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Burlton Manor
28/02/2022

Wedding Planning Blog

A Guide to Wedding Planning – 10 Tips for Newly Engaged Couples
Firstly, CONGRATULATIONS!
Secondly, before you do anything – don’t forget to take some
time to simply enjoy being engaged! It’s such a special time and before you jump straight
into wedding planning don’t forget to bask in your just-engaged joy, even if just for a little
bit!
Once you’ve posted your ring selfie online and told all your favourite people, it’s time to get
organised. At first planning a wedding may seem quite overwhelming. But once you get
started, work out your priorities, and break down the important tasks it really isn’t as
daunting as you think! Utilising handy online tools will help. As will building strong
relationships with your wedding venue and suppliers and keeping on top of your budget.
Keep reading for our top 10 planning tips for newly engaged couples. From how to work
with your dream wedding venue, to staying organised – we’ve covered it all.
1. Your Wedding Budget
It’s easy to get carried away in the newly engaged excitement but give yourself some time
to carefully consider and allocate your wedding budget. Doing this early will not only save
you money, it will also save you valuable time as you start planning one of the biggest
events of your life.
When you know how much you’ve got to spend from the outset, you can
narrow down your search for venues and suppliers to those that best fit your finances.
Bridebook have a brilliant online wedding budget calculator which can give you a budget
estimate for each part of your wedding.
2. The Wedding Party
As soon as you announce your engagement, you’re bound to be asked who your
bridesmaids / groomsmen are going to be. While there’s no need to rush this, if you have
already chosen – let them know. Invite them to join in on the wedding planning journey –
they may be able to help and impart some very helpful advice along the way!
3. Pick a Date
You may have a set wedding date in mind, or maybe you’re open to exploring the
availability of your chosen venue? The reality is that you might need to be a little flexible to
secure your dream wedding space. Consider what season, or month, you ideally want to get
married in and talk to your prospective wedding venue about this. At Burlton Manor we
have a number of beautiful outdoor areas around the barns which can be utilised
throughout a wedding day. For example our Secret Garden is magical for an outdoor
wedding ceremony, the Terrace benefits from magnificent views for a drinks reception, and
romantic couple’s photos by the Cherub Fountain are non-negotiable!
4. Your Wedding Guests
Your final guest number will end up directly impacting many elements of your wedding day.
Most importantly, the capacity of your venue, but also how many adults / children will be

eating, who needs accommodation, and how many wedding invitations you need to send

out. Have a clear number in mind before you start booking the big stuff. The venues spaces
in our barn are incredibly versatile for a variety of different sized celebrations. While we can
comfortably sit up to 200 guests in our Main Barn for a sit-down meal, an intimate wedding
for 30 in our Ceremony Room would make for a beautiful occasion.
5. Research and Secure Your Wedding Venue
Google is a great place to start but we also have listings on Hitched, Coco Wedding Venues,
and For Better For Worse. These are all exceptional wedding directories and integral to any
newly engaged couple planning a wedding. Consider your budget, location, capacity,
accessibility, venue style etc. and then once your key criteria have been set you will be able
to focus more clearly and select only the best wedding venues to visit in person.
We offer private viewings of Burlton Manor on a regular basis. Visiting in person gives
couples a wonderful opportunity to visualise their big day, meet our resident wedding
coordinator (and fountain of knowledge), Rebecca, and discuss the logistics surrounding
your wedding. We want you to have the best day of your life and will always try our hardest
to accommodate your requests and wishes.
6. Wedding Inspiration via Pinterest & Instagram
Social media is an amazing tool to use to gather wonderful wedding inspiration and aid
wedding planning. But a friendly warning – there’s a LOT out there! Try not to fall into the
trap of comparing yourself to others or second-guessing your already carefully thought-out
choices, and only pin / save the wedding style, dream suppliers, and décor options that you
truly love.
7. Research and Book Your Wedding Suppliers
We love it when our couples ask for some wedding supplier recommendations. We would
always say that recommendations direct from your wedding venue are quality leads as they
have likely worked there before and done a fantastic job! Plus if they know the venue inside
out that’s a bonus too.
Online blogs such as Love My Dress and Rock My Wedding are packed with wedding
inspiration and champion the best of the best within the industry. Seek out the posts which
align with the style of wedding that you’ve having and make a note of the supplier credits.
Social media is also a brilliant place to search for your wedding suppliers. Instagram’s search
function picks up on keywords, hashtags and location so try searching a variety of terms and
see what comes up. ‘Fine art wedding photographer’ will bring up photographers with a
certain style / niche or maybe you want a florist that lives locally, ‘Shropshire florist’ for
example.
We are lucky to be home to some incredibly talented wedding professionals here in
Shropshire and are always happy to assist with your requests.
8. Your Wedding Priorities
You can’t do it all so let others around you help. If you have a passion for decor keep this
one for yourself, but if your partner loves music, let them source the band. And if you have a
friend who just loves being organised, let them help – after all, there’s a LOT to get through!
9. Be Organised
Wedding planning naturally comes with a lot of admin! When you book Burlton Manor as
your venue, and Rebecca as your wedding coordinator, we will be on hand to assist with
anything venue-related and the logistics of the day itself. If you require a more hands on
approach, then it is worth considering hiring a professional wedding planner too.
If you like to keep a close eye on your plans, we would highly recommend creating a Trello
board or Google Drive folder. Create docs and note important information relating to your
suppliers / wedding plans here where it will all be kept in one place.
10. Have fun!
Don’t forget to have fun along the way. Remember, a wedding is ultimately about the
person you’re marrying and your life ahead together, not just one day (although it will be
fantastic!). Make time to have fun as a couple and try not to take planning too seriously.
We’re here to help as much as we can, remember to embrace the technology available to
you, and just enjoy the ride!
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