Count­down to big day

Bray People - - Rathmichael Parish Fete -

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.

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