Congratulations, the two of you! Your wedding day is an exciting milestone, and we’re here to help you make the most of your planning for your beautiful wedding in Cornwall. To ensure a stress-free and memorable wedding experience, we’ve put together ten essential checklist points specifically tailored for you to help you answer the question “How do I plan a wedding with my partner?”.
Let’s help you create a celebration that reflects your love story against the stunning backdrop of Cornwall’s landscapes. At Tredudwell Manor, you will be very lucky to find a super experienced and friendly planning team to help you along the planning way as more than ever, planning is team work.
1. How do I plan a wedding with my partner? Collaborate
Start your wedding planning journey by establishing open and clear communication with your partner. Together, outline your vision for the day, decide on key elements, and ensure you’re both involved in the decision-making process, it generally makes it more fun and exciting and as team work goes, communication is key!
Find the right communication channels, create a specific wedding planning WhatsApp chat, email address for the admin so it’s separate from your regular communication.
2. Set a Realistic Budget
You need to set your wedding budget early on and be transparent about it, together. Understanding your financial limits will help guide your choices and ensure a harmonious planning process. Otherwise, you’ll have unnecessary arguments and tension which can easily be avoided!
3. Select the Perfect Cornwall Venue: Pick Tredudwell Manor 😉
Obviously we’re biased, but Cornwall offers a wealth of stunning wedding venues, each with its own unique charm. Consider the key factors you want like the setting, the location, the ambiance, the size and capacity, and the available options of choosing your suppliers when selecting your dream wedding venue. Well, to help you here; from breathtaking coastal views to charming countryside settings, and a wonderful list of suppliers, ,Tredudwell Manor has it all!
4. How do I plan a wedding with my partner? Make key decisions early on
This will help you stay organized and ensure you don’t miss any crucial tasks along the way. This will also help you iron out any miscommunications over who’s doing what including:
A. Set the wedding date
Work with your partner to choose a wedding date that works best for both of you. Consider factors such as season, availability of key guests.
B. Create the Guest List
Work with your partner to compile a comprehensive guest list. Start by identifying close family members, friends, and colleagues you would like to invite. Have those difficult conversations early on, not when it comes to sending out the invites!
Talk about what’s a priority for the wedding for you individually (yes, you’re allowed to disagree, of course!) and find a way forward where you can both get elements you want within your budget. Again, it’s easier if you talk about this early on in the process, rather than further down the line when you find yourself arguing just because you feel left out of a decision that’s been made and actually you don’t really mind which option is chosen!
D. Choose your Wedding Style and personalise your ceremony
Collaborate with your partner to decide on the overall theme and style of your wedding. This will guide your decisions regarding your venue, the decor, what you wear, and pretty much everything else. Work with your partner to find ways to add your own personal touches to your wedding ceremony. This could include writing your own vows, incorporating meaningful rituals that are important to you, finding ways to include particular loved ones whether they’re coming to the ceremony or not, or selecting special readings. Find someone who will lead the ceremony that means something to you whether it’s a religious leader, celebrant or registrar.
5. Plan Out Your Timeline leading up to the wedding
But here’s where it gets really serious. To help you really figure out – “How do I plan a wedding with my partner?” you need to sit down and create a detailed timeline that includes all the important milestones and deadlines leading up to your big day. Here’s what we suggest:
9-12 Months Before the Wedding
Assemble Your Wedding team with Top Suppliers
Cornwall boasts a talented pool of wedding suppliers, including photographers, caterers, florists, musicians, and more. Research and book these professionals early on to secure their availability for your special day. Don’t hesitate to ask your venue for recommendations as well! At Tredudwell Manor we have a fabulous list of super experienced, professional and friendly wedding suppliers!
Begin shopping for your wedding outfits
Take time to research and select your wedding outfits. From traditional suits to more casual ensembles, choose an outfit that aligns with your personal style and complements your partner’s outfits and allow plenty of time for fittings and alterations.
Decide on how you’re going to get to your wedding day, whether it’s a classic car, limousine, or something more unique. Book the transport accordingly.
If you have out-of-town guests attending, secure accommodation options by providing guests with the necessary information. At Tredudwell Manor, we have an extended and detailed accommodation list and always recommend to pass this information as soon as possible. If you have guests traveling from afar suggesting accommodation options in Cornwall early is key.
3-6 Months Before the Wedding
Send out save-the-date cards or electronic invitations to give your guests ample time to plan for your wedding.
Plan the Ceremony
Work with your partner and your registrar or celebrant or vicar to plan the ceremony details, such as readings, vows, and any special rituals or traditions you wish to include.
Finalise the Menu
Consult with your caterer to finalize the wedding menu. Consider dietary restrictions, preferences, and any special requests from your guests.
1-2 Months Before the Wedding
Send Wedding Invitations
Send out the formal wedding invitations, including RSVP cards and any additional details or accommodation information. You could even set up a wedding website to direct guests to where they can find all the information.
Wedding ceremony paperwork
Obtain or organise the necessary paperwork for your wedding ceremony.
1 Week Before the Wedding
Pack for the Wedding Day
Prepare your wedding day essentials, including your outfits, accessories, and any personal items you’ll need for the celebration.
Confirm the Final Details
Reach out to all suppliers one final time to confirm the details and address any last-minute questions or changes.
On the Wedding Day: Relax and Enjoy
Take a deep breath, relax, and enjoy every moment of your wedding day. Trust that you’ve done everything necessary to create a beautiful celebration. Now it’s all in the hands of your wonderful venue and suppliers to take care of you!
To wrap up, by sharing these essential wedding planning checklists, we help you answer that key question “How do I plan a wedding with my partner?” so you can confidently embark on their wedding planning journey in Cornwall. Remember communicating with you partner is key to personalizing your ceremony so each step will bring you closer together and to your dream wedding day. Happy planning, and we can’t wait to welcome you to our stunning wedding venue in Cornwall! Please get in touch to find out our latest availability.
Valerie & all at your favourite Cornwall wedding venue, Tredudwell Manor x
Beautiful wedding for Georgia and Fraser captured by talented Tracey Warbey Photography
Flowers: Floral creations Cornwall
Cake: The Garden Baker
Catering: Miss Tea