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He’s popped the question in a dream proposal; you’ve talked for hours on end about how it’ll be the perfect day and, you’ve probably kicked off a rigorous boot camp training regime to get the perfect body for beach parading on your honeymoon, right?

Well, now that the important things have been tackled, it’s time to get down to the real business of planning your big day to perfection. Haven’t the slightest about where to start? Here’s a helping hand:


Always dreamed of a grand bash in an ancient mansion, tucked away in some idyllic countryside spot? Or are you one for low-key, intimate affairs with close family and friends? Picking a venue is, although, mainly budget-led, its important that it reflects your personality as a couple, realising the aspirations you’ve always held for your big day. Break down your wedding fund and get serious about how much you’re prepared to splash out on a venue – it’s probably going to the biggest expense on your wedding shopping list.

Wedding dress

Ah, yes, maybe not the most expensive, but definitely the BIGGEST worry on any woman’s wedding to-get list! Want a all-out meringue-esque Kim Kardashian look, or are you a vintage gal à la Millie Mackintosh, who wore a gorgeous gown by Alice Temperley for her big day? It’s not a decision to be taken lightly, so sit down with your girlfriends, pop out the sketchbook out and get drawing your dream dress!

Wedding Insurance

As much you want your big day to go smoothly, mishaps can occur and, sometimes, factors beyond your control can take over. Make sure you’re covered against unavoidable heartbreak, such as a postponed ceremony due to illness or otherwise, or a venue unexpectedly shutting down before your wedding date, with wedding insurance. Debenhams offers great wedding insurance, with varying levels of cover to suit your needs and budget, so all you need to worry about is looking great for your big day.


Canapés, a sit-down, three-course meal or a buffet; whatever the dining choice for your big day, food is another factor that can prove to be a drain on your finances. OK, so were not saying leave your guests hanging hungry, but sticking to a strict guest list and spending your cash accordingly is vital to keeping within budget. Most venues will take care of catering, too, so just make sure what they’re offering is to your liking, and you can’t get a better price elsewhere.


Much like bridesmaids’ dresses, wedding entertainment can often result in heated debate between couples. From DJs to retro party games and comedians to upcoming bands; let your personality as a couple shine through with your choice of entertainment. Just don’t scrimp on the fun factor and, remember, kids need to be kept occupied, too!

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