The Wedding Checklist.

The Wedding Checklist.

‘It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan’

-       ELEANOR ROOSEVELT

 

YOUR WEDDING DAY IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT DAYS OF YOUR LIFE.

 

YOU WANT TO FEEL ORGANISED, RELAXED AND THAT EVERY LITTLE DETAIL HAS BEEN TAKEN CARE OF.

 

LOOKING BACK ON YOUR WEDDING DAY YOU WANT TO REMEMBER IT FOR WHAT IT WAS; A BEAUTIFUL, ELEGANT, TIMELESS AFFAIR THAT YOUR GUESTS WILL REMEMBER FOR YEARS TO COME. YOU WANT TO BE ABLE TO ENJOY EVERY LITTLE ASPECT.

 

WITH SO MANY LITTLE DETAILS TO THINK OF DURING THE PLANNING PROCESS, IT CAN OFTEN BECOME A LITTLE OVERWHELMING.

 

WE’VE PUT TOGETHER A CHECKLIST OF ALL OF THE DIFFERENT ELEMENTS THAT YOU NEED TO CONSIDER TO MAKE SURE THAT YOUR DAY RUNS SMOOTHLY.

 

WE WANT TO SHARE IT WITH YOU TO HELP YOU BRING YOUR DREAM TO LIFE.



General Administration & Planning.

 

TASK                                                                                        SUGGESTED TIMEFRAME            DUE DATE             STATUS                                                     

DECIDE ON YOUR WEDDING BUDGET                                     12 MONTHS

 

START YOUR GUEST LIST (ARE YOU GOING TO                        12 MONTHS

INVITE SEPARATE EVENING GUESTS AND ARE

CHILDREN INVITED?

 

SEARCH FOR A CEREMONY VENUE                                         12 MONTHS

 

SEARCH FOR A RECEPTION VENUE (REMEMBER                     12 MONTHS

TO LOOK INTO THINGS SUCH AS HEATING ETC. IF

HAVING A MARQUEE)

 

BOOK YOUR CEREMONY VENUE – NOTE/DIARISE                   11 MONTHS

PAYMENT SCHEDULE

 

BOOK YOUR RECEPTION VENUE – NOTE/DIARISE                   11 MONTHS

PAYMENT SCHEDULE

 

CHOOSE THE MEMBERS OF YOUR WEDDING PARTY                11 MONTHS

– MAID OF HONOUR & BEST MAN, BRIDESMAID(S),

USHER(S), FLOWER GIRL(S) & PAGE BOY(S) – AND

INVITE THEM TO TAKE THESE ROLES

 

BOOK ACCOMMODATION FOR YOUR WEDDING NIGHT           10 MONTHS

(IF NOT INCLUDED WITH VENUE) – ALSO CONSIDER

BOOKING ACCOMMODATION FOR THE EVE OF YOUR

WEDDING IF NECESSARY

 

DISCUSS & CONFIRM PLANS FOR YOUR HEN DO &                 10 MONTHS

STAG DO’S WITH YOUR MAID OF HONOUR & BEST

MAN

 

SEARCH FOR A TRANSPORTATION SUPPLIER -                        8 MONTHS

BRIDAL CAR, BRIDESMAIDS CAR & GUEST

TRANSPORTATION (IF NECESSARY)

 

BOOK YOUR TRANSPORTATION SUPPLIER –                            7 MONTHS

NOTE/DIARISE PAYMENT SCHEDULE

 

SHOP FOR YOUR WEDDING RINGS                                          6 MONTHS

 

MAKE PLANS FOR THE EVE OF YOUR WEDDING                      6 MONTHS

E.G. DINNER WITH FRIENDS/FAMILY OR A

QUITE NIGHT IN

 

ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE ARRANGED FOR SOMEONE             5 MONTHS

TO LOOK AFTER YOUR PETS DURING YOUR WEDDING

DAY (IF NECESSARY)

 

PURCHASE YOUR WEDDING RINGS –                                      3 MONTHS

ENSURE THAT THEY ARE THE CORRECT FIT ETC.

 

PURCHASE OR MAKE GIFTS FOR YOUR BRIDAL                      2 MONTHS

PARTY & CLOSE FAMILY – DON’T FORGET ANY

USHERS, FLOWER GIRLS & READERS

 

CREATE A WEDDING DAY SCHEDULE & SEND IT TO                1 MONTH

YOUR WEDDING PARTY/SUPPLIERS

 

PICK UP YOUR WEDDING RINGS (MAKE SURE TO                   1 MONTH

CHECK ANY INSCRIPTIONS BEFORE LEAVING

THE JEWELLERS)

 

SEND YOUR TRANSPORTATION SUPPLIER YOUR                    1 MONTH

WEDDING DAY SCHEDULE, ADDRESSES &

CONTACT PHONE NUMBERS

 

CONFIRM ALL FINAL PAYMENT AMOUNTS WITH                    1 MONTH

YOUR SUPPLIERS – MAKE ANY ONLINE TRANSFERS,

POST CHEQUES OR MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR

ON THE WEDDING DAY


Styling & Decoration.

 

TASK                                                                                      SUGGESTED TIMEFRAME            DUE DATE             STATUS

 

START THINKING ABOUT YOUR DESIRED WEDDING              10 MONTHS

STYLE & AESTHETIC DESIGN

 

DECIDE ON YOUR WEDDING STYLE                                      11 MONTHS

 

SEARCH FOR A FLORIST (ENSURE THAT THEY                      9 MONTHS

UNDERSTAND YOUR CHOSEN STYLE AND THAT

THIS IS SOMETHING THAT THEY ARE ABLE TO DO

I.E. LOOK AT PREVIOUS WORK IF POSSIBLE)

 

DETERMINE WHAT FLOWERS YOU NEED I.E.                         9 MONTHS

CEREMONY VENUE, RECEPTION VENUE, CENTRE

PIECES, BOUQUETS AND BOUTONNIERES ETC. &

GATHER ESTIMATES/QUOTES FROM FLORIST

 

BOOK CHOSEN FLORIST –                                                     9 MONTHS

NOTE/DIARISE PAYMENT SCHEDULE

 

RESEARCH ANY ADDITIONAL DECORATING FEATURES         4 MONTHS

E.G. HANGING FEATURES, LIGHTING, CANDLES,

BANNERS, CHALKBOARDS, OLD PHOTOS,

FLORAL SWING ETC.

 

DESIGN AND START CREATION OF YOUR                             4 MONTHS

WEDDING FAVOURS

 

FINALISE YOUR FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS/DESIGNS             3 MONTHS

WITH YOUR FLORIST

 

DECIDE ON YOUR TABLE NAMES &                                      3 MONTHS

DESIGN/CREATE SIGNS – PERHAPS USE A

SPECIFIC THEME THAT MEANS SOMETHING

TO YOU E.G. PREVIOUS HOLIDAY

LOCATIONS/FAVOURITE PLACES ETC.

 

ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE ORDERED/PURCHASED                2 MONTHS

ANY ADDITIONAL DECORATING FEATURES

 

CONFIRM DELIVERY LOCATIONS, TIMES AND                      1-2 MONTHS

FINAL ARRANGEMENTS WITH YOUR FLORIST –

MAKE A LIST OF WHO WILL BE GIVEN BOUQUETS

AND BOUTONNIERES & ASSIGN THIS TO SOMEONE

TO OVERSEE ON THE WEDDING DAY

 

COMPLETE THE CREATION OF FAVOURS                              1 MONTH

 

RECONFIRM THE NUMBER OF BOUQUETS,                           1 MONTH

BOUTONNIERES & CENTRE PIECES WITH

YOUR FLORIST (SEND THEM A COPY OF THE

TABLE PLAN IF NECESSARY)

 

TAKE FAVOURS, PLACE CARDS,                                   0-1 WEEK

GUEST BOOKS, PENS & ALL OTHER

RECEPTION ITEMS AT THE RECEPTION VENUE



Wedding Dress, Wedding Party Attire & Accessories.

