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Engaged Over Christmas – Time to Start Planning!

Engaged Over Christmas - Time to Start Planning!Set the date and your countdown begins. You can plan a wedding in just a few weeks but it’s easier to spend a year or more on planning the event of a lifetime. One of the first places you can go, is a Wedding Fayre, where all the kinds of businesses you could need for your wedding planning are under one roof. Andover has a Wedding Fayre at The Lights on Sunday 25th January 2014 from 11am-3pm. You can find more details on this website, www.andoverweddingfayre.co.uk

This handy list of planning tips are some of the first things you need to look at, Andover & Villages will be providing lots of planning information over the next few months.

• Set the date Start your wedding planning twelve months or more in advance to ensure you get to book the venues and suppliers of your choice at best prices. You could save money by booking a mid-week wedding instead of a Saturday.

• Decide whether to plan your own wedding Or enlist the help of a professional wedding planner. You could plan the wedding yourself and call on the expertise of a wedding planner or stylist their experience is often worth its weight in gold.

• Send save-the-date cards To make sure your guests don’t book their summer holiday and miss your special day.

• Set your budget Make it realistic without going into debt and add in a contingency just in case.

• Draw up your guest list(s) Try to make it equal and keep both families happy. Have a separate evening reception guest list if you want some work colleagues or friends of the family to come but you don’t know them well enough to invite them to the ceremony and the wedding breakfast.

• Book your venue(s) The sooner you book your venues, the easier everything else will be to plan. You’ll need to book a venue for your ceremony (either a church, registry office or other licensed civil wedding venue) and a venue for your reception, for your wedding breakfast and disco or other after-dinner entertainment. Take into account seating capacity, room hire costs, catering options, indoor and outdoor settings for photographs. You could save thousands of pounds by booking out of season – many venues have fantastic winter wedding offers too.

• Appoint bridesmaids, a best man and ushers Choose from close friends and family who are nearby ideally and, ahem, thoroughly trustworthy!

• Book your photographer and videographer Find a photographer who offers the style of photos you are looking for (traditional, contemporary, reportage style or a combination), meet them personally, ask to see their portfolio and also a whole album from one wedding.

• Meet your minister/registrar They’ll be able to answer all your questions about the ceremony, and help you find suitable readings and music.

• Book a DJ/band/entertainers You might want to book a DJ to dance the night away, or hire a live band or classical musicians for your reception. Some couples like to have a singer perform a live solo piece at their ceremony, others book magicians or celebrity lookalikes for their evening reception just to add a sense of fun!

• Book caterers if needed If the reception venue you have booked is not doing your catering then you’ll need to consider hiring outside caterers or, if your budget is tight, catering the wedding with buffet party platters from your local supermarket.

• Book your cars You’ll need to book one bridal car for you and your father, and you may also want to book a second or third car for your mother and bridesmaids. If you want to make it easier and fun for all your family and friends – book a bus! You could get some amazing wedding photos of you and your guests atop a vintage double decker bus!

• Book your florist And decide how many flowers you would like and where, or if you’re on a tight budget, invest in everlasting silk flowers that can be sold on after the wedding. A combination of real and silk flowers can be just right.

• Book a toastmaster You might think you don’t need a toastmaster or master of ceremonies, or be worried that having one will make your wedding day feel too formal. They’re worth their weight in gold for ensuring everything goes to plan at the right time, in the right place and with the right people.

• Book your honeymoon Book it in your maiden name and use your existing passport, then change all your documents to your married name when you return.

• Take out wedding insurance It’s not costly and could save you thousands if a supplier suddenly lets you down. It’s worth it just for peace of mind!

• Decide what kind of wedding dress you want If you’re having a couture bridal gown made for you then you’ll need to start this process now. If you’re ordering a designer dress then allow 4-6 months and if you’re buying off-the-peg or second-hand, 4-6 weeks before should be fine for alterations if needed.

• Start your healthy eating diet and exercise programme Whether you want to lose weight or simply tone up for your wedding day and honeymoon, there is no better time to start than now! Go to the gym together as a couple or go with a friend. You’ll never have such amazing motivation to look good again!

Thanks to Confetti.co.uk for the run down!

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