Sam’s Wedding Diary

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Sam’s wedding

28/09/06 • Real Bride Diaries, Sam's Wedding Diary

Diary of a bride-to-be. Sam and James get together until a school reunion years later. Sam and James first met at boarding school but didn’t get together until a school reunion years later. Read Sam’s top tips for choosing a venue and a dress – as well as their romantic story and his version of… read more

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1 Choosing a venue – Sam’s Wedding Diary

21/09/06 • Real Bride Diaries, Sam's Wedding Diary

Organising a wedding can be stressful but try arranging one when your fiancé’s overseas for six months and you could soon be filing for divorce. It’s perfectly acceptable for the bride to be fitted for wedding dresses without the groom in tow but try turning up to meet the vicar or tour a prospective venue… read more

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2 More wisdom on choosing a venue – Sam’s Wedding Diary

20/09/06 • Real Bride Diaries, Sam's Wedding Diary

This week I was going to choose my dress, but even wedding shops seem unwilling to help until you’ve a date to work towards so I’m back to looking for a venue! The girl sitting near me in the office got engaged a couple of weeks before me… Initially I thought this would prove double… read more

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3 Top tips on choosing a venue – Sam’s Wedding Diary

19/09/06 • Real Bride Diaries, Sam's Wedding Diary

1. Write your guest list to establish numbers 2. Work out your budget 3. Cut your guest list! 4. Increase your budget! 5. Decide on the rough area you wish to be married and search on Confetti for a list of possible venues in that region. 6. Ring the venue and enquire about availability, the… read more

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4 We’ve found a venue! Sam’s Wedding Diary

18/09/06 • Real Bride Diaries, Sam's Wedding Diary

I’ve finally found the perfect venue and not only can I afford it ‐ just ‐ there’s a Saturday free in August 2003! After avidly searching Google, browsing Noble’s Wedding Venues Book and testing Confetti’s venue finder, I discovered a couple of places in Dorset that offer civil weddings and cater for a hundred people… read more

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5 Choosing my wedding dress – Sam’s Wedding Diary

17/09/06 • Real Bride Diaries, Sam's Wedding Diary

Arranging a wedding can be tedious at times, but choosing a wedding dress isn’t one of them when you’re a shopaholic. However, just before my first wedding dress appointment I began to panic ‐ not about getting married but about what underwear to put on for the occasion! It’s bad enough having high street shop… read more

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6 Tips on choosing your wedding dress – Sam’s Wedding Diary

16/09/06 • Real Bride Diaries, Sam's Wedding Diary

1. Make an appointment ‐ most bridal shops operate on an appointment‐only system. 2. Buy a selection of wedding magazines and look for listings of bridal shops in your area and take along any pictures of dresses you like. 3. Check out the huge range of wedding dresses and designers online for inspiration. 4. Take… read more

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7 Florists and photographers – Sam’s Wedding Diary

15/09/06 • Real Bride Diaries, Sam's Wedding Diary

Make sure you see a portfolio of at least one entire wedding from start to finish. Otherwise it’s easy for photographers to take a selection of their best shots from several different weddings and convince you they’re extremely talented when perhaps they’re not… Decide what sort of pictures you want ‐ some photographers specialise in… read more

8 How to make your wedding budget go further – Sam’s Wedding Diary

14/09/06 • Real Bride Diaries, Sam's Wedding Diary

Last week, a year after my fiancé James handed in his notice to the Royal Marines, we celebrated his freedom in style with Champagne and a night on the town. Unfortunately the following day, the first day of his new life (and unemployed status) coincided with the arrival of the estimated bill for the wedding… read more

9 The hen weekend – Sam’s Wedding Diary

13/09/06 • Real Bride Diaries, Sam's Wedding Diary

It wasn’t long after I got engaged before I began getting excited phone calls from girl friends asking when and where we were going for our hen party! Bridesmaids usually arrange the hen night, but to hell with tradition! I’ve been a travel editor for so many years it’s always seemed inevitable that the task… read more


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