Before your Wedding Day

You’ve sorted your luxury wedding venue, a delicious menu, and you’ve just about learnt your speech. But, in the last few months running up to the wedding, it will feel essential to get the finer details of your day, just right. Wedding invitations and gift lists can be fraught with difficulties, especially if you’re juggling traditional wedding etiquette and the desire to do things a little bit differently. Have an open discussion together about traditional gift lists and alternative options for gift lists, so that you don’t end up with 5 toasters and 3 gravy boats cluttering up your wedding venue on the day. Once you know exactly how you want to go about the wedding invitation etiquette, remember to think about if you need any other wedding stationary, such as place cards if your wedding venue doesn’t provide these. Often, ordering it all together can get you a good deal. 

With the big day just around the corner, you may be asked if you’re having a rehearsal dinner. Many British couples might not have heard of these as it’s a typically an American tradition, but, particularly if your families haven’t met before, check out our advice on rehearsal dinners and you’ll have yours organised in no time. Then all you need to do is check through our packing list, make sure you’ve checked and double checked everything, and then you’re off to your wedding venue!

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Everything you need to know about save the date cards and whether you even need to send them at all!

A guide to wedding invitation etiquette
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Your guide to wedding invitation etiquette; from who is invited to RSVPs

 

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Wedding guests buy present for the happy couple to show thanks for being allowed to join their celebrations.  Traditionally these wedding gifts were given to the Bride and Groom to contribute towards kitting out their new martial home and life together. So with an increasing number of couples nowadays already living together or owning there own home before marriage, what can be given as an alternative gift?

 

Wedding stationery often comes in packages
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Arguably we are closing in on a paperless society but for weddings it seems to still be ‘normal’ to send out hard-copy invitations even if the ‘save the date’ notifications are done electronically.

A rehearsal dinner provides a more relaxed environment for you to say hello to your nearest and dearest
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This is a recent innovation introduced (by film and TV) from the States. It is however a good way to break the ice before the wedding if your two families haven’t met ‘en bloc’.

Start a packing list a few weeks before the day to ensure you don't forget anything vital
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Assuming you will be staying overnight either at your venue or somewhere nearby, both of you will need to pack clothes for the morning after.

The Wedding gift-list basics
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Before you set off in the department stores, it is recommended to make an initial list to avoid being waylaid or overwhelmed. (It will also help to avoid any arguing over things you don’t actually need!)