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20th August 2019

A Maid of Honour Cheat Sheet to Planning the Perfect Wedding

Okay, so we know you won’t actually be planning the entire perfect wedding yourself but once you accepted the job for the Maid of Honour you became an integral piece of the big day.

The question is, are you ready for it?

Maid of Honour checklist for the perfect wedding

To help you help your bride when it comes to planning the perfect wedding we’ve drawn up a cheat sheet to make sure you are the best Maid of Honour you can possibly be.

What Exactly is the Perfect Wedding?

You may have your ideas of what your own perfect wedding day would be but what about your Bride to be?

It’s important to know exactly how she wants her day to go unless of course, you are already well versed in every detail. Discover her dream wedding venue, the dream dress and do everything you can to help her make those dreams a reality.

Assert Your Authority

When it comes to bridesmaids, we all know they can get a little rebellious at times so it’s your job to herd them like a professional cattle wrangler. You are leader of the bridesmaids for the foreseeable future so let them know who’s boss, like Beyonce.

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If one doesn’t like the dress or the other doesn’t like the fancy dress theme for the hen party, tough!

It’s up to you to keep the peace and get them to the dress fittings, hair and make-up tests, bridal shower and then hen party in an orderly fashion and with a smile.

Plan The Perfect Hen Party

Start your hen party plans by listening to your Bride-to-be’s wishes and then completely ignore most of what she has to say.

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Every Bride-to-be may say she wants a classy, ladylike hen party but deep down you know she’s lying. Pull out all the hen party clichés and make sure the Bride-to-be is the centre of attention on the night and you’re golden.

Signature Living Hotel has the ideal group accommodation for hen parties and, when it comes to planning the perfect hen party in Liverpool, they are number one on every list. With everything from epic pool parties to Million Dollar Men nights and even adult-themed afternoon teas, a Signature Living hen party is always unforgettable.

Our helpful reservations team at Signature Living will help you plan every aspect of the most epic hen party ever, so all you need to do is pretend you are listening to your bride-to-be and let us do all the dirty work.

Plan An Even Better Bridal Shower

This is your chance to give the Bride the classy pre-wedding event she says she wants. Inviting all the right people and picking the perfect wedding shower venue is key.

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Whether it’s an at-home garden party or a private soiree in an exquisite city centre events venue you are the hostess with the mostess and there’s no room for failure.

Learn How to Be a Human Shield

One of your most important jobs is to shield the Bride from any possible and unnecessary drama or stress.

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So get out your Wonder Woman Bracelets of Submission and block all that negativity so your Bride will have the perfect wedding day of her dreams, without any of the bother or hassle.

Study That Guestlist

Time to climb the family trees of the Bride and Groom because you may think you already know everybody but you are wrong.

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Your Bride to be will have aunties and uncles you’ve never met and distant cousins you’ve never heard of and don’t even start on the Groom’s side.

You will be the main contact for all these guests on or before the big day so, to save your Bride having to answer everyone’s urgent questions, you need to know names.

Get Involved in Planning

If you know the ins and outs of the big day then you are instantly more helpful when the Bride forgets something or the Groom shows up in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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Find out the when, where, how and who as fast as you can, and help your Bride enjoy the perfect wedding day she’s always wanted.

The Big Day Checklist

Just in case you get overwhelmed yourself it might help to have a small checklist to hand just for your peace of mind;

  • Don’t forget the veil
  • Have a safe place for the wedding band
  • Know the wedding planners number
  • And the Best Man’s (he could become your best friend on the day)
  • Don’t drink too much pre-wedding champagne

Keep it together missy.

Maid of Honour Emergency Kit

To make sure you are ready to meet the needs of your Bride pack our Mary Poppins-style emergency kit with everything you could possibly need on the Big Day;

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  • Sewing Kit – for rips and tears
  • Nail and eyelash glue – in case either should falter throughout the day
  • Make-up touch up kit – because
  • Hairspray and hairpins – for any hair-related mishaps
  • Tissues – for happiness tears
  • Stain removal wipes – for spills and smudges
  • Paracetamol – for your own headache
  • A hip flask – for pre-ceremony butterflies
  • The Brides favourite sweets or chocolates – for low blood sugars and nibbles
  • Flats – because your Brides shoes are fab but very high
  • Phone charger – you are the emergency contact and need to capture candid camera moments

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.

After all, this is said and done you will have helped your Bride plan the perfect wedding and given her the support she needed throughout the perfect wedding day. And don’t worry, you can always pay her back by asking her to be your Maid of Honour when it’s your turn to walk down the aisle.

Signature Living Weddings

We are every maid of honours best friend at Signature Living Weddings because we have all the tools to make sure your Bride’s perfect wedding day is delivered.

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Our exquisite Liverpool wedding venues each have a unique character and charm that can be tailored to be everyone’s perfect wedding.

From the elegant and intimate to the grand and remarkable, each Signature Living wedding venue delivers exactly what any and every Bride could dream of for their perfect wedding day.

Call 0151 305 3753 or have a browse around our amazing wedding packages to see the different ways Signature Living can make all your wedding day dreams come true. We have put together the perfect packages that cover everything you could think of and more for hosting a dream wedding day with Signature Living Weddings.

