Yes The Bride And Groom Should Shop Together – Here’s Why

Planning and shopping for your wedding is a bride’s dream. In fact, many brides have thought about their weddings for years before they’re ready to tie the knot. It’s something that takes months of careful consideration. And every moment is amazing! So why would you want to share that with the groom? Isn’t it considered bad luck?

Many people strongly feel that the groom should not see the bride’s dress until the ceremony. Dress shopping is just one part of the preparations required for a wedding, though. More and more grooms want a say in the look and feel of the venue, the choice of colors, and even the menu options. Gone are the days when the guy just turns up. A wedding is to join the two of you together. What better way to get some practice than by making purchase choices as a team?

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Choosing rings together means you can choose a matching set. And if you shop for the rings together, at least you can agree on any engraving you might want. Start online at the best designers with the biggest ranges. You can find Tacori wedding rings here that offer you a range of gold colors as well as lots of design options. No matter how different your style choices might be, shop together and see what you can find that works for each of you.


Both of you should attend the venue appointments. It gives you both a chance to work out what you really want from the reception. Most importantly, it will help you each to clarify your expectations of such a big event. Perhaps the groom was expecting a small, intimate setting with a string quartet. You, on the other hand, might have aspirations for a choreographed group dance like a flash mob. One of you might be keen for an informal buffet while the other wants to sit for five courses.

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Both the bride and groom wear their flowers on the big day. You might be holding your bouquet, but chances are you have a flower in your tiara too. Make sure you’re both happy with the blooms and colors chosen. If you shop together at the florist store, you can make sure you’re on the same page about the centerpieces. Even if guys aren’t that into flowers, chances are they want to have a say in what goes into their buttonhole.

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In some places, a celebrant or registrar is allocated to you. But if you don’t really get the warm and fuzzy feelings about this person, you need to have a chat with your partner about alternatives. Lots of choices need to be made. You should agree and order of events. And you might want a poetry reading or an opportunity to say longer vows. Then, of course, is the music. It’s important you both have your input. After all, you’re both getting married that day!

Shopping together for a wedding might make you feel like you’re letting go of the reins a lot. But it’s important you agree on the details, so you’re both happy with the arrangements. You can still keep the dress a secret to the big day, though!

Just Got Engaged? Five Things To Get Organised With

So you have just got engaged. Congratulations! You must be eager to get the wedding arrangements firmly under way. The biggest issue you might be faced with is where to start and what to get organised first. It can be simply quite overwhelming. There’s a lot to do just to cover the basics of a wedding, but so much more besides. So I thought it would be a great idea to share with you a few things you can be getting on with straight away. Take a look and see what you think. Let me know if you have anything else to add.

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Sort a date

One of the first big decisions you can make is what date you want your wedding day to take place on. Perhaps you had an idea of the time of year or even just the season. But now is the time to firmly make a decision on when it takes place. There is a fair bit to consider. Firstly, you could think about getting married on another day other than a saturday. Sometimes this can bring the cost down. Also don’t just opt for a summer wedding as you think that’s the done thing, often spring or autumn weddings can be cheaper and just a pretty. Winter wedding are also lovely.

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The closer you get to making final decisions and paying for things, the more you will begin to worry about money. The sheer cost of getting married is astonishing when you read about it in the news. But when you need to start paying for it? It’s torturous! It’s a long road ahead, so you need to consider setting up another savings account and start putting a little extra aside.

Make a guest list

I suppose this is where the majority of the weddings costs come from. Everybody wants as many people to come and join in on their special day, but in reality, it’s a tough ask. The average cost per head isn’t just for food, you need to think about cocktail hour and the evening reception as well. it escalates quickly. It’s important to work out your numbers as this will be able to help you determine your budget and also your venue options.

Send out those save the date cards

Now some of the big decisions are made it’s important to let those guest know there is a wedding taking place. Especially if you have booked a day that doesn’t fall on a weekend. You can order personalised save the date cards online very easily, and it helps you keep everyone informed with plenty of notice.

Choose the Bridal party

Of course, there’s an even more difficult choice to be made than who to invite. Those best man/usher/bridesmaids positions are up for grabs, too. This is where you need to take into consideration your budget once more. Often bridesmaid dresses, usher suits and such are needed to be provided by you. Make sure you pick people that you want in those positions and not who you feel obliged to.

I hope this helps you on your way to wedding planning.

