Kate & Fraser <3 by Katrine Mikkelsen

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We are so proud to see this special day featured over on @rockmywedding. Head to Rock My Wedding for full covering of the Kate & Fraser wedding!

For much more details on the dreamy golden crystally sparkling wedding dress see the making of the dress and the finished wedding dress.

We can't say enough how proud we are to be part of this edgy constellation and need to mention all the featured suppliers who too are part of this incredible result of a dreamy christmassy wedding day!

Featured suppliers:

Photography: Taylor-Hughes Photography Videography: I Will Video Hair and Makeup: Jessica Hawkins Hair & Makeup Artist Bridesmaids Makeup: Nina Gregory Makeup Shoes: & Other Stories Venue: London Fields Brewery Entertainment: Climax Ceilidh Catering: We Serve Humans and Deeney's Tableware: CMA Hire Bridesmaids: ASOS Grooms & Groomsmen: Burton Wedding planner: The Wedding A-List Flowers: RJB & Sons

Where do you look for inspiration? by Katrine Mikkelsen

Stine Goya SS18

Stine Goya SS18

 

I have a novel idea for you this time. Have you ever thought of looking in the non-wedding-dress department for some much-needed wedding-dress-inspiration?

If not, then let me inspire you to try it. You never know, perhaps a whole new world will suddenly open up for you! I find that doing this, i.e. pushing myself to broaden my creative horizons and look in different places, often inspires me in a completely unexpected way. Perhaps you know this feeling too? 

I was inspired to write this, hopefully, helpful and motivating post this morning when I was updated on the latest news from the Copenhagen Fashion Week, which is in full swing this week. And boy! was I inspired! One particular designer, Stine Goya www.stinegoya.com made her way straight into my heart and sole! Stine Goya SS18 contains the most wonderful silhouettes that could easily be transformed into a gorgeous wedding dress for this coming summer. Another brilliant thing about having your wedding dress custom-made for you is that if you fall in love with a dress that's not in the right fabric, or even the right colour, then this can be so easily fixed! :-* 

Stine Goya SS18

Stine Goya SS18

Stine Goya SS18

Stine Goya SS18

Stine Goya SS18

Stine Goya SS18

Stine Goya SS18

Stine Goya SS18

Stine Goya SS18

Stine Goya SS18

Stine Goya SS18

Stine Goya SS18

Stine Goya SS18

Stine Goya SS18

As a final note, I hope this post will work as an invitation for you to get out there and look for wedding dress inspiration anywhere else than you normally would do. Instead of hitting the usual High Street wedding shops (naming no names!), check out your favourite fashion designer, your favourite gallery, your favourite vintage market or even your favourite cocktail bar. Look at the places that you love to spend time in because those are the ones that inspire you to be you <3 And, above all, your wedding dress should reflect who you truly are helping you to become the best, most beautiful you possible.

I hope you'll have lots of fun getting out there and being inspired! Take a risk, live a little! 

Katrine Xx 

 

 

Wonderfully Wintry Yuletide Weddings by Katrine Mikkelsen

‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year!’ as the song goes. And I have to say I wholeheartedly agree with Andy Williams on that point. I also can’t think of a better time of the year to get married. Christmas with its images of snowy trees and glistening, glimmering candles twinkling merrily, chestnuts roasting on the open fire, warming mulled wine and all other delicious delights and sounds is the picture-perfect backdrop to any wedding.

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If you’re having a Christmas wedding then there are some lovely ideas that you can use to accentuate your theme, such as, Christmas cards as wedding invitations, a sleigh ride to your ceremony or venue and, of course, you can have so much funwith the decorations. From mistletoe, holly and ivy for a more Victorian look, to full on bling with glitter, tinsel, personalised Mr and Mrs stockings over the fireplace or top table and shiny baubles. A vital decoration, which should not be missed no matter the style of your Christmas wedding, is a beautifully decorated Christmas tree. Not to mention Christmas crackers on the tables and table names that are Christmas themed too. If you’re out to have as much fun as possible and you’re really keen on making your wedding feel ultra-Christmassy then you could even have your wedding attendants, boys and girls dressed like elves. If you’re really into the Christmas theme you could hire a Father Christmas to attend the wedding and hand out your favours to your guests, young and old.

