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Guide for brides, wedding information



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For a lot of ladies their wedding day is one of the most
important in their life although this can be for varying reasons. 
For some it is just getting the final commitment from their partner
whilst for others it is the pomp and ceremony of the day itself.

The proposal is just the start of things – but where do
you go from there?

Here are some of the questions you may be asking yourself

Ok, he has
proposed. Now what?! 

Where do I
start getting ideas?

bride and groom in heart, kissing
  • What are your favourite
  • Do you prefer summer or
  • What are your favourite colours?
  • Do you and your hubby-to-be have
    a special song? 
  • Do you share the same choice in
    style- country romantic, modern & urban, hippy chic?
  • You can use any of these things
    to spark inspiration for your big day!


single red rose

As a child I dreamt of the
stereotypical white wedding but am a little concerned as to how
to add colour. 

My mother thinks that having
everything white will look too bland.

  • An all white wedding can be
    extremely stunning. 

  • If you are including young Page
    Boys and/or Bridesmaids, be aware of the obsession small
    children tend to have with dirt; grass and mud and of course
    food when eating! 

  • If holding the wedding in the
    summer, be careful off brilliant whites and hints of blue as
    this can appear cold.

  • Don’t be afraid to add a splash
    of colour. Colour trends will vary according to seasons. A
    majority of colour choices are dictated by the choice in
    flowers available at that time.
  • For spring weddings, fresh
    colours such as pinks and greens are most commonly used. 

  • The summer offers a plethora of
    radiant blossoms, yellow being a popular choice, but really
    with hundreds of different flowers in bloom, you can pretty
    much any colour! 

  • Autumnal weddings are the
    perfect excuse to use the deep red/brown tones, found in the
    leaves on the trees. The burnt orange colour associated to
    pumpkins and fireworks; Halloween and Bonfire Night; add to
    glow of the season. 

  • The ideal winter wedding would
    see snow gently falling, however if you are not so lucky to
    get the weather you desire on the day, use wintery items such
    as fake fur and pretend icicles. A shock of reds looks good to
    warm white winter weddings.

  • To emphasise the white in your
    outfits, use colour sparingly – Bridesmaids dresses and
    waistcoats for the gents, add colour with your earrings and
    bouquet. Colour the venue by using the majority of white –
    with balloons, table linens and other decorations, with a few
    coloured hints – such as napkins and floral displays.


I’ve had the lovely diamond ring, and got very excited, now I can
believe how much there is to do in preparation. 

There is no way we can
afford a Co-ordinator, and I’m trying to keep our mothers out of it
for fear of them taking over….. 

How do I get my fiancé to help me? He
seems to think he has bought the ring and there his duties end!

ring with large rectangular stone
  • Getting your fiancé to help can be easier
    than you think. Assign him tasks that he would have a natural interest in
    – such as organising the transport, music or the photographer. If you
    are slightly uncertain of his choices, draw up a short list and ask him to
    call for quotes, thus taking the laborious tasks from you, but not letting
    him make any decisions! 

  • Ask him directly for his help, let him know you
    need him, and write down all that needs to be done so he knows how much
    you have to do.

  • Unless he is a true “New Man”, some areas will be no-go, such as
    choosing favours, decorations or Bridesmaids dresses, this is when you
    call in your friends, or the mothers, for vital assistance!

  • Do ensure, for both your sakes, that you do set aside time for yourselves.
    Sometimes, even your girlfriends can get overwhelmed by too much wedding!!
    Do something spontaneous, go see a film, have a picnic in the park.
    Don’t loose track of why you are getting married to each other in the
    first place!

  • You should, however, find that once you break
    up the tasks into smaller easily achieved tasks that it won’t seem so
    daunting. Set a timetable to see what really needs doing, and when,
    to see how much of an issue it will be. 

  • Your boss may be prepared to give
    you some additional unpaid leave, rather than see you struggle to fit in
    everything at the weekends. 

  • Asking your Mum to help with small favours
    will please her and involve her, just ensure she knows that it is your
    wedding and not hers. Also approach trusted friends to help you – planning
    your wedding should be an enjoyable time, not a period of suffering!

How do I start choosing my dream dress?

  • This is your chance to receive the full “Trinny and Susannah” treatment.
    Most of us don’t regularly wear full length ivory dresses, so you can’t
    be expected to know what might suit you.

  • Take plenty of advice from the professionals and try on a range of styles.
    Your dress designer, or boutique assistant, will be able to advise you on
    the best type of gown to suit your body shape, your personality and the
    style of the wedding. 

  • Although most brides tend to take along a friend that
    they trust to be totally honest about how a dress looks (particularly from
    that crucial back view), the assistant should, if asked, be prepared to give
    a really honest opinion even if it might cause offence!

  • Look through magazines for inspiration, and take along any drawings or
    photographs to enable you to show the assistant what you are looking for.
    She should be able to find something similar and aid you in your quest for
    your dream dress.

  • Always make an appointment if you are wanting to try on gowns. The boutique
    assistants will want to give you their full attention, to help you in and
    out of dresses and offer advice on the fit, which they are unable to do in a
    busy changing room. Saturdays are usually the busiest days, and you may find
    that you need to make your appointment well in advance.
  • For more advice on every aspect of your big day, from Choosing
    Your Dress to Money Saving Tips, visit www.guidesforbrides.co.uk
    where you can also find an online database of over 35,000 Wedding Suppliers!