Civil Ceremony in UK Scotland Northern Ireland and Legal Preliminaries The options available will enable you to have the type of ceremony you wish at the location of your choice. You can either have a simple ceremony with just two witnesses or a ceremony where the bride is given away and bridesmaids/pageboys attend. You may have music and readings, but any with slight religious overtones need to be agreed with the Registrar before the day of (more…)
Entertainment is a huge part of your wedding reception to ensure everyone enjoys the celebrations in a great party atmosphere. Whether you want a DJ, a live band or pre-recorded music, there’s great scope for letting your imagination run wild. Most of the wedding magazines, and most local papers, offer the services of all kinds of musicians such as harpists, steel bands, string quartets, singers, barbershop singers, jazz musicians, pianists, etc. And, of course, there are always disc jockeys available with discos, light shows, etc; your guests may be able to stay on for a party after you have left on honeymoon.Entertainment Checklist for Your Wedding
• Decide whether you wish to have any entertainment at the reception – disco, live, band, musicians, pre-recorded music, entertainers (particularly for any children, e.g. a down, magician, puppet theatre or a video) • Obtain permission of the venue manager (more…)
Decide on Catering Buffet Drinks Cakes – Plan my Wedding There are three types of catering that you will want to consider for your wedding: self-catering, outside catering and in-house catering. The first can be done in your own home, or at a venue that you hire, such as a village hall or marquee. Outside caterers can be used in your own home or at any venue that allows them on their premises. However, most venues have their own (more…)
Overall Timetable Running Order Order of Ceremony Table plan To make sure the day itself goes smoothly, I recommend: • An overall timetable (more…)
Book the Registrar in England Wales Scotland – Plan my Wedding You can tie the knot at a registry office, or any wedding venue in the UK that has a civil wedding licence, but wherever you decide to hold your ceremony, you have to ‘give notice’ of your intention to have a civil partnership at your local registry (more…)
Look into your Wedding Gift Lists – Plan my Wedding This may seem a bit premature, but you want to start thinking about a gift list in order to include information with your invitation. Gift lists are also known as wedding lists or wedding registry in the US. There are various options for your lists: • Items at a specific store, such as John Lewis (more…)
Think about Themes and Styles – Plan my Wedding Once you have taken the first steps of creating a wish list, deciding how many people to invite and how much to spend, you can venture out into the world to make your wedding a reality – choose the venue, decide on catering and book the registrar. This stage is very exciting as it all begins to feel very real. (more…)
Choosing the wedding guests can be one of the most contentious parts of the wedding preparations, as the different people involved may have different priorities. Parents and parents-in-law will often want to invite relations of all degrees as the wedding is a rare chance for a full-scale family get-together. Bride and groom are often more interested in inviting friends that are more immediate – colleagues from work, close friends from school and college days, etc. So you will all need great tact and consideration to avoid falling out over this most crucial question.
If you want an intimate wedding, you may be looking at between 10 and 40 guests, or for an extravaganza, anything up to around 500. When compiling your list, think of family, friends, work colleagues and other areas of your life, such as sports teams, knitting circles, book clubs, neighbours, drinking mates, ex-lovers, etc. It can soon tot up. You also need to decide if you want to (more…)
Work out a Timetable and Setting the Date – Plan my Wedding After you’ve recovered from getting down on one knee and popping the question and the champagne corks, you need to start planning a timetable to prepare for the big day. There is a lot more to it than you realise, but if you make a month-by-month or even week-by- week countdown plan, it won’t seem quite so stressful. Use the Countdown table as an aide memoire. (more…)
Hiring a Marquees for the Wedding Reception – Wedding Preparation Hiring a marquee gives you the opportunity to welcome guests to a wedding reception at home if additional space is required.
There are two types of marquee – traditional canvas tent with one or two supporting poles and guy ropes, and the aluminum frame (more…)