The moment has finally arrived for me to put all my garbled mess of wedding plans out onto a post and hopefully get my thoughts and arrangements much clearer! As I’m sure you all know by now, I and my partner got engaged in May 2021, I immediately started speaking to both sets of our parents and my friends and we started trying to piece initial plans together, but I soon realised that as much as everyone wants to help, everybody also wants to inject their own ideas into your wedding day. Don’t get me wrong I'm so thankful for the support and the help from my friends and family who have had weddings or at least helped to plan others, but there comes a point when you have to say to yourself that this is a day just for you and your partner so no matter what anybody else thinks, the decision ultimately has to come from you.
- Plan a preliminary guest list
- Prepare a rough budget
- Reserve a venue and settle on a date
One word of advice is to check with your venue what you’re allowed to have at the reception, because ours is close to residential houses we aren’t allowed fireworks or pyrotechnics of any kind (good job we didn’t want that!), but once you know what they’ll accept you’ve got free reign to create a fun and exciting reception evening.
Because me and my partner met at music school, the reception and music throughout the day is one of the most important parts of the wedding for us, we’ve chosen to have a playlist that we made ourselves through Spotify (I’ll leave a picture down below of a bit of playlist so you can get the idea!), and it’s not just a random bunch of music it actually plays in order of songs or albums that were important to us from the start of our relationship up until now, for example we start the day off with Kings of Leon’s album “WALLS” as that was one of the first albums we ever enjoyed as a couple, we think it’s a nice journey through the day and although not everyone will notice each song and know what it means to us, we will!
If you are looking for an entertainer whether that be a DJ or a wedding band there are plenty of websites that offer loads of lists to find exactly the right thing but just remember to check their availability for your wedding day, that they’re within your budget and most importantly, you like the sound of them and they’ll play the music you want to hear!
If you don’t want music there’s plenty of other options, you could have a comedian, a magician or even a firework display! But as I said at the start, just make sure whatever you choose is approved by the venue.
Don’t panic too much about actually booking anyone at the moment I would just have a definite top 3 that you’ve contacted and know they’re available and right for your wedding by around 10 months before the big day so you’ve got plenty of time to decide on the perfect one!