20 Things a Bride Should Know – Part 2

18 Feb 2015

20 Things a Bride Should Know – Part 2

Who understands wedding day highs and lows better than brides and suppliers? Here is part two of the top 20 things a bride should know

11. “DO print a number on your rsvp’s and keep a list. That way, you can identify anyone who accidently leaves off their name – it happens more often than you think.” Rachel Hartland, The Illustrated Invitation, Somerset

12. “DO write welcome notes for your guests and leave them in their rooms to read on arrival.” Sarah Pavett, wedding planner, Bournemouth, Dorset

13. “DON’T try to do everything yourself. You will run out of time, become stressed and won’t enjoy your big day. Use professional suppliers for the big ticket items such as dress, cake, flowers and photography. Relax in the knowledge you’re in safe hands and concentrate on having the best day of your life.” Yevnig Davis, Unique Cakes by Yevnig, Basingstoke

14. “DON’T take too many people dress shopping with you as it can become overwhelming. Take someone who knows you well, either mum, sister or a best friend.” Marie Purseglove, Bridal and Ball, Weymouth, Dorset

15. “DON’T leave your decision on having a veil/headpiece until the last minute. This romantic finishing touch should be considered when buying your dress and tried at the same time. The final look will be made all the better and will ensure no last minute worries.” Karen Robb, Rainaway Bride, Isle of Wight

16. “DO find a dressmaker through an online directory like The Sewing Directory. Arrange to meet them first and take images of your ideas. Ask for a toile (a test garment) to be made, agree your sizes, how many fittings are included, who will supply the fabric and most importantly what your dress will look like at the end. ” Jan Morton, The Style Architect, North Warnborough, Hampshire

17. “DO budget and research before you start spending and try to stick to it. Include some allowance for unforeseen items – we went for 10%. Call in favours from friends and family or just ask them for help – it’s surprising and humbling how generous everyone will be to help towards your big day.” Katey Buckby, bride, Calne, Wiltshire

18. “DO ask your best man to have a spare copy of your order of service for you and your groom to use during the ceremony.” Kirsty Ashton, Hitch and Moon, Fareham, Hampshire

19. “DON’T wear your oldest, comfy, tea-stained towelling dressing gown when getting ready. So many brides do it’s untrue. It spoils some beautiful photographs and also pulls the hair out at the back of your neck when you’re finished. Wear a lovely silky dressing gown instead.” Caroline Swaffield, Amazing Face, Dorset

20. “DON’T be afraid to try on a dress you would have passed by if it is suggested… you never know, it might just be ‘the one’.” Tina Dyer, Cupids Corner Bridal, Gillingham, Dorset


See Part 1 here! 




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