12 Days of Wedding Planning: Honeymoon Ideas

It’s no secret that brides often have big dreams for their wedding day, but they don’t stop there. Honeymoons are ranking ever higher on couples’ wish lists, with dream destinations becoming deal breakers. We’ve got some honeymoon ideas to get you started.


12 Days of Wedding Planning: Honeymoon Ideas

You’d be forgiven for thinking that paradise islands are your only option. While these idyllic resorts are popular for good reason, the world really is your oyster and we’ve got lots more honeymoon ideas to share with you. And with honeymoons typically setting you back by thousands, you really do need to get your choice right.


The biggest factor when booking your honeymoon will be your budget – where can you afford to go? Will your honeymoon costs be covered by your overall wedding budget, will you save for it separately, or even ask for guests to contribute as their wedding presents to you?

If none of these options will give you the spending power you want, and you aren’t prepared to compromise on this trip of a lifetime, why not wait a little? Weddings are expensive, so take a minimoon somewhere closer to home after the wedding, then give yourselves a year or so to save before splashing out on that show-stopping trip.


While for many holidays you’ll book your flights and hotels yourself, it can be useful to have help for your honeymoon. That’s why lots of our real couples turn to tour operators and travel agents to create their ideal honeymoons for them. If you want to include lots of stops, tours or experiences, this can often make the planning process easier. The guides and agents will have all the inside knowledge and contacts you need to put your travel plans together seamlessly.

If you’re being careful with your budget, shop around and compare packages or book things separately yourself to make sure you get the most competitive prices.

Maldives huts honeymoon ideas Credit: Club Noonu, Maldives


For a cultural city break, take a short-haul trip to Europe. Visit just one chic city or grab your train tickets and go inter-railing. City sights, historical monuments and buzzing nightlife are all up for grabs.

Road trippers and backpackers should head for the United States, Australia or New Zealand. You’ll find plenty of vast and varied landscapes, cities and beaches to explore.

For nature-loving couples, your honeymoon presents the perfect occasion to embark on a sought-after safari, whether that’s across the African plains or through the rainforests of Borneo or South America.

Those paradise islands had to feature somewhere, so if it’s a beach holiday like no other that you’re looking for, book your flight and speedboat transfers to the Maldives, Seychelles or the Pacific Islands. White sand and turquoise waters beckon.

And for foodie couples? The world is your oyster on this one! Choose the cuisine you want to taste and then book your flights. But why limit the feasting to just one place when you could sample many? Map out a series of nearby destinations, then hop from one to the next to create a honeymoon that you really will savour.

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12 Days of Wedding Planning: Reception Décor

If you followed our advice earlier on in the 12 days of wedding planning, you’ll have chosen a venue[1] that will work with your wedding theme and decor ideas. So now the fun can really begin. Unleash your inner interior designer and crafter and let’s make your wedding the most beautiful yet with the perfect reception décor.

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12 Days of Wedding Planning: Dreamy Reception Décor

The best bits of wedding decor are the bits that have a personal touch. When people compliment it your decor, you can smugly tell them you handmade them. No judgement here.

The not-so-blank Canvas

During these 12 days of wedding planning, you will have already chosen your colour scheme, theme[2] and venue.[3] So you needn’t start from scratch with your reception décor. In fact, that’s the last thing you should do.

Your reception details are there to bring together and enhance your chosen theme and complement if not copy the colours you’ve already chosen. To this end, make sure you keep your existing plans, ideas and inspiration in mind.

RELATED: Wedding Reception Decorations You’re Guaranteed To Fall For![4]

Little and Large

Combining a collection of differently sized decorations will add interest to your tables, mantelpiece, card and dessert tables. That’s right, there’s more than you think to decorate. If you want to keep things coordinated and not cluttered, then follow these three ways[5] to make sure your reception tables look stylish.

Try teaming a showpiece flower wall with posies in mercury glass vases or jars and a single bloom tucked into each place setting. Combine stacked wooden apple crates with a log slice cake stand and vintage label place names. Choose over-sized illuminated letters for a standout piece, then add smaller LED signs and sparkling centrepieces to complement them.

