Hard as it may be to believe, not every bride-to-be has been dreaming of her wedding day since she was a little girl, prancing around in a white fluffy dress and imagining a grand wedding with lights, diamonds, and lots and lots of sparkles. If you’re like the precious few, then you understand that your wedding day is special – but this doesn’t mean that you want it to be a grand, anxiety-ridden, and chaotic affair with a thousand guests and champagne flowing to the rafters.
You want your wedding day to be a great day – perhaps one of the best days in your life – but you are equally realistic as well. So how do you plan your wedding in such a way that it remains a personal, intimate, and even DIY affair? Here is what you should keep in mind if you would like an intimate, special wedding that’s all your own.
Look for a flexible venue
Finding the right venue is one of the most important tasks you have as a bride-to-be. And finding the right venue is not that easy, especially since there are hundreds of choices available. But if you want a DIY wedding without any frills, choose a venue that can be flexible according to your needs. The ideal venue would actually be one where you can also sleep – so a hotel such as the Doncaster Hotel The Regent can be a brilliant choice. Other hotels have a more formal ambience, which, if you want a casual, fun-filled wedding, is not entirely possible. So make sure the hotel or venue you choose can provide you with an informal yet beautiful setting, whether you need a place for 200 guests or are looking for a small function room to fit 50 guests.
Learn to negotiate
One of your other more challenging tasks when it comes to planning your wedding is finding suppliers who can give you reasonable pricing. This is where the art of negotiation comes into play. Learn to negotiate with prospective suppliers, be it the bakers of your wedding cake, the caterer, the flower shop, the photographer, and more. Don’t just settle for the first price the supplier gives you – ask them if that’s their last price and if they are willing to go down a bit. You would be surprised at how useful this can be, and how many suppliers are willing to knock off a few quid from their original quote.
You can’t do it all on your own, as much as you’d want to. That being said, don’t be afraid to assign tasks to willing friends and family members. To make it easier for yourself to ‘give up’ control of different tasks, make a list of what you yourself would like to prioritise and assign less crucial tasks to other people.
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