 

TASK                                                                                    SUGGESTED TIMEFRAME            DUE DATE             STATUS

 

DECIDE ON YOUR DRESS BUDGET                                      12 MONTHS

 

RESEARCH POTENTIAL STYLES (THIS WILL LARGELY .         11 MONTHS

BE INFLUENCED BY THE STYLE OF YOUR VENUE)                                            

 

RESEARCH POTENTIAL BRIDAL SHOPS                                11 MONTHS

 

BOOK BRIDAL SHOP APPOINTMENTS (IF NECESSARY) .      10 MONTHS

– WHO IS GOING TO GO WITH YOU – MOTHER, FATHER,

MAID OF HONOUR, BRIDESMAIDS, FRIENDS,

FUTURE FAMILY-IN-LAW?

 

ATTEND BRIDAL SHOP APPOINTMENTS                               9 MONTHS

 

SEARCH FOR YOUR MAKEUP ARTIST/                                  9 MONTHS

HAIRSTYLIST OR BEAUTICIAN (FOR

ANY PRE-WEDDING PAMPERING) – BOOK

HAIR/MAKEUP TRIALS TO HELP YOU WITH YOUR

SELECTION

 

SELECT YOUR DRESS & PLACE ORDER –                             8 MONTHS

NOTE/DIARISE PAYMENT SCHEDULE

 

RESEARCH POTENTIAL BRIDESMAID(S) &                            8 MONTHS

FLOWER GIRL(S) DRESSES (REMEMBER TO

LOOK FOR SOMETHING THAT WILL COMPLEMENT

THE STYLE/COLOUR OF YOUR WEDDING DRESS)

 

INVITE YOUR BRIDESMAID(S) & FLOWER                            8 MONTHS

GIRL(S) TO DRESS SHOPPING

 

DETERMINE WHETHER YOU ARE HAVING A                        8 MONTHS

DRESS CODE E.G. HATS, MORNING SUITS ETC.

(REMEMBER TO INFORM GUESTS IN YOUR

INVITATIONS)

 

BOOK YOUR MAKEUP ARTIST/HAIRSTYLIST                        8 MONTHS

OR BEAUTICIAN – DO YOU WANT TO INCLUDE

THE MOTHER-OF-THE-BRIDE/BRIDESMAID(S)/

MOTHER-OF-THE-GROOM? – NOTE/DIARISE

PAYMENT SCHEDULE

 

BOOK YOUR MAKEUP/HAIR TRIAL (USUALLY                     8 MONTHS

FOR ONE MONTH PRIOR TO THE WEDDING) –

INVITE THE MOTHER-OF-THE-BRIDE/BRIDESMAID(S)/

MOTHER-OF-THE-GROOM (IF INCLUDED)

 

SELECT YOUR BRIDESMAID(S) & FLOWER GIRL(S)            7 MONTHS

DRESSES - PURCHASE/PASS ALONG THE

PURCHASING INFORMATION & SCHEDULE FITTINGS

 

SHOP FOR YOUR GROOM, USHER(S) & PAGE BOY            6 MONTHS

ATTIRE (IF NECESSARY) – DETERMINE WHETHER

THEY ARE RENTING/PURCHASING?  

 

FIND OUT WHETHER THE MOTHER-OF-THE-BRIDE          6 MONTHS

WOULD LIKE SOME HELP SHOPPING FOR HER

OUTFIT – IF SO HELP HER TO RESEARCH POTENTIAL

STYLES/SHOPS

 

SHOP FOR YOUR BRIDAL UNDERWEAR, SHOES,              4 MONTHS

VEIL, GARTER, JEWELLERY, CLUTCH/HANDBAG

(MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE SUITABLE FOR WITH

YOUR DRESS)

 

CONFIRM WITH YOUR BRIDESMAID(S) & FLOWER           4 MONTHS

GIRL(S) WHETHER THEY HAVE PURCHASED THEIR

DRESSES (IF THEY ARE PURCHASING)

 

SELECT YOUR GROOM, USHER(S) & PAGE BOY                 4 MONTHS

ATTIRE – FINALISE FITTINGS & PURCHASE/PASS

ALONG THE PURCHASING INFORMATION

 

SCHEDULE YOUR DRESS FITTING APPOINTMENTS            3 MONTHS

(AT LEAST THREE FITTINGS ARE USUALLY

RECOMMENDED) – WHO IS GOING TO GO WITH

YOU TO EACH FITTING?

 

SHOP FOR BRIDESMAID ACCESSORIES (SHOES,              3 MONTHS

JEWELLERY ETC.) – PURCHASE/PASS ALONG THE

PURCHASING INFORMATION

 

ASK YOUR MAID OF HONOUR, MOTHER OR                    3 MONTHS

BRIDESMAID(S) TO ATTEND YOUR FINAL

DRESS FITTING – ENSURE THAT THEY ARE

INFORMED OF ANY IMPORTANT ELEMENTS OF

THE DRESS THAT YOU WILL NEED ASSISTANCE WITH

 

HELP THE MOTHER-OF-THE-BRIDE TO SELECT                3 MONTHS

& ORDER HER OUTFIT (IF NECESSARY) –

SCHEDULE FITTINGS IF IT IS BEING CUSTOM

MADE/TAILORED ETC.

 

DECIDE WHETHER YOU WILL WANT TO CHANGE            3 MONTHS

INTO AN EVENING DRESS (PERHAPS SOMETHING

MORE COMFORTABLE/PRACTICAL FOR DANCING

ETC.) – IF SO LOOK INTO POTENTIAL OPTIONS

AND PURCHASE

 

CONFIRM WHETHER YOUR USHER(S) &                         3 MONTHS

PAGE BOY(S) HAVE PURCHASED THEIR

ATTIRE (IF THEY ARE PURCHASING)

 

DECIDE ON YOUR SOMETHING OLD,                             6 WEEKS

NEW, BORROWED & BLUE

 

ATTEND YOUR FIRST DRESS FITTING                             6 WEEKS

APPOINTMENT (REMEMBER TO TAKE ALONG

BRIDAL UNDERWEAR AND SHOES)

 

ATTEND YOUR SECOND DRESS FITTING                        1 MONTH

APPOINTMENT (REMEMBER TO TAKE ALONG

BRIDAL UNDERWEAR AND SHOES)

 

BRIDESMAID’S TO ATTEND DRESS FITTING                   1 MONTH

APPOINTMENT (REMEMBER TO TAKE ALONG

UNDERWEAR AND SHOES)

 

MOTHER-OF-THE-BRIDE TO ATTEND OUTFIT                1 MONTH

FITTING APPOINTMENT (REMEMBER TO TAKE

ALONG UNDERWEAR AND SHOES)

 

ATTEND HAIR & MAKEUP TRIAL (INCLUDE                   1 MONTH

MOTHER-OF-THE-BRIDE/BRIDESMAID(S)/

MOTHER-OF-THE-GROOM IF APPLICABLE)

 

TAKE YOUR ENGAGEMENT RING TO BE CLEANED        2-4 WEEKS

& POLISHED (ALLOW TIME FOR ANY REPAIRS IF

NECESSARY)

 

ATTEND YOUR FINAL DRESS FITTING                          3 WEEKS

APPOINTMENT (REMEMBER TO TAKE ALONG

YOUR BRIDAL UNDERWEAR AND SHOES)

– ENSURE THAT YOUR MAID OF HONOUR,

MOTHER OR BRIDESMAID(S) ARE INFORMED

OF ANY IMPORTANT ELEMENTS OF THE DRESS

THAT YOU WILL NEED ASSISTANCE WITH E.G.

