Wedding tips from an award-winning wedding planner Mr Flavour is known throughout the UK for our robust and comprehensive bespoke weddings. Ali is the head wedding planner for Mr Flavour company and has planned weddings nationwide & internationally. Mr Flavour offer comprehensive wedding planning services aiding couples from the moment they get engaged to the moment they leave for their honeymoon. In this blog we give our top 5 tips for couples planning their wedding and don’t know how to start, where to look at first or are feeling a bit overwhelmed and would like a little reassurance. Tip 1: How to work out your total wedding budget? Don’t worry you are not alone! Many of our couples come to us and have no clue where to start, how much things cost, what the total cost will be, how to create the look they want. My first consultation with couples who feel like this involves breaking it down to simple easy steps:- Remember why you are getting married, now tell me what’s important to the both of you? What do you need the most help on? Those obvious questions actually lead onto where the couples priorities are for the big day. Regular answers include: “It’s important all our family and friends are there to celebrate it with us.” “I’ve always’s wanted a XXXX type of wedding” “How I look is most important to me” All these factors need to be considered when designing your budget allocation. I tend to ask the couple to pick their 3 biggest priorities from the following list: Venue Officiant Wedding Dress, hair & makeup Décor & Lighting Catering Rentals & Linen Photography & Videography Floral Transport Entertainment Cake & Desserts These 11 factors pretty much cover 90% of all weddings, so pick a number for each one of them, tally up and hey presto, you have a rough total wedding budget. The real fun part is maximising that budget to squeeze in as much as possible for the big day! Tip 2: Personalise your food & drinks I feel its important to add touches of your personality onto your wedding day and your food& drinks provide a great way of adding them in. Foodwise, pick your favourite cuisine or elements of your fav dishes and make everyone aware on your menu boards or stationery. Drinks wise, previously we have created such a range with our mobile bar hire packages being customised to include wedding logo, wedding cocktails and much more. Cocktails are a great way to show off your personality, look into cocktail bar hire packages and see how you can customise your menu with your favourite cocktails or using ingredients that may be in the season of your wedding or preferred to you and your guests. Tip 3: Delegate your close ones roles on your big day The last thing you want to do is be involved in the setup, running and breakdown of your wedding. You will be way too busy and after your investment into your special day, you need to make that time away from saving to creating your memories. Therefore delegate roles, your friends and family will be there to help. Set roles for people for things like, take gifts home, pickup guests who have no transport, put out wedding name cards, setup wedding cake, be point of contact for suppliers and much more. Tip 4: See what you can squeeze out of your venue If you have chosen a wedding venue as your wedding choice, probability is that they host a number of weddings throughout the year. Use this to your advantage, ask them if they have anything in-house that you can use rather than have to source. Many venues will have their own tables & chairs, linen, glassware, wedding postbox, stage, A boards and much more. Ask your venue manager, what is included in your package, what inventory they hold and what can they throw in for you. If you don’t ask, you don’t get, so don’t be shy to ask! Tip 5: Polish your jewellery before the big day This one is more for the brides, especially the ones who have been engaged for a while. It is your big day so make sure you look flawless alongside your jewellery. You have paid a wedding photographer to take great shots of you so make sure your diamonds are reflecting and sparkling to their maximum potential. Buy some jewellery polish, give your valuables a good buffing and make sure they look fantastic in your wedding photos! The wedding planning process can be stressful and time taking, but it is also rewarding and provides a sense of achievement. Your patience will be tested but remember the primary aim, it is the most important day of your life so taking a little stress is more than normal. For more wedding planning related tips, check out Mr Flavour and our wedding resources.