We get some real brides to answer your planning questions because who’s better than someone who’ve been there and done that!


What gifts should I buy for my bridesmaids and bridal party?

“I gave my three girls their navy bridesmaid dresses from Coast, which they wore on the day, and also gift wrapped their jewellery, which I gave them on the morning of the wedding. It’s a really special part of the day where you can all relax together before the madness begins!” – Sophie

brides-q-a-emmaHow can I make sure I’m relaxed in the lead up to the big day?

“In hindsight, I wish I’d taken more time off before the wedding. I actually only had two days before we got married, but wish I’d had much longer. Also be prepared for bridal meltdowns. The Monday before the wedding I spent most of the day in tears for no particular reason – but don’t let it worry you, it’s normal!” – Emma

bride-q-a-helenWhat should I do about my dress if it rains?

“Don’t worry about your dress getting dirty, it can always be dry cleaned afterwards. It rained on our wedding day, but we still went outside for photographs. My dress got completely wet and muddy – but the photos are some of my favourites from the day. You could also buy a cute pair of wellies to protect your shoes.” – Helen

brides-q-a-nicolaThere’s still so much to plan – how will I get everything done?

“Firstly – you shouldn’t have to! A wedding should be about the two of you, so make sure your h2b feels he can be involved, too. Identify a couple of wedding planning jobs that he can be solely responsible for, like the entertainment or food. It will help to take some of the pressure and stress away from you.” – Nicola

brides-q-a-amberHow long should I leave it before I send out my invitations?

Normally, your wedding day invitations should be sent out 8-10 weeks before the big day. I’m a graphic designer and get asked that question a lot! When I got married, we were on a tight budget, but I really wanted letterpress stationery, so we just had the main invitations letterpress printed. I’m so glad as they looked beautiful and got a lot of comments. Now many guests have theirs framed in their houses. I don’t agree with people who say wedding stationery is disposable! – Amber


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  1. I’m a wedding planner and also always get asked when couples should send their invitations out. My advice is always to send them out a minimum of 3 months before the wedding. Unless you’re having a very small wedding 8-10 weeks just doesn’t allow enough time to receive and chase all the replies, contact your ‘B-list’ guests and give final numbers to your venue. If you’re not having save the date cards then invitations should really go out as far in advance as 6 months. This may seem like a long lead time but with all the other planning details you need to think about it really isn’t – the earlier your invitations can go out and you can get final numbers sorted the better!
    And, PS, in answer to “There’s still so much to plan – how will I get everything done?”. Give a local wedding planner a call!


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