With 6-4 months left on your wedding checklist, all the big things should now have been taken care of. Now it’s time to focus on the finer details.

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Favours

Wedding favours are given to guests as a thank you for attending the wedding. Traditionally, five sugared almonds would be given in a small organza bag representing fertility, longevity, health, wealth and happiness. Many brides still choose this option today but there are literally hundreds of alternatives to suit every budget and theme! And you can be really fun with it.

Looking at our real weddings, miniature bottles of alcohol, seeds, plants and personalised baked goodies are the most popular gifts at the moment. They can even be made by you depending on the time you have, but making your own favours shouldn’t be a last-minute decision. If you’re going to DIY any part of your wedding, you need to plan it well in advance to give you time to practice and perfect your design.

If DIY isn’t your thing, don’t worry – you can still give your guests unique wedding favours. Carefully chosen and personalised shop-bought items can be just as effective. Making them personalised with your guests’ names on them means that they can even double-up as place cards!

Our top three tips for favours would be…

  1. Think about time – if you want to create something bespoke, set aside time to get it right.
  2.  Use your wedding cake – If budget is tight, buy some little boxes to match your colour scheme and ask your caterer to divide the cake into these so guests have a take-home treat.
  3. Hand them around yourself – that way, they are less likely to be left at the end of the night and it also gives you the chance to thank each guest individually. This would be a nice thing for you and your new husband to do while the guests are eating dessert.

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Gift list

Your guests will want to buy you a present to celebrate your special day, but what do you want? For many modern couples, the answer will be cash, but how do you say that? The short answer is: you don’t. The best method of letting your guests know your gift preferences is via word by mouth.

Alternatively, if there’s something you really, really want, you can ask guests to contribute to it – a dream honeymoon, for example. Honeymoon contributions are a brilliant idea for the couple who has everything. Sites like Buy our honeymoon enable guests to buy certain experiences for the couple while they’re away, from a private candlelit dinner on the beach to swimming with dolphins.

Asking guests to donate money to a chosen charity is also a nice idea, especially if you have a personal link with a particular cause.

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Shoes

They may not be on show as much as your other accessories, but your bridal shoes are a key part of your wedding day look. These aren’t just any old shoes – they have to be multi-tasking.

They need to be the right height so that you feel confident walking down the aisle. So if you aren’t used to wearing super high heels, don’t start now. If you want height minus that wobbly feeling, go for wedged or thicker heels.

You also need to decide whether you’re going to complement or contrast. Complementary shoes will be a similar colour to your gown and most likely made of satin. They will also feature similar details to those in your dress, like lace, pearls or diamante. Contrasting shoes on the other hand make for fabulously fun photos, and add the element of surprise! Bold coloured shoes are the perfect statement accessories.

Finally, you need to think about your venue and the time of year. Summer brides may be better with strappy sandals so their feet don’t swell up in restrictive courts. Winter brides may look for more security – shoes with straps perhaps? Or even a pair of back-up shoes – ivory Wellington Boots, for example, are pretty and practical to wear during outdoor photos. Are you getting married abroad? Then sparkly flip flops should be top of your list! Struggling across sand in high heels is never a good look.

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Choose wedding rings

Six months before the big day, you should also be thinking about your wedding rings. The most important things to consider are budget, durablility, colour and sentiment.

These rings are for the rest of your life, therefore it’s totally worth allocating a good slice of your budget towards them. Platinum is one of the most popular choices for wedding rings because of its hardness, rarity and beautiful appearance. For those who want the characteristics of platinum without the price tag, Palladium is a great choice.

Grooms now have more choice than ever before when it comes to wedding rings. If your man is looking for something a little bit different, why not choose the lightweight Titanium or striking black Zirconium? You can even have wood laid into precious metals nowadays.

Whichever type of ring you choose, consider having a special message of your wedding date inscribed inside, to make them even more personal to you. For more tips on finding the perfect one for you, click here!

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Honeymoon clothes and vaccinations

The honeymoon may seem like a long way off but you need to start thinking about honeymoon destinations, and potentially, vaccinations. Ask your doctor if your chosen country requires you to have any injections and if so, get these arranged as soon as possible. You don’t want a nasty reaction close to the wedding.

Also think about what clothes you’re going to need to pack – we’ve got a great feature that can help!

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We hope your planning is going well, and you can wait and see the next part to our wedding checklist next week!