Wight Wedding Blog


Congratulations on your engagement, you both must be very excited. We just wanted to put a couple of things together to help you get started.

First things first, the lists.  As a warning, lists may become a non-word for you in the coming months. Whether you are creating, editing and prioritising them or whether you are looking at one over someone’s shoulder wondering if you will ever talk about anything other than your pending Wight wedding day. That is because there is a lot to do, or get a willing helper to do before the big day.

Here are a few things that you could start thinking about together.

·      Announce your engagement – in whichever way suits you both. You may choose a ring around close friends and family, followed by a relationship status change on Facebook or a short but sweet tweet.  You can also use the Isle of Wight County Press to announce it, with a picture of you both and a message.

·      It is your day - discuss the kind of wedding ceremony and reception you would both like and enjoy. After all it is your day and it is easy to go off track when you start to discuss details with friends and family. If you have a wild dream then why not have it, in a way that suits your budget.

·      Budget - On that note, calculate a realistic wedding budget that won’t break the bank of you or any other family member. We all have grand ideas, and some of us may be lucky enough to have the money for them.  If you don’t, try not to over spend. Worry troubles in your new marriage isn’t the best way to start.

·      Guest list - Decide on an approximate guest list.  You will be surprised how quickly this could increase and it is best to have this firm in in your minds before approaching venues. Remember to include children as they are not usually considered a half and require a whole seat.

·       Start searching - Now you have some of those things decided on, you can really start searching the internet for wedding ideas and suppliers on the Island. We say this as if you haven’t already been doing that and it isn’t how you found yourself reading this blog. Use Wight Wedding Days to search through suppliers available for the Island. If they don’t seem to have what you want, get in touch.

·      Getting some guidance - You may want to consider a co-ordinator or a wedding chat to consolidate your ideas and get on the right track. This can be an extra cost but it can alleviate the stress by sharing the footwork with someone else.

·       The venue - Start contacting possible venues with your anticipated guest numbers, themes and ideas, and budget per person in mind. You may just contact venues that are registered for civil ceremonies. Check the restrictions on what you can do there and check all timings for bar and music. You don’t want it to be a surprise that the night has to end at 11.30 when you want the night to continue.

·       Choose a date - check this with your church, registrar or celebrant as well as your reception venue. Keep festivals, bank holidays and the school holidays in mind when deciding. This year’s line-up may just sway them!

·       The legalities - Any information you need for registering for marriage or booking a date with a registrar try the IOW Council website. http://www.iwight.com/council/departments/registrars/

·       Save that date with everyone - If your date is absolutely confirmed and you are sure, then Send out Save the Date cards – making a date change after they have been sent could be costly and time consuming and you don’t want to give those guests any reason to not have known well in advance.

·       Get it booked - Book this date with the registrar or church, your venue to secure your booking and your caterer if this isn’t offered in-house at your venue. 

·       Don’t miss out - Also book any seasonal essentials or popular entertainment that might get booked up quickly e.g. Fireworks in November

·       The bridal party - You may have already chosen or you may have had to think long and hard on choosing your wedding party - best man, ushers, bridesmaids, flower girls and pageboys. Consider some of these wisely as they will probably already be very important to you both, but will become an essential workforce throughout the whole planning process and wedding day.  As well as then being there for you throughout your marriage. 

We can promise that you will be roping those people in for a little bit of D.I.T – Do It Together, but more on that tomorrow……

Wight Wedding Days


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