THE 11 STAGES OF PLAN­NING

The roller coaster of emo­tions lead­ing to your w-day

You and Your Wedding - - Contents -

1

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?

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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!

10

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…

9

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.

2

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…

8

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…

3

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.

4

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!

5

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?

6

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.

7

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?

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