Harry and Meghan: you’ve got us in a right royal spin. If you too are exchanging vows in the Spring/Summer, don’t miss this must-read wedding countdown…
It would appear us Brits have been sent into a wedding hysteria spin following the engagement announcement of former prime-British bachelor Prince Harry, and uber-gorgeous LA actress Meghan Markle. The lovely Rachel Parry (wedding expert par excellence and all-round goddess) from Brides Up North, shares with us her top tips and handy hints for your Spring/Summer wedding countdown.
Having revealed they will marry in the Spring, the wedding countdown is on to what will ultimately be one of the biggest dates in our 2018 dairies – and while we’re hugely excited, we must bear in mind that ‘Megry’ (ok, doesn’t really work!) won’t be the only couple tying the knot during peak wedding season.
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If you too are recently engaged (congrats!) and have picked out a Spring/Summer 2018 date, then you might not have the country’s leading team of planners and professionals to organise your day in just a matter of months, but you do have us and our handy ‘wedding countdown’, to ensure the main elements are covered so you’re royally ready for when your special day arrives…
This has to be one of your very first ports of call as you will need the when and where details for your invites. Availability could be a little tricky, but with more venues introducing weekday weddings there is certainly room to manoeuvre – and though it could mean your guests booking a day off work (not that we can think of anyone who wouldn’t want to do that!), it could also mean that you get the venue at a cheaper rate. As an alternative, you might yourself, or be fortunate enough to know someone, who has some land that you could pitch a tipi or marquee on for a stunning outdoor celebration.
Another biggie. A pro snapper provides the long-lasting memories of your day so you’ll want to secure yourself one sooner rather than later in order to stand the best chance of getting one of your top choices. It might be that they can recommend a great videographer too, or even offer that service themselves, ticking two key suppliers off the ‘to do’ list at once!
The invites/save the dates
With time not so much on your side, it might be best to either pass on the save the dates or send these out digitally. You can then follow up with wow-worthy invites to build the excitement and anticipation for the big day to come. This also buys you more time to make decisions on styling and colour schemes, elements of which you might like to incorporate into your wedding stationery designs.
While most bridal boutiques do recommend starting your dress search from around the 12-months-to-go mark, the dream dress can be found and altered in time so don’t panic-buy, but don’t delay either. Boutiques who pride themselves on good customer service will go above and beyond for their brides where possible in order to deliver a dream dress on time. Sample sales are also a good option, providing the opportunity to bag a fabulous designer dress at a bargain price – just be sure of a good seamstress recommendation to get the gown to fit like a glove.
The good news is that there is an abundance of beautiful flowers in season during Spring and Summer and so your chosen florist shouldn’t have difficulty sourcing your desired blooms. Theme wise you could go with the season and use a mix of wild flowers and a pastel palette for a gorgeous country-garden style wedding. Alternatively, you could go with something more vibrant to add a tropical edge to proceedings, or strip things right back with an on-trend botanical-themed wedding. Pantone have also just announced their colour of 2018 – Ultra Violet – so you could be ahead of the crowd with a gorgeous big day made up of cosmic purple shades.
Once you have your dress sorted it’s a good idea to book your hair stylist and makeup artist so that you can fit in your trials and build up your wedding-day look as a whole. Three months prior to the wedding is usually a good time to book in for your hair and makeup trials so you have time to think about your options and plan in a second trial if required. Though the British weather can be massively unpredictable, heatwaves have been known in Spring/Summer so consider how your hair and makeup could be affected if it’s a hot day – would you prefer your hair partly or fully up, a lighter foundation or even a BB cream?
After a whirlwind of wedding planning you will be well and truly ready for some downtime so be sure not to overlook the honeymoon. If you think it will add to the planning pressure in the run up, why not delay your main honeymoon until later in the year and book a minimoon getaway for a few days straight after the wedding instead. This could be to a spa resort for some serious pampering, a country retreat to get away from it all, or even a European city break if you’re in desperate need of some guaranteed sunshine.
Our thanks to Rachel and the Brides Up North team for these top tips! See more of their inspirational content at bridesupnorth.com