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Q. My fiancé recently proposed, and I don't know where to start with the planning. What's the first thing I need to book and the best things to think about after that?
A. Sarah Burwell says: Here are my top tips to help you through the planning process:
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- Before you start booking anything, decide on a budget.
- Discuss with your fiancé how many guests you want to invite, where you want to host it and what theme or colour scheme you'd like.
- I suggest you create a folder so you can keep everything in one place.
- The two most important things to purchase are a wedding planner and budget organiser.
- Plenty of apps are available, and you can even visit my website to download some for free.
- If you're still feeling overwhelmed, then you may want to consider hiring a wedding planner.
Now you've finished planning, you're ready to start booking your suppliers.
- Start with the venue. Some are booked years in advance, so it's best to start early – especially if you want to visit quite a few before making a decision.
- Once you've set the date, you should inform your wedding party and check for any availability issues. If you have a particular supplier that you absolutely must have at your nuptials, then it might be a good time to check that they're available too.
- Now you should start researching and choosing suppliers. Make a shortlist of your favourites so you have a few to choose from.
- You may need to order your dress and the groom's suit early because some can take several months to be made or tailored.
- This is a great time to book your honeymoon so you can get the best prices and availability on your chosen destination.
- Don't forget to take out wedding insurance to protect your spending and give you peace of mind!
Q. We're looking for a wedding photographer, but we're a bit worried about booking someone online we've never met. Do you have any suggestions?
A. Claire Johnson says: - When I receive an email, I always ask the couple whether they'd like to meet in person. And if that's not possible, then Skype and FaceTime are great alternatives.
- Ask to see examples of their previous work. This will give you a good idea of their style and whether they're suited to you.
- Every photographer has a different approach, so it's important you talk through your ideas and ask lots of questions to help you make a decision.
Q. My fiancé and I have just started looking for our dream wedding venue, and we'd like to get married outside. What should we keep in mind before booking?
A. Fleur Record-Smith says: Congratulations on your recent engagement! Here are my top tips on how to choose the perfect venue:
- Make sure it has a path or hard flooring. The last thing you want is to feel like you're sinking in the grass as you walk down the aisle.
- Your venue should be exclusive so that only your nearest and dearest will share your special moment.
- Ideally, the ceremony area will face the gardens, enabling all of your guests to take in the beautiful surroundings as you say 'I do' .
- The venue needs to offer outdoor music facilities so that your harpist or string quartet can play under cover if the weather takes a turn for the worst.
- Try to personalise the space by working with recommended suppliers to add flowers and drapes.
- If you encounter inclement weather, then the venue should be able to offer some outdoor lighting to brighten up the space.
- From April 2018, we have launched a new wedding space called the Orangery. It's a beautiful freestanding glass house that's perfect for all seasons.
Q. We love bright summer colours and want to incorporate them into our stationery. Do you have any suggestions?
A. Samantha Browning says: - Incorporate your chosen shades into your place cards.
- Include a floral design on the menus.
- Decorate your table plan with lots of vibrant blooms.
- Use the venue as inspiration. If the room has one colour that particularly stands out, try to choose a hue that complements it.