How to plan a wedding

by: 5 Star Wedding Directory


Wedding planning? Start with feet up, cup of tea, and the laptop…

The champagne is all gone, the engagement cards are gathering dust, and the ring has been resized. So now, it’s time to actually plan the wedding. As anyone with a beautiful ring on their left hand knows, as soon as you become engaged your nearest and dearest will Not. Stop. Asking. Questions; can I make a speech? Where’s my bridesmaid’s dress? Have you sent the invitations to my second cousins yet? It gets overwhelming quickly, but before you pack something old and something new into the overnight bag to elope, take comfort in knowing there’s plenty of online resources to help you plan an amazing wedding.

Ready, steady... Go!

Usually the first step of wedding planning comes naturally, because as soon as you announce your happy news the very first question out of anyone’s mouth will be “when’s the date?” In order to set a date you need a venue, so it’s time to get clever with your research. At 5 Star Wedding Directory you can search by either location or venue rating, from London palaces to countryside manor houses that can be all yours for the weekend. All venues on the site are impartially reviewed and meet 5 Star’s high standard, so you can be sure of quality. If you’re lucky, when finding a great venue you may automatically find a great wedding planner, as many are in house. If you think you don’t want a wedding planner at first, you may change your mind about five minutes into drawing up the guest list. Wedding planners don’t bowl in and make all the decisions about outfits, food and music, they simply help you to get the day designed exactly how you want it, with some incredible enhancements such as sourcing special scents to make the day beautifully memorable (for some inspiration about what a great planner can really ‘wow’ you with, read about this event at the Savoy earlier this year). Planners also make sure it all runs smoothly – wedding days can be overwhelming, and can run as long as ten to twelve hours from ceremony to the end of the reception; that kind of event needs managing. For a directory of recommended planners we love, browse here.

The middle bit

When the venue is sorted and save-­‐the-­‐dates are dispatched, the fun starts. Whether you want something classic like a Vera Wang gown, or more theatrical like a creation by Katherine Jenkins’ favourite Ian Stuart, choosing a dress may take you a while. Consider your body shape, and what styles and colours usually work for you and make a mood board before you go shopping so you make the best of your time. Once you have your dress sorted, depending on its style and any colour accents it may have, the rest of your wedding identity will begin to fall into place, from colour scheme to theme. This is the really joyful part of planning, choosing flowers, bridesmaid dresses, and the cake (cake testing is really, really fun) so get together a team of friends and family and enjoy putting the detailed touches on your big day plans.

And relax…

More and more people are choosing to schedule their honeymoon for some months after the wedding itself. There are countless good reasons to do this, from allowing time to get over a morning-­‐after hangover, to simply having something to look forward to long after the ‘thank you’ notes are in the post. Why not leave the honeymoon planning until after the wedding is over, countering any post-­‐ wedding blues by planning the trip of a lifetime? Or, how about combining hen (or stag) weekend, wedding, and honeymoon all in one by opting for a fabulous destination wedding? The top wedding destination right now is Italy, and UK brides in particular will have a much greater chance of ensuring a warm, sunny wedding day if opting for a Mediterranean affair. Whatever you chose to do, cast your eye over some of our very favourite destinations  to get inspired. 5 Star Wedding Directory has an exceptional collection of the world’s most inspiring wedding brands. We feature beautiful, fresh and original ideas for sophisticated brides in one gorgeously presented wedding website. From the engagement to the honeymoon our content is created to entice and inspire couples on their journey…

Venue: Historic Royal Palaces
Cake: Elizabeth Cake Emporium
Dress: Oscar de le renta
Dress Vera Wang
Honeymoon: Mr & mrs Smith
Flowers: Amie Bone
Wedding Planner: Jemma Jade (red table decor image)