FASTENINGS,CORSET ETC.

 

ARRANGE YOUR DRESS COLLECTION                         3 WEEKS

APPOINTMENT (ALLOW TIME FOR ANY

LAST MINUTE ALTERATIONS NEEDED)

 

DECIDE ON WHERE YOU WILL STORE YOUR               3 WEEKS

DRESS – YOUR HOUSE, FAMILY, FRIENDS?

(MAKE SURE THAT THERE IS A SUITABLE

HANGING SPACE/HOOK AVAILABLE)

 

COLLECT YOUR DRESS (TRY IT ON BEFORE                1-2 WEEKS

LEAVING THE SHOP TO MAKE SURE THAT

THERE ARE NOT ANY ADDITIONAL

ALTERATIONS TO BE MADE)

 

COLLECT BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES/CONFIRM              1-2 WEEKS

DELIVERY

 

COLLECT MOTHER-OF-THE-BRIDE OUTFIT/                1-2 WEEKS

CONFIRM DELIVERY

 

PULL TOGETHER WEDDING DRESS, VEIL,                   1-2 WEEKS

WEDDING SHOES, STOCKINGS AND A

LAST MINUTE EMERGENCY KIT (PAIN KILLERS,

MAKEUP, HAIRSPRAY, SAFETY PINS,

MINTS ETC.)

 

COLLECT GROOM, USHER(S) & PAGE BOY                  1 WEEK

ATTIRE – ENSURE THAT THE FIT IS

CORRECT BEFORE LEAVING THE SHOP

 


Guest Invitations, Stationery & Wedding Website.

 

TASK                                                                           SUGGESTED TIMEFRAME            DUE DATE             STATUS

 

SEARCH FOR A WEDDING STATIONER FOR                11 MONTHS

YOUR SAVE-THE-DATE CARDS, INVITATIONS,

PLACE CARDS, MENUS& ANNOUNCEMENTS

(IF YOU’LL USE THEM) AND THANK YOU

STATIONARY

 

ORDER YOUR SAVE-THE-DATE CARDS                       10 MONTHS  

 

CREATE YOUR WEDDING WEBSITE                             10 MONTHS

 

RESERVE BLOCKS OF HOTEL ROOMS                         10 MONTHS

FOR GUESTS WHO WILL BE TRAVELLING     

 

ADD ACCOMMODATION & LOCATION DETAILS          10 MONTHS

TO YOUR WEBSITE (SO YOUR GUESTS KNOW

WHAT TO EXPECT)

 

SEND SAVE-THE-DATE CARDS (BE SURE                    9 MONTHS

YOUR GUEST LIST IS FINALISED FIRST) -

INCLUDE WEDDING WEBSITE ADDRESS &

HOTEL INFORMATION FOR GUESTS WHO

WILL BE TRAVELLING

 

SET UP YOUR GIFT/HONEYMOON REGISTRY –            7 MONTHS

ADD THE REGISTRY INFORMATION TO YOUR

WEDDING WEBSITE     

 

FINALISE THE TEXT FOR YOUR INVITATIONS              6 MONTHS

& PLACE THE ORDER – ALSO CONSIDER

PURCHASING THANK YOU NOTES AND

WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE

SAME SUPPLIER ONCE YOUR GUEST NUMBERS

ARE CONFIRMED

 

SEND OUT WEDDING INVITATIONS INCLUDING:       4 MONTHS  

 

MENU OPTIONS (IF APPLICABLE) & REQUESTS

FOR ANY SPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS     

TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATION INFORMATION

(INCLUDE LOCAL TAXI COMPANY DETAILS IF

RELEVANT)     

 

TIME OF CARRIAGES     

 

DRESS CODE E.G. HATS, MORNING SUITS ETC.     

 

RSVP DEADLINE (AT LEAST SIX WEEKS PRIOR

TO WEDDING IS RECOMMENDED)     

 

GIFT/HONEYMOON REGISTRY INFORMATION     

 

EVENING GUEST INVITATIONS    

 

CHECK ON YOUR HOTEL ROOM BLOCKS (TO             4 MONTHS

ENSURE THAT YOUR IMPORTANT GUESTS HAVE

MADE THEIR TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS)   

 

DESIGN YOUR ORDER OF SERVICE &                        3 MONTHS

ORDER FROM YOUR STATIONER (UNLESS

PRINTING THEM YOURSELF)     

 

DECIDE ON YOUR GUEST BOOK OPTION &                2 MONTHS

PURCHASE     

 

CHECK YOUR RSVP’S (CONTACT GUESTS WHO          2 MONTHS

HAVE NOT YET REPLIED TO GET THE FINAL

HEADCOUNT AND MENU CHOICES/SPECIAL

DIETARY REQUIREMENTS IF APPLICABLE)

 

CREATE YOUR TABLE PLAN – MAKE PLACE                2 MONTHS 

CARDS OR SEND TYPED NAMES TO YOUR

STATIONER (INCLUDE MENU CHOICES ON

INSIDE/BACK OF PLACE CARD IF APPLICABLE)     

 

ORDER MENUS FOR RECEPTION TABLES &                2 MONTHS

THANK YOU NOTES (IF REQUIRED)     

 

CHECK YOUR GIFT/HONEYMOON REGISTRY –           6 WEEKS

IF ANY ITEMS ON YOUR LIST HAVE BEEN

DISCONTINUED YOU MAY WANT TO UPDATE

THE REGISTRY

 

ORGANISE PLACE CARDS ACCORDING TO                1 MONTH

TABLE NUMBER AND POSITIONING (TO

MAKE THINGS EASIER FOR SETTING UP ON

THE DAY/DAY BEFORE    

 

PRINT CEREMONY PROGRAMMES (IF                        2 WEEKS

NOT ORDERED FROM STATIONER)     



Legal Documentation & Paperwork.

 

TASK                                                                         SUGGESTED TIMEFRAME            DUE DATE             STATUS

 

CONFIRM THE COST/FEE TO REGISTER                    11 MONTHS

UK MARRIAGE OR CIVIL PARTNERSHIP

(DIFFERENT FEES MAY APPLY ABROAD)     

 

CHECK ANY LOCAL MARRIAGE REQUIREMENTS      11 MONTHS

E.G CHURCH ATTENDANCE TO CREATE A

QUALIFYING CONNECTION

 

CHOOSE WITNESSES FOR THE SIGNING                  3 MONTH 

OF THE REGISTER (AT LEAST TWO REQUIRED)     

 

FOR UK CIVIL CEREMONY MARRIAGES                    1 MONTH

GIVE NOTICE AT YOUR LOCAL         

REGISTRY OFFICE INCLUDING WHEN

AND WHERE YOU PLAN TO GET MARRIED      


Wedding Ceremony.

