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By Calm Weddings

Photos by Jen Hart

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Addiction

Planning your wedding can be one of the most exciting times of your life, but try not to become obsessed. You’re probably living, sleeping and dreaming weddings. Look at ways to relax or try a new hobby; don’t let your wedding take over your life.

Best Man

The best man should be the main support for the groom. It’s usually the best man’s responsibility to organise the stag night/weekend, plus deliver a speech after the meal. It should be the groom’s choice who he would like with him throughout the day.

Caffeine

Something you may feel you need lots of throughout the planning of your wedding. However, be very careful as caffeine can give you a ‘temporary high’ but the low can sometimes not be worth it. Caffeine is a stimulant; do you really need any more help in the ‘non-sleeping’ department? Choose a healthier option. Check out Victoria Brown’s blog post on alternatives to caffeine.

Decorations

Decorations can make your venue look spectacular; decorative flowers, vases, fairy lights, candles or sprinkle the tables with metallic confetti. Make sure you stick with your theme; you could make the venue look like an amazing fairy tale.

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Everyone will be waiting for the bride’s entrance. Hopefully the following won’t make you nervous but … make sure you make a good entrance, smile politely and don’t chat as you walk down the aisle! Remember, any mutters to your father (or whoever is walking you down the aisle) will be noticed by all. Make sure you tell this to your bridesmaids, as eyes will be scanning dresses, hair and make-up so you don’t need mutters between each other overriding the whole effect. Even if it’s mutters to exchange how nervous you feel, remember everyone will be watching!

Fashion

Follow your heart rather than following what’s in fashion. Choosing a dress that is in season or a cake that is very popular could mean you don’t have the things that you would truly want or even match with your plans. Go with what suits your personality rather than following a trend.

Groom

When it comes to organising weddings, people seem to focus so much on the bride they forget about the person she is marrying. Grooms are usually the first to arrive at the wedding; they will greet guests and wait at the front of the aisle for their bride. It’s a nerve-wracking experience for them too. Give each other as much support as possible. Some grooms may want to get more involved in the planning, so allow them.

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Hobbies

Integrate your hobbies into your wedding day; a football theme, a golf day or your own band playing. Whatever your hobby see how you can make it part of your special day as this will make it unique to you; differentiating your wedding from the other weddings your guests have attended this year.

Ice Breaker

How are you seating your guests? With people they already know or are you using your wedding as an opportunity for people to mix? Sometimes, this can be awkward, so why not devise some ice-breakers? Some ideas; a quiz that involves the whole table, or design a murder mystery per table that can be integrated into the mealtime, or devise a game where each person has to tell the rest of the table something about themselves. Be creative; breaking the ice will help your guests relax. Some guests might not know anyone, therefore ice-breakers are a great way of making those guests feel included. 

Jewellery

Make sure any jewellery you wear matches your outfit. Don’t buy your jewellery until you have sorted out your dress (or wedding attire).

Key

Wedding keys are a fab way of celebrating your love: symbolising that you have the key to each other’s heart. These are great as favours, or used within your theme as name places etc.

Listening

Being a good listener is a very good skill to have, not just ‘hearing’ but actually listening. Good listeners will take good advice from others who have planned a wedding. Good listeners increase the success of their marriage, as listening and communicating can be a huge downfall in many marriages!

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Next Day

Try not to fly off on your honeymoon the day after your wedding. Have a barbecue or a house party with family and close friends and reminisce your wedding day. You may find you don’t get to speak to half of them on the actual day itself, so use the next day wisely.

Obsessed

Don’t become obsessed with your wedding as you will turn into a nervous, boring wreck! Plus, think about life after your wedding, what will you talk about when it’s all over?

Passport

Many brides wonder whether they should change their passport name so they are travelling in their married name. It’s easier to travel in your maiden name if you’re honeymooning days or a few weeks after your wedding; proof of marriage is needed and trying to get this beforehand will only add to your other hundred stresses!

Quiet time

Have quiet time with each other that doesn’t relate around wedding talk. You will find as your planning comes together your wedding is the constant topic of conversation. Purposly plan some quiet time in with each other that doesn’t relate to wedding talk.

