Merry Christmas Everybody!!
We hope you’re all having a wonderful time.
To the girls who have had a dreamy Christmas proposal, Congratulations and, more importantly, Welcome to the wonderful world of Ivory!!
I bet you’re wondering where to start? Well, normally the first thing you need to think about is time scale. Do you want to be a 2014 bride, or have plenty of planning time and wait until 2015? No matter when you decide you want to get married (as you will learn from me) it’s never too early to plan plan plan!
Next up, the venue. Do you dream of a Grand Manor House, with candles and roses? or a rustic barn with sweet pea and hay bales? If you’re anything like me, you will change your mind oh! just a few times. I went from a rustic DIY Barn wedding with pie and mash to 5* Italian luxury on the Amalfi Coast.
Once you have decided on your venue, the next thing should really be The Dress. Most brides nowadays spend hours trawling the internet and flicking through magazines trying to find the perfect dress. There are three pieces of advice I would give brides. Firstly, try on lots of styles, even if you are sure of what you like, you may very well be surprised! Secondly, don’t try on too many dresses, it makes things very complicated, and makes your job so much harder, and eventually they all turn into one big ivory blur. Lastly, take peoples’ opinions on board, but do not let them influence your decision, your dress, your day, your pictures.
Talking of pictures, your Photographer is right up there on the most important list! Pictures of your special day are so important, as they will be your lasting memory. I do think it is important to get on with your photographer and be comfortable around them. On the other hand, my photographer doesn’t speak any English and I have only met him twice. However, his work is fantastic and I know that the pictures we get will be great!
Your venue, your dress and your photographer are probably the most important factors that influence the style and theme of your wedding. After you have chosen these things, the rest of the wedding decisions normally fall quite easily into place, the cake, the flowers etc.
So, whether you are planning for 3 months or two years, enjoy the planning process! The time goes so quickly and it’s something you will never do again. Make the most of occasions linked to the wedding, for instance, take your best girls out for afternoon tea to ask them to be a part of your special day. Make the most of dress shopping by booking in lunch and a glass of bubbles afterward, and spend time with your Groom asking about his ideas for the day (after all, it is his day as well).
(Bride to be)