Top tips for big day

There is no doubt getting engaged is an incredibly exciting time - there’s the sparkly new ring, endless toasts with friends and family and of course that one special person who has agreed to spend their life with you.

But once the champagne corks have been popped and the last glasses clinked, the stress of planning a wedding can begin to set in.

East Midlands Newspapers’ reporter Leanne Crawford draws on her personal experience and attempts to show you how your Big Day doesn’t have to cause big problems - you really can sail through the preparations and glide down the aisle with grace.

It all begins with a list. A list that will inevitably get longer before it gets shorter (it’s important to accept this).

Sit down with your new fiancé (and a bottle of wine, if you wish) and write down every single thing that needs to be done - it helps to run through the day from start to finish and think of who will be involved in each part.

Work out an approximate cost for everything that you have to pay for and be sure to overestimate - it’s better than running out of cash and stressing about how to get that ‘must-have’ bouquet you’ve had your eye on for months.

Keep your list throughout the preparations - looking back at how many things have been crossed off will give you a great sense of achievement.

The small things. If you’re getting married in this country (or abroad, for that matter) make sure you buy an attractive bridal umbrella. This is one fail safe way (well, almost) to make sure it doesn’t rain on your special day.