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How to plan the perfect wedding: Your to-do list

By Rebecca Stanley | Woman | Published:

It’s just over a month until heartthrob Prince Harry and his beautiful other half Meghan Markle get hitched in one of the biggest events of 2018. Millions of people around the world will be watching as the couple tie the knot, with some even planning their own weddings at the same time.

Keep calm – remember all the stress will be worth it

Are you counting down the days until you walk down the aisle, or eagerly searching for information about what the royal couple has arranged? Woman has some top tips lined up for what you – and Meghan – should be sorting in the last month of your wedding planning journey:

CHASE YOUR RSVPS

Harry and Meghan will be hot on the heels of Elton John, Barrack Obama and The Spice Girls this month as they eagerly chase their RSVPs.

Couples are advised to phone and message people who have not yet responded to invitations, and collate the information into a spreadsheet or list. This makes it easier to sort out seating plans in the near future.

GO FOR YOUR LAST DRESS FITTING – HOPEFULLY!

Meghan looked glorious in a white gown during her time starring in Suits, so hopefully this month will mark her last trip to the dress-makers.

For peace of mind, you may want to schedule a fitting the week of your wedding. You can always cancel the appointment if you try on the dress before and it fits perfectly.

ENJOY YOUR STAG AND HEN DOS

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Prince William will surely be picking out the best costumes and embarrassing photos ready for Harry’s stag do.

Though you often see these infamous parties in film and TV taking part the day before the wedding – we advise leaving a little bit more time, so your big day starts without a sore head!

ASSIGN SEATING

Will the duo seat Queen Elizabeth II next to Dave Grohl or Anthony Joshua? A month before the wedding, we advise that couples put their heads together and assign seating plans.

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Draw out table shapes on a layout of the room to help plan place settings. Write the names of female and male guests on different coloured sticky notes so you can move people about without re-sketching the entire setting.

DELEGATE SMALL WEDDING-DAY TASKS

Meghan’s glittering bridal party will have some of the day’s most important tasks on their hands. Choose someone to bustle your dress, someone to carry your things, someone to be in charge of gifts, someone to hand out tips, and someone to be the point person for each vendor – so that all you have to focus on is your big day.

SET TIMES AND LET EVERYONE IN THE PARTY KNOW ABOUT THEM

All couples who are planning a wedding know that it’s stressful – but this can be made so much easier with the implementation of a schedule.

Include every member’s contact information, along with the point people you’ve asked to deal with the vendors, so that anyone can tackle problems if they arise so they don’t have to involve the bride or the groom.

PACK FOR YOUR HONEYMOON

After the stress of planning the perfect day, we’re sure Meghan and Harry will be eagerly-anticipating a well-deserved get-away.

Get excited for your honeymoon early, and get all of the hard work done early, by packing for your break early.

AND FINALLY. . . ENJOY YOUR BIG DAY

We’ll be enjoying the royal wedding from the comfort of our sofas, but no one will be enjoying it more than Meghan and Harry themselves.

Despite all the stress and strains that planning a wedding causes, none of that compares to the moment you walk down the aisle, face the love of your life, and utter ‘I do’ in front of all of your loved ones.

Make sure that you enjoy your big day – Chat to all your guests, boogie on the dance floor, eat lots of food, and party all day and night.

Rebecca Stanley

By Rebecca Stanley
@becci_star

Entertainment journalist for Express & Star and Shropshire Star. Contact me: rebecca.stanley@expressandstar.co.uk

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