Your wedding day is one of the most significant events of your life, and planning it can be both exciting and overwhelming. To help ensure everything runs smoothly, we’ve put together a step-by-step guide to planning your perfect wedding day.

1. Set a Budget

Before starting any planning, it’s crucial to establish a budget. Determine how much you’re willing to spend and allocate funds to different aspects of the wedding, such as the venue, catering, dress, and entertainment. Sticking to a budget will help you make informed decisions and avoid any unnecessary stress.

2. Choose a Date and Venue

Selecting a date and venue are among the first major decisions you’ll need to make. Consider the season, availability, and capacity of potential venues. Whether you opt for a traditional church ceremony, a beach wedding, or a rustic barn setting, make sure the venue aligns with your vision and can accommodate your guest list.

3. Assemble Your Guests

Start by creating a guest list and sending out save-the-dates. Next, choose your bridal party and assign roles. Hiring a wedding planner can also be a wonderful asset, especially if you’re short on time or need help managing the details.

4. Define Your Style

Decide on a theme or style for your wedding. This could be anything from classic elegance to bohemian chic. Your theme will guide your choices for decorations, attire, and even the menu. Create a mood board to help visualise your ideas and keep everything cohesive.

5. Book Key Wedding Suppliers

Secure your photographer, caterer, florist, and entertainment early, as the best suppliers are often booked months in advance. Meet with each business to discuss your vision, choices, and budget. Also don’t forget to read reviews and ask for references.

6. Plan the Ceremony and Reception

Work with your celebrant to create a meaningful ceremony script. Plan the order of events for your reception, including the grand entrance, first dance, speeches, and cake cutting. Choose songs that are significant to you as a couple.

7. Send Invitations

Once you have all the details confirmed, send out your wedding invitations. Include all the necessary information such as the date, time, location, and dress code. You could also set up a dedicated wedding website to keep your guests informed and collect RSVPs.

8. Finalise Details

As the big day approaches, confirm all arrangements with your wedding suppliers, create a seating plan, and prepare a timeline for the day. Make sure your bridal party and key family members are aware of the schedule and their roles.

9. Prepare for the Unexpected

No matter how meticulous your planning, unexpected issues can occur. Make sure you have a contingency plan in place and stay flexible. Pack an emergency kit with items like safety pins, plasters, hair grips, and a small sewing kit.

10. Enjoy Your Day

On your wedding day, focus on the joy of marrying your partner. Trust that your preparation will pay off and remember to soak in every moment. It’s a celebration of your love for each other and the start of a beautiful journey together.

By following these steps and staying organised, you can create a wonderful and stress-free wedding day that you’ll both remember for the rest of your life.

Contact Us

If you’d like to arrange a viewing of Gorwell Farm and The Barn, please contact Mary on 01305 871401 or email We also have our own dedicated wedding co-ordinator who will help with your wedding planning and advise on recommended suppliers.

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Photo Credit: Chloe Palmer Photography

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