READ MORE: Decor Ideas To Suit Your Venue Style[6]

The sky is the Limit

Don’t forget the ceiling area in your venue is often up for grabs too. That could mean bunting, honeycombs, fairy lights and pom poms are all possibilities. We’ve seen all kinds of ideas here at Wedding Ideas over the years. Two of our favourites are DIY floral hanging hoops and suspended mirrors, both designed by real brides[7].

As you turn your gaze upwards, remember the lighting[8] too. Could you string fairy lights from beams to create a twinkling canopy effect? Hang up lanterns filled with flickering candles? Take advantage of existing lighting to create the right mood?

Hire Away

Props, decorations and vases are all readily available to hire for pretty much every wedding theme you can think of – a quick online search will bring you up plenty of options. It’s also worth asking your florist and other suppliers as many have their own items available for hire or as part of your package.

You could even hire a dedicated wedding stylist to bring your vision to life. Not only will they have the best contacts to source your reception décor, they will also look after every last detail for you on the day, too. This means you won’t need to worry about who will get your venue ready[9] on your wedding day (and whether they really get what you’ve envisioned) – you’ve got other, far more exciting things to be doing on your wedding morning!


Want more wedding information and inspiration? Just hit ‘Like’ on our Wedding Ideas Facebook page[11], and ‘Follow’ on our @wimagazine Twitter account[12] to join in the conversation.


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12 Days of Wedding Planning: The Wedding Cake

What is a celebration without cake? And balloons for that matter, but we’ll discuss that another day. This is one of the biggest celebrations of your life so it’s worth splashing out on a great wedding cake.

12-days-planning-cakePhotography Katymelling.com

Planning Your Wedding Cake

Make choosing your wedding cake one of the highlights of your wedding planning. Browse designs you’d like, talk about flavours,[1] then indulge at the all-important cake tasting before you place your order.

If it all sounds a little too tasty to be true, don’t worry. There is more to choosing your wedding cake, but we’re about to give you all the ingredients you need. You’ll be onto a winner in no time.

Tiers of joy

Traditional wedding cakes are often three tiers, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have more. Alternatively, what about a single tier? We’ve got some single tier show-stoppers[2] to whet your appetite.

The tiers should reflect the number of guests you would like to feed, as well as personal preference. This is another of the often overlooked hidden costs attached to a bigger guest list. Expect to pay more not just for your venue hire and wedding breakfast themselves, but also for larger cakes, more table centres and additional bottles of wine too.

If your budget[3] won’t stretch to the number of tiers you’d like, all is not lost. You could use an illusion bottom tier and then have a second tray bake or slab cake on hand to serve in the evening as well. Your cake will have all the visual impact but a much smaller price tag as a result.

Don’t forget that the tiers don’t all have to be cake layers as you know them[4]. One tier on top of a tower of cupcakes or macarons will work just as well. You can also try stacking trendy donuts up to create your wedding cake, or copy this couple and go for a Jaffa Cake sensation[5]! Those looking to splurge on a showstopper should surround their wedding cake with a decadent dessert table.

What’s Your Flavour?

Fruitcake may be traditional, but it’s by no means everyone’s favourite. When you’ve chosen your cake maker, ask for a tasting consultation so that you can try the different flavours on offer. Choose one to use throughout or go for something different on every tier, the choice is entirely yours. We would recommend thinking of your guests at least a little since your wedding cake will almost always be shared.

To ice or not to ice

Unless you’re a keen baker, the wealth of different icing choices available to you may well have been a mystery until now. Naked, semi-naked and buttercream cakes are all increasing in popularity by the day, but there’s still a place for the more traditional fondant and royal icing decorations on cakes. You might even want to combine several. Think fondant sugar flowers atop a buttercream cake or delicate royal icing piping to add detail to a fondant covering. More flavour choices are possible with buttercream, but it is also more likely to melt in the warmer summer temperatures, so be sure to take this into account.

