and you’re already on a writing roll!

Whisper and BlushHope you found this useful.  Melissa xx