Lots of little girls dream of their wedding day… practising with tea towels fashioned into veils, tutus for gowns and a pair of their mum’s prettiest high heels, seeds are sown a long way in advance! If you’ve been dreaming of your fairy tale wedding for longer than you can remember, here’s how to pull it off…
1. Make a mood board. There are lots of details to consider when planning a fairy tale wedding. Keep track of your lighting (yards of twinkly fairy lights, a sea of flickering candles, or hanging lanterns), your decorations (rose petals scattered down the aisle, an oasis of lush flowers and foliage, chandeliers to add opulence and glamour) and your transport (a classic car, a regal Cinderella carriage or a fireworks display to see you and your beau out with an explosion of colour) by making a mood board. Use Pinterest to keep track of everything you like, and share it with everyone involved so you’re all on the same track.
2. Have a long engagement. Of course, the duration of your engagement is entirely up to you and your fiancé, but a longer engagement will give you more time to plan your big day. Allow plenty of wriggle room so you can shop around and check everything is ticked off your list. The extra benefit of an extended engagement is that you’ll prevent yourself from getting more stressed than you need to be, as you won’t feel pressured or hurried into making bad decisions!
3. Book appointments. To achieve your fairy tale fantasy, book appointments with everyone you need to see: cake makers, caterers, organisers, dress designers, make up artists and so on, but don’t go with the first supplier you see. Be brave enough to haggle and sample lots of offers before making up your mind! Ultimately, however, enjoy planning your wedding… you won’t get to do it again!
4. Become a princess. How long have you been picturing that moment when you and your beloved take to the floor for your first dance? However, it’s not unusual for brides to feel fabulous in a gown they didn’t originally envisage, so keep an open mind about what style of dress you’ll end up twirling around in! The key thing is that you feel like a princess for the day: if that means a taffeta ball gown, a stone castle and releasing doves as your vows are exchanged, go for it!
5. Communicate with your photographer. For many brides to be, the photographer is a large but justifiable expense… after all, you want to preserve these memories forever. Therefore, if you dream of flicking through your wedding album to reveal soft-focus shots of your Jimmy Choos, a gaggle of adorable flower girls admiring your dress and a close up of your wedding band from 77Diamonds, tell your photographer! It’s becoming common to present your photographer with a list of photographs you’d like to have taken, and he or she is likely to be grateful for the clarity.