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6 Wedding Planning Necessities

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It will take a lot of time and effort into planning the perfect wedding day so it’s important to make sure you get everything sorted well in advance.

Here are our 7 wedding planning necessities you need to get ready for the best day of your life.

Wedding suitThe Dress/Suit

Especially for the bride-to-be, it’s probably been in your head for as long as you can remember.  Dressing up and looking your absolute best is going to be the most exciting part of the whole day.

Choose a genuine dress in person and not the cheaper alternative you might find on the internet.  Take accessories with you when you go and try on the dress that you think you’re likely to wear. Also get the length right.  The last thing you want is to have it sweeping across the floor, you take one wrong step and the next thing you know, you’re sprawled over the floor.

Some of you may be looking at the traditional something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.

The first three will likely be a bit more simple than finding something blue (unless your dress is blue obviously!)  A blue ribbon sewn into the dress is a subtle addition or maybe get a blue hair pin to hold it all in place.

For the gentlemen, get your wedding suit to match the theme and reflect the colours of the day.  Decide on whether or not you would like to wear the suit again. If so, you may want to buy rather than hire.

Also, a big one: do not forget your engagement ring!

christmas dining in the restaurantThe Venue

Sometimes, you just know.  It’ll all be mapped out in your head of where you want that first photograph with your new husband or wife, down to the last brick or blade of grass.

While this is amazing, there will be things that you need to consider when choosing the perfect wedding venue.

Depending on how many people you would like to invite is extremely important on your venue.  If you plan on having a big wedding, it would be foolish to hire out a small venue where your guests will feel cramped and not have a good time.

It’s also important that the location goes with the theme of your wedding.  Make it match to your and your partner’s interests. If you both love being outside and love the warm weather, plan for somewhere in the summer and in a gorgeous garden.   There will be plenty to smile about.

There will also be some things that must be included and cannot go without so find somewhere that includes all your must haves. At Chapel 1877 we try to cater for all wedding styles and requirements.

The Guests

This can be tricky.  There’s those who just have to be there.  There’s those who you would prefer to leave out.  And there’s those who are unlucky to be left out due to venue considerations.

In order to decide, you need to sit down with your partner and create a list of all possible names.

It will be easy to start with; close family and friends will be at the top of the guest list ie the people you spend the majority of your time with.  Then start to think about extended families; aunties, uncles, cousins, etc.

You and your partner should both get roughly the same number of guests each.

If you have any spare seats available offer them to your parents so they can bring their close friends.

In order to get married you must have someone ordained to lead the ceremony.  As made famous in the TV show Friends, you may want to have someone close to you to do this.

Most weddings however are led by priests so do not forget to contact a parish or church when getting get the ceremony planned.

Another important person to think about is the photographer, who will get your finest hour captured in a single moment.

Decide whether or not you want photos just at the wedding and/or at the reception.

Wedding Insurance

This is actually more important than people may realise.

What is you have planned out everything to the finest detail, get the to the big day but then something happens, such as someone taking suddenly ill, and you have to cancel?

Without wedding insurance, the costs of rearranging will be huge.  This is a must have.

My Voucher Codes have the best wedding insurance deals that will suit your all your needs so check them out and get yourself covered!

Christmas Drinks PackagesThe Reception

This is where everyone really gets to celebrate you and your partner’s marriage.  Everyone at the reception gets the chance to have a few drinks and mingle.

The reception is like throwing a big party.

Make sure that there are plenty of tables and chairs, each with decorations that go with the overall wedding theme.  Once you have decided on who is attending, you can plan the seating arrangements.

Music is a big one: consider hiring a band or a DJ to get everyone up and dancing or create your own playlists with your favourite songs.

Ask the venue to store the cake before the wedding day so they will have plenty of time to organise.

Staying with food, consider what and how many courses you want to have.  Do you want to have a set menu or have a buffet where guests can just help themselves?

Finally, decide on what you want to do with wedding gifts – wedding registry or replace gifts with guests paying for their own meals?  It’s entirely your choice.

The reception rounds off the perfect wedding experience.

The Honeymoon

Ah the final part of the wedding.  Celebrate your marriage a trip away to somewhere you will remember for the rest of your life.

It might be worth using a checklist to make sure you’ve got everything covered.

Are you going immediately after the reception or waiting a few days because the deal was better?

Book your flights and accommodation as early as possible to not only guarantee your booking but also save money at the same time.

Then decide on how you are going to get there.  Horse and carriage sounds romantic but a taxi or car hire will do the job just fine.

Don’t forget any confirmations you may need and any essential travel items like your passport, any visas or other documentation and the packed suitcase.  

Important note: make sure your passport is still valid before you travel.  

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