Bridal Club Magazine
Your man just got down on one knee and you said "yes". It's only
as you sip celebratory champagne that your mind starts thinking
"... goodness, what next?" Planning a wedding can be a very
The To Do lists in magazines seem so long. Does all that really
need to be done? What do we tackle first? Of course it all depends
on the scale of your wedding. Here are a few guidelines to help you
set out confidently on your bridal planning path. Your Wedding date
and venue comes first, everything else fits around it. Planning
your wedding over a year out will be easier to secure your favoured
date. So bear that in mind, especially if you are considering a
specific venue. Venue searching is a little like house hunting,
every weekend off looking at places! Luckily the internet is a
great way to narrow down choices. Don't be afraid to ask for more
photos and information. Get reviews from past weddings. It's worth
noting that many venues will have a preferred list of suppliers.
Ask about this from the start and save yourself some time and
research. Securing your date and venue is an awesome achievement
and a huge tick on your list once booked!
Start a scrapbook. Paste in anything you like the look of.
Dresses, flowers, stationary, hair, makeup, cars, suits,
decorations, favours…. This becomes a great reference guide and
it's very useful when talking with suppliers - they can see the
look and feel you are after. Attach your To Do list and other
relevant information... phone numbers and emails of your venue,
celebrant etc. Having everything in one place makes life much
Catch up with married friends. They are an invaluable resource.
Ask them for their three top tips and advice. Everyone loves to
help out by sharing their bridal experiences. View their wedding
album for ideas. You may even wish to use some of the suppliers
they did. Walking into a wedding dress boutique can be
overwhelming. All those white frocks hung up in a row! On the rack,
the dresses can look pretty drab. Remember they are only the try-on
dresses! Amaze yourself and try on a selection of styles - they
look very different on, gaining shape and personality. You're there
to experiment! Ask the assistant to recommend styles she feels will
suit you. It is very interesting! Take your Mum and a friend with
you for their feedback; make a fun day of it.
Your wedding ring is a symbol of your union as Husband and Wife.
You wear it every day, so take the time to visit jewellers to
sample lots of styles. If none suit, or you want something and
can't find it, consider having one designed. Think about matching
wedding bands or inscriptions. You may even have jewellery from
family members passed that can be remodelled.
Smaller boutique jewellers tend to have their craftsman onsite and
will have endless creativity and enthusiasm when it comes to
designing your rings. Jewellery and shoes don't need to be
expensive to look gorgeous. Stores today have a fabulous selection
of bling to choose from, whether your taste stretches to bling or
is reserved for subtle! Search your local high street shops for
If you are trying to match pieces, take what you have with you
so you can compare. Visualise the dress, hair and makeup all
together to get the full effect. Stationary options are numerous.
Many people nowadays are creating their own wedding websites, with
invites sent by email. Start by scouring the web. Your invites are
an introduction for guests to your big day; they set a precedent
and make a statement. Will you have them made at a printer or DIY
them yourself? The latter will undoubtedly save you money.
From traditional folded invites, to simple postcard styles,
magnets, or even a puzzle for guests to put together … you are only
limited by your imagination. Get inventive. Try and tie in your
wedding theme and colours, so everything marries up… excuse the
Search your local Emporium for ribbon, tulle and other little
haberdashery treats. These are fabulous for decoration ideas,
invites, table runners, favour bags, ribbon for cars and much
Remember your photos are a lifetime memento of your special day,
so to be sure you get a qualified photographer. Make an appointment
with potential photographers and view various albums. Ask to see a
complete wedding album, not just an album of their 'best shots'.
Ensure you get a good vibe from them. They need to get the best out
of you on the day for your photos to be spectacular.
Very exciting times lie ahead for you and your fiancé. Being
organised enables you to enjoy the ride much more! Wedding websites
are a great source of ideas and inspiration.
Article written by: Lauren Prill
♥ This article was kindly supplied by My Wedding New
Zealand's Premier Wedding Magazine