It’s great to arrive at the ceremony in a cute vintage Austin or Morris Minor but size really does matter: if the bride has a large dress with umpteen layers of fabric, it may be a challenge to get in and out of the vehicle gracefully.
The song ‘Get me to the church on time!’ must have been ringing in the ears of one panic-stricken couple left stranded on the way to their wedding when their car broke down. Stephanie and David Ritchie from Paisley in Scotland never imagined who would come to the rescue: a passing police car. The quick-thinking policewoman rushed them to the hotel in time to exchange vows. It wasn’t quite the transport the couple had hoped to arrive in but full marks for originality.
No matter how you manage your wedding budget, something unexpected will come along that could derail your cost-savvy planning. It’s always best to build in a contingency for hidden costs when you set your budget.
In the whirlwind of wedding preparations, the most crucial part of the big day, the ceremony, is often overlooked. Taking the time to decide how you want to wed and what you want to say to each other in the exchange of vows makes that special moment more memorable. After all, this is the reason why you are doing this.
For better or for worse, everyone remembers the food at a wedding – unless they’ve had too many drinks beforehand! The food can make or break a wedding, which is why hiring a caterer can be a daunting task.
Wedding planners are thankfully no longer the preserve of the rich and famous. Planning a wedding is a huge undertaking, particularly these days when most people are strapped for time.
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. Most of us are familiar with the traditions surrounding weddings, but what is the meaning behind them?
‘The earth laughs in flowers,’ said the 19th century American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson. The beauty of flowers is part of our daily life, and none more so than at a wedding. Early in the planning stage, it’s good to understand the basics before meeting the florist.
It’s hard to predict the British weather and even our meteorologists can get forecasts wrong – remember BBC weatherman Michael Fox and the 1987 hurricane.
Even the best-laid wedding plans are hostage to the changeable weather, so it’s good to have a backup in place that will enable you to weatherproof your wedding.
Asking a good friend to be a bridesmaid is a special honour for them. Their role will be to support the bride and take away some of her stress. There are no hard-and-fast rules about how many a bride should choose; often that decision is based on the size of the wedding and venue.