Wedding Countdown From 1 Year To 1 Day

From the moment you put that gorgeous diamond on your finger, the countdown to your wedding begins. It can be done quickly, but most couples prefer to take their time to plan the perfect occasion to celebrate their marriage. Most weddings are in two parts. You have the ceremony to complete the legal part of marrying. Then there is a huge celebration afterward. Your reception could be the biggest party of your lives, so you want it to be incredible. It can typically take about a year to plan for a wedding, so here is the countdown of what you need to do:

1 Year To Go

Now could be a good time to announce your engagement. Parents and family are typically told in person. You could also make a more general announcement using social media. Some families still like to make announcements using the local press too. Of course, most people will already be asking which date you’ve chosen for your wedding. That’s the next thing to secure!

11 Months To Go

By now you should have shortlisted two or three venues for your ceremony and reception. Make sure you visit them all. You’ll know in your heart if they are the right place for you. Availability is always limited so chances are your wedding date will be determined by that.  Once you have booked, you’ll be asked for a substantial deposit. Once that is paid, your wedding date will be confirmed!

10 Months To Go

You may already be browsing through the wedding mags. You might have a huge scrapbook of ideas about wedding styles, honeymoons, and vows. The pressure may be on to try and slim down, but there is rarely any real need. You will look stunning in your wedding dress no matter what size you are! Now is a good time to get your wedding planner up to date. There is a lot to achieve. This will help you determine your budget, and where you can make some


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9 Months To Go

It’s time to start booking those essential wedding services. Your celebrant will need to be confirmed. Some request that you complete all the paperwork for your bands or license to marry now. Religious ceremonies may have other things you need to do before they can agree to your ceremony of marriage. It’s best to check the details now while there is still time to make changes.

8 Months To Go

Photographers can get booked up quickly. So can limousine companies. Weekends are notoriously busy, so book these early to avoid disappointment. You can also book your cake and your flowers if you know what color themes you’re looking for. Chances are you have already booked the honeymoon. Make sure your jabs are up to date, and Visas are confirmed. If you are changing your name, check with your local passport office what you need to do.

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7 Months To Go

Now it’s time for the finer details. Wedding stationery can be ordered quickly and easily online. You can usually add some personal touches to give recipients a teaser about your wedding style. Dress shopping is essential for a wedding. Starting this early gives you plenty of time to enjoy browsing. Once you’ve found the perfect dress, it will take several weeks to complete all the alterations. The same goes for your bridesmaid dresses.

6 Months To Go

By now you may both be getting quite nervous. Perhaps it’s time to confirm the menu? As the wedding invitations are RSVPd, you can confirm the numbers for your event. If you’re booking musicians or DJs, now is a good time to secure your favorite choices. You may even put together a playlist. Have you decided on your First Dance song yet?

3 Months To Go

If one or both of you are moving house when you marry, it could be time to start searching for that perfect first home together. Funding this and the wedding could be tough so be sure to speak to your parents before getting into dire financial straits. Have you ordered your wedding rings yet? If you want them engraved, you need to order that as soon as possible.

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6 Weeks To Go

Revisit each of your venues and each of your suppliers. This will confirm the bookings are still going ahead and will allow you just enough time to add any finer details to your plan. Make sure your celebrant has checked in to confirm any rehearsals or other paperwork that may be needed. By now you should be checking off most of the things on your planner list. Put in your notice at your flat if you’ll be moving, and secure your new accommodation.

4 Weeks To Go

Book in your hair and makeup sessions. You’ll also need a final fitting for your wedding dress in the next week or so. Chase up any guests that you haven’t heard from in a while. Has everyone got accommodation sorted out? Who will be decorating your venues on the day? And do the bridesmaids have their dresses organized? Lots to do now and the pressure is on! Put in your notice at work for the honeymoon leave.

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2 Weeks To Go

This is the scariest part of the whole wedding! You may be worried about things going wrong or getting lost. By now you’ve probably done all you can do for your wedding. It’s time to relinquish the reins to your family and friends. They’ll need to arrange to pick up the rings, flowers, and dress. They will also need to make sure the venue is decorated on the day. It’s rare to get access more than a couple of hours before the event, so someone else will have to do it. Are your vows written?

1 Day To Go

On your last day of single life, you may be worried and flustered, but you can also enjoy what’s about to happen. Your hen do may be over, but that shouldn’t stop you taking a spa day and relaxing. After all, tomorrow will be the most incredible day of your life. Congratulations.