Wedding Planning 101: Selecting the venue, picking bridesmaid dresses and more

Arranging a wedding is more than just discovering your dream dress. Weddings take time, patience and a little inspiration to get perfect. If you don’t plan properly, all that arranging can leave you feeling engaged and confused. To make your magical day live up to the lofty expectations, we’ve got together some top tips for a wedding day your guests will never forget.

Set your budget

It’s all too easy to go overboard with your spending. If you don’t have a budget set in stone, you’ll be shocked at how quickly the costs add up. Before you start, we’d suggest spending some time writing down and prioritising the parts of your wedding you desire most. Whether it’s food, venue or season, you might have to make a few sacrifices. Trust us - in the long term, you won’t regret that extra planning. 

Finding your ideal venue

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again - nailing your venue is key to your dream wedding. Thankfully, in this day and age, there’s no lack of choice. Outside or inside, traditional or modern, abroad or at home - the world is your oyster when it comes to venues. When you’ve created your list, visit the venues in person and work with your partner to figure out which one fits perfectly. Always thoroughly check your the venue’s contract too - there might even be space for some haggling!

Gosfield Hall, Essex
Syon House, Brentford
Hidden River Cabins

Bridesmaid dresses

As the second most important dress on the big day, matching up your bridesmaids in some stunning dresses is an exciting part of your wedding planning. Luckily for you, we’ve got a huge range of gorgeous bridesmaid dresses for all shapes and sizes in our collections. From bandeau style maxi dresses to up-to-date bright green midi dresses, the variety of our range has something to fit all tastes. Once your bridesmaids are looking beautiful, you know that your wedding is on the right track.

Bridesmaids in Grey Embroidered Dresses
Bridesmaids in Navy

Seasonal weddings

Don’t forget that the time of year your wedding takes place will affect every other piece of your planning. If you’re going for an autumnal wedding, keep your mind on the beautiful golden hues and try to cultivate a warm, cosy atmosphere. Summer weddings are likely to be slightly more expensive, but a sun-drenched, leafy event in mid-July can be the stuff of dreams. Whichever season you choose, try and keep a consistent theme that corresponds to the season.

Winter Wedding
Summer Wedding

Find some inspiration

If you’re struggling to get your creative juices flowing, finding some popular wedding pictures can give you tons of inspiration. We’d suggest digging through Instagram, looking through popular hashtags and saving some of your favourite visual ideas. Bringing all your favourite concepts together can give you more direction in terms of your overall planning.

Every bride deserves to have the wedding of their dreams. Leaving no stone unturned makes your perfect wedding even more likely. Take a look at our wedding dresses collection today to make that special day extra magical.