You also have alternative wedding cakes that forgo the standard forms of icing altogether. Croquembouche, the traditional French wedding cake made from a tower of profiteroles, will usually be decorated with ganache or caramel and spun sugar.

Savoury is the new Sweet

Finally, if you don’t have a sweet tooth, don’t panic! Turn to the scrumptious savouries[6] that are cheese and pies for a wedding cake with the wow-factor. What’s more, your tower of pies or cheese can also double up as your evening buffet. Just accompany it with grapes, crackers and chutneys. When you put it like that, it would be rude not to!


Want more wedding information and inspiration? Just hit ‘Like’ on our Wedding Ideas Facebook page[7], and ‘Follow’ on our @wimagazine Twitter account[8] to join in the conversation.


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12 Days of Wedding Planning: Choosing Your Florist and Flowers

Power to the petals! Green-fingered or not, choosing your wedding flowers is no easy feat, so finding the right florist is extremely important. It’s not all about the colour combos here, you need to think about the combination of scents too.

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Choosing Your Florist and Flowers

Your flowers share your journey down the aisle and appear in lots of photographs. So, whether you choose to make them a focal point or not, they do still need to be fabulous.

Find Your Flowers 

Start with the seasons[1]. While you can have flowers flown in from far-flung corners of the world, we recommend working with the blooms that are naturally flowering when you get married. They’ll be fresh, vibrant, and naturally marry with the landscape around you in the photographs. You should also save money because you won’t be paying for any air miles.

Petals may be pretty, but don’t neglect foliage. Some of the best bouquets blend greenery and blooms to charming effect. The green, silver and blue tones foliage can introduce will add depth to your bouquet. Adding succulents and herbs have been popular in recent months.

Your bouquet, in particular, will be seen the most next to your dress. It goes without saying, then, that the style and shape of your flowers need to suit that of your gown. Think hand-tied trailing arrangements for rustic or bohemian brides. More compact posies of roses, peonies or hydrangeas will complement a more structured dress.

It’s often the part you least want to acknowledge in wedding planning, but you do also need to keep your budget[2] in mind. Starting with seasonal flowers sets you on a good path to avoid paying a premium, but there are other options too. If you’re green fingered, then try sourcing some of your flowers wholesale and arranging them yourselves. You don’t have to take them all on, perhaps just choosing to do the reception arrangements yourself and leaving the bouquets to the professionals.

Alternatively, choosing blooms with larger flower heads[3] can also help you spend less. The larger flower size means you’ll need fewer of them to make the same sized posy, so it can help to keep costs down. This approach works particularly well for bridesmaid bouquets, which often have simpler designs.

flower hoop 12 Days of Wedding Planning: Choosing Your Florist and Flowers

Find Your Florist 

Once you’ve had your fill of flower inspiration from Wedding Ideas, Pinterest[4] and Instagram[5] (we all do it!), go forth and find the florist to make those ideas reality. They’ll need to be on budget and available for your wedding date. The real key to success here, though, is to match your florist to the flowers you want.

Ask to see the portfolios of as many different local florists’ flowers as you can. You’re looking for the florist who has experience creating flowers in a similar style to what you want yourself. While good florists can turn their hands to any look, many will have their own styles and preferences, so you’ll likely want to find the florist that fits your wedding theme and bridal style.

And, if after all of this you still aren’t a flower fan or have an allergy, why not go faux[6] a crystal, button or fabric flower bouquet instead! There really is something for every bride when it comes to wedding flowers.


Want more wedding information and inspiration? Just hit ‘Like’ on our Wedding Ideas Facebook page[7], and ‘Follow’ on our @wimagazine Twitter account[8] to join in the conversation.


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12 Days of Wedding Planning: Grooms

We’re getting into the festivities now and we’ve still got so much to offer. If you’re reading this, you’ve certainly done something right. Clearly, your man thinks your marriage material. So today we’ve got some wise advice on wedding planning for the groom.

grooms buttonhole 12 Days of Wedding Planning: Grooms

There’s a lot for the groom, and you, to think about. Whether he’s nailing the wedding planning or letting you take the lead, this is what all well-groomed grooms will have ready on the wedding day.


