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Weddings|Steps to Heaven...continued Step 7: Stationery


By this stage, you have probably told a number of people about the big day. Wedding invitations make it official! Life is often fast and furious for most people, so why not send out “Hold the Date” cards giving your guests the chance to book that day out for you and giving you time to decide on design and colour for your stationery. The joy of receiving a wedding invitation never diminishes and is usually sent on behalf of the bride’s parents. Your stationery will most likely reflect the theme of the colours for your day and your total order can include everything from a save the date card, to your place cards, and even the order of service card. If there is a tip for this section, then stick with one supplier for all aspects of your order.


Step 8: Honeymoons


Doing your honeymoon homework will really pay off. Booking your honeymoon early will avoid disappointment and make sure you have a relaxing time – after all you will both need it following all that planning! It is best to leave changing your name on the passport until after you return from the holiday. However, if you don't have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months you should get one sooner rather than later. You should also check visa requirements – it would be dreadful to arrive only to find you have to go straight back home again. Finally, make sure you have all the jabs and where it is a Visa requirement, make sure you get a certificate.


Step 9: Photographers, Cars, Flowers and Cakes


A photographer and/or videographer will help you preserve your day forever. Choose carefully and look at their previous work. Wedding cars and flowers need to be selected, both of which are scene setters and will be chosen to complement your day. Whether you want your cake and eat it or preserve it, this is something you should commission at this stage. If you are planning entertainment, crèches and/or music, again this is another aspect to get sorted out now.


Step 10: Wedding Gift List


Whether you are already living together and pretty much kitted out, or are just starting on the first rung a wedding gift list takes the heartache out of choosing a present for both giver and receiver. An online gift list means that guests can choose, purchase and generally have their gifts dispatched to you. From your perspective, that means your gifts are safely stored and you will not be overrun with toasters! If you are really already booted and suited in this arena, then maybe offering guests the chance to donate to a charity is an option.


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Step 11: Sending Out Your Invitiations


Whilst most guests will be aware of your big day they will now be eagerly awaiting your official invitation. Invitations should go out a minimum of 8 weeks before the wedding, but if you can do so sooner then all the better, especially if you are inviting guests from overseas. In terms of seating arrangements and catering it can be very frustrating if you do not have the final numbers. So one way of dealing with this is have a 'reserve list' of people that you would like to invite should numbers permit.


Step 12: Hen & Stag Nights


Hen and Stag Nights are all about you – your last chance to go wild before the big day. Usually the best man and bridesmaids will organise this evening or weekend and painting the town red is the definitely the approach to have. It promises to be a very exciting evening shared with close friends, and the people who know you best.


Step 13: The Finishing Touches


Your wedding will be unique and so it’s not possible to say what final touches your may need. But things to consider are finalising your seating plans and order of service, attending rehearsals, checking speeches are written (or at least in hand), getting readings and poems typed up, thank you gifts bought, timings and transport, looking after children, how to return of hired outfits, writing thank you cards, etc.


It’s not possible to cover everything in this brief guide, but hopefully it will give you an outline of what could be involved in your big day. Good luck for the future!


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