We’ve been planning our wedding for just over a year now, and we’ve only got 10 months to do until we tie the knot! We’ve already got the venue, catering, decor, photographer and my dress and shoes sorted. We’ve got a bit of DIY to do but it shouldn’t take too long, (we’re even making our own rings with a goldsmith 💍💕). When people ask me how wedding planning is going, I usually say “We’ve pretty much just got to sort the flowers”. Turns out, there’s a lot more we need to think about.
We’re going to be doing a bit of traveling later this year, so the aim is to get as much planning for the wedding done as we can. We’ll be back at Christmas (I’ll be arriving back in England the day before Christmas eve!), then we’ll be heading to Morocco for my hen shortly afterwards. Before we know it, it’s going to be my birthday in March and then we’re going to be getting hitched in April. If we get everything sorted now, then we can truly relax when it comes to spring next year.
Here’s some things still left on my list to sort out for our wedding next year:
You’re probably so caught up in planning your wedding, you’ve not booked anything for your honeymoon. Travel is so important to us, and we always said that we wanted to spend more money on an epic trip, than spending lots of money on one day. We’ve had so many idea, from visiting Everest through to backpacking around South East Asia. It’s so difficult to decide because there’s so many places we want to go.
One things for sure, it’ll be something once in a lifetime. But we’ve really go to get a wriggle on, because flights are getting more and more expensive by the day.
When we booked my hen do in Marrakech, Morocco last month, I stayed up all night waiting for the flights to be released so I could get the cheapest tickets. They’ve now gone up £300 since I booked them (when you’re booking 13 return flight, it adds up!). So booking our honeymoon is right at the top of our to-do list.
We’re not restricted when we go because we don’t have to stick within half-term or the summer holidays, but we do want to go directly after we get married. We’ve been advised to have at least 1 day to recover from the wedding, and then to hit Gatwick airport!
Thank you gifts
You spend so much time worrying about if your hairs going to look okay on the day, if people are going to like the food, and hoping it’s not going to rain. Don’t forget to put some thought into what you’ll be buying for those who helped you plan your wedding. They’re probably stick of hearing about you and your wedding and they’re probably a few squid down shelling out for things like the hen/stag do.
Traditionally, the bride and groom buy gifts for the maid of honour, the best man, bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls, ring bearer(s), mother of the bride and father of the bride. In modern times gifts have been extended to mother of the groom, father of the groom, ushers and wedding planners – this is completely up to you. Gift to anybody that you feel has really supported you plan your wedding.
You could just get a bouquet of flowers to say thank you, but if I’m honest, I feel like you can take this opportunity to give something so much more. Gifting something that your loved ones can keep, is a nice way for them to remember their day. Sacet offer lots of beautifully sparkly gifts that are perfect for bridesmaids, mothers and flower girls, which makes my life 100 times easier.
Marque small hook chain bracelet in sterling silver from £45 available here.
They have a showroom in London but for country bumpkins like me, it’s quite far to travel. Luckily they do home trials. Just select up to 3 designs to try at home for 5 days and they’ll ship them to you, including free returns. Their jewellery is exclusively luxurious, inclusively priced. All products are ethically and consciously crafted, support communities, the planet and crafts people.
It’s the big day, and you probably think you’ve got everything sorted. You feel good and you look great! Remember, your wedding day is going to be long. Mascara will probably run, you might get a headache and those new shoes could end up running. These things could all end up negatively impacting your day.
The last thing you want to be doing is running around trying to find an ibuprofen or a plaster. Nip it in the bud with an emergency bag that you can keep in the bathroom or somewhere nearby.
Things you can include are products such as:
- Lip balm
- Pain killers
We’re also preparing care packages for our guests, so that if they need deodorant or pain killers throughout the day, then they’ll have everything they need. Everybody feeling happy and comfortable is really important to us, and with a bit of forward planning it’s easy to do.