Unless you're dropping some serious cash on a diamond encrusted wedding dress, it's a pretty safe bet that food and drink will be the biggest slice of your wedding budget. And so it should be - food and drink are essential to you and your guests having a great time, and setting the tone for the day.
Embrace imperfection, which will happen anyway, regardless of how much you stress about it, and your day will be so much more memorable and fun. I'm not advocating that it should fall into complete chaos or that anyone gets injured, at least not seriously, but make wriggle room for the day to be warm and human
Aside from the most obvious tips of not being hungover and getting up late, I've put together my 10 top tips for your wedding day. 1. Eat a nice breakfast full of protein that will keep your energy levels up throughout the day. Potentially, brides can go long periods without any food so this is very important.
To an outsider, my wedding was the same as every other wedding that season. Same wedding decorations, same flowers, same everything. I deprived myself of the excitement of looking at different designs, flicking through bridal magazines and pinning every beautiful wedding idea on pinterest. All because I saw wedding planning as just a task to be completed.
When you've fought for your life, it's hard to plan too far ahead and rest your happiness on one day in the future. So, when we started talking about our wedding earlier this year, I knew there was only one way to do it. There wouldn't be an aisle. There wouldn't be a first dance. There wouldn't be a day in the Cotswolds.
Do I seem ungrateful? I don't mean to. If someone wants me at their big day, I'm the first one to dust off my fascinator and help them celebrate with quaffing some champagne. But I hate the thought anyone would feel obligated to have me there as an extension of who I'm with - it just seems a bit unfair.
Calling all brides, bridesmaids and members of the bridal party; if you're counting down to the big day now is the time to get your skin in tip-top condition! Forget about the dress, looking great starts with beautiful skin. A glowing complexion will give you confidence and ensures you look your best on the day, as well as the hundreds of wedding pictures that follow...
Wedding invites and stationary can be an extremely pricey addition to your wedding budget but some good stationary really adds extra detail to your big day. There are lots of companies out there that will print up stationary for you or design or mass produce stock wedding invites but what if you want to add that personal touch?
Although the majority of investigations don't turn up such dramatic deceptions, one can't help but wonder if, in this day and age of complex social lives, they've become a necessary precaution. Arranged marriages may have changed and evolved but it seems the services of Arranged Marriage Detectives are essential to sealing the deal.
All anyone wants to talk to you about is the wedding and the proposal and it's lovely but very strange because before I remember having other conversations. I even miss banal exchanges about the weather just for some variety. Although I think I have missed out on a couple of those because I was too busy staring at my ring.