Depending on how short your lead time is (engagements can be anywhere between 2 to 24 months) to the actual wedding, I would suggest that you come up with a couple of dates and agree the order of preference. Consider the time of year you would like to get married and think about other celebrations you have around that time of year. It can
also be worth considering sporting events around your chosen dates - do you want all of the football fans stepping out to the bar to see the second half of the FA cup during your reception?
If you have no real preference on dates, try and agree on a couple of months that you would be happy with. If you are
this flexible, this may give you some bargaining power with the venue and other suppliers if you are happy to have your wedding mid-week, for example.
As a wedding planner, I have an extensive emergency kit that comes with me when I am hired for on the day wedding coordination.
I wouldn’t expect any bride to make up such an extensive kit for her wedding day but there is a few items I suggest that you put into a bag and have at the venue just in case. Also, make sure the boys know you have this too – just in case they run into a challenge on the day.
Mints and chocolate
Bite and sting cream
Self-adhesive hem tape
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