As we enter prime engagement season between Christmas and Valentine’s Day, one husband and wife team of Celebrants takes a look at what to consider when planning your wedding. Step one is getting engaged Congratulations, you are engaged! Well done, you’ve already taken the first step towards your wedding day. It is not always an easy journey planning your big day, and it’s possible that you may need to make a few tough decisions along the way, so let’s consider some of your options. Work within your wedding budget To avoid stress, work within an affordable wedding budget. Rather than having a celebrity show-stopping wedding, opt for decisions that reflect your personalities. Your wedding finances may not stretch to include…

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So, you are planning an outdoor wedding. Amazing, nothing like the bright blue sky, warmth on your back and sweet sounds of a light breeze in the air. Well, that’s how you imagine it! Sometimes the reality can be a little different, especially if your big day is in the UK! How many times have you heard, ‘what if it rains?’ Having an outdoor wedding is all about the planning and devising strategies to prepare for less favourable weather.  It can be a fantastic choice, sometimes more affordable too but you must be prepared, so our team of Wedding Celebrants have put together a guide to planning your outdoor celebration! 1. A Garden Wedding PROS: Booking a venue that includes all…

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When it comes to planning the perfect wedding ceremony, there can be a lot to think about. Where should you hold it? What kind of dress will you wear? Who will you invite? And so on and so on. It can be tricky to narrow down all the details, and even harder if it feels like everyone and his mother are trying to have an input on what you decide. So, who SHOULD have an influence on your wedding ceremony? The simple answer of course is yourself and your partner. Your wedding day is about celebrating you as a couple, and your commitment to each other. Your wedding ceremony should be a reflection of your own values and personalities. And…

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Your fiancé has gotten down on one knee and asked you the most important question of your life. You (probably) cried and said yes! You’re so excited to spend the rest of your life with your best friend. Now you get start planning the wedding you’ve always dreamed of! But you have no idea where to begin. Don’t worry, we’re going to break it down so it’s not so overwhelming.    Bride Brides tend to think they need to plan everything and all at once. This is a good way to get a little overwhelmed and risk going into “bridezilla” mode. This doesn’t need to happen! In fact, the bride could have the same number of tasks as the groom.…

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You’ve met that special someone, asked ‘that’ question or said that ‘Yes’, and now it’s time to start the exciting task of planning your perfect wedding! When organising your special day, it’s helpful to have worked out a budget, so you can keep control of your costs. Most people will start with having all the obvious things accounted for – wedding dress, venue, the wedding breakfast and so on. It’s those little things that you may not think of straight away that can end up adding unforeseen expenses to your wedding budget. Here’s a heads up on some of the things that are often unplanned for. Stamps When choosing or making your wedding invitations, it’s easy to overlook the cost…

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Planning a wedding isn’t a piece of cake (wedding cake that is); it takes time and plenty of money. This is why the first step in your planning schedule should be setting a budget. A survey from Bridebook.co.uk has revealed the average cost for a wedding in the UK is  £30,350. We have laid out an average wedding budget breakdown below. We also provided suggestions on where you can cut costs to make sure you stay within your budget. Venue – £5,000 Your ceremony and reception venue(s) is one of the most important parts of your wedding day, and as such will definitely take up a big part of your budget. You will need to find something big enough to…

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Getting married this year? Then here’s some useful advice on how to make your big day go with a bang… Remember, no matter what all those wedding and lifestyle magazines would have you believe; this is NOT a competition. Having the grandest venue, or the most expensive dress in the shop does not grant you the wedding of your dreams.  In fact, budget-friendly, DIY weddings, full of everything heart-felt and home-made, are proving time and time again to be a winning formula. Let go of the ‘wedding blueprint’ and plan a day that is authentically ‘YOU’. Have your eyes open, and your ears ‘on slumber’ Look around you – are you and your partner really all about fine-wines and fancy-pants…

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You just got engaged and you’re ready to start the wedding planning. You and your fiancé have talked budget and how many people you want to invite. Your guest list is off to a good start when you start second guessing whom you should invite. Do you invite that distant aunt twice removed? Do you invite that friend you were really close to in high school but you haven’t spoken to in four years? And your mum just rang, she wants to invite all the people she’s ever talked to. Who do you cut? Should you rethink the size of your wedding? Don’t worry, we’ll help with those questions and offer some tips to help you decide who should be…

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Want a reading with a difference for your wedding ceremony? Whilst some love traditional poems, they don’t suit every couple. And what are we all about here at The Celebrant Directory, you got it – personalising that big day! So where do you start when searching for that fabulous reading that’s going to grab everyone’s attention? Here are a great selection of brilliant wedding readings and some top tips to get your search off to the right start! Think Personality First You’ve been together for a while, you know each other well, so what makes you both tick? Are you going traditional for your big day, or seeking something more alternative? Once you’ve found your wedding niche, you can start…

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For some people, getting your wedding vows down on paper can be a daunting task. How do you put all of your thoughts, feelings, memories and hopes for the future into just a few lines? How do you remember all of that and say it right with all those people watching? It’s that one moment during your wedding day when all eyes are on you, but you will be purely focused on your partner. You will want to get those words right! But don’t worry, we are here to help! Following these steps will help you write the perfect wedding vows. Step 1: Seek inspiration What does ‘everything I do, I do it for you’ and ‘you are beautiful in…

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You’re engaged! Congratulations! It’s a really exciting time in your life. There are so many wonderful things to organise when planning your big day, including the most important part, the ceremony! Our group of expert Celebrants have come together to create a list of your do’s and don’ts when it comes to planning your wedding ceremony. Book the venue As Celebrants, we can officiate wedding ceremonies in any location, you are free to let your imagination run wild! Ceremonies can be performed on the beach, at a festival, in a stately home or even in a tipi. The options are endless which is fantastic as it opens up so much choice!  When you’ve chosen your wedding venue, just let them…

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All too often when we plan our ‘big day’ it’s very easy to get sidetracked with the smaller details; the catering, the style and theme, personalised favours and evening entertainment…. the list goes on!  But are these the most important elements about a wedding? We dont believe so but can totally relate to what you’re going through, its a stressful time! For as long as anyone can remember, we have celebrated our big moments in life with ceremony and ritual. Ah yes! CEREMONY and RITUAL….the most important and defining element of your big day! The precise moment when all of your loved ones witness you express your love and commitment to the person you standing in front of you. A…

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