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If you’re someone who likes to take an ethical and eco-conscious approach to life, you probably don’t want things to be any different when it comes to your wedding. Your big day can be just as ethical as anything in the rest of your life and still be magical too. You’re not the only couple who want an ethical wedding, so you’re sure to find lots of options for vendors, materials, and much more. To successfully plan an ethical wedding, you need to be ready to do some research and ask lots of questions. Keep the following points in mind to get started.

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Start with the Rings

The rings you choose are a symbol of your love. They’re one of the material things that will last beyond your wedding day, intended to be worn for your whole marriage. Whether you have an engagement ring or you go straight for the wedding bands, you should think about how and where they’re made. An ethical jewelry maker like Brilliant Earth can make sure you get rings that use ethical stones and metals. Some ethical stones are carefully sourced, some are second-hand, and others are made in labs. When you choose rings, remember to think about durability too.

Keep Things Small

One of the best ways to keep the impact of your wedding at a low is to have a small affair. While a big wedding might appeal to some, not everyone wants hundreds of guests. If you keep things small, you could find that it’s a lot less stressful to get everything sorted out. Of course, you might have some trouble narrowing down the guest list if you’re not sure who to invite. You might also have to be careful of people getting offended because they didn’t receive an invitation. But if you have a small wedding, you can reduce waste, energy use, and various other things to reduce the impact of the day.

Personally, this route is not for me. But I’m off-setting that by shopping small. A lot of things for my wedding are coming from Etsy shops, and my flowers are coming from a family-owned local business. This leads me to the next point…

Vet Your Vendors Carefully

Choosing your wedding vendors is something you’ll have to be careful about if you want an ethical wedding. One of the easiest ways to approach it is to look for vendors who advertise themselves as ethical. If they’re willing to say outright that their practices are ethical, they should be able to explain how. Hopefully, they go out of their way to conduct their business in an ethical way and ensure they can fulfill their promises.

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Choose Ethical Clothes, Materials and Supplies

When you’re finding supplies for your wedding, especially if you’ve chosen a more DIY route, you can be careful to select ethical materials too. Don’t forget to consider your outfits as well, especially your wedding dress. If you don’t want to rent a dress, you could consider wearing an upcycled dress or a secondhand one, or simply buying one you can wear again. Even your invites and other paper materials can be made from recycled paper and card.

An ethical wedding doesn’t need to be hard to do. If you know what you want, you can usually find it.

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Your wedding day will be the most romantic wedding day of your life, and nothing whatsoever can get in the way of that. Getting together with the person you’ve chosen to spend the rest of your life with to declare your love in front of your friends and family is a wonderful experience that you’ll remember forever. It’s so pure of concept that it’s virtually impossible to get wrong. However, the average modern wedding is so logistically fraught it’s almost a military operation. With caterers, jewelers, florists, photographers and venue staff involved (to name but a few) and an average price tag of over £30,000 (or about $32,000) many couples court danger with the logistical complexity of their wedding planning.

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That’s why we’ve compiled a list of helpful hints which will ensure that poor planning doesn’t send your wedding plans in a tailspin. Avoid these common planning pitfalls and you’ll ensure that confetti is the only thing that goes up in the air on the big day.

Failing to make a budget (and stick to it)

One of the most fundamentally important elements of wedding planning is nailing down your budget. You may want a wedding to rival Beyonce and Jay Z that your guests will be talking about for years to come, but it’s important to be realistic in terms of what you can accomplish and how much you can afford to spend. You should establish a budget for the wedding and divide it into subsections for the dress, catering, entertainment etc. If you can, put your wedding savings in a high-interest account to get the most out of your money throughout the planning phase.

Blowing half your budget on the dress

Of course your wedding dress is vitally important, but it needn’t come at the expense of the rest of the wedding. Keep your mind open to different styles and designers and let the dress pick you. I originally thought I wanted a Haley Paige or a dress custom made by designer Kelly (she does do custom wedding dresses) but I ended up finding a relatively inexpensive dress that I can now customize! Etsy also has some beautiful wedding dresses.

Not insuring the wedding

It’s a harsh truth, but there’s a lot that can go wrong with a wedding. Your band’s lead singer could get a throat infection, someone could drop the cake, your bridesmaids’ dresses could get incinerated in a warehouse fire. While none of these options is particularly likely, you owe it to yourself to check out www.wedinsure.co.uk to check out the policies and choose one that’s right for you. Whoever you choose for wedding insurance, with so many logistical ‘moving parts’ to a wedding, you court chaos by not protecting yourself.

