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Updated on June 2, 2015

Helpful tips and tricks to make your wedding planning less stressful

I created this site as I got married last year and realised how stressfull prepairing and planning a wedding can be.

I hope the information here provides some assistance and help so you can plan your wedding day without all the stress!.

I have included a wedding checklist, a budget planner and lots of links to help you choose a wedding dress, bridesmaid dresses, Suit for your groom, best man and ushers and invitations, save the date, gifts, favours and decorations as well as telling you a bit about our big day.

Wedding Planning

When I started planning our wedding I realised there were so many different things to remember, and so many different things to arrange that I'd have to write it all down in a list.

I used this list to tick off things i'd done and write notes about good ideas i'd had and to help me remember what I still needed to do!.

  1. Decide on a date for your wedding
  2. Put an announcement in the newspaper
  3. Choose your maid of honor, bridesmaids & best man
  4. Decide on what you can afford & set the budget
  5. Research and buy wedding insurance
  6. Start researching ideas & venues by talking to your friends and family, looking on the internet or going to wedding fairs
  7. Make a guest list for the ceremony and the evening reception
  8. Make sure you don't forget to book time off work
  9. Book the venue for your ceremony & for your reception if different
  10. Visit the registry office & sort out the paperwork required to get married and give your notice
  11. Book the catering for your wedding breakfast and evening buffet and the bar if your venue doesn't offer this
  12. Organise chair covers if your venue doesn't provide this
  13. Book your first night at a hotel and sort out hotels for your guests who are traveling
  14. Come up with ideas of themes and colour schemes & the general feel of your wedding
  15. Buy invitations for the whole day and just the evening and send them out in plenty of time
  16. Sort out table plan for reception
  17. Buy your wedding stationery ie table plan, place cards, order of service, thank you cards
  18. Choose your first dance song and entrance and exit music for you ceremony & evening reception
  19. Choose readings & poems for your service
  20. Prepare speeches for reception
  21. the usual speeches are by
  22. Father of the bride, or both the brides parents
  23. Groom
  24. Best man
  25. Other speeches and readings can be done by
  26. Maid of Honor, bridesmaids, brothers or sisters
  27. Buy or hire your dress and get alterations done if needed
  28. Look here for ideas
  29. Buy or hire your veil, tiara, shoes & jewelry
  30. Hire suits for the groom, best man, ushers & fathers
  31. Buy or hire dresses for the bridesmaids
  32. Choose & buy your wedding rings
  33. Decide on order of service
  34. Order you wedding cake
  35. Reserve your photographer/video company
  36. Buy disposable cameras for guests tables
  37. Hire the wedding cars
  38. Make travel arrangements for you and your guests
  39. Choose a shop to have your wedding gift list and pick the items you would like
  40. Buy bridesmaid's best man and ushers gifts
  41. Buy gifts for both your mothers
  42. Book wedding entertainment, dj, magician, band, musician etc.
  43. Book hair appointments & experiment with styles
  44. Book make-up artist & experiment with styles
  45. Book florist for bride, groom, ushers, bridesmaids, family & the venue/s
  46. Buy favors to put on your guests tables
  47. Organise a hen and stag party
  48. Make sure your bridesmaids, best man & ushers know what they are expected to do on the day
  49. Confirm all arrangements with your venue, catering, entertainment, transport, hotel bookings
  50. Plan the honeymoon and book it
  51. Choose going away clothes
  52. Check both passports are valid and changed to your married name
  53. Organise inoculations if required
  54. Buy travel insurance
  55. Notify banks, doctors, dentists, the inland revenue, and other services about your change of surname
  56. Write thank you cards

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Do-It-Yourself Wedding Tips

Our Wedding Day

We got married on 19th June 2010 in Cambridgeshire, UK

We had quite a big wedding with nearly 100 guests and then honeymooned in the Maldives.

We chose a theme of 'Enchanted' as my nickname is Pixie and i've always wanted a fairytail wedding. I also love the colour purple so used purple and white as the colour theme.

Bespoke Wedding Stationary

If you would like your own bespoke wedding stationary look no further as I can design what ever you require.

I can even build you a website so your friends and family can see the details and plans of your special day.

Simply click on the Pix & Mix link below and send us an email or give us a call.

www.pixandmix.org.uk

We also stock a large range of Wedding Invitations, Stationery and Favors that you can customize and personalize including:

Wedding Invitations, Save the Date Magnets and Postcards, Thank you cards, Envelopes, Place Setting Name Cards, Address Labels, Ring Binders, Stickers, Postage Stamps, Glasses, Necklaces and Favour Bags. Here's just a few of the designs available to buy.

See more Wedding Invitations and gifts here

Come WEDDING DRESS Shopping with Me! + Tips for Brides!

Wedding Budget - Below is a budget planner for you to print and fill in.

