Getting ready for your big day: Organising everything to say ‘I do’

A wedding is essentially about the bride and groom, a time of happiness and joy and the bringing together of two families in the act of the marriage. In reality however there are usually many more aspects to consider and organise and whether it’s a large, lavish affair or an intimate ceremony involving just close family, there are important elements where planning ahead will ensure everything the happy couple wants can be booked, hired or bought without a last minute panic.

Where to wed

Deciding if you would like a church service or a non-religious civil ceremony is the initial step to make. This can be the topic of great discussion but it’s really important that the beliefs and feelings of both the bride and groom are heard and considered.

Some ceremony locations can be booked up as far ahead as 18 months, so if there’s a place you dream of holding your wedding, talk to them as soon as you can. There is always more availability for a mid-week wedding as well as the chance of a discount as it’s a quieter time if it’s a civil ceremony location such as a hotel, so if you really want a particular church perhaps and there’s already a booking on the Saturday you want to wed, choose a day in the middle of the week.

‘The’ dress

The dress a bride chooses is a very personal thing. It can be as simple as an off the peg summer tea-length dress or as  grand as a bespoke  tiered gown. Weddings of the rich and famous lead the way for the popularity of styles but the cut of dress that looks and feels great can only be discovered by trying on as many as possible. Coloured dresses such as burgundy continue to be popular so don’t automatically think that it has to be white if this isn’t a colour which suits you. As well as high street wedding boutiques there are now many online discount wedding dress websites so there’s something suitable for everyone’s budget. If you’re decide to buy a dress online, a good plan is to have visited a local bridal store first to try on dresses to find out the shape which suits the most.


All brides want to arrive at their wedding in head-turning transport and there’s now a great range of models which can be hired.  Those who desire a classic, vintage car can choose a gorgeous antique vehicle and the bride who wants to arrive feeling like a Hollywood superstar can opt for a stretched limousine.  Talk to a hire company such as Bergen Limo  to request a visit to see the cars and when there, check that there’s lots of space to easily get into and out when wearing a wedding dress as well as knowing you’ll feel comfortable riding in it when wearing a gown.

Reception; time to let your hair down

The reception location should be booked many months in advance if it’s a popular place for weddings and other celebrations. Talk to the Events Manager about what services can be offered and the amount of input you can have. It’s your big day so you need to know you can have the room, the food and the drinks just as you want it. Talk to them about menu choices for guests with dietary requirements as well as if they can provide music in the form of a disco perhaps. If you choose a hotel, many will offer you a package deal which usually includes a room for the wedding night as well as one to get ready for the ceremony if required at no extra cost.