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Planning a wedding: Top 5 tips

14th Jan 2016

Getting married is incredibly exciting; it’s one of the most important life-changing moments you’ll experience. Whether you want to share the day with those nearest and dearest to you with a small ceremony and reception or want to invite a hundred or more guests to be part of the joyous occasion, there are some core areas to research and book well in advance. Deal with these top 5 tips early in the organization stage and you can then relax and add in all the wonderful little extras at your leisure.

  1. Budget

The most important aspect to think about is how much you can afford to spend on your wedding day. If you want an occasion with lots of guests then it would be sensible to start saving up before committing to aspects such as the location or the reception. Talk to parents about extra financial help if you need it as they may gift you the money needed as their wedding present to you. Remember that small is beautiful and as long as there’s yourself, the one you love and at least the required witnesses, that is all that is important so don’t feel you should spend for the sake of it.

  1. Ceremony location

Through discussions with your intended you can decide together whether you want the ceremony to take place in a religious setting or a civil one. If you want to get married in  – for example – a church, it’s vital to talk to the vicar as far ahead as possible to find out if the date you want to set is available. If you want a civil ceremony there are thousands of locations now available which are licensed. These can either be local authority buildings, hotels, country homes or even golf clubs. Book early and ask about any discounts when you view each place to get the best deal.

  1. Finding a dress

Finding the perfect wedding dress is one of the most exciting parts for every bride. The secret is to try on as many styles as possible as whilst you may have a set idea in your head, the reality could be different when you visit bridal stores and you realize a very different design is the one for you. If you are on a budget and know the design you want, there are some great online stores which sell end of range dresses or ones which are made to order at a greatly reduced cost.

  1. Transport

You’ll want to arrive at your wedding looking your best with your dress flowing, your hair beautifully coiffured and your tiara perfectly in place. Booking a taxi or being transported in a family-owned car will save money but means a cramped journey. You’ll arrive with a creased dress and your hair awry if you hit your head on the car as you alight. Hiring a wedding limousine from a company such as means you’ll travel in luxury and turn heads from all you pass. You’ll arrive looking stunning and the car can feature in the official wedding photos to give you even more fantastic memories.

  1. Reception

Options for a reception are many; the first consideration to make is roughly how many will be attending and the budget you’ve set for this part of the occasion. Choices can include a buffet or sit-down meal in a hotel, or you could reduce costs by using a private function room at a pub. If you have a large enough garden you could hire a marquee and if you’re really wanting to be hands on in every aspect, you could enlist the help of family and friends and make all the food yourselves beforehand and then ask for it to be taken to your local community centre for later in the day.

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