Wedding season is finally back and it’s set to be busier than ever.
Whether you’re newly engaged, have your big day in the diary, or have got yourself an invite to toast a new happy couple this summer, here’s our wedding essentials guide for Royal Victoria Place.
When you’re planning a wedding there can be a lot to consider – from picking the date and venue choices, to guestlists, music, menus and more – it’s tricky to know where to start.
Stay organised from the off with a wedding planner or notebook from Wilko to help keep all of your ideas, bookings and to-do lists in one place, and stay on top of everything you need in time for the special day.
An afternoon with wedding and bridal magazines may also be on the cards. You’ll find a wide selection at WHSmith, filled with helpful hints, tips, ideas and inspiration for your big day.
There’s plenty to be worked through when considering who’ll be joining you on your wedding day. Once you have that agreed, Paperchase have a great range of wedding stationery for all of your save the dates and wedding invites.
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You may want to go one step further for your extra special guests and treat them to a jewellery keepsake, such as a necklace, cufflinks or personalised bracelet from Burrells Jewellers, Claybrooks Jewellers, Toulson Jones or Pandora.
Be my bridesmaid gift boxes and personalised hampers are also becoming increasingly popular and are the perfect way to ask your closest family and friends to be a part of your special day.
Create a personalised hamper packed with savoury and sweet treats from Marks & Spencer, as well as a small bottle of champagne or prosecco to celebrate. Or if they’re not a fan of bubbly, pick up some beers, or non-alcoholic fizz instead.
If you’re organising a pre-wedding party at home such as a hen or a stag do, find party essentials such as champagne flutes, party poppers, photo props and accessories, as well as party games at Wilko.
You’ll also find a great range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks at Marks & Spencer.
From classic Espresso Martinis to minty Mojitos, there’s plenty of inspiration online if you’re looking to create your own cocktail bar. And don’t forget the nibbles!
Dress to impress as a guest
Weddings are the perfect chance to dress up and Royal Victoria Place visitors can find a range of wedding guest outfits to suit all styles and budgets.
Whether you opt for a timeless black three piece, or you love a bold print, Marks & Spencer has a range of trouser suits to choose from. Add a pop of colour with a tie and pocket square from Fenwick and shiny new brogues or loafers from Office to complete the look.
If you’re shopping for wedding guest dresses, try Hobbs, Oliver Bonas or Fenwick. This year’s trending outfits include the classic floral midi dresses, colourful maxi dresses or – for something a little different – try a women’s trouser suit.
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Don’t forget the finishing touches. The right shoes, bag, jewellery and all-important wedding fascinator will complete your outfit. Head to Accessorize for a good choice.
Make-up, hair and beauty
The team at LA Hair are also professionals in hair styling for weddings – whether you want a bouncy blow-dry or a classic up-do, you’re sure to leave the salon looking and feeling fabulous.
You may also want to choose a special wedding fragrance. Head to The Perfume Shop where the team will be able to help and let you sample a range of perfumes and aftershaves to make sure you find the perfect scent.
Wedding gifts for the happy couple
Choosing a wedding gift is rarely an easy task.
A nice wedding photo frame or photo album from Paperchase is a thoughtful gift that will help capture memories of their special day.
For something a little different, a cookbook from WHSmith filled with recipes for different occasions from date nights to easy weeknight meals is also a great idea.
Or if you’re stuck for ideas on gifts for newlyweds, you can’t go wrong with a voucher from their favourite store.
And finally, Paperchase have a lovely range of cards and gift wrapping for the finishing touches.
Whether you’re tying the knot or are shopping outfits and gifts once you’ve RSVP’d, you can find our full list of stores on our Eat Drink Shop page.