Children dressed as bride and groom

Children at weddings

Do children even belong at weddings? As with many of the decisions you make in the lead up to your big day, the choice is a personal one. Some people clearly feel as though weddings are an adult event (and the large quantities of booze consumed would substantiate those claims) but then there are others who consider the big day a family occasion, designed for everyone to be a part of.

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How to deal with more guests on one side

Unless you plan to elope, and are therefore able to avoid the ever-expectant gaze of relatives and close friends, you are unlikely to find the perfect balance in fulfilling the expectations of both guests of the bride and of the groom. In fact, imbalance at the wedding could well be a template for things to come – perhaps the groom is a single child, solitary type with a handful of very close friends whilst the bride is… well, Greek.

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Can you have more than one best man?

If, after reading my article on choosing a best man from a couple of weeks back, you still can’t decide which of your male counterparts would be the best to bestow the honour of best man upon, you may just be thinking ‘is it really so bad to have more than one best man?’

I want to explore some of the pros and cons of choosing two “best men”, which will hopefully inspire you to make the choice that best suits you and your wedding.

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Conversations to Avoid on the Wedding Day

A couple of months ago, our very own Jo provided us with a rather comprehensive guide to things that we should probably avoid saying to the bride or groom in the lead up to their wedding. But just because you’ve avoided saying a few things in the weeks prior to the big day doesn’t mean you can suddenly blurt out your feelings on certain matters straight after the ceremony. Understandably, having just got married, the couple probably aren’t fully prepared to hear your thoughts on how you would have ‘done it differently.’

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Getting married for the first time but your partner isn’t?

The ominous ‘they’ say that your wedding day should be the happiest day of your life. This can often add to the mounting pressure of preparations in the days leading up to that moment when you finally say ‘I do’. It isn’t uncommon for couples to be nervous, but some have more reason than others.

If you’re getting married for the first time but your partner is making their sophomore appearance at the altar, you may feel like you have some cause for concern. The truth is, they are likely feeling very similar pressures for very similar reasons. Here are a few thoughts that might be running through your head and why you shouldn’t be having them, or how you can stop them.

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Dealing with smoking and drinking

Whilst not everyone relishes the idea of a wedding ceremony, more often than not people enjoy the idea of going to a wedding reception because it is just another reason to party. Of course, copious amounts of alcohol and a demographic of smokers is practically synonymous with partying, so a wedding reception naturally runs the risk of drunken behaviour and enough smoke to make people wonder where the fire is at.

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Signs you’re having a modern wedding

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a silver sixpence in her shoe. You’ve probably heard at least part of this old rhyme. That’s because marriage traditions and superstitions from all around the world have staying power. But despite the ongoing cliches the actual practice of such tradition is fading away as time pushes forward. New traditions are forming and old traditions are being gleefully ignored.

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Types of marriage: Some different wedding ideas

When someone mentions the word wedding what do you think of? A big church or manor more regal than the Queen’s pantyhose, a long flowing wedding gown as white as the groom’s face at the altar, or perhaps just the stag do that will end all stag dos. Perhaps that is a tad presumptuous on our part. Not all weddings are big and white and fluffy. Not all weddings are bookended by unsightly quantities of booze (although you may argue that, as a guest, some of the best are). Some weddings have alternative traditions, steeped in equally prevalent historic value. Others have zero historic value, but they’re fun all the same.

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To haggle or not to haggle

In Asia they have a saying. ‘Good for me, good for you.’ This is often announced by street sellers once they’ve reached their final bargaining price. It means you’re getting a good price, and they can still make money from the transaction. But here in Europe you’d probably get some funny looks if you started trying to negotiate the price for an item of clothing at your local Debenhams.

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Protecting your big day – wedding insurance

If you’re anything like most couples I know, you spend the majority of your time leading up to the wedding half in eager anticipation and half in fervent terror (and not just because you’re a gamophobe). Constant concerns race through the Bride-and-Groom-to-be’s minds; will I look okay in my dress; will it rain; will the best man lose the wedding rings; will an unexpected meteor shower rain down an Armageddon of hell fire upon my perfect wedding and scorch the bride maid’s dress. And that’s just the groom.

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Having a wedding abroad

If you’re reading this it’s likely I’m riding an Elephant through the jungle, or relaxing on a South East Asian beach sipping on a Pina Colada (or some significantly more manly drink). You see, two days ago my fiancée, well, she became my wife and I became her husband. And now we’re enjoying the great Thai outdoors on what you can either describe as a continuation of our wedding celebrations, or simply, our honeymoon. That’s right. We got married abroad.

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Prenuptial agreements: self preservation or romantic suicide?

Nothing says ‘I don’t believe in fairy tale endings’ quite as quickly as the words ‘prenuptial agreement’. So when you’ve been enjoying a romantic engagement of candlelit dinners and dates to the theatre, the flutter of butterflies in your stomach and nights of uncontrollable ardency, prenuptial agreements may not seem like the most obvious discussion before the big day.

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Marriage on a micro-budget

When some people hear the word ‘wedding’ they don’t think of a white dress, a blushing bride, silly, sentimental speeches and a tower of diabetes-imbued cake. They think of the bank-busting five-figure number that comes along with it.

But it doesn’t need to be five figures. It doesn’t even need to be four. You can plan a wedding on a micro-budget and it can still be beautiful and unique.

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