Today officially marks 9 months to go until our wedding day, and how fast has this time gone? Every day that goes past makes me more excited for the big day and without wishing the year away too much, I just can’t wait!

When it comes to the planning though, I feel as though I’m in a bit of a lull as I can’t decide on anything else at the moment, but I also want to get as ahead as possible so I’m a bit in limbo – it’s what happened with being so productive at the start!

Instead of starting yet another Pinterest board, I thought it would be a lot more useful to round up my tips for planning your big day. Let me know if you have any other tips too!

Don’t be afraid of DIY

All of the weddings I’ve been to in the past couple of years have had different levels of what has been done by the couple themselves, and what they have paid a company to do.

When we first got engaged, I thought that I would hire a room-dressing company to come in and do everything for us, but after doing my research and picking up bits and bobs along the way, you can save a lot of money if you don’t shy away from DIY.

Whether it’s an old mirror you’ve upscaled to have your order of service on or centrepieces that you’ve done yourself, the little DIY touches will make your whole wedding feel a lot more personal.

Consider Your Options

A friend of mine got engaged the other day and was talking about the price of wedding venues, which unfortunately is one of the most expensive parts especially if you want to get married on a Saturday in summer.

One of the ways that you can bring the price down is by getting married during the week, and in a month that is out of season (usually January – March, November, December) and even though this might not have been your first go to option, it will massively bring the cost down.

Take Advantage Of Your Creative Friends

Obviously, don’t take the biscuit when it comes to your wedding plans, but if you have someone in your family or a friend who have a creative edge, maybe ask if they would be happy to help you out in exchange for a discounted rate.

One of my close friends is a graphic designer and helped me to design our invitations and another is a baker and has offered to do our cake for much cheaper than we would have had to pay otherwise. The people closest to you will want to help you make the day as seamless as possible.

Shop For Your Suppliers

The great thing about getting married is everyone else who wants to talk about their weddings and give you advice on how to make your big day as special as possible. One of the things I found really helpful was having lots of different recommendations of suppliers especially when it came to photographers and caterers – what can I say, the food and pictures are the most important thing to me!

Websites such as Confetti, have everything at your fingertips from florists to hair and beauty and anything else you can think of. You can visit website.

Don’t Worry About The Little Things

The truth is, you spend a year, two years, planning your perfect day and you want everything to go as smoothly as possible, but when did life ever go to plan?

As much as you want the whole service and ceremony to go without any little glitches, the chances are that something will go wrong, but believe me when I say that you are the only one that will realise this.

No one knows that their centrepieces are skew-whiff, or your hair has fallen out on one side or the food is 20 minutes late – they’re all too wrapped up in having a good time, and you should be doing the same.

Don’t worry about the little things that may be out of control, and enjoy your day. It will be one of the most special of your life, and there is no point worrying about the little things.

And there you have my 5 tips for planning a wedding. I hope that you’ve been able to take something away from this if you are newly engaged or further along the planning stages.

Have you got any tips for planning a wedding?

Finding a venue is one of the biggest things when it comes to planning a wedding. We looked at loads, ranging from lodges to barns and stately homes before we settled on ours and it was definitely one of the most fun parts.

If you are planning a summer wedding and want to take advantage of a great location, as well as the flexibility of the venue and loads of space, the answer could be under your nose. From non-standard venues to historic places, there are plenty of options to choose from. 

Today I’ve listed a few places for a summer shindig that you might not have previously thought of.

Your Back Garden

This was something that Jordan and I toyed with for a while, but for the number of people we wanted there during the day, there just wasn’t enough room in our little house.

If you’re lucky enough to have a larger than average back garden, you might want to save money on hiring a venue and invite your guests to your home. The amount you will pay for a marquee hire will be much lower than hiring a hotel lobby, and you can also benefit from the laid-back atmosphere and the freedom to stay as long as you want.

There’s something really lovely about having one of the biggest days of your life in your home too, that a traditional wedding venue wouldn’t be able to give you.

Church Garden

One of the best places for small weddings is the garden of your wedding church. They can be extremely romantic and means that your guests don’t have to go far after your ceremony. The church might be able to supply you with the tables and chairs and allow you to create your own decorations too which helps you put your unique touch on the day.

Usually, the parish will be happy to keep your flowers as long as they last and give you a discount if you are a member of the community which could help you keep the costs down. 

Historic Castle

If you have a larger budget and would like to make your wedding memorable, you could also hire a historic castle. There are many scattered around the UK that gives you the most stunning backdrop for your big day. 

Some of the venues offer indoor seating in case it rains (this is England after all…) and catering on site as well. Imagine the romantic wedding photos your photographer can take among the old halls and walls, as well as the landscaped castle garden – beautiful!

A Family Friends’ Villa

If you are lucky enough to know someone with a villa abroad, why not ask if they would be willing to let you have your wedding there? Abroad weddings tend to be cheaper than the UK too, which is why many people opt for them, plus – SUNSHINE!

You will also be able to accommodate for some of your guests which means the party can go on that little bit longer and have the freedom to choose the catering company according to your budget and needs.

The Beach

You might be surprised to know that there are plenty of seaside wedding venues offered for every budget: From luxury hotels to old forts, lighthouses to a ceremony on the sand, there are definitely several options to choose from.

Why not jump in the car and explore what some of your favourite UK beach has to offer as you might be pleasantly surprised. It will make for such beautiful photos too.  

I hope this post has helped you to think outside the box on the decision and if you would like any more information or tips on how we found ours, then leave me a comment!

xx