setting the date

Mar 8, 2010

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Hello to all you fabulous brides- and grooms-to be! Hasn’t it been glorious to see some sunshine for a change? The weather has made us think of the ideal time of year to get married – which, by the way, can be any one of the 365 days available.

A lot of brides and grooms have a very clear idea of whether they want a spring, summer, autumn or winter wedding and, needless to say, every season presents its very own advantages and challenges.

This year for example, there have been rumours of couples fighting over the iconic “10/10/10” – a wedding date you’d be pretty sure never to forget.

Whether you have your heart set on a specific date or not, there are a number of factors that can influence the ultimate choice such as availability of your ideal venue, the church, the busy diaries of your families and closest friends and many more.

It can become a matter of priorities and you may need to be open to compromise here and there, but none of the obstacles you may come across should ever be insurmountable.

It will help if you give yourself plenty of time and as a rule of thumb, you should try to allow at least 6 months to plan your wedding. Ideally, you’d aim for longer than that and at bride&glory, we would say anything between 9 and 12 months is a fairly safe bet.

Of course, you could say “the longer, the better” and we have met couples who spent up to 18 months planning and plotting. If used wisely, the extra time can be perfect to add a lot of special touches to your wedding day, such as sourcing (or even hand-making!) unique favours and decorations. And let’s not forget, this could end up saving you quite a bit of money…

If you’re anything like us though, too much time can be a slippery slope too. How often have we allowed plenty of extra-time to get to an appointment, gotten ready, found ourselves with some spare time at our hands, ever efficiently started doing something else and then ended up having to rush after all. Eeeek!

A tip from us: whether you have opted for a shorter or longer engagement, it always helps to sit down at the start of it and make a plan. Allocate long-term tasks to be completed month by month and then break these down into smaller tasks to be ticked off week by week.

It’ll help you keep track of your progress as you go along and minimise the risk of any last minute panic attacks. Most of all though, it will help you get a clear picture of all the elements involved in making your wedding day perfect and to judge whether you can go it alone or whether you may need a little help along the way.

And if you find any of this too daunting for words, contact us any time and we will be happy to stand by with help and advice.

Until next time, be fabulous!

Anna

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