The Oban Times - - Feature -

WITH a gor­geous nat­u­ral back­drop and a sur­feit of fairy­tale venues, the West High­lands is a renowned wed­ding des­ti­na­tion for lo­cal cou­ples, as well as those com­ing from around the world. A wed­ding may be the big­gest event a cou­ple will ever or­gan­ise, so noth­ing should be left to chance. The Au­tumn Wed­ding Guide can help the bride and groom plan their per­fect day, and a few tips will help make the process even smoother. With that in mind, here is The Oban Times’ six-point plan to help or­gan­ise the big day with a min­i­mum of stress. 1. De­cide on a date. Speak to the cel­e­brant first, whether a min­is­ter or a mem­ber of the coun­cil of­fice, and get the date inked in be­fore mak­ing any other plans. Then the venue can be booked and in­vi­ta­tions printed. 2. Com­pro­mise is an es­sen­tial part of the wed­ding plan­ning. This may be bride’s day, but the groom can be in­volved as well. He may not be in­ter­ested in choos­ing colours, the cake or the brides­maids’ dresses, and, in fact, he may not even be con­cerned about the de­tails- all he is think­ing about is how happy his blush­ing bride will make him. But by ask­ing him to make some im­por­tant de­ci­sions, such as set­ting a bud­get, choos­ing grooms­men’s out­fits, sourc­ing rings and or­gan­is­ing the hon­ey­moon, he gets to put in his two pence-worth. Our ad­ver­tis­ers can help make de­ci­sions as well, tak­ing some of the strain off the cou­ple. 3. Set a re­al­is­tic bud­get. Wed­dings can be ex­pen­sive, so make a pri­or­ity list and be ready to com­pro­mise. And re­mem­ber, years from now, ev­ery­one will re­mem­ber the love and the fun, not whether they ate the most costly cake or drank the finest cham­pagne. If the cou­ple can find ways to cut some costs, they can af­ford to splurge on the items most im­por­tant to them, whether it is the mu­sic, the food or the venue. 4. Make a plan. By keep­ing a to- do list- even a binder- and plan­ning well ahead, the busy bride can stay or­gan­ised and keep on top of tasks. Keep records and re­ceipts of ev­ery­thing, from dis­cus­sions with the venue man­ager and caterer to fab­ric swatches. 5. Di­vide and con­quer. Think about the skills of peo­ple in the wed­ding party and fam­ily and ask them to be in­volved. Does Aunt Mary have mad cal­lig­ra­phy skills? Have her ad­dress the in­vi­ta­tions. Is the brides­maid a keen baker? Ask if she can make the cake. And for ev­ery­thing else, the friendly and knowl­edge­able Oban Times ad­ver­tis­ers have all the bases cov­ered- it’s what they do. En­joy the day. Af­ter months of stress­ful plan­ning, by the time the wed­ding day ar­rives, the bride and groom can be at the end of their tether. But if they let the pro­fes­sion­als do their jobs and al­low fam­ily and friends to pam­per and as­sist in the de­tails, the stressed out cou­ple can trans­form into the happy cou­ple. Just re­lax, smile and en­joy!

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