It’s In The Details: Your Wedding Checklist

The one thing that trips up most brides is the details. You can gather your bridesmaids and groomsmen together to help you plan a wedding day but every single bride in the world will always panic that she has forgotten one of the details of her wedding day. It’s like that dream where you’re standing naked in front of everyone you know; you don’t want it to happen and it’s embarrassing if it does!

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Forgetting wedding details doesn’t have to be a huge deal as long as the detail you forget isn’t one of the big ones. For most, being organised is key and the biggest day of your life should be meticulously planned. If you are able to you should absolutely hire a wedding planning service that can be on hand to help you out and make sure you stay calm. Otherwise, get a notepad and pen, you have a list to write!

  1. Outfits: Quite an obvious one but you should be very clear to your groom about colours and styles you want on your wedding day. While you’re thinking of your wedding dress, you need to remember your wedding night lingerie, your shoes and a bag to hold your phone and other bits in. it’s not always all about the dress – the details count!
  2. Venue: Planning your venue is fun but remember to check exactly what comes in the package you get for your chosen place. You want to make sure you’re getting good value for your money so find out whether costs include table and chair covers, the cake knife and stand and a DJ. These details may sound trivial but when it comes to your wedding day, you cannot forget these!
  3. Food: Have you checked whether any of your guests are vegetarian? Sometimes, trying to cater for different tastes and diets is a little too hard but if you’ve ordered finger food catering from Diamond Blue Catering or other such companies, you would be able to order a variety of food that is set for every taste.
  4. Invitations: While you may have remembered the invites, have you included absolutely everything in them? Have you given your technologically-challenged guests a phone number or postal address to respond to in case email isn’t their thing? Have you included the time of the service if you are having a church ceremony? The smallest details can really throw off your guests and if you are choosing to get married in an obscure location, make sure you spend time making up maps to send to each guest.
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The smallest details can really derail a wedding but as long as you’ve made lists, mind maps and you’ve asked, asked and asked again, you should hopefully have every detail fulfilled far enough in advance that you can fix any last-minute mistakes with the minimum of stress. Getting hitched should go off without a hitch and you should know how every second should go. Go and get married; you’re ready!

Three Inventive Food Ideas For Your Wedding Day

If you’re organising your own wedding, you won’t need us to tell you that there are a million and one things to think about. In fact, you might be wishing it was all over just so you can think about something other than the wedding! Arguably one of the biggest parts of your day will be making sure everything runs smoothly for your guests as well as for yourself. After all, you have invited them to what is essentially your event, so it is up to you to cater for them. A large chunk of this is providing them with good food and drink, as the wedding meal is where much of the socialising happens. We’ve all been to a wedding where all that was on offer was a stale buffet, and wedding food is famously un-appetizing. But, if you’re willing to spend a bit of time shopping around for caterers, you could end up with a wedding meal to remember.

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The BBQ

Here in Britain, we love a good BBQ. Maybe it’s because we don’t get the chance to have them very often, but if you’re planning an outdoorsy wedding they are a great option. With that being said, you can also easily create indoor BBQ food with the right caterers. Plus, if you are on a major budget, BBQ food is easy enough for you to do yourselves – just ask the groomsmen if they don’t mind being chefs for an hour or so! Make sure you provide plenty of different options and speak to local caterers about quality meat. Veggie skewers are also a must, and a big bowl of salad to go with your burgers and hot dogs never goes amiss. Not the classiest of wedding food, but you can be sure everyone will love it.

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The cake

Typically, wedding cakes are thought to be white, laden with icing and very, very sugary. But there’s no reason why you can’t go against the grain when it comes to your wedding cake. If you’re a lover of all things sweet and can’t make up your mind on one specific type of cake, why not have different ones? A different cake on each tier not only looks interesting but offers your guests something new too. More and more people are also opting for lots of individual cupcakes rather than a traditional cake. This is a perfect idea if you are a having a contemporary style wedding, and they are easier for your guests to eat too. If you’re not into desserts at all, you might want to go against the grain completely with a fabulous Cheese Wedding Cake. It’ll be something that your guests remember for years to come!

Street food

As previously mentioned, traditional wedding caterers are infamous for often providing dry, bland food. If this is something you’re keen to steer well clear of, street food vendors could be your answer. Street food has come on in leaps and bounds over the past few years, now providing restaurant quality food in a more casual setting. Consider booking a selection of street food stalls for your guests to flit between during the meal. This is also a great opportunity to experiment with different types of cuisine – as you can get everything from street food pies to street food curries these days!

