For many brides (and grooms too, but let’s face it, it’s often the ladies who make things happen), planning a wedding is a full-time job, hobby and obsession in one. Absolutely no detail is left unattended. It sounds extreme, but I think it’s so much better to be prepared, particularly when it comes to 2016 wedding flowers. Here’s why…
The obvious benefits to planning your wedding well in advance are clear – more preparation, more time to get things done, no need to fly by the seat of your pants and hope everything falls into place. It makes sense, and personally I’d rather be ready ahead of time than rely on the last-minute adrenaline rush that some people seem to favour. Remember, some people make a career out of providing wedding planning services, which should give you some idea of how much work is involved!
It’s not just about ticking boxes, however, as planning your wedding in advance also means you can think more creatively about other parts of the day, and allow your concepts for the style of the celebration to take shape. This aspect of the wedding planning process is often overlooked, but in my experience the most beautiful weddings are the ones where all elements, from the cut of the bride’s dress to the colour of the table decorations and the number of bubbles in the champagne flutes, have been given sufficient thought and attention.
Planning your wedding in advance allows time for appointments with different suppliers, choosing the ones you like best. Wedding fairs are designed to help in the selection process, enabling couples to meet with prospective suppliers, but there’s still a period of decision-making to go through. Making a snap decision because you’re running out of time surely isn’t the way to get the best out of what’s meant to be the biggest day of your life. From a stylistic as well as a practical point of view, every service should coordinate with the others, creating a unified look for the day.
Now, much as may couples would like them to be, wedding service providers aren’t all based in one central location, so bringing these elements together isn’t always easy. And inevitably, planning your wedding in advance is massively important when it comes to your wedding flowers. I find it infinitely preferable to have a booking well in advance, and to really understand the couple I’m creating arrangements for. It means I can source specific flowers if necessary, plan the arrangements to the smallest detail, and play my part in the day to perfection. Other wedding suppliers, from cake makers to room dressers, appreciate having time to think about what they’re going to create for you.
If you think about it, it makes perfect sense. You wouldn’t expect a composer to come up with a symphony in a few days, and in the same way, you can’t put a perfectly coordinated wedding together in the space of a few quick phone calls. Your ideas, and the services of the people you engage, need time to develop; this way, they can do a better job and give you the wedding day you’ve dreamed of.
Planning your wedding well ahead of time also gives you a greater chance of booking the venue of your dreams. Venues book up early, particularly for the core wedding season: don’t take it for granted that your chosen location is going to be available when you want it, and bear in mind that suppliers will want to understand its architectural details, so that they can make your day extra special.
As you might have read elsewhere on my blog, I love Hoghton Tower, but there are some other venues I’m very fond of. Rivington Hall Barn is a stunning Grade II listed venue criss-crossed with enormous wooden beams. Mitton Hall in Whalley is an achingly beautiful 15th Century house rich in detail. Stanley House in Mellor combines the traditional and modern to wonderful effect. Then there’s Samlesbury Hall which is steeped in history to lend real gravitas to your day. And, of course, what about the marquee in the comfort of your own garden…? There are so many possibilities!
No couple should underestimate how much work goes into planning a wedding, so be sure to think ahead and book everything well in advance. This is your big day – the months, weeks and days leading up to it should be a delightful period of anticipation.