So, he's popped the question and you've said "yes". Now the real work starts as you and your beloved – not to mention your families – start to plan and prepare for your most magical day.
The first thing to do is to make lists. It sounds boring but it really will help you get things right and not forget something particularly important. Your head will be swimming with all those ideas and desires to make it the perfect day. Here are some thoughts to help, especially when considering having your wedding in a luxurious location abroad.
Weddings don't plan themselves; so step back a moment, take time to think about what you want and then work it through. This early planning will help reduce your stress levels and ensure everything is right on the day.
Perfection is nice but not always attainable
Set yourself goals but remember – and don't worry – that the best-laid plans don't always work out. In fact, sometimes those little unexpected occurrences can make for joyful moments. Your dress train gets tangled up with dirt and leaves? A child spills a drink on your husband's suit? Embrace the moment, it doesn't matter. What matters is that you celebrate your love for each other.
Plan the venue
Depending on where you live and the size of your family and friends and where they live, choosing a wedding venue has moved on from the local church or registry office to opportunities to go to beautiful destinations. If you want to push the boat out then why not look at some of the amazing places in the Middle East that will host your wedding to the highest standards and provide everything you and your wedding party will need.
Drop into Dubai, explore Egypt or journey to Jordan, there are superb hotels throughout the region that will help make your special occasion even more special.
Getting yourself ready
You're going to look your absolute best for your wedding, so think ahead about what you want in terms of your beauty preparations. It's the bride that everyone looks to, and though your husband-to-be will also be putting time and effort into his appearance, you'll be the center of attention. As you should be.
You'll want your skin to be perfect, so look carefully at your face and body to decide what you want to do. You may want to get rid of hair on your body or face that you think is unsightly, so consider laser hair removal that can be carried out near you, or look at more locations, especially if you are traveling abroad.
Plan for your hair stylist as soon as you can once you have arranged your venue, get a nail technician to prepare and color your nails as you want, and decide if you want to have a tan. If you do, head to a salon to get the tan you want.
Marriage is such an exciting time that you can be swept up in the moment. From cake to photography, grooming and guests, keep yourself focused and give yourself the very best of days.