Believe it or not, doing some wedding planning at Christmas is a great idea! Once the big day has passed, the ‘twixtmas’ period heading to New Year’s Eve and early January can be a perfect time to tick off some tasks.
My advice for Christmastime wedding planning is to look at areas such as your guest list. It’s a good time to sit down together and make a list of your potential guests. This might be an overall list of initial numbers as this will help you with budgeting and venue hunting. Equally, it might be figuring out who will be receiving a full day invitation versus the evening celebrations.
As you’re bringing together your guest list, you may find you can multitask with some initial table plans. You’ll likely have a strong feeling about who will group together well or which tables might include children or high chairs. It’s well worth beginning to map this stage out as it will help you much further down the line – you’ll thank yourselves when you revisit it! My couples can create their guest list and table plans using their personal Aisleplanner pages that I provide to all my clients. It’s easy to use and keeps everything in one place – say goodbye to hundreds of spreadsheets!
Save the Date & Invitations
If you’ve already got your numbers and guests planned, then late December is an ideal time to get your Save the Dates finalised. The same goes for your invitations! If my couples are ready, then I encourage issuing invitations in January. It can be a long, dark month, especially the last two years with Covid-19 and lockdown hanging over us. Receiving a gorgeous invitation or Save the Date brings a wonderful boost to the special people in your lives. It gives everyone something to look forward to!
Early new year is a good time to book in appointments for venue visits. If you’re having a summer wedding you might think that it doesn’t seem practical visiting in winter. My advice is to see as many of your suppliers as you can out of season when they are quieter. They have the capacity to give you optimal one-to-one, personal customer service and answer your queries in depth. You can then follow up with lighter touch-points nearer the date, but will have established the core relationship at this key time.
Wedding planning at Christmas – Mrs T is here to help
As always, Mrs T is here to help you with your wedding planning at Christmas. If you require assistance with any of these areas, finding suppliers and fine-tuning details, you can contact me here.