Registrar

If you decide to have a civil ceremony and it’s not in your local area, you will still have to register your wedding at your local registry office. Some registry offices will pass your details to the appropriate office, but if not they will explain their procedure. Most counties don’t allow you to register until twelve months before your wedding date.

Savings

Many couples don’t have savings these days as mortgages, credit cards and loans take up a lot of money. So don’t worry if you start with nothing, but be very careful with your budget and know where you’re getting the money from. If you can save before your wedding date this would be a great start.

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Remember your smiles on your photographs. There are many different ways to have a teeth whitening treatment. Check out NJAW list of people who can help you have the perfect smile.

Umbrella

It may rain; unfortunately the weather is not usually a guaranteed service. However, with black and white umbrellas (some companies specialise in wedding umbrellas) you could still be outside and you could get some fantastic photographs.

Videographer

Having a video of your wedding can be more exciting than the photos, as you can relive the day over and over again. Instead of still pictures you will see the movements, hear the laughter and sense the ambience of the day. Plus, you can experience it again and again whenever you like.

White

It was once traditional to wear white, today many brides opt for either an ivory or champagne coloured dress. However, don’t be afraid to choose any colour; show off your personality, it’s your day so do as you please.

Yodelling

Hiring a professional yodeller is a great way to entertain your guests. They will have your guests laughing and clapping, this a fun and unique way of getting your guests in the party mood after their meal.

Zebra

Having a different theme for your wedding is definitely a great way to ensure your guests will remember your special day. A zebra theme is not only a fashionable way forward but definitely fun. You could turn your wedding into a safari adventure, or just integrate black and white into the mix.

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WEDDING TIPS A TO Z BY VICTORIA BROWN FROM CALM WEDDINGS

PHOTOS BY JEN HART PHOTOGRAPHY

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A is for Accessories

Your accessories should complete your outfit, so think very carefully about your tiara, shoes, jewellery and any other embellishments you decide to add.

Calm Weddings offers a wide range of accessoriescalm weddings logo

B is for Beauty Regime

If you don’t have a beauty regime, you should really look at this at least 6 months before your wedding. Drink plenty of water and try to get plenty of sleep. Fresh, revitalised skin should be one of your wedding aims. Book an appointment with a beauty therapist/consultant to help establish what you need to do before your big day.

Calm Weddings also works with Temple Spa. Temple Spa allows you to take care of your skin in the comfort of your own home.

C is for Cake

Wedding cakes come in a variety of forms, shapes and sizes. Talk to a professional about what you would really like. Have a cake that represents both of you.

Cakes by Melia will work with you to create a bespoke design that will suit your personal style.cakes by Melia

D is for Dentist

Bride, grooms and their families spend some much time looking for the perfect dress or outfit and accessories, even hairstyles can be discussed for hours. However, what about that perfect smile? The smile that is going to be displayed on your photos for ever.

Identity Individual Dental Care, who were nominated for Best Preventative Practice, offer a wide range of treatments that will have your smile gleaming.Identity Individual Dental Care

E is for Eat

Eating is very important to keep up your energy levels, so even if you’re dieting, make sure you eat healthily and regularly. Plus, don’t forget to eat on the morning of your wedding, no matter how nauseous you may feel, you will feel worse as the day progresses with an empty stomach. Visit Victoria J. Brown’s blog, she has found a healthy diet: an alternative to caffeine, which is perfect for any bride, groom and their families.

F is for Fireworks

An excellent way to end the night but make sure your venue will allow them.

G is for Games

Games are a great way of keeping your guests and children entertained. There are games that can be placed outside such as, giant jenga, giant connect 4 or giant chess. Alternatively look at indoor games such as ping pong, cards or twister; these are bound to get your party into full swing!

H is for Hair

Book your hairdresser well in advance. Think about timings; how long will it take to travel to and from the hairdresser’s? How many people in the bridal party are having their hair styled? Show your hairdresser pictures of your dress as this will help them advise on the best style to suit your overall image for the day.

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I is for Ice Sculptures

Hire a professional company to make some fantastic ice figures and carvings; there are some fantastic sculptures that will have your guests amazed.