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Another easy idea, which would work well with any December wedding no matter how whole hog you want to go with the Christmas vibes is to have Christmas carols sung in the church and Christmas music at the party later on. For a softer touch, you could have acoustic Christmas songs sung after the ceremony whilst people are having their welcome drinks and canapés during the photos and then turn to more mainstream music for the rest of the night. You can have too much of a good thing after all! For canapés and welcome drinks then look no further than mince pies, pigs in blankets, mini roast dinners in Yorkshire puddings washed down with mulled wine or cider, or hot chocolate for the non-drinkers.

For the wedding breakfast, look no further than a traditional Christmas dinner with the full works and Christmas pudding with brandy butter for pudding. Wedding cake? Christmas cake, of course! Or, maybe even a Yule log for you chocolate lovers. Favours can be simply and effectively done with candy cane or spicy iced biscuits shaped like snowflakes, stars or stockings. Or, a vendor passing out bags of red hot roasted chestnuts! 

But the most important aspect of any Christmas wedding is, of course, the bride’s dress. There are so many wonderful ways to style your outfit to suit a gloriously glitzy Christmas wedding. 

My favourite fashion look for a Christmas wedding is a bridal coat or cape. I utterly adore the drama that this extra outer layer adds to a gorgeous bride’s entry.

 

   Soft sandy, beige vintage fur coats or crisp ivory velvet cloaks with hoods all look breath-taking as a bride makes her way down the aisle. Particularly when teamed with a festively themed flower crown made of glistening verdant holly and ivy or full blooming dark red roses and a matching bouquet.&nbsp;  Christmas wedding dresses frequently have sleeves but not just because of the colder climate,&nbsp;but in part due to the trend towards lace sleeved wedding dresses since Kate Middleton’s wedding in 2011 when she became Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.&nbsp;Her floral lace sleeves perfectly suited the cooler spring weather from her wedding in April 2011 but the style lends itself just as well for any cooler seasons or climates.  You can have so much fun with winter wedding outfits by being bold with texture. Think ostrich feathers, angora wool or velvet, faux fur trim against soft shimmering almost liquid silk or thicker, more structured taffeta and brocade.&nbsp;Vintage make up looks with bold red lipstick and glossy curls will make you look like a snow princess on your Big Day. Or for a snow elf look try a more natural, dewy look with silvery accents to your make up. The options for a Christmas wedding seem to be endless and you can have so much fun with your theme, which is what makes it the most wonderful time of the year to get married!&nbsp;  Finally, I’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

Soft sandy, beige vintage fur coats or crisp ivory velvet cloaks with hoods all look breath-taking as a bride makes her way down the aisle. Particularly when teamed with a festively themed flower crown made of glistening verdant holly and ivy or full blooming dark red roses and a matching bouquet. 

Christmas wedding dresses frequently have sleeves but not just because of the colder climate, but in part due to the trend towards lace sleeved wedding dresses since Kate Middleton’s wedding in 2011 when she became Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Her floral lace sleeves perfectly suited the cooler spring weather from her wedding in April 2011 but the style lends itself just as well for any cooler seasons or climates.

You can have so much fun with winter wedding outfits by being bold with texture. Think ostrich feathers, angora wool or velvet, faux fur trim against soft shimmering almost liquid silk or thicker, more structured taffeta and brocade. Vintage make up looks with bold red lipstick and glossy curls will make you look like a snow princess on your Big Day. Or for a snow elf look try a more natural, dewy look with silvery accents to your make up. The options for a Christmas wedding seem to be endless and you can have so much fun with your theme, which is what makes it the most wonderful time of the year to get married! 

Finally, I’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Boggled By Bridal Barnets? by Katrine Mikkelsen

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Once you’ve booked your venue, chosen your dress, finally settled on a bridesmaid’s dress that makes all of your girlies happy, chosen your favours, hand painted your table plan and signage; you then have the final dilemma of deciding how to wear your hair on the Big Day. It’s surprisingly difficult to decide whether you should wear your hair down or up and then in what style. Choosing a style that suits your face can be surprisingly difficult, like choosing a haircut can be.

There’s so much variety with bridal hairstyles today but the most important thing is to make sure that your hairstyle flatters your face and that it complements the tone of your wedding. 

Whether you want a gorgeous updo studded with fresh flowers or flowing curls topped with a sparkling tiara, there’s a bridal hairstyle out there to suit you and your Big Day.