 

TASK                                                                       SUGGESTED TIMEFRAME           DUE DATE            STATUS

 

SEARCH FOR AN OFFICIANT E.G. VICAR,               10 MONTHS

PRIEST OR REGISTRAR (IF NOT PROVIDED

BY CEREMONY VENUE)     

 

BOOK YOUR OFFICIANT – NOTE/DIARISE              9 MONTHS

PAYMENT SCHEDULE (IF APPLICABLE)  

 

DISCUSS YOUR STYLING OPTIONS WITH                9 MONTHS

YOUR CEREMONY VENUE E.G. FLOWERS –

IF IN A CHURCH ARE YOU ALLOWED YOUR

OWN FLOWERS OR WILL YOU BE SHARING

WITH ANOTHER COUPLE/CHRISTENING ETC.?   

 

SEARCH FOR A CEREMONY MUSICIAN E.G.           9 MONTHS

ORGANIST, ORCHESTRA, CHOIR, SINGER

(IF NOT PROVIDED)     

 

BOOK YOUR CEREMONY MUSICIAN (IF                 8 MONTHS

NOT PROVIDED ALREADY BY VENUE)     

 

ASK YOUR READERS TO BE A PART OF YOUR        5 MONTHS

CEREMONY – BEGIN A SEARCH FOR

READINGS (DISCUSS THEM WITH YOUR

OFFICIANT IF YOU ARE UNSURE)

 

DETERMINE WHETHER YOU REQUIRE ANY            5 MONTHS

MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT WHILST YOU ARE

SIGNING THE REGISTER E.G. READINGS,

SINGING ETC.   

 

CONFIRM WHETHER CONFETTI IS PERMITTED      4 MONTHS

AT YOUR CEREMONY VENUE     

 

DETERMINE WHETHER YOU WILL PROVIDE           4 MONTHS

SPECIAL CONFETTI FOR GUESTS

I.E. WILL YOU BE MAKING YOUR OWN? –

LOOK INTO POTENTIAL OPTIONS/IDEAS     

 

CONFIRM YOUR CEREMONY REHEARSAL             4 MONTHS

DETAILS WITH YOUR OFFICIANT AND INVITE

YOUR WEDDING PARTY (USUALLY SCHEDULED

FOR 1-2 WEEKS PRIOR TO THE WEDDING)     

 

DECIDE IF YOU NEED/WOULD LIKE A                  3 MONTHS

CHILDREN’S PLAY AREA (IF CHILDREN ARE

ATTENDING) - IS THIS PROVIDED BY THE

VENUE OR WILL YOU NEED TO PROVIDE

SOMETHING?     

 

DECIDE ON YOUR CEREMONY READINGS           3 MONTHS

– SEND THEM TO YOUR STATIONER,

OFFICIANT AND READERS (IN WRITING)     

 

DECIDE ON YOUR CEREMONY MUSIC                 3 MONTHS 

SELECTIONS E.G. PROCESSIONAL &

RECESSIONAL SONGS, HYMNS ETC. –

SEND THEM TO YOUR STATIONER

OFFICIANT AND MUSICIANS

(IN WRITING)

 

WRITE YOUR VOWS & SEND A COPY TO              2 MONTHS

YOUR OFFICIANT (IF YOU HAVE CHOSEN

TO PERSONALISE THEM)     

 

MAKE/PURCHASE CONFETTI & CONFETTI           1-2 MONTHS

HOLDERS (IF YOU ARE PROVIDING

CONFETTI)     

 

REMIND YOUR WEDDING PARTY ABOUT             1 MONTH

THE CEREMONY REHEARSAL   

 

ATTEND YOUR CEREMONY REHEARSAL              0-1 WEEKS



Catering.

 

TASK                                                                  SUGGESTED TIMEFRAME           DUE DATE            STATUS

 

DECIDE ON THE STYLE OF FOOD THAT             11 MONTHS

YOU WOULD LIKE AND WHETHER YOU ARE

HAVING AN EVENING BUFFET (IN ADDITION

TO A WEDDING BREAKFAST) ETC.

 

SEARCH FOR A CATERER (UNLESS YOUR          10 MONTHS

VENUE PROVIDES CATERING)      

 

CONFIRM CATERER ACCESS/FACILITIES           9 MONTHS

WITH VENUE

 

DETERMINE WHETHER YOU WOULD PREFER     9 MONTHS

TO HAVE A SET MENU OR CHOICES FOR

GUESTS - BEAR IN MIND THAT THIS WILL

LIKELY DETERMINE PRICE PER HEAD     

 

DETERMINE WHETHER YOU WOULD LIKE          9 MONTHS

CANAPÉS ON GUEST ARRIVAL AT YOUR

RECEPTION – IF SO, HOW MANY WOULD

YOU LIKE TO HAVE PER GUEST? THIS

AGAIN WILL LIKELY DETERMINE PRICE

 

CHECK ANY CORKAGE CHARGES,                     9 MONTHS

LIMITATIONS ETC. WITH VENUE &

CATERER - BEAR IN MIND THAT THIS

CAN LARGELY INFLUENCE YOUR

BUDGET   

 

BOOK CHOSEN CATERER – NOTE/DIARISE       9 MONTHS

PAYMENT SCHEDULE     

 

SCHEDULE TASTINGS WITH POTENTIAL             9 MONTHS

CATERERS - PERHAPS ARRANGE AN

ON-SITE VENUE VISIT WITH YOUR

CATERER FOR THE SAME DATE TO

FINALISE DETAILS ETC. 

 

SEARCH FOR A BAR HIRE SERVICE                   9 MONTHS

(UNLESS PROVIDED BY YOUR VENUE/

CATERER)  

 

BOOK YOUR CHOSEN BAR HIRE – NOTE/        8 MONTHS

DIARISE PAYMENT SCHEDULE

 

SCHEDULE WINE & CHAMPAGNE                     8 MONTHS

TASTINGS WITH YOUR BAR HIRE/

CATERER OR A WINE MERCHANT -

IT IS OFTEN GOOD TO DO THIS

ALONGSIDE YOUR FOOD TASTING

FOR PAIRING PURPOSES ETC.

 

DETERMINE WHETHER THE EVENING               8 MONTHS

RECEPTION BAR WILL BE AN OPEN/

PAID OR CASH BAR - THIS WILL

LARGELY IMPACT YOUR BUDGET

  

SEARCH FOR A WEDDING CAKE                       7 MONTHS

DECORATOR/BAKER     

 

SCHEDULE TASTINGS WITH POTENTIAL            7 MONTHS

CAKE DECORATORS/BAKERS (IF

OFFERED)     

 

SELECT YOUR TASTING MENU OPTIONS           7 MONTHS

WITH YOUR CATERER – INCORPORATING

AT LEAST ONE VEGETARIAN OPTION   

 

ATTEND FOOD (& WINE) TASTING WITH .        6 MONTHS

YOUR CATERER (& BAR/WINE MERCHANT)

 

FINALISE MENU OPTIONS WITH CATERER .     6 MONTHS

FOLLOWING ON FROM YOUR TASTING SO

THAT THESE ARE READY TO INCLUDE IN

THE INVITATIONS (IF OFFERING CHOICES

TO GUESTS)

 

ORDER YOUR WEDDING CAKE – NOTE/          6 MONTHS

DIARISE PAYMENT SCHEDULE     

 

SELECT WINE FOR TABLES (RED,                    6 MONTHS

WHITE & ROSÉ?)     

 

SELECT CHAMPAGNE FOR CHAMPAGNE         6 MONTHS

RECEPTION & TOASTS (ARE YOU GOING

TO HAVE ANY NON-ALCOHOLIC

OPTIONS/PIMMS ETC.?) – HOW MANY

GLASSES WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE

PER GUEST?     

