If you’ve just got engaged and starting to feel overwhelmed with wedding planning, don’t panic.
Yorkshire Rose Brides has teamed up with Yorkshire wedding planner Sian Chaplin of her namesake events company, to help guide you through the often overwhelming task.
As well as being a genuinely lovely person, Sian has a wealth of experience working in the events industry.
She cares passionately about helping her clients get the most from every aspect of their wedding planning.
She has great supplier connections which can save couples time and energy and allow them to relax and enjoy the run up to their big day knowing everything is taken care of.
She also offers on the day coordination so can be with you every step of the way.
Sounds amazing right! Well, it get’s better as she’s shared her free handy planning download tool and answered YR Brides readers’ questions in our Q&A here.
Q. I’ve just got engaged and I’m already feeling overwhelmed? Where do I start?
A. First things first, you are not alone! Feeling overwhelmed and not knowing where to start is completely normal. It is really important that as a recently engaged bride to be you take the time to enjoy the moment for a couple of weeks at least. Getting engaged is such an amazing moment in your life, enjoy it!
Before you start researching and going to fairs I would advise all couples to have a discussion about their budget. No one likes to talk about money but if you want to start planning you really need to have an idea on what you can afford and whether any family members are able to contribute. Once you have the budget sorted it will make it so much easier to find your venue, source suppliers and define guest numbers etc.
If you require any support along the way then this is where a wedding planner really does come in handy!
Q.Is there a recommended order for what I should do when?
A.When you are ready you can then start to think about the planning. I always encourage my brides to refer to a checklist which offers a step by step guide on what to plan and when. It really does put your mind at ease and help to direct your thoughts.
Q.We haven’t got a big budget have you got any tips to reduce the cost of our wedding?
A.There are lots of ways in which you can save money when planning your wedding. Here are my top tips:
Consider getting married during the week or out of wedding season. Venues often reduce their rates or may have a special package deal that you can take advantage of.
Consider getting married later in the day. By having a later ceremony you can quite easily reduce the catering costs as you won’t need to offer canapes/light bites straight after the ceremony. On average guests can be waiting approximately three hours before they sit down for the wedding breakfast, they are bound to get hungry! By getting married slightly later you can sit down sooner and also not have as much food for the evening.
Only invite the people you really want at your wedding. This may sound obvious but often your guest list can get increasingly longer by the day due to you both feeling inclined that you should invite certain people. Remember, this is your wedding day to celebrate the life you are going to have together as a married couple so it’s your choice. The catering can often be the most expensive cost after the venue so think about numbers, you may be surprised how much money you save!
Know of any creative friends or family? You’ll be surprised how helpful they can be with decorations, baking, props, arts and crafts etc. It’s always nice to get friends and family involved as long as they have the time to commit to this, it will save you lots of money too if you are on a tight budget!
Your wedding, your way. Just because the last wedding you attended had a band playing doesn’t mean you have to. Same goes for photo booths, chocolate fountains, wedding cars etc. Prioritise what you need to get organised first then see if you have funds available for the entertainment and such.