Wedding Planning is always exciting and over the years HoneyTree have been involved with some beautiful wedding ceremonies. Here is our A-Z guide for planning your big day.
A – Ambience
Close your eyes and try to envision your perfect wedding.
Is it a traditional church white wedding or perhaps a relaxed, nature-inspired affair in stunning shades of green?
Deciding on the ambience you want to evoke is the first step in making your dream wedding a reality. For inspiration, grab some magazines (wedding, home and travel mags) and tear out any photos that catch your eye. A great tool for creating mood boards is Pinterest.
Think of the wedding venues, location, and time of day your wedding will take place. A Midsummers Night’s Dream themed wedding will work well in a setting with open gardens – but won’t mesh particularly well with a formal venue.
B – Bridal dresses
There are huge choices available now for shopping for your wedding dress. If it’s on-line or on the high street, stick to what you want – don’t be tempted to change your style to please others. To create something truly unique to wear consider altering a special vintage find, or a preloved gown. Remember… “Say Yes to the Dress!”
C – Cake
Bake your own, pile high cup cakes or go for a ten tier special, now you can have your cake and eat it!
Traditionally only in season flowers will adorn your wedding cakes.
Here’s a guide to what’s trending month by month
January – Hellebores
February – Calla lily
March – Narcissus
April – Blossom
May – Sweet William and Love in the Mist
June – Scented roses, sweet peas, sweet William
July – Nigella
August – Large white and cream peonies
September – The Dahlia
October – Rosehips and euphorbia
November – Awash with autumn colours, it’s the perfect time to weave reds in with the golds
December – Twisted birch and willow
D – Dress Code
Take into consideration your wedding theme to decide on an appropriate Dress Code. If you are relaxed about your guests outfits on your wedding day then you can be a little more casual with your instructions. However if you want everyone to be picture perfect in the photographs, it is always best to be very specific.
Black Tie – This is self explanatory for the gents and usually means full evening or knee length gowns for ladies.
White Tie – It means that men should wear a white tie with a black tails suit and ladies should wear full evening gowns. This is probably one of the most formal dress codes.
Jacket and Tie/ Cocktail – Meaning a suit for gents and knee length dresses or evening gowns for ladies; chosen mostly for Weddings in the evening (think candlelit).
Lounge Suits – A suit worn with a shirt and tie.
Dress to Feel Fabulous – Used for smart / formal parties
Just be you – for a more relaxed get-together
E – Entertainment for weddings
Before you book a wedding band or DJ for the reception think about all your guests so Great Aunt Emily isn’t forced to dance to techno music or death metal.
F – Friends and Family
As well as the two of you all your loved ones will be there to share in your amazing wedding day – so make time to say hello to everybody.
G – Get involved
Don’t hog all the wedding planning, delegate to the groom, your mother in law, make everyone feel they have something to offer and keep them all happy.
H – Honeymoon
Consider all the options for your honeymoon, it doesn’t have to be an African Safari to be the most magical time. Remember, you will both be exhausted so whatever you do make sure the first couple of days give you some down time to rest and reflect.
I – Invitations
Come straight to us with your wedding invitation ideas, we will make them truly personal. For a complete guide to Wedding Invitation Etiquette and wording read out blog post The Complete Guide to Wedding Invitation Wording & Etiquette.
J – Journal
Keep a wedding journal of all the small details of your wedding. Press some flowers from your bouquet, keep a label from the champagne bottle, you will love looking back on these small treasures in years to come.
K – Kids
If your friends or family are at a stage where there are lots of children about, one of the first decisions you’ll need to make for your wedding is whether or not kids are invited.
This is really down to personal choice – there is no right or wrong answer. If you are welcoming children at your wedding, be prepared and keep them occupied. Seat them at a special kids’ table with colouring books and crayons or provide mini games. If possible enlist a willing guest to supervise the little ones.
L – All you need is love
… and good personalised wedding stationery.
M – Money
Set you wedding budget at the start and stick to it. Don’t get too hung up on it, creativity and willing go a long way.
N – Non dairy, No Meat, Nut Allergies
It can be daunting catering for a crowd, so ensure you receive any special dietary requirements from your guests at the outset.
O – Order of service
If you decide to hold your Wedding in a church or in an independent venue, an Order of Service booklet is an ideal way to let your guests know what to expect. A lot of thought has gone into the Wedding Ceremony with the chosen readings and music, and you want your guests to be able to follow it.
An Order of Service is often kept by both sides of the family as a keepsake, a moment of the day you can keep forever.
P – Page boys
Because you need at least one little tike to dress in a sailor suit or knickerbockers!
Q – Questions
It’s a good idea to seek advice from friends who have been down the aisle before you. Ask what they loved most about their wedding, and if they would do anything differently?
R – RSVP
Will you include an RSVP card in with your invitation? or print the info on the invite? Either way be clear how they reply and give a clear cut off date to reply. If they reply by text, email, phone or via friends or family, it is difficult to keep track of the final guest list.
S – Stationery
Have we mentioned that already?? Before the day, on the day and to say thank you afterwards, Weddings are a stationery lovers delight.
T – Thank you cards
Thank you cards for gifts received on your wedding day should be sent out within 3 months. A note of thanks should always be handwritten. It is more work but the extra effort adds a personal touch which conveys your gratitude.
U – Umbrellas
If you are getting married in the UK, you might need a few Umbrellas stacked in the back of the church just in case!
V – Venue
Be inventive with your wedding venue choice – go wild! If it’s at home or abroad, a castle or your local farmers field – figure out what you want and be yourselves!
W – Wedding Cars
According to Classic & Sports Car Magazine the 15 best classic cars for a wedding are:
1. Daimler DS420 limousine
2. LTI Fairway/Austin FX4
3. Daimler DB18 Special Sports
4. Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud
5. Volkswagen Type 2 T1 / Microbus
6. Rolls-Royce 20/25hp
7. Fiat 500 or Isetta bubble car
8. Citroen CX Pallas
9. Triumph Renown
10. Range Rover Classic
Choosing how to make an entrance at the Reception can incorporate your wedding theme. Have fun with it – if your wedding party is bedecked with twinkling fairy lights and bales of Hay – it’s a must to find a vintage Tractor!
X – Xtra Invitations
There’s always last-minute additions to your guest list, so order a few extra wedding invitations and envelopes. If some people cannot attend you may wish to invite people from the ‘Reserve’ List (just don’t tell them!). Don’t forget to save one for your Wedding album.
Y – YOU!
Regardless of how many people you have to help plan your wedding, it’s your day.
Always go with your heart when making big decisions and you will create the perfect moment. If you trust your instincts, and never mind everyone else’s opinions, the day will go past very quickly. So enjoy every minute.
Trust your instincts, and never mind everyone else’s opinions!
The wedding day will go past very quickly, so enjoy every minute.
Z – zzzzzzzz
If you can, try and get a good nights sleep before the big day. Don’t be tempted to stay up late, you want to be wide awake and full of beans on your wedding day.
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