Most bridal magazines and experts suggest you give yourself around twelve to eighteen months to plan your big day... I decided it could be done in a hurry, and in fact did just that, saying my vows on the 2 November this year after deciding to get hitched once and for all in the second week of September.
Weddings are full of superstition. As a superstitious society we are more likely to expect bad luck to strike on Friday 13th than any other date. Indeed the fear of the number 13 even has a name, albeit one most of us can't pronounce: triskaidekaphobia.
I determined to nerd up on vino and give old Bacchus a run for his money, ahead of our wedding, because nobody would be wrapping ties around heads or knee-sliding across the dancefloor without a few, potent grapes in their tums.
Passing him the brush, she breezily announced: "I've got some gossip. I've booked myself an amazing holiday to the Rainforest on the weekend of your wedding and won't be able to do your hair. So Mario here will be doing the honours instead." My hair wilted in dismay...
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I couldn't have fist-pumped the air any harder when Packham's pecker was unveiled (without assistance) and he presented us with charcoals and pencils for life drawing. He clearly thought I'd never seen a pencil before.
Songbird Kelly Clarkson called off the big wedding she and her fiance were planning this October, because she was 'so overwhelmed' and 'so over' planning it... But for most couples, it's simply not possible. So if you've got to knuckle down and get it done, how do you manage to not hate your own wedding?
We head off to Zebergeny. The drive is beautiful and calm. Wide open fields gradually give way to low hills and finally after Budapest we get into woods and proper high landscapes. We arrive to greet a military operation of tents, waiters and gardeners and everyone is in a high state of anxiety. The brides dress is hanging in her room.
With the average wedding costing a staggering £20,000 by some estimates, is it any wonder that non-celebrity couples are also going back to basics? With more of us pursuing careers and families at the same time as planning a wedding, splashing out for just one day feels like an unaffordable and unnecessary luxury.
The more and more I think about it, the more I know that it's the story telling aspect of being a photographer that interests me and not just the story that makes up the key events of the wedding day, but the little stories. The seemingly insignificant. The things that will be forgotten if they're not recorded. What was happening in-between.
You treat a same-sex couple the same way you'd treat an opposite-sex one and while the weddings may differ in some details, the overall concept is the same. However, as recent news stories about brides gone bad, grooms gone greedy, and invitees gone impolite suggest, people seem unsure about what to do at a wedding, regardless of who's getting married.
A wedding can be many things depending on whereabouts you are on the sliding scale of alcohol abuse-to-alcoholism. If you're abusing it to the point people haven't really picked up on yet, then it's a great excuse to drink in a dysfunctional way with people who don't have alcohol problems... If you're at the stage where you suspect you have a problem and everyone around you shares that suspicion, then its stressful.
Another couple, just walking down the aisle on any given Friday/Saturday/Sunday is now 'surprised' because their 'flashmob' wedding video has been shared thousands of times. 'It was just little-old-us getting hitched...we are so surprised that half the world watched the video.'
The strongest and perhaps the strangest of emotions, it can bring absolute elation and utter despair in equal measures. When we admit we have fallen in love, we are at our most vulnerable, opening our hearts and souls to one person; we take a risk.
I read on the BBC website with interest recently, it talks about the rise of the 'bloggable' wedding and the pressure that couples put themselves under to have a wedding that's deemed 'blogworthy'. People spend a lot of time thinking about the details of their wedding.
So, have the Chinese found the highly sought-after recipe for a perfect marriage? Such a cheat sheet is probably non-existent, but the budget spouse does raise some interesting questions about modern partnerships.