Country Life magazine has issued some tips for a perfect wedding day as they urge people to resist the temptation to spend big.
“The whole thing has got rather out of hand,” says editor Mark Hedges. “Everyone sees what everyone else has done and feels they have to do something better.
“They don’t need to do better, they just need to get married and have a very special, sometimes simple, day. It should be fun, it should be delightful.”
Country Life put forward half a dozen pointers to ensure an elegant and tasteful wedding
- A reliable best man
- Small canapes: you shouldn’t have to struggle to eat them
- Morning dress for men, hats for women
- Subsidising the costs of a lavish hen-do/stag party
- Always ask a father’s permission
- Not royal? Then more than six bridesmaids is “excessive”.
Wivenhoe House’s conference and events manager Sarah Bowman agrees: “Don’t ever think that a less expensive wedding will look cheap. With the help of a good wedding planner, you can fulfil your dreams and make it a memorable day for your guests.
“Always look for a venue with a clear pricing structure and be upfront about your budget. No one at Wivenhoe House wants you to overspend – that’s an unnecessary stress on what should be a carefree day.”