 

DECIDE ON WHETHER YOU WILL HAVE        6 MONTHS

ANY ADDITIONAL DRINKS E.G.

SIGNATURE EVENING COCKTAILS ETC.       

 

FIND OUT IF CAKE SUPPLIER WILL               3 MONTHS

PROVIDE A CAKE STAND & KNIFE

OR IF YOU NEED TO SOURCE THIS

 

CHECK FOR ANY SPECIAL DIETARY             2 MONTHS

REQUIREMENTS PROVIDED IN THE

RSVP’S AND LIAISE WITH YOUR

CATERER ON POTENTIAL ALTERNATIVES     

 

ORDER WINE & CHAMPAGNE (USING          2 MONTHS

THE FINAL HEADCOUNT AS A GUIDE)     

 

GIVE THE FINAL HEADCOUNT TO               2 MONTHS

YOUR CATERER – INCLUDING ANY

SPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS     

 

CONFIRM TIMELINES WITH YOUR              2 MONTHS

CATERER (ARE YOU PLANNING TO DO

SPEECHES BEFORE/AFTER THE

WEDDING BREAKFAST, HOW LONG IS

EACH SPEECH ETC.?)

 

CONFIRM THE DELIVERY LOCATION,         2 MONTHS

TIME AND FINAL ARRANGEMENTS

(INCLUDING GUEST NUMBERS) WITH

YOUR CAKE DECORATOR/BAKER     

 

SEND A COPY OF YOUR TABLE PLAN         1 MONTH

TO YOUR CATERER     

 

CONFIRM DELIVERY LOCATIONS,              1 MONTH

& ACCESS ARRANGEMENTS

WITH YOUR CATERER/BAR HIRE &

VENUE


Reception & Entertainment.

 

TASK                                                         SUGGESTED TIMEFRAME           DUE DATE            STATUS

 

SEARCH FOR A DJ AND/OR BAND            10 MONTHS

 

CONFIRM START TIME OF DJ AND/           10 MONTHS

OR BAND – WHAT TIME WILL YOUR

FIRST DANCE/LAST DANCE WILL BE/

WOULD YOU LIKE THE DJ TO PLAY

BACKGROUND MUSIC THROUGHOUT

THE RECEPTION I.E. DURING

CHAMPAGNE/CANAPÉS ON GUEST

ARRIVAL?     

 

CONFIRM WHAT TIME YOUR VENUE         10 MONTHS

WILL ALLOW MUSIC TO BE PLAYED

UNTIL I.E. ARE THERE ANY LOCAL

NEIGHBOURHOOD RESTRICTIONS ETC.     

 

BOOK DJ AND/OR BAND – NOTE/             10 MONTHS

DIARISE PAYMENT SCHEDULE     

 

DECIDE ON THE DANCE FLOOR TYPE/      9 MONTHS

STYLE (IF NOT PROVIDED BY VENUE) –

LOOK INTO POTENTIAL SUPPLIERS &

ORDER     

 

THINK ABOUT ANY ADDITIONAL TYPES     8 MONTHS

OF GUEST ENTERTAINMENT E.G.

PHOTO BOOTH, SWEETIE TROLLEY,

CHILDREN’S PARTY BAGS ETC. –

RESEARCH SUPPLIERS ETC.     

 

CONFIRM ANY ADDITIONAL GUEST           6 MONTHS

ENTERTAINMENT – BOOK SUPPLIERS

AND NOTE/DIARISE PAYMENT

SCHEDULES IF NECESSARY     

 

ENSURE THAT THERE IS SOMEWHERE       5 MONTHS

SUITABLE/SHELTERED FOR SMOKERS

AT VENUE (IN CASE OF BAD WEATHER

ETC.)     

 

DETERMINE WHETHER YOU NEED/           5 MONTHS

WOULD LIKE OUTSIDE SEATING

AREAS FOR GUESTS (IN CASE OF

NICE WEATHER ETC.)

 

DETERMINE IF YOU NEED/WOULD           4 MONTHS

LIKE TO PROVIDE GUESTS WITH

BLANKETS/UMBRELLAS – LOOK

INTO POTENTIAL SUPPLIERS &

PURCHASE/HIRE     

 

DECIDE ON WHETHER YOU                      3 MONTHS

NEED/WOULD LIKE A CHILDREN’S

PLAY AREA (IF CHILDREN ARE

ATTENDING) - IS THIS PROVIDED

BY THE VENUE OR WILL YOU

NEED TO PROVIDE SOME TOYS,

A PLAY AREA OR POSSIBLY A NANNY?

 

DECIDE ON WHETHER YOU NEED/           3 MONTHS

WOULD LIKE TO PROVIDE A

CLOAKROOM OR HAT STORAGE

AREA (IF NOT PROVIDED

BY VENUE)

 

PUT TOGETHER A VANITY/                        2 MONTHS

ESSENTIALS KIT FOR THE LADIES

(& GENTS) TOILETS E.G. MINTS,

HAIR SPRAY, DEODORANT, TIGHTS,

HAIR GRIPS/BANDS ETC.     

 

WORK ON A LIST OF MUST PLAY/             2 MONTHS

DO NOT PLAY SONGS FOR YOUR

DJ AND/OR BAND – BE SURE TO

ALSO SEND THEM SELECTIONS

FOR YOUR INTRODUCTIONS

I.E. FIRST DANCE, CAKE CUTTING,

FATHER-DAUGHTER DANCE,

(ANNIVERSARY DANCE) & LAST

DANCE     

 

DETERMINE THE ORDER OF YOUR         2 MONTHS

RECEIVING LINE (IF APPLICABLE)     

 

DECIDE ON WHAT TIME YOU                  2 MONTHS

WOULD LIKE TO LEAVE THE VENUE

FOR WEDDING NIGHT (IF LOCATED

ELSEWHERE) – INFORM

TRANSPORTATION SUPPLIER

OR BOOK A TAXI     

 

PREPARE YOUR TOASTS/SPEECHES        2 MONTHS

I.E. FATHER/MOTHER-OF-THE-BRIDE,

GROOM, BEST MAN, BRIDE? - THE

LENGTHS OF THESE WILL IMPACT

TIMELINES   



Honeymoon/Mini-Moon Preparation.

 

TASK                                                         SUGGESTED TIMEFRAME           DUE DATE            STATUS

 

DETERMINE WHEN YOU WOULD               10 MONTHS

LIKE YOUR HONEYMOON/MINI-

MOON TO START E.G. STRAIGHT

AWAY OR A FEW DAYS FOLLOWING

ON FROM THE WEDDING   

 

PLAN & BOOK YOUR                                 9 MONTHS

HONEYMOON INCLUDING

TRAVEL, ACCOMMODATIONS

& ACTIVITIES     

 

FOR AN INTERNATIONAL                         5 MONTHS

HONEYMOON  

BEGIN TO GET YOUR PAPERS

IN ORDER

(PASSPORT, VISAS &

VACCINATIONS ETC.)

 

ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE                         5 MONTHS

ARRANGED FOR SOMEONE

TO LOOK AFTER CHILDREN

OR PETS WHILST YOU ARE

AWAY (IF NECESSARY)     

 

CONFIRM ALL YOUR HONEYMOON         2 MONTHS

TRAVEL PLANS – GIVE SOMEONE

A COPY OF YOUR ITINERARY

AND CONTACT INFORMATION

IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY     

 

CHECK-IN FOR YOUR HONEYMOON      1 MONTH

FLIGHTS & RESERVE SEATS (IF

APPLICABLE)     

 

SHOP FOR YOUR HONEYMOON             1 MONTH

 

PACK FOR YOUR HONEYMOON              1-2 WEEKS


After The Wedding.

