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Wedding prep checklist (3/6): Six months to go

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Wedding prep checklist

Somewhere between the words “Will you marry me?” and “I do!” you’ve got to fit a whole lot of extra-curricular activity. And no, that wasn’t a euphemism.

Planning an entire wedding is a bit like temporarily becoming an event organiser, only you have no training, no contacts and you probably don’t have the budget to get Maroon 5 to spontaneously appear for your first dance. On the other hand, you’ve got a passion for the event and a handful of knowledgable writers ready and willing to hold your hand every step of the way.

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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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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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Wedding vendor on the phone

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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Couple in love playing serenade with guitar

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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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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