With so much to think about, wedding planning can be a bit overwhelming. So, to help you get on top of things, we thought we’d offer you a few must-know wedding planning tips from our very own expert – Ailish, Event Coordinator at Woodland Manor for 7 years.
1. How early should I book my wedding venue?
- How early can I book my wedding?
As early as you want to! Booking your venue is a key part of starting the planning process. Booking means you’ve found a place you love, you have your wedding date and then everything can be built around this.
We suggest you come along and have a show around of the Manor with one of our wedding coordinators, to see the Manor, our function rooms and some of our bedrooms too. It’s the perfect time to ask all your questions, we can create a quote for you based on exactly what you want for your wedding day and check availability for any dates you have in mind. We’ll hold the date for you whilst you check with other suppliers, the registrar or you church and make sure that the date works for you. We’re happy to book you in as far in advance as you’d like or close to a sooner date if you don’t want to wait!
2. How far in advance should I start planning for my wedding?
There’s no right answer for how far in advance you should start planning, its whatever your comfortable with. Typically, a wedding is planned for 1 to 2 years but we’ve helped plan a small wedding in just three weeks, anything is possible! We suggest starting by booking key suppliers to make sure you have what booked you’re wanting and that those suppliers are available on your wedding date. After this, there’s no rush to get everything all done in advance, take your time (write a lot of lists!), and ask us as many questions as you need, that’s what your wedding coordinators are here for.
Your wedding coordinator will meet with you and be in contact regularly in the lead up to your wedding day. Meeting to discuss the details of your day will help with the planning process, they’ll guide you with timings for the day and how everything will run and come into place on the day.
3. How big should my budget be and can I keep costs down?
The budget for your wedding is completely a personal thing, based on what you think is achievable in the amount of time until your wedding day, you’ll need a venue and suppliers that are set within a realistic amount.
Here at the Manor, we have two hire types, so we can work between a variety of different budgets. We offer exclusive use that includes private access the Hotel for your wedding guests, all 34 bedrooms (including breakfast the next morning), all function rooms, no outside guests in the bar or reception areas and use of our beautiful grounds, it’ll be your Manor for the day. We also offer a non-exclusive use option, in which you hire the functions rooms per part of the day you want them for, so just for the evening reception, or through the whole day including your ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception, and if any of your guests want to stay overnight, they can book themselves in. We can arrange a discounted overnight stay as part of your wedding.
When you come in for your show around, you can discuss this with your wedding coordinator the type of hire your interested in, your budget and they will be able to guide you into what can work with your budget and prioritising all the main parts of your day to make sure they’re included.
To keep within your budgets, you can take other steps with suppliers and doing some bits yourself. Not all decorations need to be hired and put in place by suppliers, you make and bring your own creations in and work with your wedding coordinator so that they can help assist with putting some decorations out so you can be present with your guests and enjoy you’re wedding day.
4. How do I keep on top of my to-do list?
Take your time and ask for help! Making to do lists is a great way to keep organised and make sure you don’t miss anything out. Delegate to friends and family and do some of the list with others so that it doesn’t seem like such a large task.
Discuss with your wedding coordinators! Woodland Manor have dedicated wedding coordinators to help answer any questions you have and help to be a guide for you. They are happy to meet with you and make as many calls and send as many emails as you need to discuss everything so that your comfortable in knowing that you’re getting through your list in the most stress free way possible.
5. Are there any major mistakes I need to avoid?
We believe that discussing as many details as possible with your wedding coordinator is key, with their experience they’ll quickly be able to spot any major mistakes or missing pieces. If your worried always just ask!
Just remember that when planning you’ll always run the risk of not doing something the way someone else would but as long as your happy and it’s what you want, we’ll help to make this happen.
You’ll have a wedding coordinator at the Manor on your wedding day too, so you can trust that all that you’ve discussed and planned with us will go off without a hitch!
Message from our Events team, Ailish, Amy & Josephine
We love the uniqueness and possibilities that are available for weddings at this venue, this is what makes Woodland Manor so special. Ailish has worked at the venue for 7 years and has never done two weddings the same.
The expertise our team offers, allows you to plan your wedding effortlessly without the stress. You’ll have the wedding day you’ve been dreaming of, executed to a top standard so you and all your guests have a day no one will ever forget.
Need Any More Wedding Planning Tips? Get In Touch
If you want any more tips, do go to our wedding FAQs page or check out our Instagram for some great photo inspiration!
If you have any questions or would like to find out more information about holding your wedding day at Woodland Manor, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on 01234 363 281, or email email@example.com or go to www.woodlandmanorhotel.co.uk/weddings.
For answers to some questions you might have, visit our FAQs section.