So, you’re engaged. Congratulations. It’s so easy to get carried away with all the well-wishers and cards that you can forget you have the biggest party of your life to organise! That’s (hopefully) where this book will come in handy. We don’t want you to do what so many couples do - which is panic. Lots and lots of couples get engaged and then immediately worry: “So much to do, so little time!” they say (when the wedding is still two years away) and consequently they go into hyper-drive. They book themselves into wedding fairs, consultations and tastings galore. They spend then next week researching, drawing up spreadsheets and stressing about the fact they "haven’t even booked a venue yet!”. What is meant to be an enjoyable, joyous, celebratory time of life, becomes a series of meetings, to-do lists and deposits. Before they know it these couples have rushed into planning a wedding they never really wanted that is far more expensive than they had ever planned.
“WE DON’T WANT YOU TO DO WHAT SO MANY COUPLES DO, WHICH IS PANIC”
No, we don’t want you to do that. We say: take your time, put your feet up and read this book. If you want a countrified wedding then this guide aims to help you plan that day in a stress free, enjoyable, joyous, celebratory way. Remember, it is a party you are planning, so it should be a party to organise it too!
So here’s our first tip. Don’t stress. You have time. Everything is going to be OK. There are many, many hours between now and your wedding day (unless you really are reading this the night before your wedding and still haven't made any key decisions - if that's the case we can’t help!). Don’t let the crazy world of weddings and (particularly) wedding vendors make you think you have to rush into everything. Take your time. Why not sit down, get a pen and some paper, pour a glass of wine and jot down what you want from your countrified wedding day?
Do you want a barn, tipi or marquee? Do you want a ceilidh or a jazz band? Do you want a classic car or a tractor? How many people do you want to come? How many people can you afford to come? Do you want to get married in a church? It sounds simple but it’s incredible how such fundamental things get missed in the early stages of planning a wedding. Deciding exactly (or if not exactly then at least roughly) what you both want enables you to look in the right places when booking. It cuts down stress, time wastage and arguments later on.
We hope this book will help you make these decisions. We don’t want to plan your day for you, we want your day to be unique, and that's why this is a guide and not a list of rules. We will give you tips and ideas on invites, venues, transport, decoration, favours, food, music, clothing and choosing your wedding vendors, as well as lots in between. We want to help make your day as ‘countrified’ as it can be!