Jumping the gun on ‘save the date’ cards

In their enthusiasm to get the ball rolling and share the joy of their engagement, many couples send out ‘save the date’ cards to virtually everyone they know. Then, when the budgetary implications are all worked out and the final guest list is established, there may be a pretty huge discrepancy between the guest list and those who’ve received ‘save the date’ cards. This could lead to some embarrassing confrontations. Make sure that you hang fire on those cards until the guest list has been established and finalized in accordance with your budget.

By avoiding these common pitfalls you’ll avert risks to your perfect big day and take a lot of the stress and anxiety out of your wedding planning.

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Your wedding is one of the biggest, most memorable days of your life. And while that is obviously exciting, it means there’s an enormous amount of stress and pressure to get it right. Even the calmest and laid back woman can turn into bridezilla with a wedding on the horizon, and so it’s important to do what you can to keep stress to a minimum. Here are a few ways you can do exactly that!

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Start Early

Once you’re engaged, chances are you will be keen to get the wedding set up. However, trying to get everything done within a short space of time will make it all much more difficult. If you want to enjoy the process and get things done with as little stress as possible, give yourself more time. Book the wedding for a year away instead of six months, or eighteen months away instead of a year. In the grand scheme of things, those six months won’t make a difference when you’ve been happily married for years. But in the here and now, you have more chance to save, plan and get the details right. Your first step would be to set the date, that way you know exactly how much time you’re working with. And then start making arrangements right away, even if it’s just research to begin with. You will want to view portfolios and read reviews from your vendors. You will want to start researching different styles of wedding dresses, or maybe start a health and fitness regime, so you feel your very best on the big day. Starting early gives you more opportunities to decide exactly what you want, to get things booked up and change your mind on different ideas if necessary.

Go All Inclusive

You already have a million things to do when it comes to planning your wedding. Buying rings, the dress, practicing your first dance, working out seating arrangements and everything else. So instead of giving yourself more things to do, why not look into all-inclusive wedding packages? That way your venue, the food, DJ and music, cake, centerpieces and all of the personnel are taken care off. It can be a huge weight off your mind, and you know that everything will be beautifully executed with no additional hassle to you. On the day of your wedding, you can focus on getting yourself ready and enjoying the experience without worrying about arranging additional things.

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Go Online

Wedding stationery is expensive. Writing out and posting hundreds of invitations (along with all of the other pieces of stationery you need to send for a wedding) can be a big use of time and money. In this modern day in age, everything is done online so why not take advantage of this? If you set up a wedding website you can provide guests with everything they need, without having to send out multiple pieces of paper. You could include your wedding venue details and the time of each event. A map and directions to get there, your gift list, table plans and anything else you’d like to include. There are free wedding website templates you can use online which make the process so much quicker and easier for you.

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Your wedding day is one the most memorable, exciting and expensive days of your life. You only plan on doing it once, so you need to get it right. You want to be able to look back on your wedding photos and smile, not be reminded of how your makeup artist didn’t show up or how your hair was ruined by your hairdresser.

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Book with someone familiar

This goes for your hair, makeup, and nails. If you’re happy with the way they do it normally, then why should you go to someone different for your wedding?

Make sure you visit them in plenty of time so you can practice your hair and makeup. There will be a few styles that you can try out, and then you can pick your favorite. Also, this will give your stylist plenty of time to book themselves out for your wedding day.

When it comes to your hair, think about whether you’re going to keep your regular length, or go for something much different. Plan out the color you’re going to go with, and the style you’d like to have it. Remember, your hair will be like this all day so you must make sure you’re comfortable.

It’s no secret that everyone has an insecurity about themselves. You want to be able to love looking back on your big day, and not cringe at every photo you appear in because you don’t like the way you look. Why not do some photo preparation to make sure you’re looking the best you’ve ever looked? If you’re unhappy with your skin, change your diet and cut out junk food, you will notice the difference! The same goes with your weight. If you’re insecure about your weight you could try and lose a few pounds before your big day. You will feel fabulous!

