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10 Steps to Planning Your Wedding Day

Dec 14, 2017
Deciding on a budget is the first step when planning your wedding day

One of the biggest concerns that we at West Park experience with couples planning their wedding is that they have not covered everything.  It may seem like a mammoth task planning your big day, however if you break it down into small steps, it should make your organising as stress free as possible.

Check out our wedding planning guide below to make sure you have not missed any important steps:

1. Budget

The first stage of planning should be how much realistically you can afford with consideration to how much you could save each month.  If you have others who are willing to support with costs then its worth discussing how much they would be willing to contribute.

Once you have determined the budget, you should discuss a preliminary guest list as this will help when choosing a venue.

2. Choosing a Wedding Venue

Now that you have a budget and know how many guests you would like to invite, you need to choose the venue.  There are so many beautiful and diverse places to get married that you should be able to find one that fits what you are looking for.

When approaching a venue, it’s useful to have a date range in mind.  Popular venues can get booked up to two-three years in advance, so it’s worth discussing whether you would like to have your big day on a Friday or a Sunday as Saturday is always the most requested day of the week. 

As wedding organisers, we will want to know how you see your perfect day playing out.  Everyone’s wedding is different and we want to ensure you get the day you want.

It is becoming much more popular for couples to have their ceremony on site at the venue as it means that your guests arrive and do not need to travel any further.  Here at West Park, we go one step further and offer all-inclusive wedding packages that includes your ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception in one price.

West Park offers all-inclusive wedding packages

3. Bridal Party

You probably know who you would like to support you, however careful consideration should be given to your budget as you could be responsible for outfits, shoes, buttonholes, bouquets, make-up and hairdressers.

4. Suppliers

We have a list of suppliers that we work with and they can be found on our wedding suppliers’ page.

We will be hosting our very own wedding fayre in Dundee on Sunday 28th January 2018, where you will get a chance to meet with some of the wedding suppliers that we work with as well as some great ideas for your big day.

5. Picking a Wedding Dress

There are so many styles available; however some dresses can take up to six months to be made so this part of your wedding planning should be done in the early stages.  It can be exciting and emotional shopping for the dress of your dreams, so we suggest visiting many different suppliers.  From experience, we know as soon as you put ‘the’ dress on, you will instantly know it is the one for you.

As soon as you have chosen your dress, you can start to decide on bridesmaid’s dresses and what the groomsmen will wear.

It is important to look at various suppliers when choosing a wedding dress

6. Invitations

As invitations tend to go out 6-8 weeks prior to your big day, you may wish to send ‘Save the Date’ cards out to your chosen guest list once your date has been confirmed.  There are endless stationary options out there and inspiration can be easily obtained from Pinterest.

7. Honeymoon

A lot of couples that are budget conscious are booking minimoons to celebrate the start of their new married life.  The lead up to a wedding can be a stressful and busy time so it is nice to get away for a few days to relax.  This means that the main honeymoon can take place a few months later which allows time to plan and save.  It is also quite common nowadays to set up a honeymoon fund so that your guests can contribute instead of providing a gift.

Why not take a Minimoon after your wedding and save up for a Honeymoon at a later date

8. Table Plan

When you have received your ‘RSVPs’, you can start the process of preparing your table plan.  Our advice would be to put your guest list into groups of family and friends.  We normally seat our guests on tables of ten, so you may need to play about fitting your list into tables.  Do think about guests who are in wheelchairs or parents with children who may need to be near exit doors.

Add some interest by giving each table a name.  This could be personalised to you, for example, places you have visited, your favourite chocolates (you could put a small bowl of those chocolate at each table).  One of our favourite ideas we’ve seen is where the couple had numbered their tables and put pictures of them at age one, two and so on.

9. Stag and Hen Nights

Normally this is the job of the chief bridesmaid and best man, however, you may wish to have an input on this so that you can budget for it as part of your wedding.

10. Final Details

You should arrange to have an appointment with your venue at least six weeks before the big day and this is where the finer details will be discussed.  You will need to think about what songs you would like to be played, if any readings are going to take place at the ceremony, who is doing the speeches and whether gifts should be given out, traditionally flowers are given to the mothers of the bride and groom.

By now, you will also be aware of whether you have any budget left for the wedding or not and this will allow you to decide on any last minute additions such as table decorations or additional entertainment on the night.

Hopefully the above has given you an insight into the steps you should consider when planning a wedding.  If you would like any further inspiration or ideas then please get in contact with us here at West Park or come along to our wedding fayre on Sunday 28th January 2018.  Registration is at 11.30am with a fashion show at 12.00pm; before the fayre begins at 12.30pm.

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