When it comes to planning a wedding, which I have been doing for like three years now, there are a few things that I didn’t consider when looking at venues etc, and considering my budget.
Firstly lets look at the flowers for your venue. When booking your florist, make sure you give them all the details of your venue, and where and when you want them delivered. A floral delivery company, like most florists, will tend to deliver your beautiful blooms, but most charge quite a delivery fee, as the flowers tend to come in refrigerated vans to help keep them fresh. Our’s is charging £50 to deliver, and that’s a local florist to our venue, so take note when looking at florists, where they are located in regards to your venue, and how much the delivery is.
When you book your venues find out exactly what is covered in the initial cost, and ask about all the extras like chair covers, seat pads, cloth napkins etc. You may be surprised how the costs add up. Our venue had added extras, for example a £1 for a seat cushion (which we went for), £1 for clot napkins and even 50p to have blue glasses instead of standard clear glasses. Safe to say we decided not to go for the latter, as it would have added up to an extra £135. So make sure you know what’s offered.
Check the venue’s rules regarding parking/leaving et and make sure you get a local cab company booked out fr your guests. Especially if like our’s your venue doesn’t offer rooms, and the cars need to be out by 9am the next day. Get the lists and maybe add a note on the invitation, or let your guests know by email closer to the day so they can plan ahead.
Keeping to schedule. This is especially important if you are having a civil ceremony. registrar’s tend to have multiple wedding son and so they keep to a strict schedule so there’s no being late when our the bride. You have a time and you stick to it. Also the live band, DJ, and wedding day photographer are going to charge overtime, too. If you want them to stay on a couple more hours, they will charge an hourly rate which may need to be paid upfront. So keep this in mind, and maybe ask beforehand how much they cost if extra hours are needed so you aren’t shocked by the costs.
Now if I am to be honest I havent looked into this, but wedding day insurance might be useful especially for abroad weddings, and outdoor weddings. If a member gets ill, or a natural disaster stops everything from happening, like a flood for example it means your covered and you don’t lose a bunch of money. Being as I am getting married in 3 MONTHS, I fee; it’s a bit late now for me!
Gate crashers, or guests who weren’t able to attend suddenly show up– how are you going to deal with it? Firstly get rid of the gate crasher, give them a slice of cake and send them on their way. Regarding the guest who declined then randomly showed. I think keep calm, and politely thank them for coming. Thinking about it, it might be an idea you save some money back in case of such problem, so you have enough for the surprise guest (meaning the actual guest, not gate crasher!)
A quick note on how my planning is going, all I have left is the DJ, suits, rings and wedding dress…so yeah… not too much! ahhhhh