 

TASK                                                      SUGGESTED TIMEFRAME           DUE DATE            STATUS

 

TAKE YOUR BRIDAL BOUQUET               1 MONTH

TO BE PRESERVED (IF YOU WISH

TO DO THIS) – IF YOU ARE

PLANNING A LONG HONEYMOON

PERHAPS ASK A FRIEND/FAMILY

MEMBER TO DO THIS FOR YOU

IN ADVANCE     

 

ARRANGE CLEANING &                          1 MONTH

PRESERVATION OF YOUR WEDDING

DRESS & VEIL – MAKE SURE THAT

THE PROVIDER IS EXPERIENCED

IN PRESERVING WEDDING

GOWNS ETC.     

 

WRITE THANK YOU NOTES GIFTS           2 MONTHS

RECEIVED (AT & BEFORE WEDDING)

– TRADITIONAL ETIQUETTE GIVES YOU

AN EIGHT WEEK GRACE PERIOD     

 

ORDER WEDDING PHOTO ALBUMS        3 MONTHS

FOR YOURSELF, CLOSE FRIENDS

AND FAMILY & ADD TO YOUR

WEDDING WEBSITE (IF YOU

WISH TO)     

 

ORDER COPIES OF YOUR                      3 MONTHS

WEDDING VIDEO FOR YOURSELF,

CLOSE FRIENDS AND FAMILY &

ADD LINK TO YOUR WEDDING

WEBSITE (IF YOU WISH TO)     

 

DO YOUR PAPERWORK FOR                  3 MONTHS

OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS IF YOU

ARE CHANGING YOUR NAME

E.G. PASSPORT, DRIVING

LICENCE, UTILITY BILLS,

MORTGAGE ETC. 




Experts Guide - Wedding Cakes.

Experts Guide - Wedding Cakes.

WE WANT TO INTRODUCE YOU TO SOMEONE WHO WE REALLY ADMIRE FOR HER CREATIVITY AND CLASSIC STYLE THAT SHE IS NOT AFRAID TO STICK TO – MAKING HER TRULY AUTHENTIC IN HER OWN WAY.  

 

It is not about following trends or even creating new trends for others to follow.

 

IN THIS SERIES WE WANTED TO SPEAK TO PEOPLE WHO ARE REALLY PASSIONATE ABOUT WHAT THEY DO. OUR EXPERTS GUIDE SERIES IS DESIGNED GIVE YOU SOME TIPS AND ADVICE TO HELP YOU TO CREATE A WEDDING THAT IS TRULY UNIQUE TO YOU.

 

FIONA CAIRNS IS BEST KNOWN FOR BAKING THE WEDDING CAKE FOR THE ROYAL WEDDING OF PRINCE WILLIAM AND KATHERINE MIDDLETON IN 2011. HER STUNNING WORK IS STOCKED IN ICONICALLY BRITISH STORES SUCH AS FORTNUM & MASON, HARRODS & SELFRIDGES. HER BRAND NOW MAKES OVER ONE MILLION CAKES EVERY YEAR AND FIONA’S CLIENTS RANGE FROM ROCK STARS TO ROYALTY! 


WEDDING CAKE DESIGN HAS REALLY TAKEN OFF RECENTLY. WITH SO MANY DESIGNS TO CHOOSE FROM, WHICH ARE YOUR FAVOURITE STYLES?

 

Interest in wedding cake design has really taken off in the past few years. Gone are the days of the narrow choice of a white royal iced tiered cake as more or less the only option. These days anything goes.

 

I do think this is an exciting time and there is so much talent around. Personally, I do love the naked cake idea and it lends itself to seasonality so well – both in flavours and decoration. I still like the traditional sugar paste classic wedding cake. More gimmicky cakes, although I can admire, are not so much of interest to me personally.


WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A BRIDE WHEN SELECTING A WEDDING CAKE?

 

With so much choice I would say, firstly and very obviously of course, consider what might be appropriate for your own wedding and purse! Consider the time of year (e.g. for a winter wedding I wouldn’t necessarily choose spring flowers to decorate) and most importantly, where the cake is to be displayed at the reception – lighting etc. This last point is often overlooked!


WHAT ELEMENTS SHOULD A BRIDE LOOK OUT FOR WHEN TASTING WEDDING CAKES?

 

When tasting cakes, remember who will be eating the cake – it is good to bear this in mind. For example, not all guests like fruit cake, nor do children as a rule. We often, either make a tiered cake in a variety of flavours or offer a cutting cake (i.e. an undecorated extra cake to slice and serve).


DO YOU THINK THAT A BRIDE’S CHOICE OF CAKE SHOULD BE REFLECTIVE OF THE SEASON OF HER WEDDING?

 

As already touched on, it is essential both in flavour and design, to reflect (or at least be sensitive to) the season of the wedding.


WHAT IS YOUR RECOMMENDATION FOR THE AMOUNT OF CAKE YOU WOULD NEED AT YOUR WEDDING, FOR EXAMPLE HOW MANY LAYERS WOULD BE SUITABLE?

 

We work to a grid depending on the cake, as most cake makers do. It is important to get the balance right between the amount of cake you need to feed your guests and the overall look/size of finished cake you want to achieve.


 
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WHEN DESIGNING A WEDDING CAKE, WHERE DO YOU TAKE YOUR INSPIRATIONS FROM AND WHAT HAS INSPIRED YOU RECENTLY?

 

I personally do not design all our wedding cakes. We have a great creative team at Fiona Cairns Ltd and discuss ideas for hours and days! As with all creative processes, our inspiration is from all around – a flower in the garden, a piece of lace, something seen in a magazine, trends etc.


IT MUST HAVE BEEN SUCH AN HONOUR WHEN YOU DESIGNED KATHERINE AND WILLIAM’S WEDDING CAKE. WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE MEMORY OF THIS EXPERIENCE?

 

So many memories, it would take a few pages! Anyway, I would say when we received the message that the cake was “beyond our expectations” on Kate and William’s wedding day. We were completely thrilled! All of the stress and sleepless nights for our team that worked on the Royal Wedding Cake was worth it.  The commission for the cake was the greatest honour for us – not ever likely to be surpassed.


WE ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE CREATIVE AND INTRICATE STYLE OF YOUR CAKES, AND ALSO THE WAY THAT YOU DISPLAY THEM. DO YOU HAVE ANY CREATIVE TIPS?

 

Passion, patience in buckets and do not try to be too ambitious; know your limitations and don’t be wary of hard work and long hours!


WHICH CAKES HAVE YOU FOUND ARE THE MOST POPULAR TO SUIT ALL TASTES?

 

Chocolate, vanilla, lemon and fruit – quite traditional.


DO YOU HAVE A PERSONAL FAVOURITE CAKE? IF SO WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR CAKE?

 

Not really – I do love light floral sponges in the summer months and dark, rich, chocolates or luxury fruit cakes in the winter.

 

 

VISIT FIONA CAIRNS LTD FOR MORE INSPIRATION. 

 

 


Experts Guide - Wedding Wine.

Experts Guide - Wedding Wine.

The taste and scent of your wine plays into the sensory experience of your wedding.

 

 

Actually choosing your wine can prove quite difficult.

