planning your wedding day the oh so simple way

A simple wedding planning timeline...

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Wedding timeline

If you decide to hire a wedding planner, they will create a wedding timeline for you so you don't have to. But if you decide to go the planning alone, it's a good idea to create a simple timeline so your wedding party and suppliers are all on the same page.

It doesn't matter what kind of wedding you decide to have, whether it's simple and informal or extravagant and completely traditional. Either way you decide to go, you will need to think about certain events and timings for your wedding day.

And so here are a few of the key points to consider when creating your Wedding Day Timeline...

- Hair and makeup appointments - times and locations

- Time of arrival to ceremony location for bride and groom

- Transportation to and from ceremon

- Time for photos before and/or after ceremony

- Announcement/Grand Entrance into your reception (and who it will be announced by)

- Time dinner will be served/buffet opened

- Toasts

- Time of Father/Daughter and Mother/Son Dances

- Cake Cutting

- First dance

- Garter/Bouquet toss (if you're doing one)

- Exit, if applicable

- Any special events, such as a cultural dance or special tradition

As you can see, there are several things that you might have to consider when creating your own wedding day timeline. If you have a wedding planner, you won’t have to worry about anything to do with the timeline on the day of your wedding. They will just let you know when things are about to happen, and you just go with the flow. If you don’t have a planner, try to designate someone to keep track of time and let you know about when things should be happening. Enjoy!

Charlotte x 


Choosing your wedding venue...

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Wedding venues

It's quite normal to get engaged and know every single detail you want, where you will find it and how you will do everything in between. When it comes to your venue you may have a few ideas or you may be tearing your hair out with options and choices. Sometimes you might have a venue in mind but a little research goes a long way...

1. What kind of venue do you want?

This ties in with choosing your wedding style. Your style may determine your venue or you could mix and match. Do you wish for a beach wedding or a 1920's style flapper do? Do you want to say 'I do' at the farm or on the 37th floor of a city skyscraper? By thinking about this you're narrowing down your choices and your style really can help you a great deal. 

2. Do you want extra amenities, or just a blank canvas?

Going along with the “type” of venue, You’ll need to decide on if you want a venue that provides everything, or a venue that just provide a space. I myself prefer a blank space, but that also involves needing several other vendors. There are venues that have different levels of what they offer too- a venue that does everything (planning and flowers included), a hotel that will take care of food and provide you with a room block for guests, or a literal blank space that requires you to bring everything in. It’s all based on what you prefer, so it definitely helps to know beforehand what you’re looking for along the lines of venue amenities.

3. Can you bring in your own suppliers?

Many venues have a preferred supplier list. If you've had your heart set on a certain cake maker but your venue explicitly specifies you must work with their preferred list, you may be a little put out. 

I don't agree with forcing couples to choose a supplier that they haven't picked, it seems a little shady, especially when some suppliers may have to be to be on their list. Make sure you discuss this with your venue before you sign any contracts.

4. Is the venue available for your preferred dates?

Now, after you've spent ages narrowing down your list you need contact them right away. It's always wise to visit the venue instead of ringing them. Give them your options and ask if they are available for any of those dates. Venues can book out anywhere up to two years in advance, so if you’re planning your wedding on a shorter timeline, date availability could be a deal-breaker or a deal-maker!

Charlotte x

Image Lawson Photography via Love My Dress

Planning the seating plan without the tears...

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If like a lot of wedding guests, you grab your drink and potter over to the seating chart, you probably do it on auto pilot. But behind the scenes, a whole lot of work has gone into making sure you're sat with people you know, a few you don't, that your table is positioned adequately and it's in view of the bride and groom.

Logistically when it comes to planning the seating chart you have to wait until right at the very end. Plus if a few of your guests haven't RSVP'd, it makes everything doubly hard. It's not a task you can delegate and you've got 200 people to seat in the next week. You don't have to have a seating chart but it helps save arguments, squabbles over who's closest and avoids the option of creating a 'singles' table.

Here are our three top tips on organising your chair chart without going nuts...

Don't overthink it all...

A wedding day is a really long one at that. And you're sat having dinner for about two hours, so let's not get bogged down with making this thing perfect. Guests will acknowledge their seat, regardless of who is one the table and sit there. Yes if you have a friend or two that really can't get on just sit them apart. Don't feel that on your wedding day you should be making sure your mates are all perfectly matched on their tables, they'll soon be at the bar mingling anyway. The ket here is to seat people where you want them, not where they demand.

Named tables or named seats?

Named tables make things a whole lot easier, you need one table plan with a list of people who you would like to sit at that table. No escort cards, no faffing. Named seats require an escort card and the trouble of organising the tables, most often on the morning of the wedding. Sure you'll have a guide but if one person drops out or can't attend, your seventeen hours of organising your table plan has gone to pot. Named tables save on a lot of hassle and allow the guests to seat themselves as they choose.

Give guests space...

One thing that always gets me is the complete lack of space and exit strategies for the guests. How many people do you know that need the loo in the middle of a speech (yes it may be poor timing but it can't always be helped!) and can't get out easily? By giving guests the space in between the tables allows for happier attendees. When creating your seating plan consider your table size and the amount of guests that can fit on it. A twelve foot round table sits around ten people, any more and it's a serious squash. Ask your venue for the best tables for your wedding and go from there.

A seating plan shouldn't set your heart racing and bring you out in a sweat, Ask for help, get your other half involved and with there tips, it should be a breeze.

Charlotte x

Image Maria Farrelly via Cwtch the Bride