By the time you set out on the path to selecting your wedding hairstyle,&nbsp;you’ll probably have a fair idea of the sort hairstyle which you like most or that you think will suit you the most. This is a good place to start.&nbsp;If it’s a quite a casual style then think about the ways that you could make your hairstyle more formal for your special day.&nbsp;What could you add to it to glam it up? Perhaps a flower crown or maybe a shining golden comb studded with pearls? Take that idea with you to the hairdresser’s when you go for a trial and ask them to experiment with your hair and different styles. If your usual hairdresser is also doing your wedding hair for you and your bridal party on the Big Day then you could ask him or her to experiment with different styles on the lead up to the wedding when you go in for your usual hair appointment. You could even ask your hairdresser for some wedding hairstyle inspiration or for their opinion on the way they think your hair would suit your best for your wedding.

By the time you set out on the path to selecting your wedding hairstyle, you’ll probably have a fair idea of the sort hairstyle which you like most or that you think will suit you the most. This is a good place to start. If it’s a quite a casual style then think about the ways that you could make your hairstyle more formal for your special day. What could you add to it to glam it up? Perhaps a flower crown or maybe a shining golden comb studded with pearls? Take that idea with you to the hairdresser’s when you go for a trial and ask them to experiment with your hair and different styles. If your usual hairdresser is also doing your wedding hair for you and your bridal party on the Big Day then you could ask him or her to experiment with different styles on the lead up to the wedding when you go in for your usual hair appointment. You could even ask your hairdresser for some wedding hairstyle inspiration or for their opinion on the way they think your hair would suit your best for your wedding.

If your wedding is going to be a bohemian beach dream then wearing your hair down in tousled waves or in a flower studded braid might be the look your after.  Alternatively, a half updo might be more your thing if you are going for either a princess style wedding dress or even a more vintage look to your wedding.

If your wedding is going to be a bohemian beach dream then wearing your hair down in tousled waves or in a flower studded braid might be the look your after.

Alternatively, a half updo might be more your thing if you are going for either a princess style wedding dress or even a more vintage look to your wedding.

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Vintage looks are still one of the most popular wedding hairstyles. The best thing about vintage wedding hairstyles is the enormous amount of variety.

From beehives to smooth, sleek vintage fingerwaves, there’s something to suit every sort of bride. Teamed with a pillbox hat and birdcage veil (more; see our article "Should I wear a veil?") , a vintage hairstyle would finish off your 50s or 60s themed wedding beautifully making you the envy of all of your friends.

Think about the neckline and silhouette of your wedding dress, not just what suits you. Another way to narrow down your options for your wedding hairstyle is to experiment with your hair when you go to your dress fitting appointments. That way you will be able to at least see whether your hair looks better up or down even if you just curl your hair and wear it down before one appointment and tie it up into a ponytail, but ideally a bun for the next dress appointment. Spend some time doing some research online for ideas and hair accessories that you like. Flower crowns are the current hot look for weddings this season and that trend is only set to continue. The look spectacular for the more relaxed and romantic weddings out in the country, or for festival themed weddings but they can also be stunning at a more traditional English wedding out in the Cotswolds or in a Georgian manor house. 

Whatever style you opt for, I’m sure you’ll be a gorgeous bride! X Katrine

Do I or Don’t I? The Trouble with Bride Speeches by Katrine Mikkelsen

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I think all women agree that men get more than enough opportunities to speak. We get interrupted on countless occasions daily and we get ‘mansplained’ to, so on your wedding day you are entitled to speak if you want to! You might even be more comfortable with public speaking than your partner.
If you’re a blushing bride who normally shies away from the spotlight then don’t worry you have the right to say ‘no!’ and pass the mic along to someone whom you’d rather hear speak than yourself. But in this egalitarian world that we live in, particularly if you’ve paid for the wedding yourself, you have the right to stand up and express yourself. No more are the speeches purely a masculine domain occupied by the Father of the Bride, the Best Man and the Groom. MOBs (Mother of the Brides) are giving speeches, Maid of Honours are giving speeches and, most importantly, Brides are delivering far more speeches. It’s entirely up to you what you decide to do. Just remember that you have the freedom to do whatever you want to do. This applies to your whole wedding. Don’t feel forced to do something just because tradition tells you that you have to. So if the idea of a particular tradition sets your teeth on edge just thinking about it, then don’t worry. Just talk to your partner and tell them how you feel. He, or she, is the person of your dreams and they want you to be happy on your Big Day.

If you do decide to deliver a speech then you need to know that for many people what you are doing is still controversial. The issue seems to be that women are still not expected to be funny, despite the vast number of female comedians, going back as far as Joyce Grenfell to Amy Schumer. If you are a funny person and want to deliver a humorous speech then go for it. If you’d rather just deliver a touching, romantic missive to your spouse and a massive thank you to both of your families for their support and you feel comfortable doing that then do that! On your wedding day of all days you need to do what makes you happy.

