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Wedding countdown

If you’re getting hitched this summer you may have already hit your 3-month countdown! It’s at the six to three month mark that things really start coming together, but it can also be the point at which many brides-to-be begin to worry about getting everything right, with some morphing into the much feared ‘Bridezilla’! It’s important to keep a lid on stress levels so you can truly enjoy what should be an exciting, happy time in your wedding planning. But there are some key things to remember in the frenzy of dress fittings, wedding list choosing and honeymoon booking – here are some top things to remember as you hit the 3-6 month wedding countdown…

1.       Send out your invites

It’s crucial to let your guests know your wedding date as soon as possible. If you haven’t yet selected your wedding stationery consider sending a ‘save the date’ message to your guests now, so at least they can pop the date in their diaries.  You don’t need to go into the full details at this point, but giving people dates, times and venues allows guests to make their arrangements in good time, or indeed let you know if they can’t come. Perhaps draw up a reserve list now to keep to hand, so you can extend your guest list when it comes to sending out your full invites.

For gorgeous wedding stationery that’s a bit different to the standard take a look at Hello Lucky where you can choose from imaginative designs on a whimsical, vintage or contemporary theme.

2.       Plan your hen party

In the olden days brides-to-be celebrated their impending nuptials the night before the big day –sheer madness! Today’s brides are of course much more sensible, so some prior planning to ensure everyone can make a date at least a couple of weeks before the wedding is important, especially if you’re planning a weekend away or an experience-orientated party. That said, if you’re working to a tight budget, or if you don’t want to put your friends under undue pressure spend out huge amounts on your account, you can still have a fabulous time on a shoestring. Instead of an expensive meal out, why not hold a champagne picnic at a local beauty spot. Serve cucumber sandwiches, strawberries and cream, and delicate pastries, using our Vintage Summer Rose range, with lashings of bubbly or Pimms.

Or why not party from the comfort of your own home, treating your friends to an in-house pampering session, courtesy of a mobile beautician or massage therapist – relaxing and fun but without the prohibitive price tag of a spa weekend away.

3.       Don’t forget to buy your marriage licence

Sort of important, this one! With everything else going on it’s easy to forget that marriage or civil partnerships have a legal requirement, and you’ll need to give notice at your local register office. Without this your marriage can’t take place so it’s vital to contact your local register office and make an appointment with them. Find details of your local office at the Gov.uk website.

 

4.       Think about your little extras

With most of the bigger things – venue, dresses, catering, flowers, transport etc – covered off by now, it’s at this stage focus shifts towards the little extras that will make your wedding unique. You don’t need to have an epic budget to give your wedding the wow factor; in fact it’s the personal, hand-crafted elements that often stand out and make a wedding truly memorable. Think about how you can incorporate things that are personal to you and your partner. How about naming your tables after places that are special to you both, such as favourite holiday locations, for example? Simple favour boxes (such the classic white and cream boxes we have in our wedding range) can easily be given a unique touch. Add a black & white photo booth picture of the two of you, secured with a luggage tag, for example, or print off a small poem or quotation that means something special to you both. You can do this yourself for a get a specialist print shop to create something in the size and font of your choosing. Either secure with your tag, with or without a photo, or pop one inside your boxes.

Remember gifts for your bridesmaids and page boys – our page boy cufflinks make a sweet keepsake for your male helpers. Think about finishing touches for your tables – a sprinkling of rose petals around your wedding cake, perhaps, or table crystals scattered around name places to add some extra sparkle.

If you’re going for more of a laid-back, retro-inspired vibe for your wedding think about ways you can give your décor and table dressing a home-spun feel – think pretty bunting adorning your top table, rose-stamped paper bags filled with retro sweets and lollipops for the younger members of your party, and baskets of vintage-style paper confetti for your guests to help themselves to at the door of the church. Or why not take a look at our Vintage Romance range for a more contemporary style wedding!

5.       And breathe!

Try and take some time out during the frantic preparations, particularly as you near the big day. Juggling the many tasks involved in planning a wedding alongside other commitments at work and home is no easy task, and many a bride-to-be ends up frazzled and run down – not exactly conducive to looking and feeling your best for the wedding. Make time for doing non-wedding related things, too, or treat yourself to some R&R – a stress-relieving massage, a pampering pedicure, or body-buffing treat to get your skin glowing in the run up to the wedding, for example. With just a few more months or weeks to go, don’t let this exciting time pass you by in a fug of stress and worry. When it all gets too much, breathe easy and remember that everything will be just perfect on the day…

Happy planning!

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