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{WEDDING} THINGS TO DO BEFOREYOU SAY ‘I DO’

If marriage is on the horizon, take a look at our guide to the nine essential parts of any successful wedding, with expert advice and top tips to avoid spiralling costs and romance-ruining arguments

VENUES

This is the big one, of course, and it’s often the decision that dictates the date, theme and size of the probably already know which country you want to hold the wedding in (and if you can’t agree on that, best of luck to you both!), so having a city or country wedding, a one-day do or a weekend or weeklong extravaganza will be your next stumbling block. We turn to Hayley Reid, Weddings Coordinator at iconic design hotel, Aviator (www.aviatorbytag.com) for advice: “Firstly, choose a venue that bests suits you as a couple and the theme you are looking for and work together with the venue to style your perfect day around that,” she suggests. “Don’t try and please all your family or friends. Your wedding day is about the two of you. Trust your instincts and choose a venue that makes you both feel like one of a kind and important’,” she adds.

Of course, budget will also be a big factor, and Hayley’s number one piece of advice is to look hard for hidden extras, “This includes charges for bedroom upgrades for the groomsfolk, cake stands and late licencing fees.” Another factor to quickly establish is whether your chosen venue allows external suppliers, or will you be restricted to the venue’s preferred suppliers. You may also have your heart set on a particular location, but remember that some will impose restrictions on what you can do with the space and especially how late you can keep the party going. Hayley advises choosing a venue that is “timeless in its design and décor, whilst at the same time versatile enough to suit and complement your preferred wedding style and the season in which you are looking to hold the wedding.” And finally, “Don’t choose a venue if you have not been impressed with the communication with the weddings team during visits and via email or phone. If there is no connection, it’s more than likely that you won’t feel this on your wedding day either.”

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