Top 5 ways to have a stress-free wedding planning experience

Written 10th February 2020

There’s no right or wrong way to plan a wedding. And since we all have different tastes and preferences, it’s unlikely that two weddings will ever be the same. However, no wedding planning experience should be stressful. It’s something that the engaged couple should enjoy, in anticipation of the big day.


Thankfully, there are an array of services available to brides and grooms that are designed to make their lives easier. And at Billesley Manor, we think that you, the engaged couple, should enjoy the experience as much as possible.


So, how can you take the stress away from your wedding planning experience?


  1. The first stage of wedding planning: Set a budget

Although it may seem tempting to skip the boring parts, it’s essential that you set a budget before you do anything else.


Having a realistic budget is key to avoiding unnecessary disappointment further down the line. For example, you don’t want to head straight to buying your dream wedding dress, only to find that you don’t have the budget to cater for your full guest list later down the line.

Notebook next to a wedding planning checklist, laptop and cup of tea.

Once you’ve established a budget, you can focus on the more enjoyable parts of the wedding planning. It’s a good idea to follow up with creating your guest list, and then think about your ideal venue. But remember that setting a budget before anything else is essential.


  1. Prepare for unexpected weather conditions

If you’re dreaming of an outdoor wedding, make sure that you plan for alternative weather.


You may wish, for example, to set up an outdoor marquee, or choose teepees for your ceremony and reception. Alternatively, you could opt to hire an indoor venue for shelter in the event of rain, offering a selection of drinks and nibbles.


However you decide to offer shelter, it’s always a good idea to do so – even if you’re getting married in the summer months.

Outdoor wedding shelter - dining set-up inside a tent.

  1. Hire a professional videographer

Many couples decide to skip the use of a professional videographer to save money, simply having a photographer to make memories for the wedding album.

However, the wedding video is something you’ll want to look back on in years to come. It’ll probably be one of the most precious videos you ever own – so it’s well worth making sure it’s a high quality one.


Hiring a professional videography service will also mean that on the big day, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy yourself, without having to worry about capturing your special moments.


  1. Preparation is key for wedding planning

Giving yourself enough time to prepare for the big day is crucial. Ideally, you should allow yourself 12 months to plan your wedding from start to finish – from the day you set the budget, to the big day itself.


Trial as much as you can, too – whether that’s make-up looks, hairstyles or potential dishes on the menu. Narrowing down your choices earlier on will make it easier for you to make final decisions further down the line.

Bride having her wedding hair and make-up done.

It’s also important that you give your guests enough information, too, well in advance. If you have the budget, it’s worth putting a little extra effort into your save-the-dates and invitations, perhaps hiring a calligrapher to add some extra personality.


  1. Enlist the help of a professional Weddings team 

The wedding planning process, for the bride and groom, should be a stress-free, enjoyable one. It’s a period you’ll look back on in years to come; so it pays to make sure that it’s full of celebration and happy memories.


Hiring a professional Weddings team means that you can enjoy making all of the fun decisions, whilst receiving the assistance and advice of experts with years of experience under their belt.


At Billesley Manor, the most romantic wedding venue Stratford upon Avon, our dedicated Weddings team is passionate about helping brides and grooms achieve the wedding day of their dreams. From flower arrangements to venue decor, we’ll tailor our advice to suit your individual styles and preferences.

Exterior of Billesley Manor, with bride and groom looking out into the landscape.

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