If you’ve already decided to deliver a speech but you’re worried about it being a success then I have some helpful hints to get you through this high-pressure situation.

1. Don’t take too long! And don’t say “I won’t talk for too long” or “I’ll keep this brief”, it implies that you think you’ll be boring or even that you don’t have the right to be up there delivering a speech.

2. Don’t improvise! Prepare and rehearse your speech long in advance. This is the one thing you don’t want to leave to the last minute as all eyes will be on you when you stand up.

3. Be specific but not too specific! You need a few specific anecdotes to support the points you want to make about how wonderful you think everyone is, just try not to be too specific! If your Maid of Honour is extremely neat and tidy, then don’t support this by telling everyone that she keeps her Seat Ibiza miraculously pristine.

4. Don’t read your speech off your phone! This looks like you left writing your speech until the very last minute and makes you look disorganised. Even if you just handwrite your speech on some pretty card, rather than printing it out, it will look a lot more polished.

5. Say thank you – Saying thank you to your family and to the family you are joining is the most important element of your speech, aside from thanking everyone for coming that is.


6. Be confident! Whenever you’re speaking in public, you should take a few deep breaths first, smile, stand up straight and look your audience in the eye and say your words calmly and with deliberation.


7. Professional delivery! In addition to slowing down your speech and looking your audience in the eye, always pause for laughter to subside, don’t look down at the floor, up at the ceiling or at the exit, try not to ‘um’, ‘errr’ and ‘aaah’ even though it’s very difficult to avoid. Rehearsing your speech several times should help you avoid this.

Of course, the most important person to thank during your speech is your spouse. Make your speech as personal, heartfelt and intimate as possible with plenty of anecdotes about your shared experiences and lives together, maybe even look back on how and where you met and compare that to where you are today. Above all, don’t forget to say why you are certain that you will love each other forever and why you think you are about to set off on your greatest and best adventure together as a newly married couple.

Zika Virus Safe Honeymoon Ideas or, Where To Go When You're All Loved Up! by Katrine Mikkelsen

With the wedding season just starting to kick off, I’m currently seeing a growing trend amongst my beautiful brides. Honeymoons tend to be one of the last things brides and grooms book and one of the first things they start looking at once they get engaged! There is a terrible reason affecting a lot of my bride and grooms’ honeymoon destinations currently and you’ve surely heard of it: the Zika virus.

 

This awful virus causes red eyes, headaches, fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis. It can be transmitted through mosquito bites and even sexual intercourse. Pregnant women who contract the virus risk spreading it to their unborn child resulting in birth defects, particularly microcephaly where the brain is smaller than a typical baby’s. 

 

If you’ve already booked your exotic honeymoon abroad and you’re worried it is in an area where the Zika virus has been recorded then don’t worry! There are ways that you can stay safe on your honeymoon in a tropical paradise.

 

1) Pack plenty of insect repellant. DEET insect repellant is safe for pregnant women so if you are already expecting by your honeymoon (or think you might be) then cover yourself from head to toe in DEET and stay topped up. Make sure you pack plenty to take with you as it’s often very expensive to buy abroad.

2) Cover any exposed skin.

3) Buy and use a mosquito net at night. You can easily put one up over your bed, or ask the hotel if they have one you can borrow. 

4) Try to stay as indoors as possible – despite how tempting the golden sandy beaches look!

5) Use the air con! If you’ve booked somewhere without it, try to change rooms, or hotels and explain the issue.

 

If you’re not in a hurry to start your family then it is recommended that you wait 8-12 weeks after visiting a country with Zika virus recordings before trying to conceive. Of course, if you’re particularly worried then you can slather yourself in DEET throughout your honeymoon. The recommendation to people diagnosed with the virus is to wait at least six months before trying to start a family. Don’t forget your groom can pass it to you so if you’re fine but he isn’t, then make sure you use precautions! If either of you present any symptoms (see above) then go straight to your doctor for the assistance you need as well as to make sure that the Zika virus is recorded for the area you were in. 

 

Alternatively, if you’ve not booked a tropical honeymoon yet and if this is all sounds too stressful, then you might be interested in going somewhere more alternative than the usual exotic beach retreat. If you still want the heat then large sections of Europe are still unaffected by the Zika virus but for more up to date recordings of the Zika virus check this website https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/world-map-areas-with-zika. The risk in a lot of countries has now radically reduced compared to a few months, even weeks ago, however Florida and Texas are still affected. But if you want complete peace of mind, I would recommend a frosty, snowy, crisp and cold honeymoon! 