 

WE WANTED TO HELP YOU WITH THIS SO WE SPOKE TO WINE INDUSTRY PROFESSIONAL WILL NALL FROM JACOTS WINE MERCHANTS LTD FOR SOME EXCLUSIVE TIPS AND ADVICE.  

 


Selecting Your Wine.


 

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR COUPLES ON HOW TO GO ABOUT SELECTING THEIR WEDDING WINE?

 

Keep in mind the season in which the big day is taking place. If it’s in summertime or late spring I would probably go for a nice Prosecco for the drinks reception. Think about the menu and style of food that you are going for when selecting the wines.

 

WOULD YOU RECOMMEND SELECTING A WHITE AND RED WINE, AND POSSIBLY ALSO A ROSÉ? IF SO, WHICH WOULD MAKE A GOOD PAIRING IN YOUR OPINION?

 

Yes, I would recommend a white and a red as you are always going to have some people who prefer one or the other; if you are matching a menu for a large number of people keep it simple, stick to basic rules such as matching spicy dishes with fruity wines and try to avoid heavy or tannic wine as your guests will be drinking all night!

 

WHAT SHOULD COUPLES LOOK FOR WHEN TASTING WINES, WHAT ARE YOUR TOP TIPS?

 

Go for something you both like, it’s your day after all! Think about the balance of the wines. If one thing like the acidity or alcohol stands out, it is likely your guests are going to find it unpleasant after a few glasses! Look for small producers from either the new world or old world, they are usually better value for your money.

 

DO YOU THINK YOUR WINE SELECTION SHOULD BE SEASONAL?

 

Yes absolutely, people want to drink different things depending on the weather. I would recommend a light and crisp white and a maybe a medium bodied fruity red for spring or summer, and a richer maybe unoaked white followed with a warming full bodied red wine for the colder months.

 

WHICH WINE WOULD PAIR WELL WITH THE FOLLOWING; CHICKEN, FISH, BEEF AND PORK?

 

Great food and wine matching depends a lot on the way you are cooking your dishes and the flavours that will stand out.

 

There is a move away from the hard and fast rules of matching red with meat and white with fish and more towards matching the origin of the food to the wine. 

 

Some interesting pairings could be…

Chicken – Unoaked Chardonnay from the New World

Fish – Picpoul de Pinet or a Spanish Albarino

Beef – Red Cotes Du Rhone, Argentinian Malbec  

Pork – Red Burgundy, Chianti

 

HOW LONG BEFORE YOUR WEDDING WOULD YOU RECOMMEND SELECTING YOUR WINES?

 

Vintages may change and stock may not become available, so I recommend that if you know what you want you should book you wine at least three to four months prior to the wedding.

 

WHAT DO YOU THINK THE BENEFITS ARE OF USING A WINE MERCHANT RATHER THAN GOING DIRECTLY THROUGH YOUR CATERER/VENDORS TO PROVIDE THE WINE?

 

A wine merchant will be able to offer some great recommendations and have the expertise to help you find the best wines for you and your guests.


Champagne vs. Prosecco.


 

WOULD YOU EVER RECOMMEND PROSECCO/SPARKLING WINE OVER CHAMPAGNE? 

 

I think a sparkling wine like a Prosecco or a Cremant from France can make a great substitution for Champagne, they can be more approachable in style as they are often a little more fruit driven.

 

WHICH ARE SOME OF THE BEST CHAMPAGNES FOR WEDDINGS IN YOUR OPINION?

 

The big names are great, but sometimes you are paying for the name. Small grower produced champagnes can offer great value for money and will mean that you have something unique! Some good examples are champagne houses such as Dericbourg and Rimbaud.


The Budget.


 

HOW WOULD YOU DECIDE ON A BUDGET FOR YOUR WEDDING WINE/CHAMPAGNE?

 

Most people know their wines these days so don’t try and go for the budget options, but with some shopping around, and with the help of your wine merchant you can find something that will be delicious and within budget. Have a few styles of wines that you like ready to hand and ask your merchant to recommend something similar from a lesser known region.

 

WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THE ONE BOTTLE PER PERSON RULE OF THUMB? 

 

Yes, people generally work out half a bottle of white and half of red per person, but always keep some extra in stock just in case. You know your guests best and so it really depends on the mixture coming; if a lot of people will be driving or if you have a lot of children this will be less.


And Lastly…


 

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR MOST IMPORTANT TIP WHEN CHOOSING YOUR WINE FOR YOUR WEDDING?

 

Stick to what you like and what you enjoy drinking, keep it simple and don’t go for extravagant wines that you would never normally drink just for the one day. The wines you choose should reflect your tastes and style as a couple!

 

 

VISIT JASCOTS WINE MERCHANTS LTD FOR MORE INSPIRATION. 

 

 


Real Life Bride Series - I.

Real Life Bride Series - I.

THIS SERIES IS DESIGNED TO SHARE SOME EXCLUSIVE ADVICE AND TIPS WITH YOU FROM PAST BRIDES.

 

THERE ARE ALWAYS GOING TO BE THOSE LITTLE THINGS THAT MIGHT GET OVERLOOKED, AND WITH SO MANY DIFFERENT IDEAS FROM DIFFERENT PEOPLE YOU MIGHT BEGIN TO GET THAT OVERWHELMED FEELING. 

 

We don’t want you to feel that way.

 

WE WANT YOU TO WAKE UP ON YOUR WEDDING DAY FEELING EXCITED AND ANTICIPATING THE DAY AHEAD.

 

THIS SERIES ISN’T DESIGNED TO COVER ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING, BUT EVEN IF YOU TAKE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE AWAY WITH YOU IT COULD MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE TO YOUR DAY.

 

NICHOLA DENHAM AND HER HUSBAND MATTHEW’S WINTER WEDDING WAS SET WITHIN THE STUNNING NOTLEY ABBEY IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE. 


IF YOU COULD PICK ONE, WHAT IS YOUR ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE MEMORY OF YOUR WEDDING DAY?

 

There are so many to choose from, but if I had to pick a few they would include getting ready with my bridesmaids, walking down the aisle and seeing Matt at the altar, signing the register and having our first moment alone, and our first dance! 

 

The Dresses.

 

WHERE DID YOU GET YOUR WEDDING DRESS FROM?

 

The Bridal Boutique in Haslemere, Surrey.

 

WHAT WAS YOUR STYLE INSPIRATION FOR YOUR WEDDING DRESS?

 

I was looking for something that had lace detailing and I’d always wanted to wear a long train on my wedding day, so these were both things that I looked out for when I was selecting my dress.

 

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR A BRIDE WHEN SELECTING HER WEDDING DRESS?

 

Try everything! You never end up with the dress you think you will go for so don’t rule any shapes out! Try them all!

 

WHAT STYLE OF BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES DID YOU HAVE?

 

My Bridesmaids wore full length strapless dresses in a blush colour made of chiffon which was lovely and floaty. 

 

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR A BRIDE WHEN SELECTING HER BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES?

 

Choose the ones you like best, it can be overwhelming with five girls saying different things! You can be easily persuaded but often the bride is paying so after all it’s your choice! Alterations can get expensive, so plan for this when choosing the dresses as the end bill could be a lot higher than the dress. 

 

The Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed & Something Blue.

 

WHAT WAS YOUR SOMETHING OLD AND WHY WAS IT SPECIAL TO YOU?

 

A diamond ring that my Great Grandma used to wear which my Mum had split in two – one for her and one for me.

 

WHAT WAS YOUR SOMETHING NEW AND WHY WAS IT SPECIAL TO YOU?

