We know how stressful it can be when planning a wedding, which is why experts at The Mitre, Hampton Court, one of the most picturesque wedding venues in Surrey, have put together a helpful checklist to make sure you don’t miss a trick when planning your big day.
Follow our list and we can guarantee you will ride seamlessly towards wonderful wedded bliss…
Don’t blow the budget!
Everyone knows weddings are expensive, so ensure you take the time to sit down, assess your bank balance and figure out how much you want to spend before wasting your time on viewing venues outside of your price range and trying on dresses you cannot afford.
Scout out the talent
And, of course, by talent we mean venues – for both the wedding reception and the ceremony. We at The Mitre are home to some of the finest wedding venues in Surrey, so be sure to browse our riverside options if you are hoping to get married in the local area. Do ensure that when you view a wedding venue, you ask questions – lots of them – to make sure you’re making the right choice. Remember, always get confirmation in writing and find out the details of their cancellation policy – nobody wants to be left out in the cold on their wedding day!
As soon as the date has been set and confirmed, you need to pencil it into not only your diary, but also your guests’ diaries. Don’t worry about fancy cards, just send a basic ‘Save the Date’ so people can plan holidays and other events around your special day. Paperless Post is a great (and much cheaper) option for this.
Once you know how many people will be attending your upcoming celebration, you can then sort out transport (if necessary) to get your guests from ceremony to reception as comfortably and as hassle-free as possible.
Wedding days can tend to be quite long, so be sure to feed your guests throughout. Always take someone else to your menu tasting and ensure you have a vegetarian option on offer, you might even need to look into gluten free, vegan or pescatarian option – empty tummies do not make happy guests.
Although you might feel like you are being a little presumptuous by providing a gift list to guests, they will actually appreciate a helping hand, so hop onto John Lewis or any other gift giving site and set up your wish list ahead of starting your new life together – did someone say brand new knife set?
Yes, you need to send out two invitations. The Save the Date was just for guests to put the date into their diaries and this one will tell them information about the venue and schedule for the day, as well as providing them with the link to your wish list and giving them the chance to RSVP with any dietary or accessibility requirements.
Yes, wedding disasters can happen, no matter how prepared you are. Put your mind at ease and get yourself some wedding insurance in case of unexpected emergencies.
Tiered tower of treacle or a cupcake concoction? Either way, you’ll want a cake to cut because… well, tradition. Sometimes wedding venues will happily bake one for you or you can hunt one down yourself. Top Tip? Instagram is great for finding the perfect bake.
Photographers and videographers get booked up well in advance, so make sure you have booked yours in early. It is always good to go with someone who has been recommended to you but make sure you research their website thoroughly to make sure their creative vision is the same as yours.
After champagne and an abundance of table wine, your guests will want to loosen those neck ties, kick off their heels and boogie. Again, make a conscious effort to find a DJ who has been recommended to you and make sure your track list has something for everyone, including grandma!
The wedding dress is the piece de resistance of any wedding, so try on as many as you like before deciding on the one you love. Don’t forget your bridesmaids and groomsmen though, they’ll need something to wear, too.
It might sound ridiculous to practise hair and makeup ahead of the day, but you don’t want to end up looking like an extra from The Rocky Horror Show an hour before you say ‘I do’! Be sure to try out a few makeup artists and hair dressers before deciding on the one – but be careful of trial prices though, these rates can be sky high.
Make sure you have figured out where everybody is going to sit – from older adults sitting by the loos to a kid’s table to keep the little ones occupied – ensure you have set your seating plan in stone ahead of the big day.
Probably the most important purchase you’ll ever make – your wedding rings. Why not head out for shopping and champagne together and make a day of it? The planning process should be an organised and enjoyable one, too.
Once everything is good to go, it’s time to put your finishing touches to the day. From interesting party favours to less traditional piñatas and photo booths, from table names to lawn games, now is the time to add those final flourishes to make your day a bit more personal.
Definitely a final step for the more modern day wedding but be sure to choose a hashtag and let your guests know what it is so you get to see photos from every angle of the day. If you’re a bit more of a private person, swap the hashtag for a downloadable photo sharing app such as WedPics to scroll through in the days to follow…
If you have gotten this far on our ultimate wedding checklist, all you need to do now is get lots of beauty sleep and look forward to your big day!
Looking for picturesque wedding venues that are a reasonable distance from London? The Mitre, Hampton Court, one of the most picturesque wedding venues in Surrey, could be the perfect choice for you.
Find out more about weddings at The Mitre or call to enquire about hosting your big day with us, today.