GoHen asked some of the UK’s best wedding planners for a few top wedding planning tips to help keep things under control for your big day.
Meghan Keates & Gemma Duck – Vintage Rose Event & Wedding Planning
From prop hire to a complete and bespoke wedding planning service Meghan Keates’ & Gemma Duck’s team at Vintage Rose are indeed experts in their field with a real eye for detail, covering the South West of England.
Are themed weddings a good or bad idea?
There is always a huge amount of pressure on couples to pull off a ‘quirky’ themed wedding or to ensure it is all as glamorous as possible. But really, as long as you have fun and enjoy yourselves in both the planning process and the actual day, you really can do whatever you like! After all, it is YOUR special day isn’t it? Just ensure you use something that is personal to you both as a couple. You both love reading? Dancing? A certain sport or play? Well, there you go! Incorporate things you love as little or as much as you like! All of your loved one will appreciate a well thought out, personal and loving atmosphere over matching napkins and table confetti any day!
What’s the best way to beat stress in the build up to the wedding?
Any couple will get stressed before the big day, don’t worry, it’s completely normal. If it’s Nanny Ilene suddenly deciding she is going to bake your wedding cake or if your best man can’t face giving a wedding speech all of a sudden, you are guaranteed to come across quite a few hurdles. In order to deal with the added stress, ensure you arrange at least one date night a week between you both where you don’t talk about the wedding, just relax and enjoy each others company. Make time to socialise with friends, go to your local spa, pop out to see friends at the gym, anything to relieve a little stress. This day is going to be one of the biggest of your life, don’t let other people or unnecessarily problems ruin that.
What is your top tip for someone planning their wedding?
Our only tip we inform our couples when first meeting them is… Enjoy every moment, from ‘yes’ to ‘I do’. Don’t get caught up with all of the top glossy magazines and think you have to have all the perfect (and not to mention pricey) items that are featured inside them. The day is about you and your partner, what makes you both happy surrounded by all of your family and friends. The extra stuff is just simply a bonus.
If you don’t have a clue about what you are doing, speak with your loved ones who have married already or look into a meeting with a local wedding professional. Most offer a free hour consultation to go through any ideas or to give you any initial inspiration.
If things get too much or you are worried about money and your budget seems to be growing smaller and smaller, then take a step back, look through what you’ve booked and what you need to book and prioritise things. Do you really need 100 favors priced at £5 each or can you compromise with something else? Do you still need to book a band and the catering when you’ve already got your heart set on that extravagant and extremely pricey horse and carriage? Just focus on what is really important for your day and enjoy every moment.