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Wedding Planning - Top Tips from the Pros

Wedding Planning – Top Tips from the Pros


Planning a wedding can be a worrying and at times fraught task, wedding site The Knot’s Real Wedding Survey revealed that “50% [of brides] found that planning their wedding was more stressful than they expected”. For some nearly-weds the best stress relief can come in the form of expert help from a wedding planner.

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.

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Katrina Otter

As well as organising weddings in East Anglia and the East Midlands, like a modern day, event planning Mary Poppins Katrina can bring her bag of expertise to you or your overseas event.

How long does it take to plan the average wedding?

For full wedding planning I usually start working with my couples at least 12 months prior to their wedding and spend, on average, 250 hours per wedding. However, I am increasingly working on weddings with shorter lead times and have even organised an entire wedding in less than 6 weeks…but 12 months is ideal!

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© Rebecca Goddard Photography

What is a definite wedding “no no”?

Inedible food (or lack thereof). My advice to couples planning their wedding would be arrange for a food tasting, ensure that enough food is provided for guests and always ask about dietary requirements or allergies. I myself am allergic nuts and have attended a wedding as a guest before to find out that I couldn’t eat the main or dessert (and that the vegetarian alternative also contained nuts) – hence why this is a definite “no no” for me!

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© Rebecca Goddard Photography

What is your top tip for someone planning their wedding?

Take your time, try to enjoy the experience, don’t get caught up in the perfection, have faith in your decisions and above all remind yourself what’s truly important.

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© Rebecca Goddard Photography

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