The A-Z of weddings

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Get to grips with wedding planning with our A-Z guide…

A is for Advice – Accept all the advice you can get when it comes to your wedding day. Planning a wedding can feel a little overwhelming at first, but remember you have family, friends and suppliers that are all willing to help you plan your perfect day.

B is for Bridesmaids – Celebrate your day with your best girl pals who’ve been there for you through every single bridezilla moment.

C is for Cake – Will you go for the classic fruit cake or a something ultra modern – like lemon drizzle or red velvet? Or perhaps you’ll serve up a delicious jam and cream feast with a naked cake…

D is for Dress – From the pretty princess gown to the modern wonder of a highly embellished 3D wedding dress – there’s plenty of choice out there for every taste. In fact, you needn’t even stick to white anymore with 2016’s trend for ombré and watercolour gowns.

E is for Emergency Kit – Remember to get one of these packed the night before the big-day. Pop in painkillers, indigestion tablets, dental floss, a mini repair kit for your dress, and those essential make-up items just in case you need a top up!

F is for Flowers – Whether faux or fresh, flowers are an iconic part of your wedding day. If you’re going fresh, don’t forget to choose flowers that are in season. Other fantastic alternatives include button bouquets, brooch bouquets and paper bouquets.

G is for Groom – Make sure your groom takes on some of the responsibilities too. Just some of the things he can do include arranging the transport, planning the honeymoon, and looking after the rings.

H is for Honeymoon – Pop your feet up and relax. Your honeymoon is all about taking some time out together to celebrate being Mr and Mrs while enjoying a trip of a lifetime.

I is for Informal Dining – The wedding breakfast is no longer all about the three or four-course meal. From hog roasts and barbecues, to stone baked pizzas and street food feasts, there are plenty of fantastic informal alternatives.

J is for Jewellery – Don’t forget the finishing touches to your gown.

K is for Kids, your littlest guests – Kids are perhaps one of the most debated topics when it comes to weddings. Should you invite them or not? Whatever you choose, make sure you’re clear and open about your decision right from the start.

Kids

L is for Location – Finding the right backdrop for your celebration is key to creating the perfect atmosphere – so research thoroughly and choose carefully!

M is for Music – Set the scene for your perfect day with carefully thought out entrance and exit music. You’ll also need two or three songs for the signing of the register.

N is for Nuptials – The moment you’ve been waiting and planning for all this time.

O is Ombré – Keep your wedding styling on-trend with a touch of ombré. From ombré detailed bouquet ribbons and wedding cakes to watercolour table runners, there are plenty of beautiful ways to incorporate this trend.

P is for Photography – If there’s one element we recommend splashing out on it’s your wedding photography. Providing one of the only eternal memories you’ll have of the day, your wedding photographs will be a wonderful visual reminder of one of the most important days of your life.

Q is for Quirky – Don’t be afraid to show off your personalities by adding a few personal touches to your day – the quirkier the better!

R is for Rustic – Hot for 2016, the rustic trend is still going strong. Think earthy colour palettes, wooden and hessian textures, woodland animal features and a barn wedding venue.

S is for Stationery – Wow your guests with stationery that gives them a sneak peak into what to expect from your day. Keep the theme consistent – from your save the dates to your table plan.

T is for Thanks – Don’t forget to send a card of thanks to all your wedding guests. It’s also tradition to present gifts to the key members of the wedding party, along with your parents, on the big-day.

U is for Ushers – Keep your ushers in check with pocket-sized timetables and duties for the day.

V is for Videography – Relive your special day with a carefully edited video of all the best bits.

W is for Wedamin – From budgeting, to pinning on Pinterest, and chasing up suppliers, make wedding planning fun – not a chore.

X is for Xtras – So, we might have cheated a little there, but those little extras are most certainly worth a mention. Favours, sparkler send offs, and a dessert table are just some of the popular extras you might want to consider.

Xtras

Y is for Yippee! – The moment you can relax once all the formalities are over. Bring on the Pimms and the wedding food!

Z is for Zzzz – Remember it’s important to get some good quality kip in the days running up to your big-day - no matter how stressed you might be or how much you think you have to do. Prioritise sleep – a refreshed and happy bride is all that matters!

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