Wed­ding Plan­ner

Bride & Groom - - CONTENTS -

You have de­cided to take the big plunge and are now won­der­ing how to plan the per­fect wed­ding. Man­ag­ing such a ma­jor event can seem a lit­tle daunt­ing, so we’ve put to­gether this plan­ner as a guide to help you or­gan­ise your big day and keep things run­ning smoothly. While some wed­dings are lav­ish events with hun­dreds of guests, oth­ers are sim­ple, in­ti­mate oc­ca­sions shared with close fam­ily and a few friends. If you are plan­ning an in­for­mal wed­ding you do not need to ob­serve many of the for­mal­i­ties, but there are still some points of eti­quette and tra­di­tions that you may find use­ful.

Be­fore you be­gin, you and your part­ner should sit down and dis­cuss what you both ex­pect from your wed­ding day. Com­mu­ni­ca­tion is para­mount when it comes to or­gan­is­ing your wed­ding, and ex­press­ing your ex­pec­ta­tions and wishes from the start will pre­vent mis­un­der­stand­ings and dis­agree­ments later on. Dis­cuss and de­cide on the style of wed­ding you want, bear­ing in mind that what the bride and her at­ten­dants wear will set the mood and in­flu­ence the flow­ers, trans­port, cer­e­mony and re­cep­tion. Another de­ci­sion you need to make early is where you will hold the re­cep­tion and who will take the pho­to­graphs, as most wed­dings take place on the week­end and some­times re­cep­tion venues and pho­tog­ra­phers are booked up to a year or more in ad­vance.

Your wed­ding is prob­a­bly the big­gest event you will ever have to or­gan­ise. But, by tak­ing things one step at a time, you can make this a fun and ex­cit­ing ex­pe­ri­ence cul­mi­nat­ing in one of the best days of your lives. The Wed­ding Count­down on page 160 will help you pri­ori­tise tasks and set a sched­ule lead­ing up to the big day. We hope you find this ver­sion of our plan­ner use­ful in help­ing you achieve a re­lax­ing en­gage­ment and en­joy­able wed­ding day. To down­load the full wed­ding plan­ner and help­ful check­lists, visit www.bride­and­

the en­gage­ment

As soon as you de­cide to marry, con­sider your­selves en­gaged. Your im­me­di­ate fam­i­lies should be the first to know. You may de­cide to wait un­til you have bought the en­gage­ment ring be­fore an­nounc­ing your en­gage­ment of­fi­cially.

en­gage­ment ring

Take into con­sid­er­a­tion your colour­ing, life­style and the shape of your hands when choos­ing your ring. Tall and long-fin­gered peo­ple suit large rings, while smaller peo­ple tend to suit sim­ple shapes. Gold is the tra­di­tional metal for en­gage­ment and wed­ding rings. It varies in colour ac­cord­ing to the other met­als mixed with it – from white, to yel­low, to rose gold. Plat­inum, a nat­u­ral white metal, is very hard wear­ing and is of­ten com­bined with di­a­monds.

A carat is the stan­dard mea­sure of gold and pre­cious stones. It in­di­cates the quan­tity of other metal in­cluded to make gold stronger and more hard-wear­ing. Pure gold is con­sid­ered too soft for con­tin­u­ous ring wear; 24 carats is pure gold; 22 carats is 22 parts gold and two parts other met­als; 18 carats is 18 parts gold and six parts other, and so on. For pre­cious stones, 1 carat is 0.20g and is a mea­sure of weight not qual­ity.

wed­ding rings

Try to choose a wed­ding ring that is sim­i­lar in shape and ma­te­rial to your en­gage­ment ring. Check that the metal is the same, and that they fit snugly and don’t rub against each other. Or­der­ing your wed­ding ring at least eight to 10 weeks be­fore the wed­ding is a good idea, in case it has to be al­tered. Match­ing bride and groom sets are of­ten avail­able. Visit a well-es­tab­lished jeweller who can help you make your de­ci­sion.

At the cer­e­mony, the wed­ding rings are tra­di­tion­ally looked af­ter by the best­man un­til they are needed. Alternatively, the page­boy can carry the rings tied onto a cush­ion.

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