 

How romantic does this sound; a carriage ride drawn by reindeer all snuggled up next to your new spouse as you watch the snowflakes gently settling together drinking mulled wine. To me that sounds close to heavenly! 

 

There are some gorgeous ‘cold’ countries you can visit together too. How about visiting Iceland where you can see the Northern Lights, swim in the Blue Lagoon as the snow settles and learn about their ancient Icelandic myths of elves and goblins? Or maybe Russia where you can check out the stunning city of St Petersburg, see the Red Square, discover Moscow and learn all about the fascinating Romanovs whilst sampling artisan vodkas. You will be enchanted with the story of Anastasia Romanov and all of the pretenders who tried to claim her fortune over the years. Or maybe the two of you are adrenalin junkies so how about going skiing in the Alps?  You could spend all day on the piste before letting your hair down with some well deserved après-ski and an oozing, cheesy fondue. Other nights you might decide to to relax in a sauna or jacuzzi to stretch out those tired legs. 

 

If you want a more unique experience you could hop onboard a luxurious Antarctic cruise to Canada where you can go whale watching or hike to see Grizzly Bears and moose. Another unique idea is to spend the night in the world famous ice hotel all snuggled up with your new spouse and a boozy hot chocolate.  If you prefer to explore and backpack then how about buying a ticket for the Trans-Siberian Express where you can steam off to Russia and China stopping in Mongolia on the way? If money is no object then you could really blow the boat out by stepping onboard the Orient Express. Get dressed up murder mystery style if you’ve both got a taste for fun and a sense of humour and enjoy the opulent surroundings and haute cuisine food.

 

There are plenty of amazing places to see in the world that you won’t mind not topping up your tan!

BICKERING BRIDESMAIDS? HOW TO MAKE EVERYONE HAPPY by Katrine Mikkelsen

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If you’ve got more than one bridesmaid, you have the difficult task of making sure that they all feel comfortable and happy on your Big Day. I see a lot of beautiful brides coming through my doors with their bubbly and equally beautiful bridesmaids so I’ve learned a few ways to keep everyone happy.

Make Them Each Feel Special

You’ve chosen each of your bridesmaids based on their own merits as well as based on how much you value them as friends so rather than making into an amorphous collective called ‘The Bridesmaids’, so show them how much they each mean to you by celebrating their individuality. Little things like designating tasks to them, maybe a reading during your service, arranging favours, making sure everyone has confetti or making sure everyone always has a drink will make them feel special. If you are going to do this then do make sure that you delegate the tasks equally between them so that no one feels left out or that someone is getting preferential treatment over anyone else.

Outstanding Outfits

This can be such a difficult area. As much as the accepted bridesmaids’ etiquette is that the bridesmaids wear exactly what they are told to, that doesn’t always happen. Aside from the fact that if you were to demand this obedience you might be opening up a very unpleasant can of worms, you might even have an almighty argument, you presumably want your bridesmaids to feel happy and comfortable on your Big Day. Before you start looking at dresses, you need to decide what sort of wedding you are having. Are all of your bridesmaids going to wear matching dresses? Or are they going to wear dresses which complement each other and are in the same colour? It depends how formal/traditional your wedding is. This is, however, a fabulous, creative and bold new look for bridesmaids which looks beautiful when done well. If you are going to put your bridesmaids in the same dress, you need to be aware that it can take awhile to choose a dress that they all like and that flatters them all.

Give Your Bridesmaids Freedom

If you are a very relaxed bride then you could show your bridesmaids a few examples of dresses you like to give them an idea of the style and colour and then let them come to you with their ideas for their dresses. This is a particularly lovely idea if you are hoping your bridesmaids will be able to wear the dresses again and if you are making their dresses part of their present (and therefore you’re allowing a larger budget for the item!).

Get Them All Together

If you have a large number of bridesmaids then it is possible that some of them have never met or have only met a handful of times. As soon as you’ve decided who your bridesmaids are starting getting them together so that by the time the Big Day (not to mention your Hen Do!) comes there’ll be a real camaraderie between you. If you’re on a tight budget and you’re worried about the extra expense that this will cause then keep the price down by planning some girlie nights in. Think classic Rom-Coms, facemasks and pedicures over a few glasses of Prosecco with some nibbles. It doesn’t have to be expensive, just get everyone chatting!

