Finding the right venue – Where to start?

When you’re planning your special day, one of the first things you need to consider is the venue. The venue is often the first piece of the puzzle for brides to be, so it does require a great deal of thought.

The first thing you need to think about is the season in which you want to get married. Let’s say you plan to get married in the summer. You may well pick a venue which has a lovely outdoor space for photos and perhaps this will be the deciding factor. You also need to think about where you’ll be getting married? Will it need to be close to home to suit family members or are you looking to go abroad and enjoy more of a honeymoon wedding? There is a lot to consider but these are some of the questions you need to be asking yourself. Another aspect is of course whether you want the entire day under one roof, or whether you want to have the ceremony in a church and the reception around the corner. Location will no doubt play a big part in your venue decision, so the sooner you decide on this, the easier it will be to pick a venue.

DIY Wedding Ideas – Let’s save you some money!

When you’re planning your special day, one thing you may find out pretty quickly is just how easy it is for the costs add up.

Let’s just look at some of the essentials like the favours, planner, photographer, dresses, suits, flowers, chair covers, food and of course the venue. These all add up to one considerable sum, so it’s natural to start thinking about how you can save money along the way. One of the best ways to save money on your wedding is by getting stuck in during the planning stages and creating some of the details yourself. Here are just a few of the things you can make yourself:

Favours

Favours are the little gifts for the guests, but they’re also a symbol of your appreciation. These don’t have to cost a great deal and you can make these little gifts yourself. There’s no limit to the items you can create, such as little jars of homemade, jam, personal poems or cute cakes. Why not check out some DIY ideas on Pinterest and see what you can come up with.

Guestbook

You don’t have to buy an expensive guestbook if you don’t want to, it can be a basic completely plain book that you decorate yourself. Take evening art classes to add a touch of class or watch videos and follow tutorials to make your own guestbook.

Buttonholes

These are the flowers that pin onto the suit or dress and you don’t have to visit a floral specialist to get these. You can actually make them yourself if you pick the right flowers. You will have to make sure they’re fresh nearer the time though, so they can’t be picked early for obvious reasons.

These are just a few of the ways you can save money on your big day but there are plenty of other savings to be made. Just be sure to review all of your options and think carefully about any DIY alternatives that can come in handy.