Part 2 of our top tips and priceless planning…
The little details
Every couple wants their day to look unique, and truly express their personalities, telling the tale of their romance up to the biggest day of their lives. But that’s a lot easier said than done! The little details are what make your day extra special, and will undoubtedly be the one thing your guests remember and comment on the most. From an extravagant cake to a retro sweet buffet, guests always appreciate the finer details. So here’s the dilemma – do you make the details yourself or hire a professional to do it for you? Some people think that being a DIY bride will save them a bundle, but this isn’t always the case. Not only can crafting your day be quite expensive, it can also be an added stress you’ll regret as the big day approaches.
Should I do the details myself?
There are some areas you should always hire a professional, like the dress, photographer and florist, but you can be creative in other areas. Many brides like to make their own invites and table plans, or the favours and even the cake. This is a little touch that shouldn’t be too stressful, and could save you money, too. Just make sure you don’t bite off more than you can chew. If you do, instead of a unique and totally personal day you may end up with a rushed job and an empty pocket. Here are the essential details you mustn’t compromise on…
Your floral decorations, bouquet and buttonholes will set your wedding alight with colour and elegance. They can dictate or complement your theme and colour scheme, as well as make the room smell dreamy!
There’s nothing better than seeing all your hard work come together in the shape of your reception room. Take time to consider the layout and details on your tables, without making them too cluttered.
The wedding cake traditionally is supposed to be the centrepiece to your reception, but tiered designs aren’t your only option nowadays. From cupcake towers to cheese wheel cakes, the possibilities are endless!
Becoming a bride
This might seem like a less obvious part of the planning process, but preparing yourself physically, mentally and emotionally for the big day, and marriage, is really important. You will go through ups and downs throughout the build up to the wedding, and many brides put extra pressure on themselves to look and feel amazing in time for the wedding, too.
Love and happiness comes first
Your fiancé proposed to you just the way you are, so is there any need to change for one day? The answer is obviously no, but many brides say that the engagement was the final push they needed to get them into a healthier lifestyle. From joining a gym to getting a healthier diet, make sure you give yourself realistic targets and don’t put pressure on yourself to be a size 10 by the big day.
One thing brides should all do is to start a new skin regime. To ensure you get your bridal glow, it’s important you take care of your skin. With under eye rings from late nights and spot breakouts from stress, give your face some TLC in the build up to the wedding. Don’t try any new products any more than a month before the wedding – if you have a bad reaction, you could be left very red faced! Here are our beauty SOS ideas…
After a long day on your feet in brand new shoes, you may get a few rubs and sores. Have plasters on hand to stop any blistering.
Put your eyeliner, lip gloss, concealer and mascara in your bridal clutch bag in case you need any top-ups throughout the day.
You’ll undoubtedly get a few stray hairs from your updo, so have pins at the ready!
Along with tooth picks, make sure you have fresh breath and clean teeth after your meal.
Keep yourself smelling sweet with a top up of your chosen scent.