For the Bride & Groom; Essential Tips to planning the perfect wedding
Welcome to Craig y Nos Castle's comprehensive Wedding Planner guide - one of the most comprehensive and 'original' on-line wedding planners you are likely to find.
Your Wedding Budget
Unique ideas, practical money saving tips and inside secrets on how to plan and prepare for an unforgettable wedding day - whatever your budget.
1. Keep a beady eye on your wedding budget!
Set yourself a realistic budget and tick off everything you plan to have, against your budget. Both Bride and Groom have an equal responsibility. Grooms must never say simply, "Whatever you want, darling!" One of you, or a relative, should become the beady eye (the bookkeeper), overseeing the budget.
Your wedding reception is likely to cost twice as much as you first imagined.
Every major expense always ends up costing more than we expect. This is because we all add things we'd not initially considered we wanted or were aware we needed. Most brides and grooms 'shop in increments' and can lose sight of the overall cost.
Elect a 'beady eyed bookkeeper' to keep a 'shopping list' with a running total of the costs as you add each new item to your list. Then you are both free to choose - either to increase your budget to fit your developing shopping list (your dream wedding, the ideal) or to reduce your shopping list to fit your budget (being practical, with realistic, affordable costs).
If you are able to take up the Special Wedding Package at the Castle, you can save some money on the wedding venue and wedding breakfast which you can then spend on other things. However the benefit of any saving could be lost if you allow yourself to get carried away with tempting extras!
(2 Photographs below supplied by Celtic Photography)
|Wedding Planner Guide Index|
|2||Your Suppliers - by category|
|3||Your Suppliers - Use Professionals|
|4||Who Pays for What? - Groom or Bride?|
|5||Put it in Writing - confirm by email|
|6||Your Cash Book|
|7||Your Guest List - Day & Evening List|
|8||Setting the Date - Friday or Saturday?|
|9a||Choosing the Venue & Venue Questions|
|9b||Matching Venue to Wedding|
|10||Appoint your own Wedding Planner/ Toastmaster|
|11a||Wedding Day Schedule - handy information|
|11c||The Ceremony - How everyone is seated|
|11d||Welcome Drinks & Photographs|
|11e||Wedding Breakfast & Evening Entertainment|
|12||Your Invitations & Wedding Stationery|
|13||Wedding Cake - useful info about cakes|
|14||Wedding Toasts - order of toasts|
|15||Wedding Day Countdown - tasks to do when|
|A||Planning your Wedding at Craig y Nos|
|B||Accommodation Reserving and Booking for Guests|
|C||Wedding Breakfast Menu Planning for Guests|
|D||Table Setting - seating plan for Guests|
|E||Running Order of the Day - Timings, Furnishings|
|F||Accommodation Planning for Guests B&B|
|Essential Pages to read, for booked weddings, on PLANNING YOUR WEDDING DAY at Craig y Nos Castle|
|Planning your wedding at Craig y Nos Castle||Wedding Breakfast Menus|
|Wedding Evening Buffet Menus||Wedding Canapes Choices for adding to Welcome Drinks|
|Superior Wedding Breakfast Menu for upgraded menu choices||Special Wedding Evening Entertainment Package (SWEEP)|
|What's not included - Book the Registrar, Wedding Suppliers you need||Wedding Day Countdown|
|Wedding Day Schedule and Set-up by Suppliers (2 links)||Wedding Suppliers Index|
|Wedding Themes by home town - index of featured towns||Contact Us Page and Directions to the castle (2 links)|
|Room Reserving & Booking template (SRUM)||Table Planner template for the wedding breakfast|
|Menu selection template guests' choice of wedding breakfast menu||Running Order of the Day, for planning Wedding Schedule on the Day|
|Essential Pages to read, for booked weddings, on organising Rooms for your Wedding Guests|
|Accommodation Reserving and Booking bedrooms for wedding Guests||The Rooms Table, a grid of all our bedrooms showing capacity and tariffs|
|How to encourage your wedding guests to WANT TO stay overnight||Family rooms' guest capacity: how to reserve rooms for families to share|
|Scaling up Accommodation use to gain free use of the Bridal Suite||Two Sample Wedding Guest Invitation letters, encouraging guests to stay|