Top Tips for Wedding Planning from The Shelbourne Wedding Executive Cathy O’Shea

1) The Guest List:
Before looking at potential wedding venues, sit down with your partner to work out your guest numbers and make sure to include yourselves. It is best to have a clear idea of how many guests you will have at your wedding as it will determine what venues are suitable. You do not want to fall in love with a venue that cannot accommodate your guest list.

2) The Location:
Decide the locations that you would like to get married in and compile a list of venues to look at. Try not to look at too many venues as it can make the final decision quite hard considering the amount of gorgeous venues both at home and abroad.

3) Make a List:
Weddings are known for their extensive and detailed organising. Lists are great to keep you visually focused on what needs to be done before the day itself. You will find that creating ‘To Do’ lists will keep you relaxed and under control in the lead up to the big day. Mood boards can also be a great way to organise your ideas. A website such as Pinterest allows you save all your wedding inspiration online.

4) It’s a Celebration:
Wedding preparation can be a little stressful at times. Make sure to set aside time for yourself if you are feeling overwhelmed. Treat yourself with a spa day, get your nails done or perhaps a quiet evening in is all you need. It is really important to remember a wedding is a celebration with your family and friends and is a lot of fun.

5) The Table Plan:
Compiling the table plan can be quite tricky as each partner must combine their friends and family into the one venue so be sure not to leave it until the last minute. Do not worry though, you will get through it together.

6) Flowers:
Flowers are a very important feature for a wedding day. They can really enhance the wedding reception space by adding a splash of colour to the room and making it really stunning. Flowers are a great way of expressing yourself and creating an atmosphere for your wedding, so put thought into what you would like to portray. Family and friends may also offer to create the flowers for your wedding day. If they do, always think about the person doing it for you. You need to make sure it is not going to cause added stress for that person on the day.

7) Delegate:
Delegate tasks to your bridesmaids and groomsmen before and on your wedding day. They want to make sure your wedding experience goes off without a hitch. A lot is happening on your wedding day and it is great to have support getting ready in the morning, rounding up guests for group photos and making sure everyone is present for the first dance to name but a few!

8) Enjoy the Day:
Many couples say they cannot believe how quickly their wedding day goes by and with this in mind it is really important to enjoy every minute. Remember, no matter what happens, your wedding is a celebration of love.