You design your big day

25/04/2010 23:53

You wanna have a wedding that everybody will be jealous of, or a wedding that reflects your 'the one' relationship. You can pick up ideas, but turn them into your way of displaying memories. Just would like to give you some tips from experts.

1. 'You can't have it all in terms of bridal style. You can't be 100% classic and completely on-trend. Decide which is more 'you' and let it guide your venue search, as location will form the foundation of your plans.... Look at colour palettes and select one that fits well with your theme and venue.

-- wedding planner Zoe Lingard (

2. 'Make decisions based on what makes you happy, not on what others recommend or what's perceived to be sensible, suitable or the done thing.... Think about the things you really love'.

-- bridal blogger Charlotte O'Shea (

3. 'Looking wedding isn't essential for wonderful wedding style.... Style starts with your dress - for example, a vintage gown is better matched to pastels and peonies than hot colours and tropical flowers - and the location.'

-- Ibizan wedding designer Vickki Jay (

4. 'The IKEA catalogue is great for quicky decor ideas or eye-up what the fashion pack's wearing.... try non-floral centrepieces, such as books and birdcages, unusual bouquets....'

-- bridal blogger Kat Williams (

5.'Reflect on your relationship with your husband-to-be. Where you met, where you've travelled together, how he proposed, your fondest memories of dating - let all these intimate moments inspire your day. Serve your favourite cocktail or dish as canapes, midnight snacks or at a food station; write invitations so they sound like your voices (wording rules are out); or name tables after your favourite places, pets or musicals.... don't try to be anything other than yourselves.'

-- big-day party planner Mark Niemierko (


My golden rule for big day planning is ' Use your memories, work on details'.