Countdown to big day
CONGRATULATIONS! The celebrations have died down and now the mean task of organising the wedding from start to finish awaits you.
The anticipation and excitement of the big event was part and parcel of the fun.
Summer weddings are very popular and need to be arranged months ahead. Hotels and halls cater for only one, or perhaps two weddings a day. Contact several caterers and hotels in the area and compare the facilities offered by each.
If possible, try to have a meal at the hotels you have selected to get some of idea of their standards. Some hotels accustomed to catering for weddings offer a package deal, which includes wedding cake and stand, toastmaster, flowers and a room in which to change.
Caterers will send you sample menus and a list of drinks they can supply.
Most people have a pretty good idea of how they want their day to pan out. Throughout the planning, be prepared to rethink the details of your wedding throughout the lead-up time.
Plan and organise a list of wedding presents — put them up on the WeddingsIreland.com bulletin board. Choose the wedding rings. Consult the minister/ priest about appropriate music for your wedding and make an appointment to see organist.
Order invitations and envelopes, remembering that you will need only one invitation for each married couple or family.
Order your printed Order of Service sheets/masslet.
If you plan to have keepsakes, crackers on each table order them now
Order any extra stationery for your reception, such as matchbooks, printed napkins and menus etc.