Planning your dream wedding can be a very fun and exciting process, but it can also be a bit overwhelming if you don’t know where to start! After years of holding weddings at our Lake District venue, we’ve picked up some great tips on how to plan each step so everything comes together nicely with minimal stress.
Where to start…
Type of wedding
Begin by sitting down with your partner to figure out what sort of wedding you would both like to have. The following questions are good to ask each other:
- What theme/style?
- Is there a style of venue e.g. barn, church, outdoors?
- What time of year?
- Rough date?
By answering these questions at the start, you can determine what you’re both looking for from your wedding day, which will help you to narrow down your choices later on and find a compromise for elements you might disagree on.
Firstly, work out what you can afford in total and then consider the importance of each item (venue, dress) to work out how much of the budget you’re willing to spend on it. At this stage it’s also a good idea to ask if your family are helping with the cost, so you know exactly what you’ve got to play with budget wise.
You can then work out how much you need to save each month. Be realistic and don’t go too high, otherwise an unexpected cost could easily throw you off schedule. Working out your budget can also help you determine your date, as you’ll know how long you need to save for.
Do you want an intimate wedding with just your nearest and dearest, or a huge bash with colleagues and distant cousins invited? Every guest is an extra cost – the more guests you have, the more expensive your wedding will be.
Be choosy about who you invite and don’t feel obliged to go along with it if someone assumes they’re invited to your wedding when you weren’t planning on it – it’s totally acceptable to politely explain that although you would love to have them there, your budget won’t allow it or you want to keep things intimate.
If there’s someone you want to share your day with but you want to keep your guest list small, why not invite them to your evening reception instead? This is also a good time to establish rules on plus ones, children and how many people each set of parents get to invite.
Now that you know whether you want a summer soiree or a winter wonderland wedding, you can start to look at setting the date. Once you’ve got one in mind, you should a check with your must-have family members and friends to see if your date conflicts with anything they’ve got planned before you make it concrete.
Your wedding venue can be one of the hardest choices to make, as it will have the biggest impact on the look and feel of your day. Book your venue as early as possible, you usually get the best price – although you can sometime pick up a last-minute bargain too! It’s good to have a few choices in mind, visit each one with a list of questions that will help you determine if it’s what you’re looking for, such as:
- What dates are available?
- What services do you provide?
- Is there parking on-site?
- What is the seating capacity?
- Is your venue available for exclusive use?
- What’s your cancellation policy?
You may even want to have two venues – one for the ceremony and another for your reception. Your venue may not be able to fit your exact date, so be prepared to be flexible if you’ve got your heart set on a particular place.
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Looking for the perfect Lake District summer wedding venue? Come and take a look at what we offer at New House Farm. Our beautiful lakeside location and rustic Hayloft Barn makes for the perfect fairytale wedding! To arrange a viewing please contact Hazel on: 07841159818.