If you’re planning your upcoming nuptials right now, you’ll know exactly how difficult the entire process is. And if you’re planning these nuptials in London, oh boy, there’s some added difficulty there, that’s for sure.
London is one of the best cities in the world, don’t get me wrong.
But it is a busy, expensive, and fast-paced city with long waiting lists and lots of potential wedding roadblocks.
You won’t be able to avoid anything difficult in the wedding planning process, that would just be a pipe dream. But you can do a couple of different things to make your life a lot easier when you are planning a London wedding.
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- Pick The Right Venue
There are hundreds of amazing wedding venues in London. While this is a great thing as it means you have lots of choice and variety, it can also make things a little tricky.
How do you choose?
The most important thing is that you pick the right venue for you.
The venue will be one of the most important factors in your wedding and how happy you are with it in the end. So you have to get it right.
But the only person who can decide whether it is right or wrong is you.
Write out what you want and what you aren’t prepared to compromise on, and then start venue hunting. Don’t start looking for a venue before you know what you want and need, otherwise, you might more easily make the wrong decision down the line.
Go with your gut and don’t take on too many opinions from other people.
- Invite Who You Want
On a similar note, don’t let family or friends write your guest list for you.
Weddings are about celebrating love with your partner and being happy sharing that with people you both love.
Forget about making other people happy or trying to keep up appearances, this won’t give you the wedding you really want and deserve.
Especially when you are looking at London venues, you might be limited to space and numbers or you might find that adding too many people puts things way over budget for you.
And that’s ok.
Small and intimate weddings are beautiful too and you can find amazing venues for them.
Again: do what you want.
Don’t do what others want or expect.
That’s a sure road to unhappiness.
- Create a Joint Priority List
When it comes to wedding planning, there are going to be compromises, that’s an avoidable part of the whole process.
You won’t get everything that you imagine in your dream wedding scenario and there might even be disappointments along the way, but this doesn’t mean that your wedding still can’t turn out to be the best day of your life so far or that you and your partner still can’t have an amazing time.
The best way to make sure that you can stay on budget, get the size and location right, and still get most of the things that you want, is to create a joint priority list for you and your partner’s wants and needs.
If you know what everyone involved really wants and what each person can realistically live without, it’s much easier to collaboratively plan a wedding.
When you have to start making some cuts, start at the bottom of your list. This way you’ll be able to keep things on a realistic and manageable scale, but no one will be heartbroken.
Hey, it’s also a great exercise in learning to compromise before you tie the knot, that’s a valuable experience in and of itself!
- Have a Plan B
If the global pandemic has taught us anything in events and event planning, it’s that we always need to have a plan b.
Things go wrong, things change, and things disappear.
That’s just part of life.
Especially in such a busy and vibrant city as London.
The best thing that you can do to avoid any future stresses or disappointments is to always plan a second option for all of the major things in your wedding.
Caterers, venues, bands, outfits, cars.
Everything that potentially could go wrong, needs a plan b.
This way no matter what happens, everything will inevitably work out ok in the end.
Good luck with the wedding planning!
Remember to enjoy it because (hopefully) it’ll be the only wedding you ever plan.