Six Month Countdown: Get ready for your summer wedding

Six months may not feel like much time to prepare for a wedding, but with our essential guide to getting married, you’ll soon be ticking all the boxes and looking forward to your big day.

Sunmmer Weddings – From looking and feeling your best, to negotiating the perfect venue, safety advice and Covid considerations, our wedding planner has some wonderful suggestions to take the stress out of your special day.

Government guidelines

With government advice changing on almost a daily basis, it’s best to be prepared. Use the government’s postcode checker to find out which tier your venue is in and keep an eye on any changes. Currently weddings/civil partnerships (with up to 15 attendees not including those working) can take place across all three tiers but wedding receptions are not permitted in tier 3. For up-to-date advice visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-small-marriages-and-civil-partnerships/covid-19-guidance-for-small-marriages-and-civil-partnerships

Plan ahead

If you’re panicking about your big day and need a hand to plan but can’t afford to take on a traditional wedding planner, then there are some amazing apps out there. With expert advice, smart digital planning tools, a database of leading UK venues and suppliers and more than 1.2 million unique users per month, Hitched is one of our favourites. Download it today and get planning.

Small is beautiful

Summer Wedding

We’re so over big weddings, 2021 is all about the micro wedding. And with Covid not going anywhere fast, it makes sense to keep it small and intimate. With less than 20 guests, a micro wedding is usually cheaper, more relaxed and slighter shorter than a traditional wedding. You also get to spend more time with each guest. While there will always be ceremony and a reception, the rest is up to you. Think small numbers, BIG detail. For inspiration and a gorgeous Cheshire location visit theholfordestate.co.uk  

Exclusively for you

If you’re looking for a wedding venue at short notice and are worried that hotels may be booked up well in advance of your big day, then why not consider an exclusive-use property. Most exclusive-use venues offer multi-day hire so your special day could become a very memorable wedding weekend with celebrations extending over a few unforgettable days. Plus, you’ll have free rein over the décor and the food and scope to create a personalised theme and a wonderful atmosphere.

Weekday Wedding

With a smaller wedding looking likely, why not consider getting hitched on a weekday. While most big weddings are held at weekends to accommodate large numbers of guests, with a smaller wedding you can be far more flexible. As well as offering a wider choice of venue, a weekday wedding may also be a cheaper option, which is good news if you’re on a budget.

Smile

Summer Wedding

If you’re conscious that your smile isn’t picture perfect, but you’re worried that you’ve left it too late, then help is at hand. You can have the smile you’ve always dreamt of in just 4-6 months using the dentist-approved clear aligner therapy from SmileDirectClub. With eight stores across England and Scotland or a Covid-safe remote service, which is quick and easy-to-use, you’ll be able to relax and smile on your wedding day and enjoy looking at the photographs afterwards.

Beauty sleep

If worries about your wedding day are keeping you awake at night, then it’s definitely time to relax. Every bride needs her beauty sleep. Start by keeping a notepad and pen by your bed so that you can write down anything wedding-related that pops into your head in the small hours. Or for 7-9 hours of quality, stress-free sleep, why not give meditation a whirl. There are lots of apps out there to try, many of which are free. Our favourite is Headspace.

Get that just married glow

Don’t wait until your wedding day to shine, use the next six months to get your skin in perfect condition. If you’re worried about stress-related breakouts but haven’t got the time for regular salon facials, then try ZIIP. A smart device, which connects through an app to offer tailored treatments, ZIPP uses nanocurrents and microcurrents to zap bacteria and promote younger-looking skin.

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