If you’re currently thinking about hiring a wedding planner, today’s blog post will be the perfect read for you! As Norwich-based wedding planners, our award-winning team work with couples who are hoping to get married in Norfolk or Suffolk in the East of England.
In our experience, we understand that whilst many couples relish the prospect of planning their wedding and can’t wait to get stuck into all of the wedding planning tasks, for many, the thought of planning their wedding is a very daunting prospect!
Whether you’re a professional couple who are pushed for time, are at home raising a family or are simply feeling overwhelmed at the magnitude of organising such a large-scale wedding or event, hiring a local wedding planner could be the answer to your prayers.
At One Curious Dream, we offer a free, no-obligation wedding consultation at our Norwich wedding studio. However, before we meet our couples, there are 5 things we ask you to consider to ensure your wedding consultation runs smoothly. Here we go!
- Wedding budget
Not the most romantic of tasks to tackle, but having a rough idea of what you can afford to spend on your wedding is essential. Having an outline wedding budget is useful but don’t panic if you aren’t quite sure where to start. Our experienced team will take the time to understand what you’re aiming to achieve and from there, we’ll help you formulate an outline wedding budget which is incredibly useful even if you decide not to work with a wedding planner.
2. Rough wedding guest count
We know that it isn’t an exact science and it’s tricky to know how many guests you’ll have when you’re only just starting on your wedding planning journey. But, having a ballpark number of potential wedding guests, including an upper and lower limit that you might expect to attend is important. There’s info about drafting an outline wedding guestlist in the One Curious Dream blog, so do take a look.
3. What are the timescales?
You may not have a specific date for your wedding in mind, but perhaps you’ve always dreamed of a beautiful tipi wedding or marquee wedding in the summer, or, you have more of a wintery style in a cosy country house in mind. If you do have dates which are important to you, share these with your wedding planner and similarly, if there are dates that are absolutely no-go (sporting events, family celebrations etc) then also make these known.
Super important – deciding which style of ceremony you would like may influence appropriate wedding venues. Lots of Norfolk & Suffolk wedding venues are unlicensed which means you would conduct the legal paperwork at a registry office in advance of a celebrant-lead service.
This route opens up lots of additional wedding venue options when you begin the wedding venue search, however, if you’re a couple who want to prioritise a church or legal wedding on the day itself, then this may not be feasible. As your wedding planner, we’ll be able to guide you through the pros and cons of each option in detail.
As expert wedding planners, one of the first things we’ll ask you to do is describe your dream wedding. Whilst we don’t expect you to have all of the details at this stage, It’s likely you’ll already have some key criteria that you wish to achieve. For example, is having a wedding breakfast of luxury food and wine top of the list? Is having a DJ and band important? Do you want to extend the celebrations and host a weekend wedding? Having a rough idea will get your wedding planning journey with your wedding planner off to a great start!
If you would like to chat through the plans and ideas for your Norfolk wedding or Suffolk wedding with our Norwich Wedding planners, we’d love to hear from you!
You can reach us on 01603 552103 or [email protected]