5 wedding planning hacks from REAL couples

Wedding planning is hard so we asked some couples recently to share their nuggets of wedding wisdom to help you avoid making some simple mistakes!

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Your wedding day will be one of the most important days of your life so it’s no surprise that organising a wedding can be incredibly stressful. You’re bound to make some mistakes along the way, and whilst it’s ok to make a few, the one you want to avoid is regret.

The tips below have come from real couples that have been there, done it and got the t-shirt.

Sit back and soak up some wisdom, after all, every day’s a school day!

The Budget

Work out what’s important to you and don’t let it get out of hand.

When you start planning, you want the best of everything. Decide early on what will affect the outcome of your day and what won’t. This will help you decide where to allocate your budget.

The Venue

It’s easy to assume that everything you have discussed with your venue contact will be passed on to the staff who will manage your day.

Most couples we spoke to were really surprised that the person they had been dealing with during the planning process wasn’t there at all during the day and there were many things promised that didn’t happen.

If your friends and family are staying at the venue, find out what time they can check-in. Also, find out if they can purchase drinks from the bar after your party has finished. Can they use cash or do they have to put it on their room?  If the venue is cashless, do your guests need to register their card at reception and when do they need to do that?

One couple recently told us…

Our friends were gutted they could not buy drinks with cash at the bar after midnight.  The bar guy was really unhelpful and told our friends they had to register their credit card at reception earlier in the day and that he didn’t know how to do it.

Find out if you can get food at the end of the night. After an evening of partying (and drinking), you’ll get the munchies. Wedges, chips, chicken goujons, pizza, etc. all go down a treat so if your venue is out in the sticks, ask the wedding organiser how much it would be to add on a mini-buffet of finger food after midnight.

The Photographer & DJ

Photographers and DJs are very similar in that you only realise their true value AFTER the big day which means it’s super-important to get it right.

Spend money on a good photographer and DJ. Twenty years from now you’ll be looking at your wedding album and you’ll be glad you spent wisely. Same with the DJ. The end of the party will be the most recent memory your friends will have of your wedding. You want them to remember how amazing it was, how great the tunes were and how packed the dance floor was.

Don’t be tricked into thinking it’s all about the equipment. The photographer could have the very latest Canon whotsitmajingly camera and lenses but if they don’t have the eye and the technical experience to take amazing pictures then your pictures aren’t going to be great. With the DJ, having a 1.21 giga-watt Glastonbury-sized PA rig, Pioneer CDJ’s and the latest moving twinkly lights won’t get those feet on the dance floor. Years of experience and musical knowledge will go a long way to make that happen.


Create a separate email address for all your wedding correspondence, it just helps keep everything in one place. There are loads of places you can get free email addresses; Gmail, Outlook Live and Yahoo, etc. are all easy to use and have apps you can install on your phones and tablets.

Social Media

Creating your own hashtag is a great way to help you organise all the pictures your friends and family took at your wedding. It’s the 21st century and you know that your friends will be documenting your wedding day on Instagram so using the hashtag will make all these images easy to find and share!

Give your Instagram account details to a trusted friend who can use it to share updates throughout the day leaving you free to enjoy it without having to stop to add to your story.

If you don’t want your wedding day shared all over the internet, lay down simple ground rules for your friends and family to follow. Tell them right from the beginning you don’t want any pictures shared online. If a photo does find its way online, just take a deep breath and keep smiling, don’t let it stress you out and ruin your day.

I hope you’ve found these hacks useful. If you have any questions or queries about any aspect of your wedding day then fill in my short contact form.  You can also email me directly at hello@ianforest.com or call/text or WhatsApp me at 07799 782764!

Take care x