 

Everything was new! The dress, jewellery, underwear, shoes! I guess it would have been the diamond necklace Matt bought me, which my brother forgot to give me the morning of the wedding! But I received it halfway through the day! 

 

WHAT WAS YOUR SOMETHING BORROWED AND WHY WAS IT SPECIAL TO YOU?

 

My Mum’s bracelet.

 

WHAT WAS YOUR SOMETHING BLUE AND WHY WAS IT SPECIAL TO YOU?  

 

The blue ribbons in my garter and on my lucky sixpence clip from the bridesmaids.  

 

The Hair & Makeup.

 

HOW DID YOU GO ABOUT FINDING THE RIGHT HAIR STYLIST & MAKEUP ARTIST FOR YOU?

 

I had a recommendation from my Sister-in-Law and then I had a hair and makeup trial on the day of my hen do.

 

WHAT WAS YOUR STYLE INSPIRATION FOR YOUR HAIR & MAKEUP?

 

I got a lot of ideas from Pinterest! I was inspired by classic bridal looks, so I went for curls in my hair with some pinned back with flowers. Although I love the beautiful up dos, someone said to make sure that you like your wedding photos and I never like photos with my hair up so I played it safe – just in case!  

 

WHAT WOULD YOUR GO-TO BEAUTY SECRET BE? DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS ON HOW TO PREPARE YOUR SKIN FOR YOUR BIG DAY, OR DID YOU USE ANY PRODUCTS THAT YOU RELIED ON ON THE DAY?

 

I researched good skin foods as I am prone to blemishes, and I ate them daily in the lead up – almonds, tomatoes…can’t remember them all now! I also bought some new face creams for morning and night…Lancôme is my go to!

  

The Shoes.

 

WHAT STYLE OF SHOES DID YOU WEAR?

 

This was a nightmare for me as I tried hundreds and couldn’t find any I loved! I ended up changing at the last minute from a pair that I loved but that were not that comfortable – as someone advised me that they had to be comfy and I didn’t believe this for the whole build up until the last minute – so true, nobody even saw my shoes after the weeks spent agonising over them! And comfort was the most important thing as you don’t want it to ruin your day. Also a useful tip – be careful not to change from heels into flats as this may affect the way your dress looks – mine was made to measure in length so I couldn’t change into flats at the end of the day as the dress wouldn’t sit at the right length – just touching the ground.

 

DO YOU HAVE ANY SECRETS TO BEING ABLE TO STAY ON YOUR FEET ALL DAY LONG? 

 

Not really as adrenaline gets you through!

 

The Venue.

 

HOW DID YOU GO ABOUT FINDING YOUR PERFECT VENUE?

 

We did lots of research online mainly focusing on Sussex and the surrounding counties because our families are based there. Venues don’t give much away on their websites as they like to impress you when you are there, so we tried to visit as many in person as possible.

 

WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE NOTLEY ABBEY?

 

I wanted a long drive, a stunning property with an equally nice dinning room for the wedding breakfast as well as the reception rooms, and also one near a church that we could get married at. I also wanted a venue that close family could stay over at so we could have breakfast together the next morning. Also the fact that we could hire the whole place exclusively…you don’t want to see any strangers on your big day! The service was impressive from the moment we walked through the door, we felt amazing –  smart butlers and champagne on arrival – the service stood out by far so it was a huge deciding factor for me!

 

WHAT TIPS WOULD YOU GIVE TO A BRIDE WHEN CHOOSING HER WEDDING VENUE?

 

Visit a good few to compare – often the websites don’t do them justice! Check that they can hold your number of guests for dinning before visiting as this is obviously key – and also worth checking whether you would have the whole venue to yourself as this was a deal breaker for me!

 

The Flowers.

 

WHAT FLORAL ELEMENTS DID YOU HAVE?

 

Winter trees with blush and white flowers. We had lots of flowers dotted throughout the venue and we had a lovely arch leading to the outside areas.

  

The Photography & Videography.

 

HOW DID YOU FIND YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER/VIDEOGRAPHER?

 

Online. We went via the photographers/videographers websites then met with them and confirmed. We also met some at wedding fairs previously. I wasn’t too worried about a video, but it was actually the best bit and so important to have as it captures the atmosphere of the day so much better – and you can see all the bits you were not there for – like your guests arriving at the church and the groom waiting for you!

  

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A BRIDE WHEN SELECTING A PHOTOGRAPHER/VIDEOGRAPHER?

 

We had a drone for the video which was really very special and captured the beautiful crisp cold sunny winter day! It was perfect – the drone flew above the church and got an aerial view of me walking in – so special!

 

The Table Plan.

 

HOW DID YOU GO ABOUT ASSIGNING YOUR SEATING ARRANGEMENTS?

 

We cut out all of the names and worked on the floor for a long time, tried to put families and friends together – closest family nearest the bride and groom etc.

 

DID YOU HAVE A PARTICULAR THEME FOR YOUR TABLE NAMES?

 

Yes all of our first destinations – first meeting ‘Billingshurst Tennis Club’, first holiday, first kiss etc.

 

WHAT TIPS WOULD YOU GIVE TO A BRIDE-TO-BE WHEN CREATING THEIR TABLE PLAN?

 

You can’t please everyone! And on the day it doesn’t matter…everyone gets on in the end!

 

The Favours & Gifts.

 

IF YOU GAVE FAVOURS WHAT WERE THEY AND WHY?

 

Tennis ball cake pops with ‘love, set, match’ labels as we met playing tennis!

 

WHAT GIFTS DID YOU GIVE TO YOUR BRIDESMAIDS, USHERS, MOTHER-OF-THE-BRIDE ETC.?

 

We gave photo frames to the mothers, cufflinks to the ushers, and jewellery (on the morning of wedding), bracelets, photo frames, and soft toys (for the little ones) to the bridesmaids.

 

The Entertainment.

 

DID YOU HAVE A DJ OR A BAND?

 

We had a band during the reception and a piano player during the wedding breakfast. One of my bridesmaids Alex also played with her string quartet in the church ceremony and the drinks reception which was so special.

 

HOW DID YOU GO ABOUT RESEARCHING & SELECTING YOUR BAND?

 

We listened to them online then went to meet them.

 

DID YOU CHOOSE A PARTICULAR GENRE OR STYLE OF MUSIC?

 

Everything – we had a rough playlist with some of our own selections.

 

DID YOU HAVE ANY OTHER GUEST ENTERTAINMENT?

 

We had a magician at the wedding breakfast who was amazing!

 

WHAT SONG DID YOU CHOOSE FOR YOUR PROCESSIONAL MUSIC AND WHY?

 

Pachelbel’s ‘Canon in D’ with my bridesmaid Alex playing her violin as we walked down the aisle – so emotional!

 

WHAT SONG DID YOU CHOOSE FOR YOUR FIRST DANCE AND WHY?

 

Snow Patrol’s ‘Chasing Cars’ – it was played to us on the beach in Thailand the night we got engaged and is also a personal favourite.

 

The Honeymoon.

 

WHERE DID YOU GO ON YOUR HONEYMOON AND WHY?

 

The Maldives…heaven.

 

And Lastly…

 

IF YOU COULD GIVE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE TO A BRIDE LOOKING BACK WHAT WOULD IT BE?

 

Enjoy the planning and don’t get too stressed, don’t listen to everyone’s opinions – it’s your day so go with what you want – you simply cannot please everyone so don’t even try as it will all work on the day and what seems important now won’t be on the day!