The devil is in the detail when it comes to planning weddings - here are our top tips to make sure you don't foget a thing...

 

THE CAKE: The first decision you need to make is what kind of cake you’re after – whether you want a traditional tiered affair, or a more modern cupcake or profiterole style option.

Cupcakes can be personalised with names or photos and a profiterole mountain can look quite impressive. You need to make a decision in plenty of time as multi-tiered cakes can take months to make and will need to be made and iced in several different stages.

Decide whether or not you want edible decorations, if you want to go for a classic look such as flowers and ribbons, or a quirky theme, perhaps one that reflects your hobbies, and whether or not you want a bride and groom on your cake.

Fresh flowers are a popular adornment for wedding cakes, and can be chosen to match your bouquet if you so wish. Popular choices are orchids, lilies, tulips, gardenias and daisies.

THE CARS: It seems like such a simple affair, but arranging the wedding transport can be one of the biggest nightmares.

The theory is that the more expensive the car, the better you will feel, so Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Rolls-Royce or Porsche are great.

Whatever you decide on, be sure to make preparations early as vehicles can get booked up months, if not years in advance.

As with most things, it’s better to go by recommendation rather than just picking something because it sounds great.

You want to be sure the vehicle gets there on time, doesn’t break down and is appropriate for your wedding. There’s no point going for an open top if you’re getting married in the winter.

The transport should be in keeping with the rest of your wedding and, though it may not seem such a big issue to start with, the transport sets the tone of the whole events.

When you’re arranging transport you also need to consider how your mum and bridesmaids and other members of the bridal party are going to get there – otherwise you may be left standing at the altar.

THE FLOWERS: Colour is often considered the most important element of bridal flowers, but take time to think about the scent as well. Why not go for a bouquet which is fragrant as well as colour co-ordinated?

As a general rule, white and pale flowers tend to have stronger scents than brightly coloured ones, so go for Oriental lilies, tuberose and narcissi if this fits in with your theme. Freesias are the exception, with darker red and pink varieties having a wonderfully strong scent.

The most obvious choice is the rose, which has such a variety of colours it can be used in pretty much any bouquet.

While most commercially grown flowers are in season throughout the year, there are exceptions to this, such as peonies, sweet peas and lily of the valley, so it’s a good idea to think about this when setting your date if you have a vision of your perfect blooms.

There are even a huge range of options when it comes to the shape of the bouquet – would you rather carry a solitary bloom, have a posy style bouquet or a larger drooped shape?

You can opt for silk flowers which will be a lasting memory of your big day.

THE PHOTOS: Booking your wedding photographer may not be high up on your list of priorities – but remember, these will be your memories of your big day.

Whoever you book to take your pictures will be spending a substantial amount of time with you on the best day of your lives, so it has to be someone you can get along with.

Once you’ve taken the time to find the perfect person, make sure you get the agreement in writing. Check the small print and be sure exactly what you’re getting for your money, and when you will have the photos.

A good professional photographer will use his or her creative and technical skills to get the best results as quickly, smoothly and tactfully as possible, but discuss the role you want your photographer to play on your wedding day – do you want them to control events, or blend into the background?

If you’ve spent a long time creating invites, menus, flower arrangements etc, you’ll want these details to be captured as well.

Don’t forget to check with your minister or registrar whether photography is allowed during the ceremony.