Like our latest venue at Rainhill Hall where you can book;

  • Prosecco and canapés (2 per person) on arrival
  • Three-course wedding breakfast
  • Half bottle of house wine per person with the wedding breakfast
  • Prosecco for the wedding toast
  • Mini Evening buffet
  • ‘Love’ letters
  • Fully stocked candy cart
  • A cake stand, cake knife and wedding post box
  • Table name/number stands and easel for your table plan
  • Bridal Suite the night of your wedding (subject to availability)
  • Civil Ceremony in The Chapel (optional)
  • A designated wedding coordinator and events manager

This will cater to up to 50 daytime guests and 80 evening guests all in Liverpool’s newest and dreamiest wedding venue. Prices start at just £8,500 (varying depending on dates) and can be booked as of now with our talented team of wedding coordinators.

Keep up to date with news from our wonderful wedding open days and browse our blog archives for more ideas and inspiration.

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12th July 2018

10 Things Everybody Forgets to Do Before Their Wedding

From taking in the beautiful venue you’ve chosen, to enjoying the experience of walking down the aisle as newlyweds, the day of your wedding is going to be a magical whirlwind. But on the morning of the big day you’ll probably be a little bit panicky and all over the place.

To keep things running smoothly, make sure you write up a wedding checklist a few days before so you can calm those pre-wedding nerves and enjoy the day without any stress. After all, it’s meant to be a beautiful occasion all about you and your partner!

There’s always a few important things that the happy couple tend to forget leading up to the big day. Writing up a list of all the little details you might forget ensures any problems can be fixed early on and guarantees it will be a truly memorable occasion.

Here are 10 things that often get forgotten to add to your checklist.

1. Pack a Pair of Comfortable Shoes

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The shoes you wear on your wedding day might be the most gorgeous pair you’ve ever owned, but if they pinch your toes while you’re dancing, their beauty isn’t going to cancel out how much your feet hurt.

Remember to take a spare pair of comfortable shoes to slip into when you get to your reception. They don’t have to be boring – why not buy some sparkly trainers or elegant flats?

And gents, this applies to you too. Fresh-out-the-box brogues can be just as uncomfortable. You don’t want to spend your wedding night sitting down, so make sure to pack a pair of shoes you’re happy to dance the night away in.

2. Make Sure You Have a Touch-Up Makeup Kit

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Weddings are teary events for everyone. But if you’ve just had your make-up done for the special day, you don’t want it half way down your face after only a few hours.

Giving someone in your party a little bag of makeup for touch-ups throughout the day will make your life so much easier. Remember to include eyelash glue if you’re using fake lashes – it’ll be a lifesaver.

3. Remember to Eat!

A typical mistake lots of spouses-to-be make is forgetting to eat on the big day. Make sure you eat a big breakfast and a light lunch. Then you’ll have plenty of energy to get you through to the reception but won’t feel stuffed just before your ceremony. Nobody wants fainting newlyweds!

If you’ve chosen the stunning White Star Grand Hall as your venue, why not book a wedding breakfast at the Carpathia Champagne Restaurant and Bar in 30 James Street? With stunning waterfront views and a delicious menu, the friendly staff will be happy to accommodate your wedding party before the big day.

4. Drink Water

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Yes, we all know staying hydrated is important. But it’s something that’s easy to forget on the big day. Make sure you take regular sips of water from the word go and don’t just rely on bubbly to keep you refreshed. You don’t want a headache to set in as you walk down the aisle!

5. Don’t Forget Your Undergarments

Underwear seems like the last thing you’d forget but you’d be surprised how often it gets left behind. Make sure you pack it alongside your dress so you aren’t left borrowing your bridesmaid’s red knickers or wearing your old, holey underpants on the wedding night.

6. Assign a Post-Wedding Caretaker

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If you’re jetting off on a gorgeous honeymoon straight after the reception, assign a family member or friend to pick up the belongings you aren’t taking with you, like you dress and pre-wedding outfit.

7. Remember The Kids

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Children can make or break a wedding day – make sure that any little ones have ample activities or a baby sitter to look after them and keep them entertained.

Every parent knows the pain of bored children acting up, so if you’re got something to keep them happy, you’re less likely to have screaming toddlers during the toasts and embarrassed parents leaving early.

8. Set More Than One Alarm

You might think waking up would be easy, but mistakes happen, and alarms can fail! Make sure you’ve set an alarm and a back-up as well, so there’s no chance you’ll sleep in and wake up in a panic.

It’s a good idea to assign a friend or family member to give you a call or come and check you’re up first thing in the morning just to be doubly sure you don’t hit the snooze button accidentally.

9. Get Your Emergency Bag Together

On the day things do go wrong, so plan in advance to minimise the disruption. Get someone in your party to carry a little bag with needle and thread, double-sided tape, safety pins, tampons, hairspray, breath mints, wet wipes, scissors and deodorant in it.

Then you’ll be prepared when that hem comes down on a trouser leg, or the lunchtime snack before the ceremony ends up stuck in your teeth.

10. Make Someone the Memories Collector

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In the magic of the day, it’s easy to enjoy the experience and forget to collect any mementos that you might want to keep to remember the special day. Assign someone to collect the little things that will help capture the moment like flowers to press, menu cards and pieces of ribbon from bridesmaids’ hair.

You don’t want to be thinking about this on the day – but you will really appreciate having physical memories in years to come.

At Signature Living Weddings, our capable wedding coordinators will be on hand throughout your wedding journey to keep everything running smoothly and ensure your special day is a magical experience. We always go the extra mile to make sure you have your dream wedding in a beautiful venue.

From the historic Exchange Hotel in Cardiff to the iconic Cunard House on Liverpool’s waterfront, each of our hand-selected venues make perfect, romantic backdrops to your wedding.

If you’re planning your special day and want to find out more about our stunning venues, get in touch with our team by calling 0151 236 0166 and take your first steps towards an unforgettable day.

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