Keep the Bridezilla Moments to a Minimum

I know that every bride has at least a couple of meltdowns whilst planning their wedding. It’s a very emotional time and there’s a lot of pressure on you from all sorts

of directions but try to keep any emotional explosions to a minimum in front of your maids. You don’t want their everlasting memories of the run up to your wedding to be of mopping up your teary mess or of trying to calm you down.

Remember, It’s NOT All About Your Wedding 100% Of The Time

On the subject of bridal melodramatics, do try to remember that it’s NOT all about your wedding 100% of the time. Your bridesmaids (and even you!) have lives outside of wedding planning. Try not to monopolise the conversation with talk of your wedding planning, don’t forget to ask about how they are and what they’ve been doing. It’s hard to resist talking about your wedding at every opportunity, I know. For one thing, it’s nice to have a second opinion and two; you’re just so excited about getting married! But remember that your bridesmaids are busy people with things to do and places to go as well.

Say Thank You

This is the most important thing to remember. Of course, you can say a big thank you on the day (particularly meaningful if you give a speech yourself) but remember to say it as you go! Your bridesmaids are doing their very best to make sure that you have the day of your dreams and that takes time, thought and consideration on their part so make sure you tell them ‘Thank you!’ at every opportunity.

Xx

CONQUERING YOUR WEDDING TABLE PLAN! by Katrine Mikkelsen

Do you have warring grannies, or worse, mother in laws who are already enemies? Arranging your table plan might well sound like a holiday from hell right now. However, the sooner you start thinking about it, the easier it is to accommodate everyone! Although there is a new trend leaning towards ditching the traditional table plan in favour of letting your guests choose where they want to sit.

But if this seems like a bit of a cop out to you, then you’ll need to decide where you’re going to put everyone. Undoubtedly you will already know the immediate members of both families who will be attending so start there, not to mention with the top table, as soon as possible. 

The top table can be surprisingly difficult so starting there gives you plenty of time to think about it. If planning the wedding (and paying for it) has been a joint effort, then make sure that you’re not prioritising one family over the other! This top table plan might be helpful for you

Maid of Honour    Mother of the Bride   Father of the Bride    Bride    Groom   Father of the Groom    Mother of the Groom     Best Man

You could mix up the parents on both sides to make sure that they thoroughly get to know each other 

Maid of Honour    Mother of the Groom   Father of the Bride    Bride    Groom   Father of the Groom    Mother of the Bride     Best Man

Alternatively, you could even put your Maid of Honour and Best Man together (particularly if they are both single and you think that they might be a match made in Heaven!) 

Mother of the Groom   Father of the Bride    Bride    Groom   Father of the Groom    Mother of the Bride     Best Man       Maid of Honour

All three of these top table layouts should work well even if both parents are divorced!

Once you’ve nailed the top table then work outwards placing people who need to be near you in the closest tables. What you do about mixing up the guests on both of sides of your family needs to be discussed with both parents. Ask them if there are any guests who need to be placed in a particular point in the room, or even if they need to be with certain guests. This will be useful if you have any elderly or disabled guests attending the wedding who might need assistance. 

Any guests you think might clash with each other should be kept apart in order to avoid any arguments. Of course, all couples who have come to your wedding together need to be kept together, whether they are married or not. The people you then decide to seat those couples with, is extremely important for everyone on that table. Consider this at all times as you write your table plan- are they likely to have plenty to talk about?

Try to mix more reserved, quieter guests with chatterboxes to make sure that the conversation keeps flowing on every single table. Importantly this will get the party atmosphere going ready for when the wedding breakfast has been cleared away. Try to keep the party animals apart earlier on in the day as you don’t want them to peak too soon! You’ll want them to get the celebratory mood going on the dance floor later on in the evening! 

Think about any children who will be attending as well. Do they need to be with their parents? Or if there are lots of them, will you need a children’s table which will be in easy sight of all of the parents? Having a separate children’s table might also be very helpful for the catering staff as they’ll know that all of the children’s food is going out to one place in the room. 

Finally, the way that you display your table plan is also important! As a large piece of information, or signage, you can demonstrate your wedding theme, if you have one, in brilliant and spectacular ways. If you are imaginative and artistic then I’m sure you’ll have no anxieties about showing off your creative talents, but if not then there is a new trend towards hiring people to make you an entirely unique table plan on companies like Not On The High Street, People Per Hour and even Ebay.

Xx