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19 Jul 2017

This month, the experts at Bijou Weddings offer advice for the perfectionist bride-to-be and detail who to turn to in times of need

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Welcome to the July edition of Ask Bijou. This month the team behind Bijou’s collection of exclusive-use, country house wedding venues share their advice on planning your day to perfection. Do you have a question for the Bijou team? Email to see the answer featured in a future edition of Ask Bijou…

July Question:

I intend to plan every detail of my wedding day down to the letter, but, being a perfectionist, I’m scared something unexpected will happen and ruin the day. What tends to happen at wedding venues? Is there anyone ever on hand to help out in those situations?


Bijou’s advice:

Every wedding follows roughly the same pattern; from the ceremony to the meal, the speeches, cutting of the cake, the first dance and, well, you know how it goes. However, when it comes to ensuring that your day runs smoothly and to plan, it’s best to set up a proper schedule with your chosen wedding venue so that no stone is left unturned. At Bijou, we use an online wedding planner, allowing our couples to communicate every detail of their wedding to us; from the time of their ceremony to their choice of menu, which suppliers they have chosen and the name of every guest attending.

Communicate with your wedding planner

The person coordinating your wedding plans at your chosen venue should be asking you to send over various timings and elements of your day, so that they can collate it all in order to throw you the perfect wedding celebration. Don’t ever assume that your venue is going to automatically do something if you haven’t specified what, where and how you’d like it. The more you communicate with your venue, the easier it will be to create a dream day.


Ask questions in advance

Some wedding venues will have restrictions when it comes to a variety of different things such as fireworks, noise created by a band, food and drink, timings of the day and more. If you are worried about anything relating to the outcome of your dream day, make sure you ask about it in advance. It would be a shame to have your heart set on something special, only to be told once you’ve booked, that it isn’t permitted.

Hire a master of ceremonies

A master of ceremonies will assist with the smooth running of a wedding day; from calling guests in to dinner, to announcing the newlywed couple and toasting where appropriate. The cost of hiring a master of ceremonies is relatively small, compared to the satisfaction that you’ll get, knowing that someone else is on hand to help make your day run in a smooth manner. 


Plan ahead

The further ahead you plan your wedding, the more organised you’ll feel in terms of your finances, on-the-day preparation and the little details that will pull your wedding together, such as your dress, the décor, your cake, photographer, flowers and more. Trying to source suppliers at the last minute, find a perfectly fitting dress or a time slot with the registrar could cause huge stress ahead of your special day.

Stay calm

Your chosen wedding venue and suppliers will have plenty of experience when it comes to the operational side of running your wedding. When the big day arrives, all you need to do is relax and trust that everything is falling in to place. We hear time and time again from our newlywed couples that the day goes by so fast, too fast to start worrying about all of the little details. Stay calm and enjoy your day.


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