All the GreenAcres woodland wedding venues are buzzing this week as we prepare for our Wedding Open Days on Sunday 30thSeptember– we hope to see you soon! If you’re coming along this weekend to book your wedding venue (and receive a 10% discount on all wedding packages over £1000!), then wedding planning is about to get serious. To help you get a head-start, here are 10 things to do when you’ve booked your wedding venue…
1/ Speak to your wedding party sooner rather than later. You might have already mentally chosen your bridesmaids and groomsmen but you need to be sure that they’re available on your date.
2/ Send out save the date cards. This is definitely a good idea if you’re holding your wedding on a weekday because the more time that you can give guests to organise time off work or childcare, the better.
3/ Update your wedding planning spreadsheet with your venue costs and make sure that you’re comfortable with your budget before you start to book other suppliers.
4/ Start to research important suppliers such as photographers, florists, videographers and even hair and makeup artists. Any wedding professionals who can only work on one wedding per day need to be top of your priority list.
5/ Start (or edit!) your Pinterest board. Now you’ve got your venue booked, you can begin to refine your ideas for decorations and details because you can be sure what will work in the space you have. You can also share your board with suppliers a little further down the line.
6/ Now you’ve got your wedding date, you can work backwards from there to give yourself deadlines so that nothing’s missed. For example, if you know when you need final guest numbers, you can then decide on your RSVP date (10-14 days before you need those final figures is usually a good idea) and then work backwards to confirm when you want to send the invitations themselves. This date then governs when you need to order your invitations so, if you work backwards like this with all your suppliers, you’ll soon have a really comprehensive wedding timeline that should include payment dates and things to do.
7/ If you’re a bride, think about your dress. Oh yes, this is the exciting part but be warned – most wedding dresses take approximately six months to arrive at your boutique once you’ve ordered and then you need time for fittings and alterations too. If you’ve not got that much time, don’t worry. Plenty of boutiques sell their sample gowns at greatly reduced prices and you can take these away with you. Also, the high street shouldn’t be ignored either – you’ll find some great collections here at super competitive prices.
8/ Make arrangements for your ceremony! If you’re holding a civil ceremony at your venue, speak to your local registrar to find out when you can give notice, complete the paperwork and book your date. If you’re working with a celebrant, try to book them as soon as possible too.
9/ With your venue booked, you know how many people you can accommodate on the big day. Refine your guest list so that you don’t exceed your maximum numbers (and always remember to include yourselves in your calculations!)
10/ Celebrate! Booking your venue is a big step along the path to your wedding day so definitely take some time to celebrate! Enjoy the moment and let yourself be as excited as you like about the fact that YOU’RE GETTING MARRIED!
GreenAcres Weddings are holding their September Wedding Open Day on Sunday 30thSeptember 2018 11am – 3pm at Chiltern, Colney and Rainford. For more information, a brochure or a private showround at another time, just get in touch.
Images: Hannah Duffy