ITEM .................................................................................. £

  1. Save the date cards or fridge magnets
  2. Invitations, envelopes & postage
  3. Order of services, table plan & place names
  4. Thank you cards, envelopes & postage
  5. Wedding Insurance
  6. Travel Insurance for your honeymoon
  7. Church or Civil ceremony fees
  8. Reception hall hire
  9. Wedding Breakfast
  10. Buffet food for the evening
  11. Tables, chairs, cutlery & chair covers
  12. Bar
  13. Cake
  14. Cake boxes
  15. Cake knife
  16. Wedding favours
  17. Transport
  18. First night in hotel
  19. Dress
  20. Dress alterations
  21. Vail, Tiara, Jewellary
  22. Shoes
  23. Lingerie
  24. Garter
  25. Other accessories
  26. Hair, Make-up & Beauty treatments
  27. Grooms Suit
  28. Shirt
  29. Shoes
  30. Tie
  31. Cuff links
  32. Accessories
  33. Bridesmaid Dresses
  34. Shoes
  35. Accessories
  36. Best mans suit
  37. Shirt
  38. Shoes
  39. Tie
  40. Cuff links
  41. Flower girls Dress
  42. Shoes
  43. Accessories
  44. Ushers suits
  45. Shirts
  46. Shoes
  47. Tie
  48. Cuff links
  49. Brides Bouquet
  50. Bridesmaids Flowers
  51. Coursages & Buttonholes
  52. Flowers for the venue
  53. Decorations for reception room and tables
  54. Confetti
  55. Photographer
  56. Photograph albums
  57. Disposable cameras for guests tables
  58. Videographer
  59. Musician/DJ
  60. Stag & Hen partys
  61. Honeymoon
  62. Gifts for Matron of honor, bridesmaids,
  63. best man and ushers
  64. Gifts for mothers of the bride and groom
  65. Guest book and pen
  66. Extras

Wedding Registry Tips and Ideas + Our Experience!

Wishing Trees or Guest Books

I wanted something a little different at our wedding instead of the usual guest book so I decided to make a wishing tree, our guests wrote messages on little labels that they hang on the tree.

My tree was made from purple and white twigs that were put in to a huge wicker vase, the twigs were decorated with feathers and covered in fairy lights with small purple and white spotted toadstool decorations to go with the whole 'Enchanted' theme.

Wedding MakeUp

Wedding Books

I also found reading books very helpful in planning my wedding, family and friends had bought me a few as gifts for my engagement and found these extreamly useful especially in the middle of the night when I couldn't sleep.

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      plrang 5 years ago

      @pixiecopley: only if I get drunk and it's not mine wedding :>! J.Christ! :PP

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      Pixie Copley 5 years ago from UK

      @plrang: LOL weddings are great!!

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      Pixie Copley 5 years ago from UK

      @plrang: LOL weddings are great!!

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      plrang 5 years ago

      ewwwwwwww...wedding? nooooooooo ;)

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      Pixie Copley 5 years ago from UK

      @JoyfulReviewer: Thanks for visiting :)

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      JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

      Thanks for compiling such an extensive list of things to do to plan for a wedding.

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      Pixie Copley 6 years ago from UK

      @rewards4life info: Thank you so much for blessing this, I put all these lists together to help with my wedding planning, so glad i can help others with it too :)

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      rewards4life info 6 years ago

      Great advice here, Claire! When the day comes I'll definitely refer to your advice. Thank you for sharing!

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      gravityx9 6 years ago

      WOW Thank YOU for featuring my products. I don't have very much in the Wedding designs (3 or 4) but it is great to see 2 of them here!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Same here about the wedding insurance, that is a great idea, a lot of time and money is invested and you never know what could go wrong.

      Thank you for featuring my invitations and magnets on your lovely lens :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks for the list. Is there really such thing as wedding insurance? Might be another costly thing for couples. :)

      Wedding Favors

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very helpful lists. I hadn't heard of wedding insurance before but that does sound like a good idea. I particularly like your Flower Wishing Tree design.

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      nuestraherencia 6 years ago

      great lens! I LOVE your Wishing Tree design...it is beautiful!

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      b-silly 6 years ago

      Great lens! Keep up the good work. Check out my wedding lens when you get a chance.

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      Pastimedesigns 6 years ago

      Great lens. It will be very, very helpful for anyone planning a wedding. You covered all the bases.

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      Dizzydebbie 6 years ago

      Great lens, thumbs up. I lens rolled to my wedding lens, Bride's Boutique.

      Dizzy Debbie

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      Bluewren08 6 years ago

      A great resource for the Bride to be, with lots of tips and useful information.

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      bebops 6 years ago

      What a thorough, well organized lens. The designs are lovely.

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      UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

      Inspirational designs - great lens!

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      MouseArte2 6 years ago

      Great lens and wonderful designs.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Fabulous lens!

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      seashell2 6 years ago

      Nice work, lots of useful information here! :-)

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      grandmasandy lm 6 years ago

      Good job with this lens, lots of good information

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      Molly-Sky 6 years ago

      Great lens - I think you thought of everything!

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      Cammily 6 years ago

      A beautiful lens with nice and useful tips!