There are so many different styles of suits out there, it can feel a little daunting to begin with. For some, one particular style or colour[1] will instantly grab their attention, but for others, some guidance might be needed. These 10 suit rules[2] will set you on the right path, whether your man is going for traditional tails and a top hat or a more laid-back lounge suit.


Our real grooms cover all bases when it comes to buying their suits off the peg, hiring them or having them tailor-made. Your budget will dictate this to some extent and there is no right or wrong answer. And remember, choosing to buy the groom’s suit doesn’t stop you from hiring them for the groomsmen. One size does not have to fit all.


Will your man be wearing a wedding ring[3] once you’ve tied the knot? If so, decide whether you want your rings to co-ordinate or not. Choose them in plenty of time to allow for size adjustments. You don’t want to be the couple who are fumbling at the altar with a ring that is stuck. Don’t forget the other accessories too – shoes, a pocket watch, tie and cufflinks will all need to be organised.


Your man has a speech to plan[4]. Each groom will tackle this differently. Some prepare a script a long way in advance, others will write it the night before, and some will keep it spontaneous. One of our real grooms had a great idea, writing the majority of his speech beforehand but then adding a few words at the moment. This meant he could thank everyone he needed to, but when it came to talking about his bride, he could speak straight from the heart with all the emotion of their wedding day. Avoid these 7 speech sins[5] and you’ll be onto a winner.


Not to be left to the last minute, most grooms will choose a best man to join them. This role bears a lot of responsibility – looking after the rings, organising the stag do, giving a humorous speech that is hopefully just the right side of tasteful… Share these best man commandments[6] with him beforehand and you’ll be onto a winner.


Want more wedding information and inspiration? Just hit ‘Like’ on our Wedding Ideas Facebook page[8], and ‘Follow’ on our @wimagazine Twitter account.[9] To join in the conversation, share your stories here[10].


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Real Brides Reveal the Worst Part of Wedding Planning

Wedding planning throws up all kinds of emotions. You’re about to experience the highs and the lows. Each journey has some. So, to make sure you’re ready for this amazing journey, we asked our real brides to share the worst part of wedding planning. We share how to avoid them all, to ensure you can make quick and concise decisions for the big day.


Real Brides Reveal the Worst Part of Wedding Planning

“The worst has been the guest list! It’s so difficult trying to come up with a final list, trying to make sure you don’t go over your numbers.”

Make deciding your guest list simple with our GUEST LIST QUIZ[1]!

“The worst and most stressful was one of the first things…both agreeing on a venue! The best part has been spending time with family and friends while planning.”

“The worst part was the guest list. We’re having a ‘no children rule‘ and it has offended a few people already but it’s what we wanted.”


“Definitely other people making demands and acting like it was their day!”

“Sorting out the bridesmaids has been the most stressful thing for me. Glad it’s sorted now though – the wedding’s only five months away!”

“The table plan is the hardest part. Trying to keep people away from each other is not easy. The best thing was my shoes – I got them before we set the date.”


“People getting funny about who they sit with and people inputting on who should and who shouldn’t be invited.”

“The worst bit has been getting everyone’s outfits together. I’m trying to stick to a budget, so deciding what to buy has been crazy.”

“The stressful part has been family politics, and mediating with my mum when she wanted to change our invites!”


“I’m still waiting for the RSVPs to arrive and to pick a song for my entrance music.”

“The most stressful thing is that I’m doing a lot of the planning by myself. The best bit is the endless play days with my friends. I’ve dreamt of this day since I was little!”

“The worst part was asking a family friend to create my wedding bouquet and the result being nothing like what I had asked for.”


And now for the best bits! This is still your wedding day we’re talking about, after all, and there are going to be some amazing, emotional moments along the way…

“The best part by far was finding my wedding dress – I saw it long ago and hoped I’d get to wear it.”

“The best bits have been finding a venue we love, a dress I feel good in and a florist who got me excited about flowers!”

