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 – Freya Whitney, manager here at Woodland Manor (who you might just recognise from our recent appearance on Chanel 4’s The Great Hotel Escape, episode 6-10.)
1. How early should I book my wedding venue?
Booking the venue is one of the first things to do when planning a wedding. Connecting with the venue and its staff is key in making the commitment. Fridays and Saturdays are still extremely popular when it comes to weddings so last-minute booking can result in disappointment and we wouldn’t recommend it.
After booking the venue, the second most important job is booking the registrars. During this vital stage, we allow couples to provisionally hold our venue for their preferred date whilst they confirm availability. This gives couples the reassurance they won’t miss out.
2. How far in advance should I start planning for my wedding?
How far in advance you should plan depends on the couple and the wedding day itself. There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to timing. Typically a wedding is being planned for 1-2 years but we have helped plan a wedding in as little as 3 weeks – anything is doable with the right support!
3. How big should my budget be and can I keep costs down?
When it comes to your wedding budget, it really is a personal thing. Whether you have £5,000, £10,000 or £15,000 to spend, all budgets are achievable, you just need to be realistic.
If your budget is on the smaller side, keeping your guest numbers low will be key. Venues such as ours also offer different types of hire – non-exclusive and exclusive. Non-exclusive hire allows you to simply take one room of the manor. Exclusive hire, on the other hand, gives you the whole manor including all its bedrooms. The type of hire you choose will have a bearing on costs.
Some couples decide to decorate our venue themselves. This helps to keep costs down and ensures that everything is done exactly as they want. However, if our venue is booked out the day before, this can limit access and a couple may only have the day of their wedding to complete the decorations. So I say put your trust in your wedding coordinator at the venue and let them assist you with decoration. Not all venues offer a wedding coordinator service but we do!
4. How do I keep on top of my to-do list?
Managing all the tasks to plan a wedding can be very overwhelming. I always suggest taking advice from your venue’s wedding coordinator and appointing the maid of honour and best man as soon as possible. There are lots of jobs you can get them helping with (not just the hen or stag dos – albeit an important part!)
5. Are there any major mistakes I need to avoid?
My top tip is to take any help you are offered. Whilst having control is important, it is OK to delegate tasks. And remember to be patient – after all, Rome wasn’t built in a day. You should also get your partner involved, planning might not be their forte however, there will be things they can help do – such as researching particular suppliers or making a list of wedding fairs to attend.
With any wedding, you always run the risk of upsetting someone but remember it is your day! I have so many couples say how hard it is trying to please everyone. Chances are someone, somewhere will be offended – maybe they aren’t sat on the closest table or you didn’t invite their children. Just keep telling yourself it is your day and make peace with the fact you are doing a lovely thing by involving them in your special day!
Need Any More Wedding Planning Tips? Get In Touch
We hope you found our wedding planning tips helpful – but if you have any more questions, or would like to find out more about holding your wedding at Woodland Manor, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Call Freya Whitney on 01234 363281, email email@example.com or go to www.woodlandmanorhotel.co.uk/weddings.