We know planning a wedding can be stressful and overwhelming but with some prior preparation you can set the foundation for well-organised wedding process Monica Geller style! Here are a couple of your top wedding questions answered by our team at Parklands, Quendon Hall…

When should I start planning?

Ideally, your timeframe should be around one year before the wedding. This gives you more than enough time but it’s better to allow for any cancellations. When it comes to wedding ideas, write them down as early as you can so you’ll have room to develop them as your creativity strikes.

Where do I start wedding planning?

Setting a date is the best thing to tick off your wedding planning checklist first. It’s also a good idea to allow flexibility with dates so you can get your dream venue. Figuring out how many people to invite for the ceremony and the reception is vital at the start of your wedding planning – just so you know what size venue you’re going to be looking at.

How do I know where to get married?

This one is easy as you can choose to get married where you had your first date, where you went on holiday as a child and so on, but it does depend on whether you like the dates available! If you can’t decide then we thoroughly recommend Parklands, Quendon Hall as it’s suitable for all sorts of wedding styles and sizes. It hosts between 30 and 650 guests, making it a great venue for both small and larger wedding parties. In the winter the Drawing Room’s roaring log fire will add that magical feel to your wedding, whereas in the summer month the gorgeous lawns are a great photo opportunity!

What decor scheme should I go with?

Of course, it’s completely up to you but a few things to consider are the sort of colours you tend to be attracted to, your favourite flowers / plants and even your dress sense. These can all be a big indicator of what decor scheme to choose for your wedding.

How do I choose the menus, Canapés, drinks and so on?

All you really have to do is think about you are your partner’s favourite restaurant or meal together. It doesn’t matter whether you both love gourmet Italian food or Pizza Hut – anything goes at your wedding. It doesn’t have to be all fine dining and multiple sets of cutlery. In fact, it’s popular to have traditional British favourites such as fish and chips, pie and mash and classic roast dinners for your wedding breakfast. For drinks you just need to think about what sort of bars you and your partner like to go to and what drinks you’re most likely to order. We offer an eclectic choice of beers, wines, spirits and cocktails at Parklands, Quendon Hall – so you and your guests are spoiled for choice.

Should I let guests post photos of my wedding on social media?

Although most couples prefer their professional photos to be the first up on Facebook, it is entirely up to you! If you don’t mind unedited photos cropping up on social media then go for it. However, if you want to keep your wedding photos a private occasion then you can gently let your guests know you’d prefer it if they didn’t post any photos of the wedding on social media. But before you make a decision, talk it through with your partner to make sure they’re on the same page as you.

Who do I choose as my bridesmaids / maid of honour / best man / pageboys?

The big trick here is don’t be too nice. This is your wedding and you need to choose people who you’re likely to be just as close to in 10, 20, 30 years time! If you’re not sure if your best friend or relative should be your maid of honour or best man then ask yourself are they reliable? Are they calm under pressure? Are the considerate and tactful? If so then you’ve got your answer!