“The highlight so far has to be finding my beautiful Charlotte Balbier gown the first time I went shopping.”


“The best thing about planning is spending time with my bridesmaids, shopping for the accessories and going for hair and make-up trials.”

“The best has been reading Wedding Ideas and picking out all my little details!”


The earlier you start your wedding planning, the more in control you will feel you have over the whole process. The first things to source are your wedding dress[15], your venue and your registrar or officiant, and your photographer[16]. Remember your venue will most likely have a list of preferred suppliers that they can share with you, who have worked at the venue before.

Begin by downloading our free wedding planning tools[17] – the budget spreadsheet, the photography shot list, the guest list tracker and more. And don’t forget the month-by-month planning guide, too.[18] This will get you off to a flying start, and show you what you should be doing and when.


Want more wedding information and inspiration? Just hit ‘Like’ on our Wedding Ideas Facebook page, and ‘Follow’ on our @wimagazine Twitter account.To join in the conversation, share your stories here.[20][21][22]


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12 Days of Wedding Planning: Your Wedding Stationery

You might not have spent much time thinking about stationery since your school days, but that’s all about to change. Wedding stationery plays a key role in bringing the whole affair together. From the save the dates and invitations, the placecards and thank you notes.


Sorting Your Wedding Stationery

The stationery suite you choose will be the first glimpse of your big day for your guests. Your designs will set the tone for the day to come and get them excited, so even your save the dates[1] should tie into your chosen wedding theme. Whether you DIY it or turn to a fantastic stationery, here is everything you need to know.

Before the big day 

Choose stationery to suit your wedding style. It needs to have substance[2] to ensure that the following are covered in your invitations and RSVPs:

  • Your names
  • The specific names of who is invited
  • Wedding date and time
  • Venue(s) (remember to include both your ceremony and reception venue)
  • RSVP requirements (menu choices, dietary requirements, attending or not)
  • Gift list details (it’ll save guests having to ask any awkward questions)
  • Insert for additional information (where to stay, parking, maps etc)

Typically, couples send out their save the dates as soon as they’ve booked their wedding date to give guests plenty of time to keep it free. Invitations can then follow afterwards once more details have been finalised, usually around two months before the big day. Request RSVPs back in a timely manner to give you the chance to confirm final numbers with your venue and invite others who you previously would not have had space for.

RELATED: Purple Wedding Stationery Ideas[3]

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On the day

Before you start buying your stationery for the day itself, double check what is included in your venue package. Many will include name tags, table numbers[4] and menus as part of your venue fee, so it’s always worth double checking before you pay for your stationery twice.

Otherwise, many stationers will offer bundle deals at better rates to include on the day items too. This is a great option for keeping things hassle free and co-ordinated. You’ll also have more choice available this way, better allowing you to match these stationery pieces to your overall wedding theme. If you fancy some inspiration, whet your appetite with these eight tasty wedding menu designs.[5]

When it comes to table plans[6], we’ve seen it all! Maps labelled up with luggage tags; three-dimensional plant pot and vintage ladder wonders; Polaroid picture lines where couples must ‘find their face to find their place’. Whether you choose to create your own or purchase one ready-made, incorporate it into your décor for pretty as well as practical results.


Want more wedding information and inspiration? Just hit ‘Like’ on our Wedding Ideas Facebook page[7], and ‘Follow’ on our @wimagazine Twitter account[8] to join in the conversation.


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12 Days of Wedding Planning: Your Wedding Theme

Your wedding theme[1] will help to make your wedding day stand out. Everyone wants a memorable wedding, right? One that leaves your guests talking for weeks. Once you’ve chosen the right one for you, offer a little hint in your stationery designs to get your guests excited for the fun that is to come.


Establishing Your Wedding Theme

Picking a wedding theme isn’t as straightforward as you would hope, but it is a great opportunity for you to inject some personality. Once you have the theme sorted, arranging your decor and wedding cake will suddenly become easier.

Start Here 

If you’ve booked your venue already, then this will be a good starting point to decide your theme. It’s a chicken and egg situation though because lots of couples choose the venue that suits their style, which will also influence their chosen theme.

