Best Wedding Guide Part 2

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Is the time to your wedding day ticking along at a faster pace than you anticipated? Don’t SCREAM darlings. The Best (ever) Wedding Guide is right here… and there’s more. So, chill peeps, Debs is on the case.

Part one got you both started. Now it’s time to get serious and make sure you get the honeymoon and venue you both dreamed of.

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  1. Time to start planning your honeymoon. With all the excitement remember to keep your budget realistic. Here are a few quick and easy tips to remember –
  • Budgeting for your honeymoon is something you should factor in whilst planning your wedding.
  • To avail of your preferred destination, booking at least nine months in advance will help guarantee the best deals possible for your honeymoon dream.

2. Figure in the time of year you are getting married. Some destination holidays during the summer months get hurricanes, or have rainy seasons.  Consider this when booking.  The world is your oyster when it comes to winter honeymoons, however, winter destinations are classed as high season and run from November to April.

3. Choose the members of your wedding party.  Here’s a prized nugget to chew over.  When selecting prospective bridesmaids and groomsmen, make sure they’re the calm and helpful ones.  You don’t need DIVAS.

4. If you want the best suppliers for your wedding day, do the research.

5. Arrange meetups with wedding photographers and videographers. All the great one’s book out fast.

6. Once you’ve found ‘the One’ I recommend you arrange an engagement shoot. The year flies in and, from experience, you will want to have plenty of memories to cherish.

7. Now is a good time to book your ‘beauty team’ for the morning. I advise you do this now to get the best Wedding makeup and hairstylists available.

8. Book a florist. Pinterest has loads of lovely bouquet ideas.pretty flowers in jars on a table, best wedding guide blog

9. Make some musical arrangements. You know what I mean. Go and listen to some gigs featuring your favorite wedding bands. If you like them, book them. Also, think about the music for the church and perhaps organize a DJ for after the band. Start putting together a list of songs you want for your wedding day.

10. Reserve a block of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests. Ask about group rates.

11. If your hotel or venue doesn’t have the capacity to accommodate your family and guests, source B&B’s close to your venue.

12. Send out Save-the-Date cards. Include lodging information, maps, and GPS coordinates.

13. Please tell me you’ve selected and ordered a wedding gown. If not start soon. Doing it now will give you ample time for delivery and alterations. Another stress saving tip!

14. Shopping and planning can make you hungry, so I advise you schedule wedding cake design appointments and most important, the tastings. Great excuse for a sugar fix.girl in a wedding dress surrounded by gowns, best wedding guide blog

Go to part three for more amazing planning tips.

x Debs x

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Best Wedding Guide – part 1

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The Best Wedding Guide starts here! CONGRATULATIONS future brides, now, there’s no need to get stuck on where to start, I’ve got you covered.

If you are newly engaged, the thoughts of planning your dream day can be both terrifying and exciting at the same time. You’re both probably, at this moment in time, trying to figure out, like where in the bejaysus (irishism) do we actually begin? Yikes! Planning is crucial to ensuring you have the greatest day ever, so with you soon to be mister and missus’ in mind, I’ve refined the best wedding guide to enable you to plan and check as your adventure together progresses. Moving on …

Wedding countdown starts here – twelve months to go

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First of all the best Wedding advice ever…

  1. determine your budget and how the expenses will be shared.
  2. Next important decision for you both is to discuss the size, style, location, and scope of the wedding you want.
  3. Thirdly, you will want to choose a target wedding date and time. (The actual date will depend on venue availability.) Get organized.  Once the above three are in place, create a binder to store and organize ideas, worksheets, receipts, brochures, etc.
  4. Now would also be a good time to arrange a visit to your desired venues.  Get on the phone, and reserve the ones you like.Image with Hotel and Restaurant Sign Best Wedding Guide blog
  5. If you are going for a Civil Marriage, do the Research.  Then email or call to arrange a meet up with your proposed Solemnizer.  If it’s a church wedding, contact your Celebrant and organize a Marriage Course. There’s quite a bit o red tape involved in tying the knot so getting all these fecky details out of the way early will give you a bit of breathing space later on.
  6. Begin compiling your guest list to estimate headcount. Consider your budget when thinking about “must-invites” versus “nice-to-invites.” Hash out your desired amount of guests and ensure your family get plenty of notice. You truly want your nearest and dearest there for this once in a lifetime event.
  7. Lastly, and this is a must for the bride.  Start shopping for your dream bridal gown. Or at least start a Pinterest board of your desired wedding gown. It’s also fun!

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Debs has your back wedding peeps!♥ 

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Wedding Morning Timeline how to arrive on time!

How to arrive on time – a Wedding Morning Timeline!

Is your wedding morning fast approaching?  Fretting about being late? To all you fabulous future brides, let me help you get to the ceremony in time!

There are but a few hours beautify,  dress up, get photographed and leave for your ceremony. Therefore, timing is everything! You want to savour each and every single moment of this day. Why? Haven’t you only meticulously planned all year this once in a lifetime event? So, when the moment arrives you want to step gracefully into your dream dress and swan out, stress-free, to your awaiting carriage.

To help your dream morning unfold as you have always desired I have carefully compiled some top tips too – as the song goes ‘Get you To The Church on Time’

The following timeline is based on a 2.00 p.m. Wedding

Need more tips. Tell me what you want, leave a comment below or email me. Only to glad to share xx and happy future wedding day!!




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Infographic: Run up to Wedding Skin Care Routine

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Planning a wedding can be so stressful. Right? And what usually suffers, your skin. Especially for brides in full on planning mode, I’ve designed this super easy to follow infographic: run up to wedding skin care routine. Oh, I’ve left a little link at the end of the email with a pdf attached, so you can print and add it to your wedding binder.

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