J is for Jewellery

Your jewellery is meant to enhance your dress, not outshine it. Have you thought about getting your jewellery designed to suit your dress?

Mobius Jewellery won bespoke Business of the Year for Hartlepool and will work with you to create the most stunning jewellery.mobeus

K is for Kiss

Your first kiss as husband and wife is usually in front of all your guests. It may sound silly but talk about that kiss; one of you doesn’t want to go in for a huge slobbering kiss, whilst the other expects a peck on the cheek. Could be embarrassing! Tell the vicar or registrar if you want them to say ‘you may kiss the …’ to appear in your vows as it doesn’t automatically happen.

L is for Laughter

Laughter can keep you young. Finding someone to laugh with is very important as life can have many stresses. Laughing together will keep you stronge, especially through any ups and downs. And make sure you laugh all the way through your day. If anything goes wrong, try not to worry, this is one day out of your life, so don’t dwell if you can’t change something, just enjoy it as it will soon be over.

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M is for Make-up

Scared you may look like Aunt Sally once you’ve done your own make-up? Hire a professional or at least talk to a make-up specialist about the type of make-up that would suit you.

Kate Pymm is an award winning professional make-up artist and hair stylist based in the North East of England. With over 8 Year’s experience within the Industry she and her team will happily travel to your preferred venue for your bridal preparation.kate pymm

N is for New

Traditionally it is said ‘…something new…’ signifies good luck and success in the bride’s new life. Many brides count their dress as their something new.

O is for Opinions

Many people will have an opinion when it comes to planning a wedding; mostly about how they did it or how they think you should do it. Listen carefully to what everyone says and pick out the bits that are useful to you

P is for Pageboy

Usually page boys are younger members of the family. Choose carefully; if they are too young they might become disinterested. Give them a task, perhaps carrying the rings on a cushion as this will not only keep them entertained, but will make them feel important.

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Q is for Quartet


Live music is very romantic at weddings. Quartets are perfect for weddings as they have a range of different instruments that could really set your wedding apart from other weddings.

R is for Rings

Your rings will be an item of jewellery that will remind you daily of your marriage. They are the one materialistic item that will still be there long after your wedding and honeymoon are finished. Do you want to look at your wedding ring in five years time and wish you had thought more about it? Your rings are something special to both of you, so choose carefully; they need to last a long time.

Mobius Jewellery specialise in creating bespoke wedding rings that last a lifetime.

S is for Stationery

Your invitations and other stationery requirements (name cards, order of services, menus, etc.) can come in all shapes and sizes. Look for something that follows your theme; if you feel creative then design and make your own stationery.

 T is for Toastmaster

Toastmaster is the person who calls for the bride and groom to enter the reception. They let everyone know when the speeches are happening, when the cake is to be cut and when the meal is finished. Usually your venue will provide a member of staff to be your toastmaster; typically the manager or a higher member of staff takes this role. However, it is possible to hire your own toastmaster.

U is for Ushers

Ushers are usually the bride and groom’s family and close friends. Choose wisely as ushers have certain responsibilities such as seating your guests, handing out order of services, helping where necessary etc.

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 V is for Veil

It used to be tradition for the bride to wear a veil over her face, however, usually brides today wear the veil attached to the back of their hair or don’t wear one at all. Make sure you choose a veil that suits your dress and hairstyle.

Calm Weddings have a wide range of veils.

W is for Walk

Anyone who is walking down the aisle should practice, over and over again. Especially if there are several of you walking down the aisle. You need to be in time with each other, as it could cause some of you to walk too fast or too slow. You don’t want your bridal party tripping over each other.

X is for Xylophone 

Xylophone could be an unusual alternative to a violinist, a harpist or a pianist; definitely different!

Y is for Yoga

A fantastic way of not only toning your body but yoga is a proven way of helping stress levels. Why not start? Not only will you be chilled out for your honeymoon, but you could be using your new-found flexibility wisely!

Z is for Zest

Keep your enthusiasm burning when organising your wedding. Having the zest to take it forward will make sure your day is full of fun and excitement, not only for the both of you but for your guests too. This means eating well, keeping fit and getting the average 8 hours sleep needed to function properly.

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