Whatever the order, your theme and venue need to complement each other. If you’re tying the knot in a retro movie theatre, a super modern, minimalist look might miss the mark. This doesn’t mean you can only choose a rustic theme for a barn wedding, but whatever you choose needs to sit well with you’re the backdrop your venue creates. Some contrast will be okay, but it needs to be considered.

Colours Count? 

Our real couples tend to define their theme through their choice of colour as well as style. We recommend starting with a core colour and then choosing two additional shades that will enhance the look. Think dove grey, ivory and gold or burgundy, silver and a greyish blue. Unless you’re going for an all-out rainbow theme, of course, where every colour is a contender!

What’s Your Vibe?

If you’re movie lovers, choose an old Hollywood or cinema style! Love all things country and fun? Go for a summer fete or garden party theme. Prefer to keep things traditional? White weddings can still have plenty of wow-factor (this one[2] shows you how). One of our real couples even indulged their love of biscuits, naming their tables after each of their favourite teatime treats! Let your personalities shine through and you’re bound to create your perfect wedding theme.

black and white themed bride and bridesmaids- 12 Days of Wedding Planning: Your Wedding Theme

Take it Personally

What details will make your wedding feel truly yours? It can be as easy as using bottles of your favourite wine for the table names, adding Polaroid pictures or simply your favourite colour. Real couple Kirsty and Adrian, who feature in issue 168, added antique books to their tabletops, glueing in alternative stories into the chapters to share their memories together so far. We love the idea!

Ideas for you

To help you along, we’ve created a list of themes for you peruse. Just click the links below for décor inspiration to match each theme idea.


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12 Days of Wedding Planning: Your Dream Dress

You’re about to start the search for the one all over again. Yes, you might have thought you’d found it with your husband or wife-to-be, but there’s going to be another one: your dream wedding dress!

sitting bride 12 Days of Wedding Planning: Your Dream Dress Louise & Phil – Evoke Photography, Bristol

Finding Your Dream Dress

We hear pretty much all of our real brides gush over the moment when they found ‘the one’. It comes in many shapes and sizes and it’s not always the straightforward teary moment you’d expect. You might need to add sleeves; adjust the neckline; find the perfect veil to truly feel like a bride. But, when you put on the dress that was meant for you, you’ll know it. Trust us.

It can be a nervous journey to begin though – you’ve likely not well versed in dress designers, colours (lots of brides don’t actually wear white), or bridal boutiques, but that’s okay. We’re going to go through the process step-by-step to make it seamless and super special, just as it should be.

Tick Tock

Most wedding dresses are made to measure, just for you, so they need to be ordered well in advance of your wedding day. You should usually allow 6-8 months for this, so start looking for your dress as soon as you feel ready. Try on as many as possible to make sure you know what you don’t want as much as what you do.

Ship Shape

Gone are the days where wedding dresses mean only ball gowns. Fit and flare, mermaid, A-line, slim-fitting, separates. There are lots of different shapes available, both for the gown itself, the neckline and the train. Spend some time flicking through Wedding Ideas’ dress and fashion features and check out the beautiful collections online[1] to get a feel for what’s out there, then go forth and try on!

Lots of brides tell us that they chose the dress shape they never ever thought they would, so be brave and try things that you don’t think you’ll like. You might be surprised!

Style Matters

The overall style and theme of your wedding tend to reflect you as a couple, so it’s probably second nature that you’ll want a dress to co-ordinate. Floating layers of tulle and chiffon will pair beautifully with your barn or bohemian wedding, while satins will stun at a chic, contemporary celebration. This[2] is a good guide to help you match your dress to the season you’ll say “I do”, too.

Your dress needs to make you feel like you. If it ticks this box, whether it’s a timeless design or something a little quirky, you know you’ll love it. Just make sure you don’t make one of these dress shopping mistakes[3].

