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We understand some days in your life are extra special. We really do. And we appreciate that few, if any, are more important than your wedding day. You want to know it’s in safe, capable, passionate hands. As many of our hotels are licensed for civil ceremonies, we’re also happy to host your actual wedding as well as your reception. Whatever your choice, when you get hitched, we’ll make sure your special day goes without a hitch. That’s a Hallmark promise.

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Top 10 Tips on How to Organise Your Perfect Wedding

29 February 2016


So the important question has been asked, the ring fits perfectly and now it’s time to start organising your special day. We understand how important it is when planning your wedding to make sure every little detail has been ticked off. To help you along the way we have done our research and come up with our top 10 tips for organising the perfect day.

1. Do Your Research edward and jennifer-131

First things first, research is the key ingredient for the perfect wedding. You can’t expect to know exactly what colour scheme, venue, the perfect dress and so on before doing your homework. Plan your diary accordingly and find out when wedding showcase events are popping up in your local area - they are great events for encouraging inspiration. Pinterest is also a firm favourite for brides-to-be when it comes to gathering ideas - here’s a tip, you can make your wedding board private to ensure your friends and family won’t know what wedding themes you have up your sleeve! Check out our board on Pinterest to get inspired.

andrew-jayne-2722. Do It Together

A wedding is a joint ceremony, therefore the planning should be a joint effort. This is one of the most memorable days of your lives you are planning, so include your partner in the plans and enjoy the highs and lows of planning a wedding together. From the offset sit down and build a picture of both of your wedding ideals to decide on what is important to one another, from there you can decide upon your venue, theme and so on.

3. Plan Meticulously Chris and Kristi-68

Once you have a clear idea in your head of how you want your special day to pan out, it is time to get organised. Weddings take stealth organisation to get every fine detail down to a tee for the perfect day. Every Bride-to-be should own a wedding planner containing dividers and envelopes. Divide each important thing into a section; venue, photographer, invite templates, etc - this will ensure you don’t lose vital pieces of information. You should also look at keeping an electronic planner - a spreadsheet is handy for budgets, guest list, and so on. If you have all this information it is easier to manage your schedule to ensure every little detail is ticked off by the time the big day comes around, making your life a lot easier.

edward and jennifer-1414. Enjoy Each Other

Whilst your wedding is deemed as one of the best days of your life, it is important when planning your wedding to remember the person you are marrying is more important. Make sure you don’t get caught up in all the wedding to-do lists and put aside quality time to spend with your fiancé. Remember a wedding is just one day in the rest of your lives together, so invest some time where you don’t discuss wedding plans and enjoy each others company instead. Also ensure you stop and savour the little things on the day and enjoy the moments together.

5. Don’t Lose Sight colin and rachel-311 (1)

The most important detail to remember when planning your wedding is to remember why you are doing it. Sometimes when planning such a huge event, it can be easy to get carried away with what shade of pink the iced roses should be on the cake - take a step back and think what a wedding day is actually about. You are doing this to celebrate the love you and your partner have for one another. Don’t get tied down with the stresses of making every little detail perfect, instead be excited for the very reason of this day - showing your friends and family that you are committed to your love.

andrew-jayne-272 (1)6. Have Faith

When you feel like the stress from all the planning and the long, daily to-do lists are getting too much - just remember that it will all be worth it on the day. It is called the best day of your life for a reason. When it does finally come around all of your hard work will finally pay off - make sure you savour every moment of it. Let this thought stay in your head to get you through the times when you will feel like giving up.

7. Make it Personalandrew-jayne-61 (1)

Each wedding is individual to the couple who organises it. It is a day to express yourselves and your love for each other, that being said make the small details personal to you as a couple. It is the little details that make the day special after all. If you want something a little out there, then go for it. Don’t let other people influence your wedding decisions.

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8. Discuss Gifts

More and more couples are preparing wedding gift lists to send out to their guests prior to their wedding day. This saves your guests wasting money on a home appliance that will have more use for gathering dust than its actual purpose, and it means you get a present you will actually use. So do your research on which retailers and electronic list providers are more suited to you and reap the benefits when it comes round to the special day. Everyone is a winner with this practical gift planner.

9. Take Your timeedward and jennifer-894 2

If you have time on your hands, don’t rush your planning. If you have a tight deadline and big plans, it is going to be really difficult to stick within your set time-frame. Planning a wedding can become very stressful and worrying if you have to rush. Take away the unnecessary stress and give yourselves time to plan ahead and save for the things that you consider important to have in your wedding dream. Having loads of time to plan also gives you an ease of mind if something were to go wrong - it is always best to have time on your side.

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10. Relax, Breathe and Enjoy

And finally, when the big day finally arrives take a big deep breath, relax and settle the nerves, enjoy your special day together. This is where all the hard work finally pays off and you get to cherish the moment you have been waiting for. Smile, laugh and soak up all the love, joy and bliss.     Win a £4000 wedding here! Hurry as our competition closes 11th March

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