Did you know that the average UK wedding takes over 200 hours to plan? Lockdown can feel as though your wedding plans are stuck at a standstill however now is a great time to put on your wedding planning productivity pants! So to give you some things to think about I’ve put together a list of things you can do to help get on top of things and move forward with your planning during the lockdown.
1). Put together a plan
Planning for a wedding can feel like a part-time job. If you’re stuck at home with plenty of time on your hands now is a good time to get organised. Whether it’s writing a checklist or creating a spreadsheet dedicate a day to wedding planning. Having a list or spreadsheet is a great way to make sure you don’t miss out on any crucial planning or dates, appoint roles to members of the bridal party and to keep on top of what you are spending.
2). Plan a budget
It’s easy to get caught up in wedding planning and forget your bank balance might not accommodate all the ideas in your head. The average UK wedding now costs £32,000 but that doesn’t mean you need to have that much to have an amazing wedding. Have an honest chat with your partner about what you can afford and work out how much you both need to save each month to make this happen. Once you’ve worked out how much you can save, whether you’ll have any financial help from family, and how far your money will stretch, you have a rough budget.
3). Create your mood board
Pinterest and Google are great places to find wedding inspiration and to help refine what it is you want for your big day - whether it’s a specific colour palette, venue or theme. It’s always a good idea to begin thinking about what style you would like for your whole day as this can influence and make planning easier later down the line, for example, wedding stationery, bridesmaid dresses and details on the day.
4). Think about your guest list
One of the hardest parts of planning your wedding day can be working out your guest list. Numbers can often be tight especially if you are sticking to a budget, and there may need to be some ruthless decisions when it comes to long lost relatives or friends that you haven’t seen or spoken to in a while. Defining your guest list early on can help to manage expectations and also give you one less thing to worry about.
5). Start thinking about your wedding stationery
The average spend on stationery for a UK wedding is around 7% of your total budget. So for example, if your wedding budget is £30,355 this equates to £2,124.85 being spent on stationery. Knowing this figure can help you to start making enquiries and think about what details you would like your invitations to include. It’s also good to remember that wedding stationery also includes on the day stationery such as orders of service, table names or numbers, place cards, seating plans etc.
6). Seating Plan
Deciding where everyone will sit at the wedding reception can often be a very time-consuming task when planning your wedding. Trying to make sure everyone would be happy with where they are sat can be stressful. It is important to remember that you can’t please everyone, and if you think someone may be upset with where they are being seated then I would question whether they would be attending your big day for the right reasons. However, starting to plan a rough guide of your table plan early on can make those last-minute changes easier to manage.
7). Wedding Gift List
Shopping sprees are officially off the cards for a while whilst being in lockdown but don’t let that dampen your spirits - instead, start thinking about putting together your Wedding Gift List, whether you want to kit out the kitchen with savvy new gadgets or plan some amazing experiences for your honeymoon when we can travel. Having time to properly think about what you and your partner would really like can save you making rushed decisions later down the line.
8). Online Shopping
Get cosy on the couch and spend a few hours looking for bits and pieces you can buy online. You could start browsing for bridesmaid dresses (starting up a WhatsApp group to share suggestions and colour palettes is a great way to share ideas with your bridal party) purchase details or decor for the finishing touches. Some bridal boutiques are also offering virtual appointments during this time, an online consultation can help you get a feel of what’s on-trend in the wedding dress world or styling that you love.
Lockdown is the perfect opportunity to practise your wedding DIY skills! Not only can DIY decor save you money, but it also adds a personal touch to your big day and is something fun to do. Table centrepieces, childhood photo garlands or handmade confetti are a great place to start. The possibilities are endless.
10). Music Playlist and First Dance!
This is one you and your partner can really have some fun with, and you could even make a lockdown date night out of it. Start putting together your wedding playlist, from pre-ceremony music right through to the very last dance. Pour a drink and relive the memories through songs that mean the world to both of you. You can have a great time choosing happy, upbeat tunes that are guaranteed to get your guests on the dancefloor or get sentimental with tracks that remind you of your favourite memories together.