Widely regarded as Britain’s premier wedding planner, Sarah Haywood specialises in high-end celebrations with grand budgets and great style. And while she didn’t get to create William and Kate’s big day (her dream assignment), she does have an enviable client list that includes celebrities, leading public figures and nobility. So what are Sarah’s top 10 tips for wedding success? Read on to find out – then make sure you diarise our special reader events where you can benefit from her experience and expertise in person! Details are below.

Sarah Haywood’s 10 top wedding planning tips:

MONEY MANAGEMENT Plan only for the type of wedding you can afford. Accept what you’ve got to spend and always shop with this in mind. Create your perfect wedding, not a celebrity footballer’s dream day.

BE ORGANISED It’s the key to successful and stress-free wedding planning.

PRIORITISE Don’t waste time getting carried away with details until you have put in place the key elements: where and when you’ll be married and how much you can afford to spend.

PRESENT A UNITED FRONT Create your day together and present a united front to your families. Leave some room for family input – especially if they are contributing financially.

RESPECT & COMPROMISE When drawing up your guest list, be sensitive to the desires and expectations of each other and your families. Respect the point of view of others and listen, even if you eventually reject their ideas. Be prepared to negotiate and compromise.

DELEGATE Behind every blooming bride and gorgeous groom is a fabulous and efficient team, so delegate what you can to friends and family who have skills in areas you need help with.

BRIDESMAIDS & BEST MAN Have a reliable best man and matron of honour. If your closest friends are not reliable and/or competent, give them something else to do!

HIRING & FIRING Don’t hire anyone or anything until you have seen or sampled their wares. Get every detail in writing. Before signing a contract ask: “Is this your best price?”

KEEP COOL, CALM & COLLECTED – especially with your nearest and dearest. Don’t alienate anyone you’ll need later on.

WEDDING-FREE ZONES Have wedding-free zones in your home(s) and wedding-free evenings with your intended. Then you’ll remember why you are doing this!


Keen to find out how to throw your own fabulous wedding? Sarah Haywood will be joining us at The Wedding Expo® in Johannesburg in August to share her top tips for party success. She’ll also be travelling to Cape Town for an exclusive Wedding Inspirations reader event. Details of both will be available in our winter edition – on sale June 4 – as well as on this website. For more information on Sarah, see or get your hands on a copy of our latest (March/Autumn 2012) edition, which features an insightful interview with the A-list favourite.


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