Are you planning a summer wedding? Organising the biggest day of your life is an incredibly exciting time, but it can also be pretty stressful, especially when you realise that summer is just around the corner. It seems like New Year was only a couple of weeks ago, but the busiest wedding months will be here before we know it.
You've probably already sorted the more significant parts of your big day, choosing your dress, booking your venue and selecting a colour scheme, but there are so many smaller factors that also need to come together to ensure you have the wedding of your dreams.
Wedding favours for your guests
Leaving a small wedding favour on the tables at your reception for your guests is a lovely gesture and will show them how much you appreciate them coming along to celebrate your special day with you.
Sugared almonds have long been a popular choice, while some couples like to let their guests know that they've made a donation to charity in their name.
If you're looking for something a little bit different that will stick in your guests' memories for a long time to come, leaving a mini soap bar at their table setting is a gorgeous idea. At Heyland & Whittle, some of our handmade soaps are available in mini 45 gram bars.
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Choose a fragrance that fits in with the theme of your wedding - if roses feature in your bouquet, our Rose Soap Bar would be a lovely idea, for example - and every time your guests catch the scent afterwards, they'll remember what a joyous day you all spent together celebrating your nuptials.
A present for your other half
You'll most likely be showered with gifts from your loved ones on your wedding day, whether it's money towards your honeymoon, bits for your home or donations to a charity of your choice. But while you're so busy thinking about which wedding favours to give and what any vegan guests are going to eat at the reception, it can be easy to forget buying a little something special for your other half.
Of course, you'll be exchanging rings on the day, but treating them to an extra token that shows just how much they mean to you is a lovely touch. It doesn't have to be something expensive either, just something that has a special meaning for the both of you that they'll treasure for years to come.
Honeymoon packing tips
With so much to plan for the big day itself, it can be hard to look beyond the date of the actual wedding. But afterwards, you'll have your honeymoon and a much-needed chance to relax and unwind to look forward to, so you need to be preparing for your getaway at the same time as getting ready for your nuptials.
Naturally, wedding outfits, make-up and hair accessories are most likely to be at the forefront of your mind, but you don't want to find yourself at your honeymoon destination with nothing to wear there either.
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Packing a capsule holiday wardrobe is the most budget-friendly and baggage allowance-friendly way to approach this. Try to stick to just one change of swimwear, one pair of sandals that will work for both by the pool and for cocktails on the beach at sunset, a cover-up that is cool enough for the daytime but elegant enough for the evenings and a couple of statement pieces.
Knowing you don't need much will take away a lot of the stress and you'll be better able to enjoy both your wedding and honeymoon properly.