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Super Ways To Save Money When Planning Your Wedding

Wouldn’t it be great if we had an endless budget when planning our wedding? Unfortunately, we have to reign it in a bit more than those multi-millionaires when organising our big day! But if we can save money here and there on certain parts of the planning, we can then spend more on the parts of the wedding that we really want to splash out on. Here are some top tips on super ways to save money when planning your wedding.

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Reception Party

Would rather save your money to splash out on a luxurious honeymoon? If so, consider trying to save some money at your reception party. Here, it’s time to get brutal with the guest list! Do you really think Aunt Nora wants to stay up dancing until 1 am, or are you just inviting her out of courtesy? Could you make a no kids rule to save a bit on the catering? Are you inviting certain work friends just because you would feel guilty if you didn’t? Go through the list with a fine tooth comb. Also, consider having your wedding and reception mid-week or on a Sunday. There are often huge savings to be made at venues if you choose these days. Another great tip is to choose a venue that doesn’t require you to use their vendors. If you source your own, with a bit of research, you can make some big savings.

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Decorating

Do you have some arts and crafts friends that are great with fabric and design? If so, utilise them now! People love to help out at weddings, and if you can save some money by getting your most creative friends to help decorate your venue, then why not! Also, think about friends that have recently got married. Do they have any items stored away that you could borrow for decorating your venue? Now is the time to ask for help.

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Wedding Dress

If you want a stunning designer wedding dress, but the budget doesn’t stretch, think about buying a pre-owned wedding dress. There are many websites that list beautiful pre-owned designer gowns that have only been worn once before. Or, if you are blowing the budget on a luxury dress, make a pact with yourself to sell it on immediately afterwards. Use an online wedding calculator to find out the value of wedding dress. After having your dress professionally cleaned you can then make some of your money back by selling it on to another future bride-to-be.

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Skip The Sit-Down Meal

You can slash the catering costs of your wedding by skipping the sit-down meal. There are absolutely no rules to say you have to go traditional. For a cool and relaxed vibe, you could have a barbeque buffet in the evening and just serve canapés in the afternoon. Or perhaps go country hip and serve a huge hog roast with fresh sides. Another fashionable new trend is to have a cocktail-style reception party. Here you just serve hors d’oeuvres throughout the afternoon and evening. Bite size plates are often a great idea, as a big evening meal can leave people feeling tired afterwards. Catering can account for up to half of your wedding budget, so if you can save money here, you are onto a big winner. There are lots of creative ways to serve up a delicious meal without totting up a huge catering bill.

This Is The Only Wedding Checklist You Will Need

So your big day is coming up soon? How are you getting on with all the wedding planning? Hopefully, you should have everything under control. It’s understandable if you have some pre-wedding jitters. However, don’t let these add to any stress you might be feeling about all the organization. Need some help? Here’s a wedding checklist to help you get everything done.

The Dress

The wedding dress is the part of the wedding that all brides worry about. Many are concerned that they won’t be able to find one that is flattering. Don’t get so worked up about it, though. If you visit a couple of bridal shops, you will certainly find something that suits your figure. Take your bridesmaids along with you so they can give you their honest thoughts and opinions.

The Venue

Maybe just as important as the dress, you need to also choose your perfect venue. Many people still favor a church wedding, although stately homes are starting to come into fashion. One of the benefits of having a wedding in a stately home is that you can often hold your reception there as well. But how about a wedding in a totally different and unique location? This is a great way to match your wedding to your personality.

The Food

You’ll have to organize a wedding breakfast for your reception. Many people decide on a three-course meal. But these days there are also many couples who want something a bit more relaxed and serve fish and chips or burgers. If you are having an evening party, it is also a good idea to plan some food for that as well. A finger food buffet is the easiest catering for evening parties. The guests will all be dancing and will not expect another big meal!

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The Theme

Every wedding needs a theme. This will then help you decide on a color scheme and what kinds of decorations you should use for the venue. Popular themes in recent years have been vintage and floral. Many people who come from the countryside choose a barnyard theme. This is a fantastic excuse for using lots of flowers and rustic decorations. Minimalist styles also work very well at weddings. For this, use neutral color shades and keep table decorations to a minimum.

Evening Entertainment

How do you want to entertain your guests during your evening party? There are a number of common options, including hiring a band or a DJ. Both of these options are a brilliant way of getting your guests onto their feet and dancing! If you want to get the guests involved even more, think about hiring a karaoke machine. Once everyone has had a bit to drink, they will be super keen to get up and show off their vocal talents!

Planning a wedding shouldn’t stress you out! If you use this checklist, then you don’t have to worry about forgetting any of the main things. Take a deep breath, relax, and just focus on enjoying your happy day!


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