But how do you turn that dream into reality? Well, planning and preparation are the key…and you should start both from the minute you get engaged.
It may not sound romantic but the first thing you should do is start a wedding planner – a book in which you keep a detailed check list of all your plans, arrangements and bookings.
Once you have decided what sort of wedding you want – formal or informal, intimate or extravagant – immediately book the venue.
Summer months are always popular and churches or register offices can be booked up to a year ahead.
Next, set a realistic budget and decide who is meeting or contributing to the cost. If the bride’s father is paying, make sure he is in agreement with your plans.
Book the reception venue early and get a written quote for the cost.
Compile a guest list and ask both sets of parents to help with the seating plans to avoid family upsets. Then book the honeymoon and make all the transport arrangements and bookings.
Allow plenty of time for the bride to choose her wedding dress and the groom to be measured up for his new outfit. The minimum notice for many gowns can be weeks rather than days.
At the same time, choose dresses for your bridesmaids. If they are of widely varying ages, it might be better to choose a theme rather than a style.
When booking a professional photographer, ask to see samples of pictures and videos of previous weddings.
Get the florist supplying your wedding flowers to work with you to create something to suit your individual style of wedding, rather than choosing from pictures of standard bouquets.
Arrange to have your wedding invitations printed and posted at least two months in advance.
When booking your wedding cars, confirm in writing the exact model of car and colour you require – especially if it is part of your wedding theme.
Ideally, the happy couple should shop for their wedding rings together.
For an extra romantic touch, have both sets of initials and the wedding date engraved inside each ring.
Approach local department stores and obtain details of their wedding gift list services. Choose one or several stores and spend an afternoon choosing gifts with your bridegroom. Remember to buy small gifts for the best man, ushers and bridesmaids.
Finally, having planned and prepared like clockwork, there’s only one thing to do when your Big Day arrives – relax and revel in every moment of your unforgettable dream wedding.