One of the most important parts of a wedding is the planning process and it is essential to keep calm and organised during this time. Our simple A-Z checklist can help out with this.
A is for Alcohol
Providing it is within your budget, champagne should ideally be used for toasts and for dinner, a choice of red or white wine needs to be available to guests. For those who are not drinking alcohol, there should be an option available to them.
B is for Breakfast
It is essential to have a nutritious breakfast as it is the best start for the bride and groom before their wedding ceremony takes place. Toast, cereal or fruit is best for a nervous stomach.
C is for Cosmetics
Brides should only wear make-up that they feel comfortable in and stick to shades they know work with their skin tone and dress. Don’t be fooled into using many beauty consultants as they will gain commission from selling you beauty products you quite honestly don’t need.
D is for Dress
Guests have been excitedly looking forward to seeing your dress; however don’t be pressured into going overboard. More often than not, simplicity is the key.
E is for Entertainment
After the ceremony and dinner comes the party. Take time to consider your guests before booking a band or DJ.
F is for Family
Your family are very important and you haven’t seen some of them for a long time. Spend time talking to everyone on the big day.
G is for Gifts
Create a wedding list and give this to your guests. Make sure that there is a wide price range for them to choose from to avoid any embarrassment.
H is for Honeymoon
Although this is not considered the most important part of a wedding, getting away with your new spouse and letting all the stress of the past few months melt away will be a relief after what is a very busy day. Do your homework and book early to get the best deals on offer at travel agents.
I is for Invites
Your invites should be sent out at least six weeks before the wedding as this will give people plenty of time to reply. Don’t forget any of the details, however basic they may seem.
J is for Jewellery
Jewellery should remain simple on the big day. It should all match and compliment the dress. The ring is most important, so try not to let any other pieces of jewellery dominate.
K is for Kind Advice
Family members will be A* students in this! Be patient and listen to what they have to say but remember to take it all with a pinch of salt. It’s your day and don’t forget that.
L is for Laughter
Enjoy your ceremony. Laughter is the best medicine and will go a long way to helping everyone relax.
M is for Money
Stick to the budget you drafted originally and make sure you can realistically afford it. Starting married life in a financial mess is not a good idea.
N is for Nails
Nails need to be manicured with a clear or opaque polish. You will be showing off your beautiful ring all day and so you won’t want people to see your chewed, unpolished fingernails!
O is for Organisation
Staying organised during the wedding process is key for it to be a success.
P is for Photographer
Before booking a photographer, make sure you have seen some of their previous work and get a written quote from them also.
Q is for Qualms
It is perfectly normal to suffer from a few qualms before the big day. If they are really big questions or problems, perhaps discuss them with a friend or professional counsellor.
R is for Reception
The reception is a very enjoyable part of the day. Do your homework and don’t just settle for the first place that becomes available to you. See examples of the menu and visit the reception room before committing to the venue. Furthermore, make sure you get a written statement of what they intend to provide.
S is for Speech
The main men are the ones who usually make the speeches, but the bride now often says a few words too. Only do this if you feel comfortable and use notes if you need to.
T is for Transport
Everyone needs to arrive at the church on time for the ceremony and so travel arrangements need to be perfect.
U is for Underwear
wedding lingerie is a favourite with brides so splash out and buy some really luxurious underwear to make your wedding night that extra bit more special!
V is for Vows
Many people follow tradition when it comes to saying wedding vows but adding a little something of your own can make your vows more personal.
W is for Wedding Rings
You can now choose something different from a traditional gold band to have as your wedding ring. For a more personal touch, find a local goldsmith who can design and make a ring for you.
X is for Kisses
Keep a fruity lip balm handy as both bride and groom will be receiving plenty of kisses throughout the day!
Y is for Why?
The bride and groom should find some time to be alone at some point during the day. Just to remember that this wedding is about a long term commitment to one another and not just a big party.
Z is for Zzzz
Recent studies have reported that a third of all newly-weds fall straight asleep on their wedding nights. Not to worry though, you have the rest of your lives to make up for it!