Dresses, suits, and color schemes

You’ve probably got an idea on what kind of dress you would like, and also a color scheme in mind too. Try to match your attire to the scheme of your wedding. This is something you could also think about with your hair and makeup too. If you’ve got purple as your main color, think about going for a purple eye shadow with your makeup and purple nails. It will all tie in beautifully.

If you’ve got no idea on what kind of dress you would like, then have a look around online before you go out dress shopping. There are thousands of websites that can give you inspiration. If you’ve got an eye for drawing, why not sketch out what you’d love to have. You can then take all of this with you and speak to the shop owner to see if they have anything similar. They may even recommend certain dresses depending on your body shape.

When it comes to picking out suits, you need to think about what kind of suit you like. There’s quite a few styles to choose from. Also, do you plan on buying the suit or renting? The same goes for dresses. If you’re buying, would it be something that could be used again? You may want to think about matching ties and cravats, not just for the groom but for the groomsmen too.

Also, make sure you go for regular fittings, wedding planning tends to make you lose a few pounds!

Do your research

When it comes to booking your photographer, make sure you do a little background research on their service (and of course, photos). Don’t just look at their portfolio and make your decision based on that. I was lucky enough to find Darrell McDavid through a local bride I trust.

First and foremost, look at their website. Does it look professional? Red bank photography are a prime example of what professionalism looks like. All of their information is laid out clearly, and they have stunning photos to show off on every page.

Another bit of research you should do, is how they treat their clients. Read reviews on their service and meet with the photographer. You’ll soon know if that’s the person you want to document your wedding day for you.

Visit your venue and check out the scenery. Decide where you would like your photos to be taken. Wedding venues are very pretty in general, but if you’re not keen on the surroundings, inform your photographer that you’d like to go elsewhere for your photos.

There’s a lot to think about, even just for your wedding photos! Being organized is the key.

One final thing, enjoy your special day. You’ve no doubt spent months planning and stressing out, so you deserve to enjoy one of the best days of your life.

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Your wedding day will be the most amazing day of your life. The months or years of planning leading up to that date will be the most stressful time of your life. It’s not that you don’t want to plan your wedding; it’s that you want to plan it to the finest of details but it’s nearly impossible to get everything to look and feel exactly the way in which you envision things in your head. Of course, that doesn’t mean you should give up (not that you were going to give up anyway). The point is that you won’t need to compromise as much as you think if you just plan ahead. Here’s the ultimate wedding guide for the pragmatic bride.

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The guest list.

This needs to be at the top of your ‘To Do’ list. Whether you have a couple of months or a couple of years to go before the big day, it’s vital that you invite the guests to the big day. Leaving the invites until the last minute could spell out total disaster because it’s almost certain that a noticeable portion of the guests will have prior plans on the date you mention. You want the table plan to be sorted early on, so it’s important that you know who is attending. Avoid disappointment and invite guests as early as possible to make sure people have a mark against your date on their calendars; you don’t want anybody to book a holiday or fail to book off work on your big day, especially if they’re close family or other important people in your life.

The dresses.

Obviously, your dress is the most important element of this big day, as you’re the bride. You’ll want to ensure this is all sorted well in advance because it can be quite a time-consuming process; if you leave dress-shopping until the last minute then you might find yourself settling for a style about which you aren’t completely happy. On top of this, the theme of your wedding is probably on your mind, and you want to be sure that your bridesmaids also have dresses which look amazing. Everything has to look perfect in the photographs.

The venue.

The place in which you get married and hold the reception, whether those are one and the same place, can make or break a wedding. The setting has to fit in with the theme of the wedding; you may have a traditional wedding in mind or something a little off-the-wall and adventurous. Colors, patterns, and floral arrangements all need to feel well-placed for the ceremony to look right. You could check out options such as this wedding venue, a social work club, for a sophisticated lounge that could create a classy vibe on your big day. It doesn’t matter what you go for; the important thing is that the venue can work around the rest of your plans for your wedding in terms of decor, the number of guests, and the general theme.

The budget.

Whilst you’ll want to sort this out before you pay for everything, make sure you have a detailed plan of the venue, dresses, photographers, and all other materials or staff that you’ll need to pay for on your big day before you make any purchases. This is why you should do your planning months and months in advance. You want to have an idea of how much all of that will cost and then make some changes if your budget needs to be stretched to cover things. You don’t want to spend a dime until you know that you can afford it all. Get an idea of every last detail before you make any decisions.

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