Here are the answers to some very good wedding questions that may help or just give you something to think about….
Should I invite the vicar/registrar to the reception?
Not unless you personally know them, or you are having a buffet that could easily feed a few extra people! You are under no obligation to invite the vicar/registrar at all if you only know them because you happen to be planning a wedding. It is a polite thing to do, but not a must.
Should I book my honeymoon in my maiden name or my new surname?
Your honeymoon and flights need to be booked in the same name as appears on your passport, so for most brides you will book using your maiden name. However, you can change your passport name to your married name beforeyou get married. But please remember that, if you do this, this will make your maiden name passport invalid! So if you need to travel for any reason before your wedding (hen do, business, romantic pre-wedding Paris city break, etc,) and have already changed your passport, this will not be possible!
If you plan to visit a country that requires you to obtain a visa before you fly, you should leave your name change until after your trip; countries will not issue visas to post-dated passports. Also, if your maiden name passport is still a long way from expiry, then there is no urgency to change it to your married name. Unless you really want to!
How much could I save per head by booking a winter wedding?
Winter weddings are beautiful, and they’re also less in demand than spring and summer weddings. Therefore, it’s often cheaper. But how much you might save wholly depends on the venue, the location, the number of guests, and the exact date of your winter wedding. Weddings on New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day, for example, may still carry a premium price. It’s best to check, and compare the available packages.
Will my hooped dress fit into the wedding car/down the aisle/in a cubicle?
You put your hoopskirt wedding dress on at the bridal shop. You stand on a box and twirl in front of the mirror and take a few wobbly steps back and forth. You probably even sit down on that really ornate Chippendale settee to make sure you can sit down. But you probably won’t have a chance to test your dress in a space as narrow as the aisle you’ll be walking down. You’ll have no idea, until the big day, if you’ll be unable to climb into the wedding car or will start pulling chairs to the altar.
We advise that you get creative with the shop staff and ask them if they could arrange some chairs for you to walk through. You could also try on different styling options—if your hoopskirt is very rigid, perhaps a soft layered petticoat will do the job just as well? Also, have the dress measured at bottom so you know the size.
Should I get a pair of flat shoes to dance in, or wear heels all day and night?
We recommend you get those flat shoes! You don’t have to wear them, but if you don’t have them at all you may regret it! For the photos and the memories, you could have your first dance in your wedding heels and then swap them for something more cosy; the last thing you want is your feet to be sore after dancing the night way in your heels. Another option presents itself when you consider that, these days, many couples get changed into something more comfortable part way through the reception. You could wear any shoes you want!
Will my wedding planner be there on the day, or are they just helping me with the planning?
It would be really great if the wedding planner was there all the way to the big day. But some of them aren’t! If you’re counting on the planner being there to make the day run smoothly, it’s advisable that you check if they’re attending or not (and that you meet them beforehand). If your planner is not attending, you must decide who will be there, and how they’ll be briefed to avoid chaos. Some couples, for example, hire a toastmaster to take everybody through the day.
What kind of confetti should I buy?
Of course you’ll want confetti that is pretty, looks good in photos, and maybe even matches your theme or colour scheme. But you’ll also want some that won’t stain. Shop our wedding confetti packs for a range of lovely shapes, textures and colours.
Who brings the confetti?
If you want a proper confetti shower, it’s better if you provide the confetti yourself. That way you can ensure you have all the confetti you want in order to have some gorgeous photos and iconic confetti-shower memories. You could ask your ushers to distribute the confetti among your guests at some point before or after the ceremony, or place a basket at the entrance to your venue for everyone to help themselves.
Is wedding insurance really necessary?
Absolutely! If you have insurance, you’re prepared for anything that might go wrong—unfortunately, it happens. Unexpected wedding emergencies can range from a supplier going bust, to your whole wedding getting cancelled for an unforeseen reason! In our Confetti forums our brides offer each other advice, and when somebody has venue or supplier issues it’s very common that they are told to check their insurance policy.
You might be spending a large amount of money on your wedding day, and you are counting on a lot of people to make it go smoothly—people who you’re paying. In case something doesn’t go to plan, you’ll be stuck with more costs and no recourse.
Wedding insurance is cheaper than you think. Just few minutes spent online will give you a good idea of what coverage you can get for what cost, and often it’s a small price to pay for huge peace of mind.
Questions written by Leanne Smith from Confetti magazine.
These are some of the more relevant questions I could find, I could have gone deeper but didn’t want to spend too much of your time reading things which may not be relevant…. I hope you found them useful…
Remember, there are no stupid questions, just stupid answers 🙂
Cheerio hope to receive any feedback or other questions which may be of value to other brides.