Congratulations! You just got engaged. You dried your tears, called your best friend, maid-of-honour to be, parents, in-laws, had a glass of champers and with your fiancé you both cannot stop smiling. How wonderful!
Days, weeks passed by and everyone is asking you: "when are you getting married?", "where", "how many guests?" "Am I invited?"..euh..non.So now that you have decided to start the wedding planning, where should you start? Which points to discuss with your wedding planner?
We are delighted at Audrey Ametis Weddings to have been featured in Grazia on the fabulous blog "10 Questions to ask before planning your wedding, according to wedding planners". Head to Grazia to read the full blog where we give tips, along with some friends of the industry.
Some extracts below!!
10 Questions To Ask Before Planning Your Wedding, According To Wedding Planners
BY GEORGIA ASPINALL
Embrace the current influx of Christmas tree pictures and mulled wine boomerangs on your Instagram feed, because in just 13 days’ time it will be awash with engagement rings. Yes, it’s that time of year again: proposal season. With Christmas Day the most popular time of year for people to get engaged, it’s only right that we look to the future and help calm your nerves before you officially have to start planning one of the biggest events you’ll ever plan.
That’s why we’ve spoke to the experts, wedding planners Audrey Ametis – founder of Audrey Ametis Weddings, to find out everything we should be asking ourselves before we embark on even thinking about what we want for the big day…
1. What is your comfortable budget?
‘I always advise my clients to include in their wedding budget everything and we mean everything,’ says Audrey, ‘Within a general category, for example, stationery, go in depth and include everything like stamps.
‘For instance, wedding favours. How cute it is to have a chocolate tablet with the bride and groom’s name on it? “It costs only £5” says the bride or groom. Fair enough but with 100 guests it is an extra £500 on your budget and with 200 guests you just “lost” a grand without realising it. Even couples with £150K or £250K for their wedding must stick to their budget. Splash for your big day, but be smart in splashing!’
‘Always purchase insurance and have a contingency fund for unplanned emergencies,’ she continued.
2. Have you planned for resting time on the day?
‘It is so important to be a guest at your own wedding, so visualise the whole day, the flow,’ says Audrey, ‘For instance what is the logistic from church to the wedding venue? Cars, double decker’s, helicopters? How far have the guests got to walk from the cloakroom to the ballroom?
‘What are you planning to do the day before and the day after the wedding? Have you allowed enough time for the guests to check into their hotel if they need to…and rest?! It is essential to add in your planning resting time as well. It is a party after all. Let them eat cake, have fun and relax!’
3. Do your guests need a false deadline to RSVP?
‘If you need an RSVP by 15/07, you might decide to write 30/06 on the invite,’ says Audrey, ‘Some guests will be a bit late in responding but also remember, while your wedding is one of the most important days of your life, your guests may have urgent matters to deal with and yes, they have a life too, happy guests happy wedding.’