Not Only White

Dresses are often available not just in white but in ivory, antique and champagne shades too. Many brides prefer ivory to white as it offers a slightly gentler, warmer colour than bright white. Different colours will come to the forefront as fashion changes. This year we’ve fallen for blush, pale blue and romantic dove grey gowns, and there are even black dresses on the catwalks for 2017.

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Once you’ve got an idea of what dress styles, shapes and designers you like, it’s time to visit some bridal boutiques if you haven’t already. An easy place to start is to visit those local to you. (Don’t forget to ask them these IMPORTANT dress questions![4])

If you’ve fallen for a particular dress already, though, don’t miss out just because they’re not stocked at your local boutique. Most dress designers have a list of stockists on their website, so look up the one closest to you and pay a visit. It’ll be well worth the miles – you could find your dream dress and if not, at least you’ll have banished any what-ifs away.

And remember, you can still have bespoke wedding dresses made, so if the design you’re dreaming of proves hard to find, seek out quality dressmakers and see if they could make it for you.



  1. ^ beautiful collections online (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  2. ^ This (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  3. ^ dress shopping mistakes (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  4. ^ these IMPORTANT dress questions! (www.weddingideasmag.com)

12 Days of Wedding Planning: Find Your Venue

Now your budget is in the bag, you know what you’ve got to spend on your ceremony and reception space. It’s time to get searching and we’re here to help you find your venue.

12 Days of Wedding Planning: Find Your Venue

12 Days of Wedding Planning: Find Your Venue

You can draw up your venue shortlist with these tips, then get visiting to help you make the final decision. Don’t forget to scroll through our venue finder[1] for some options near you.

Home or Away

Some couples instinctively know they want to head for their hometown to get married. Others prefer to tie the knot where they live currently, where they first met, where they love to go on holiday. It’s easy to forget that you have all of these options. Begin by deciding where in the world you actually want to get married. It’ll make short-listing and visiting venues much simpler.

Marrying at home can make things easier because you don’t have to transport lots of things abroad[2], but destination weddings can often save you money[3]. Which will be right for you?


Numbers Count

That’s both in terms of the cost and size of your wedding. You’ve set a budget[4], so make sure your chosen venue comes within it. If it doesn’t, make sure you have an alternative plan in place to cover the cost or cut back elsewhere before you book.

The number of people you invite should also be at the forefront of your mind. Can your venue cope with the number of guests you want to attend? How much will it cost you per head? The more people you invite, the more expensive booking your venue will likely be.

Seasons change

If you have your heart set on an outdoor wedding, then keep the seasons in mind on the hunt to find your venue. Even summer weddings don’t bring guaranteed sunshine, so we would always recommend choosing a venue that can offer you a backup plan. Rain on your wedding day needn’t be a disaster. In fact, you can get some pretty stunning photos. However, having a Plan B is always a good idea.

Seasons will also bring different price tags from many venues. Peak wedding season runs through spring, summer and even early autumn in some cases. Booking these dates will mean paying a premium, so try the shoulder months like October or March to make your money go further.

All in one

This will depend in part on whether you want a religious or civil ceremony. If religious, you’ll need to factor in booking both a church and reception venue. If not, explore what options your venue has for your ceremony and reception. Often different rooms will be better suited to the different elements of your wedding day, so make sure you’re happy with them all before booking.

Also, if you’ve set your heart on a venue that doesn’t have a marriage license, what then? Get the official part done at a registry office either before or afterwards, then celebrate with a blessing before all your family and friends instead.

Think themes

On your search to find your venue, bear in mind your theme might dictate the venue. Any which way, make sure these two dreams align. Your venue and décor should complement each other, not clash. Check with your venue what is allowed. Can you hang things? Can you add different chairs? Can you use real candles? If your décor is a deal breaker you need to know that your venue can accommodate your plans.

It’s also worth taking into account how large the spaces are and how many rooms you’ll need to decorate. This will impact on the cost of buying your decorations and flowers and could easily become an unwelcome forgotten cost.


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  1. ^ our venue finder (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  2. ^ transport lots of things abroad (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  3. ^ save you money (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  4. ^ set a budget (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  5. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  6. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account (twitter.com)