Wed­ding COUNT DOWN

Emirates Bride - - FEATURE/WEDDING VENUES -

AF­TER THE EN­GAGE­MENT

● Choose a wed­ding date.

● Cal­cu­late your bud­get and draw up a spread­sheet.

● De­cide on the style and theme of the wed­ding you want.

● Speak to your re­li­gious head or reg­istry of­fice to con­firm any nec­es­sary de­tails.

● De­cide on and book the wed­ding and re­cep­tion venues and note the guest ca­pac­ity.

● Make a pre­lim­i­nary guest-list, in­clud­ing your bridesmaids, best man and full wed­ding party.

● Cre­ate and post Save The Date cards to no­tify guests of the en­gage­ment and wed­ding.

● Dis­cuss menu op­tions, look at es­ti­mates for food and drink, then con­firm a caterer.

● Start look­ing for your dress.

● Book your photographer and videog­ra­pher.

● Take out wed­ding in­sur­ance if it is re­quired.

● Start a health/beauty regime.

THREE MONTHS BE­FORE

● Or­gan­ise a sec­ond meet­ing with your re­li­gious head and venue or­gan­iser to con­firm tim­ings and other de­tails.

● Fi­nalise wed­ding cake op­tions and place an or­der.

● Book trans­port to and from the ceremony and re­cep­tion.

● Dis­cuss flower ar­range­ments with a florist, keep­ing in mind what will be in sea­son.

● Book a mu­si­cian, band or DJ for the re­cep­tion.

● De­cide on the honey­moon des­ti­na­tion, book a ho­tel, trans­port and check pass­ports.

● Pick your wed­ding sta­tionery and or­der of ser­vices and place your or­der.

● Choose your wed­ding bands and or­der them.

● De­cide on your wed­ding dress, groom’s suit and the wed­ding party's at­tire for fit­tings.

● Con­firm wed­ding guest list.

TWO MONTHS BE­FORE

● Con­firm all of your prior book­ings.

● Give your caterer the fi­nal head count not­ing any spe­cial di­etary re­quire­ments.

● Buy all of your ac­ces­sories to match your dress in­clud­ing jew­ellery and shoes.

● Speak to a hair and make-up artist and dis­cuss po­ten­tial looks.

● Book an­other dress fit­ting ap­point­ment.

● If you are get­ting mar­ried in a ho­tel make sure you have a room booked for the day and/or night of the wed­ding for get­ting ready.

● De­cide if you are hav­ing cen­tre­pieces, dis­cuss with florist and or­der them.

● No­tify your bank and any other of­fi­cial gov­ern­ment bod­ies that re­quire your change of name sta­tus.

ONE MONTH BE­FORE

Book your hair and make-up artist for a trial and ar­range tim­ings for your wed­ding day. Col­lect your wed­ding bands. Ar­range for a trusted friend or fam­ily mem­ber to bring the cake knife, toast­ing glasses, ring bearer pil­low and flower girl bas­kets. Draw up a seat­ing plan. Fi­nalise the out­fits for the groom, bridesmaids, best man and bridal party.

Fi­nalise any last de­tails such as gifts for the guests and the wed­ding party.

Con­firm run­ning or­der of the ceremony with all rel­e­vant par­ties tak­ing part.

TWO WEEKS BE­FORE

● Speak to your DJ and con­firm a first dance song for the re­cep­tion.

● Have a fi­nal fit­ting of your dress with your veil, jew­ellery and shoes. It helps to prac­tice walk­ing.

● Re­con­firm the honey­moon ar­range­ments and pack for the va­ca­tion.

● Con­firm the num­ber of guests with your caterer and fi­nalise the seat­ing plan.

ONE WEEK BE­FORE

● Ar­range a re­hearsal at the venue.

● Re-con­firm your photographer, florist, hair and make-up artist, trans­port and cater­ing.

● Li­aise with your photographer re­gard­ing spe­cific shots you want.

● En­sure any­one do­ing a speech has it writ­ten and ready to be pre­sented.

● Pre­pare an emer­gency wed­ding kit in­clud­ing dress re­pair ma­te­ri­als, any es­sen­tial make-up, tis­sues and other im­por­tant items.

THE DAY BE­FORE

● Help to dec­o­rate the re­cep­tion venue if nec­es­sary and make sure all fi­nal de­tails are in place.

● Ar­range for the cake to be de­liv­ered to the re­cep­tion.

● Book your wed­ding party in for man­i­cures and last-minute beauty treat­ments.

● Re­lax and have an early night.

ON THE DAY

● Start the day with a good break­fast, as you will be on your feet most of the day.

● En­sure you al­low plenty of time to have your hair and make-up done.

● Get ev­ery­one dressed and ready. The mother of the bride should leave 15 min­utes be­fore the bride and her fa­ther.

● At the ceremony, the speeches run in the or­der of fa­ther-of-the-bride, fol­lowed by the groom, then the best man.

● At the end of the evening, it is tra­di­tion for the bride and groom to leave the re­cep­tion first.

AF­TER THE DAY

● En­joy your honey­moon.

● Send ‘thank you’ cards for your wed­ding gifts.

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