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​So, you’ve just heard those magical words,

Will you marry me?


But what next…

You’re on cloud nine and no one can wipe the huge smile off your face right now. You might have already dug out a wedding folder you’ve been hiding from your partner, which outlines every single detail of your big day. However, don’t despair if you don’t have one of those folders (the vast majority of us don’t unless you’re super organised or you’re a wedding planner) the golden rule I tell all the couples I work with is, remember during the lead up to your wedding day and on the day itself, it’s your day and it should be done your way.

Where do you start?

First things first, have you both decided whether you want a civil ceremony or a religious ceremony? The difference being, a civil ceremony is being married in the eyes of the law and the religious ceremony is being married in the eyes of the faith you follow. Your faith will also determine what ceremony you will have if you’re planning a same sex marriage, some faiths will not allow a religious ceremony, so you will need to book a civil ceremony.

For couples who are having a religious ceremony you will also need to check with the church you’re planning to marry at, whether you need to book a local registrar. If this is the case, make sure you book both at the same time to avoid a change of date or time further down the line, which could be costly especially if you’ve sent out save the dates or your invites.

Once you’ve made your decision on the type of ceremony you wish to go for, you can then choose your venue.

If you’re having a religious ceremony, you’ll need to look at the logistics between the church and the wedding reception venue. How long does it take to drive between the two and what is the maximum capacity for each, so you know how many guests to invite?

If you’re having a civil ceremony and wedding reception all at the same venue, what is the maximum number of people you can invite, after the ceremony where can your guests relax if the room needs to be turned around for your wedding breakfast?

There are plenty of other questions to ask when it comes to choosing your wedding venue which we will cover in next month’s edition but first make sure you visit a variety of venues, so you have enough information to compare different venues and options.

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