THE 11 STAGES OF PLANNING
The roller coaster of emotions leading to your w-day
Engagement euphoria It’s happened! Your partner has popped the question, followed all your hints about the ring, and you’ve posed for the perfect HQJDJHPHQW VHOÀH +RZ PDQ\ of those pics can you post on Facebook? Is an engagement album too indulgent?
The Big Day Despite no sleep, you’re on a total high. Your cheeks ache from grinning, but you look radiant. It’s time to party with your favourite people and enjoy it all as the roller coaster comes to an end. And no one even noticed there was no hot chocolate stand!
The final countdown Everything is done. The RSVPS are in, the table plan is complete, you’ve met with the venue to run through the whole day. Now you just have to wait. And you’re bored of waiting. It feels like years…
The hen hangover You’ve had the best weekend of your life, but you’re so hungover your skin hurts WR WRXFK DQG \RX·YH GHÀQLWHO\ ORVW D shoe somewhere. You can’t get over how lucky you are to have such a fab group of friends who love you so much! Oh, and you’re never drinking alcohol again.
Pinterest paradise 1RZ \RX FDQ ÀQDOO\ PDNH that secret Pinterest wedding board public, set your homepage as youandyourwedding.co.uk, and join hitched.co.uk. You’re suddenly gripped by the certainty that you need a hot chocolate stand, live band, custom-made dress and a seven-tier cake hand-painted with your relationship story…
Apprehension Despite your best efforts, no one is letting anything slip about your hen party. Your maid of honour keeps teasing you that you’re all off to Skegness to see “Sexy Steve, the Over-60s’ Stripper”. At least, you think she’s teasing you. The suspense is almost too much to bear…
Fantasy meets reality It costs how much for that seven-tier, hand-painted cake? Is that hot chocolate stand really so expensive? Why does that venue charge so much for corkage? It’s time to sit down DQG ÀJXUH RXW D EXGJHW and a guest list.
Miss Popularity Despite your inner turmoil over money and guests, you can’t believe how nice everyone is. You’ve had so many lovely messages and gifts, and you’re almost tired of relaying your engagement story over and over again. Well, almost!
Drama! The joys of family politics and friendship dramas. Will it be okay if you invite Uncle John after what happened at the last wedding? Also, do you invite work colleagues? You like lots of them, but not Karen. You can’t leave her out… Can you?
The big shop The moment you’ve been waiting for: trying on wedding dresses. Then there are the bridesmaid RXWÀWV WR UHVHDUFK SOXV VKRHV DQG accessories. You never liked tiaras before, but now you’re wondering why you can’t wear one every day.
RSVP rage Why is it so hard to respond to an invitation? And when they do, why can’t people just stick to the info provided, instead of trying to add menu choices that aren’t even an option?