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HOW TO PLAN A WEDDING DAY WITHOUT LOSING FRIENDS OR ALIENATING PEOPLE

The term Bridezilla wasn’t coined because wedding planning is a smooth, stress free process. Your wedding day is all about you, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take the thoughts and feelings of your guests into consideration. While your guests may not voice their opinions, it isn’t easy to please everyone, especially with such a varied range of guests to cater for. With this in mind, we’ve listed the top five things that annoy wedding guests the most and included a few tips on how to avoid them.

The Planning Process


A simple way to incorporate unique scents into your wedding is to buy a bespoke fragrance that you have never worn before and wear it for your special day. When choosing a fragrance, take into account the season and of course the type of scents that you prefer. If you are getting married in the winter months, you may wish to opt for mellow and spicy scents while if you are getting married in the summer, fresh and fruity scents may be more appropriate. Settle on a scent that both you and the groom will adore.


Scenting Your Venue


For a bride, the wedding planning process is all encompassing, but it is wise to remember that other people have other priorities too. The average wedding takes around six months to a year to plan and if the only topic you are willing to cover is the wedding planning process, you may start to notice that your friends get in touch less and less. This doesn’t mean that talk surrounding your wedding day is off limits, it simply means taking the time to ask those closest to you about what is going on in their life too.


The Venue


It is not always possible to choose a venue that is within a ten-mile radius of your wedding guests but you can do a number of things to make the process of attending your wedding simple. Some of the most common complaints from guests include insufficient parking, no local pubs for a pre-ceremony tipple and of course lack of transport from the church to the venue.


The Dress Code


You might love the idea of a themed wedding but for some guests the idea of shelling out money on an outfit they might never wear again is a little testing. Creating a unique outfit to complement your unique theme is also time consuming and may result in resentment. If you have your heart set on a themed wedding, keep to a classic one such as cocktail attire or a garden party.


The Speeches


Nothing kills the atmosphere at your wedding quicker than a long winded speech. Traditionally couples usually allow time for a groom speech, a best man speech and a heartfelt felt toast from the father of the bride but some couples have added to this setup with a maid of honour speech or a speech from a second best man. If you do choose to allow multiple speeches, make sure you set a time limit to prevent your guests from getting restless.

The Gift List


Another common factor that irritates wedding guests is having to jump through hoops to give you a gift. Yes, wedding gift lists have evolved and there is nothing wrong with asking for honeymoon contributions or fancy household items but not all of your guests will feel comfortable forking out £80 on a posh cake knife. Make sure you include gift options to complement all budgets both big and small.

Keep these tips in mind when planning your special day and prevent your pre-wedding bliss becoming the bane of your friends’ and families lives.

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