Top Three Things To Book When Planning Your Wedding
Have you recently got engaged (if so; congratulations!) or perhaps you’ve been feeling overwhelmed on just where to start when it comes to planning your wedding? From years of experience of chatting to brides-to-be (and also getting married ourselves), we’ve found these three things to be the most important to book first when planning your wedding in Sussex in beyond! You’ll most likely find that they’ll then help to sway your decisions further down the line too.
Choosing your wedding venue is a great place to start. It can determine so many things about your dream day – from guest numbers to the time of year you tie the knot, the theme of your wedding, even down to the food and drink served to celebrate your big day. Perhaps you’d like a traditional church wedding and then go onto an elegant hotel to celebrate your nuptials? Or do you dream of hosting your wedding day, exclusively at one venue? If so; castles, country houses and beautiful barns could be perfect for you and your beau.
Enjoy visiting venues with your beloved and meeting with their wedding co-ordinators. Don’t forget to go armed with questions about availability (some are fully booked at least two years’ in advance, especially for summer weddings), how many guests they can accommodate, recommended wedding suppliers they work with (this can save you time sourcing, later!) and also ideas about how you’d love your wedding day to look. Planning on getting married in Sussex? Check out our list of The Ten Best Wedding Venues in Sussex .
Like venues, highly sought after wedding photographers can also be booked up for anything between twelve to twenty-four months in advance. And with the ‘average’ bride spending £1046 (according to findings by Brides Magazine), it’s a sizeable chunk of the wedding budget – understandably too, as your photos will provide memories to look back on, for years to come.
Research is key when it comes to choosing the person you trust with capturing your day. Peruse your favourite wedding blogs and magazines, along with online search engines to find style inspiration and also speak to friends and family who’ve recently got married for wedding photographer recommendations. As your photographer will be one of the most important people you choose to be part of your wedding; it’s vital you meet with them beforehand (be it face-to-face or via Skype) to discuss the type of images you’d like to be your treasured keepsakes from your wedding day and know that they ‘get’ you as a couple and your ideas. This will ensure they can capture those moments and more.
For so many brides, finding The Dress is one of the most exciting experiences when planning their wedding. It can also be a minefield too; presenting lots of choices and unexpected options. Brides who visit our Sussex bridal boutique in Hove, usually make an appointment shortly after booking their wedding venue (although we can accommodate shorter timescales). Some have ideas of their dream dresses in mind, whilst others just enjoy trying on a variety of designer styles (from timeless classics to fairytale princess gowns and modern statement two pieces) and seeing what suits them best; after all, for most, they’ve never tried on a wedding dress before.
Once decided on a style – be it fairytale, fishtail, full length or short – brides can then delight in trying on gowns until they find ‘the one’. Our designer wedding dresses take up to 14 weeks to be made and we recommend allowing up to 8 weeks for any alterations brides wish to make. Of course, each dress can be personalised further and made uniquely yours. To get the wedding dress of your dreams, talk to your chosen bridal boutique about inspiration, fit and style.
In need of further wedding planning inspiration? Check out our guide to taking the first steps to planning your dream wedding.