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10 Tips to Help Plan your Perfect Wedding

Top Tips by wedding photographer, David Kinsey for planning your wedding.


Are you planning your dream wedding? Between selecting a venue, finding the perfect dress, and sorting out all the details, it can be overwhelming. But don’t worry; I’ll share 10 tips to help make your wedding planning process easier in this blog post.

1. Plan Ahead

One of the most important things to consider when planning your perfect wedding is to plan. Time is your friend; the longer you plan and organise, the better off you will be. Many excellent free wedding planning apps help you stay organised and relaxed throughout the process. Remember to write your ideal guest list and figure out a budget. Remember not to overlook any unexpected expenses, like Brides favours or gifts for the Bridesmaids and Best Man.  All these details should be considered when planning out your big day.

2. Fix Your Budget

Once you have your ideal wedding venue and theme, it’s time to start thinking about your budget. Setting a budget before you begin planning is essential and will help you keep track of your expenses. Start by deciding what the most important elements of the wedding day are to you both, as this will help determine where most of your budget should be allocated. Once you have a figure in mind, it’s important to stick to it. Your dream wedding day can become a reality with careful planning and budgeting.

3. Find the Right Venue

When looking for the right venue, please ensure you understand the venues’ rules and guidelines. Ensuring each potential space matches your budget and theme is important. Finding the ideal wedding venue is an important part of planning a wedding and should be done carefully and carefully. When researching, consider the size of the venue and the number of guests you plan to invite.

4. Choose a Theme

Now that you’ve got the planning basics down, it’s time to choose a theme for your big day. Your venue can provide a lot of inspiration, they often have open days, these are well worth a visit to get some ideas, think of the season you are getting married in too. Consider what colour schemes you like and if there are any special elements to your wedding that you’d like to incorporate. Don’t get too hung up on making decisions here – have fun and get creative. 

Grangefields Wedding Venue, Derbyshire. The image is a wedding breakfast layout.

5. Invest in a Photographer

Finding the right photographer for your wedding is an important step in planning your perfect day. Research is key to ensuring you make the right choice. Ask potential photographers if they have experience shooting weddings and review their portfolio of previous shots to get an idea of their style, composition, subject matter, and quality. Have a chat with them to get a feel for their personality and creativity.

Once you’ve found the right photographer, discuss with them the type of shots you want and how much coverage you’ll need. Make sure you choose someone who will capture those all-important moments from the preparations, the ceremony to the reception and on to the first dance so that all the memories from your special day can be cherished for years to come. Remember, it’s Your Day, Your Story.

6. Consider the Food

Once you have chosen your perfect wedding venue, consider catering. Please make sure that the food and drink available suit all your guests and their dietary requirements. Think about the type of cuisine you would like to serve and any special requests. The wedding breakfast could be anything from a three-course meal to buffets or street food vans. Did you know why the email after the ceremony is called the wedding breakfast? It’s because traditionally, the couple would fast before the ceremony, so the first meal after the ceremony was breaking the fast.

7. Shop for the Dress

Now that your budget and venue are sorted, it’s time to start shopping for the dress of your dreams! With so many styles, fabrics, and designers to choose from, there are endless possibilities. Take a few friends along for their opinion and advice. Leave plenty of time before the wedding day for last-minute alterations and fittings. Make sure you keep in mind the theme and venue when you are picking out the dress. Once you have the perfect dress, you’ll be ready to move on to the next step in your wedding planning journey. You might want to pick out Bridesmaid dresses simultaneously with the wedding dress.

Groom and Groomsmen sitting on a gate at Lyme Breeze
Groom and Groomsmen

8. Send Invitations

Your stationery should fit in with your wedding’s overall theme; some couples also send out save-the-date cards before the invitations; if you’ve had an engagement shoot with your photographer, a photo can be used on the cards. Don’t forget directions to your ceremony and reception venue and maps of the surrounding area for guests who may not be familiar with the site. Sending out invitations as early as possible will give guests time to RSVP and plan their trip if they’re travelling a long distance. 

9. Don’t forget Decorations

From table settings to floral arrangements, the decorations will set the tone for your special day. You don’t need to go crazy with decorations, but ensure you have enough to make your venue look beautiful. Consider how to personalise your decorations with photos or meaningful items. If you want to save money, consider creating a few DIY decorations like chalkboards or wooden signs. The sign below was made from some off-cuts of flooring and a Cricut machine. With these tips in mind, you can create the perfect decorations for your wedding day.

Sign asking guests to put their phones away during the wedding ceremony

10. Enjoy your Day!

After all the hard work and planning, it’s time to enjoy your wedding day! This is your chance to spend time with family and friends and share your special moment. Make sure you and your partner have time to spend with each other on the day, the day will fly by. Appreciating your guests from near and far to celebrate with you is also important. Once the night is winding down, take a few moments as a couple, surrounded by all the people who matter most in your lives.

David's Top Tips telling the story of capturing the emotion of the wedding. 
 The Bride and Groom in this image show the moment the couple are pronounced husband and wife.

To Conclude

These few tips will help make your wedding planning as stress-free as possible. Your dream wedding can soon become a reality with careful planning and budgeting. There are many other fantastic resources available to help plan your perfect day; here are just a couple to help out:

Wedding Planning Secrets from Wedding Planners [Click Here}

15 Top Tips for Perfect Wedding Planning [Click Here]

Finally, if you would like to talk about your photography requirements, I would love to hear from you, as a Derbyshire based wedding photographer most of my work is within the East Midlands, I am more than happy to travel though to help tell the story of your day including an engagement shoot.

– David Kinsey