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Well, considering I get married in four months I think I've done well to keep wedding talk to a minimum so far! However, when I saw the product suggestions for this month, I just had to add one of my favourites at the moment, "Perfect Wedding". This is one of two wedding magazines I just don't seem to be able to stop buying. My friend calls it an addiction, but each time I pick this magazine up I get new ideas on how to save money which far outweigh the cost of this magazine. And for around £3 a month I can think of worse addictions to have!
The magazine comes in a smaller than usual size, which is suitable for your handbag. This is useful because it means I can carry it and read it discreetly on public transport or in the staffroom in work without looking like a crazy obsessed bride-to-be! As I said earlier it only costs £2.99 which in the world of wedding magazines is superb value for money, especially considering it's jam-packed with ideas. The higher end magazines cost around £5 each, and are full of adverts and things that the average person could never afford anyway.
This magazine is small, but full of ideas and inspiration. There is a section in the middle where they cover real-life weddings, and this is my favourite bit because I've pinched so many ideas on how to make our day unique (well, our guests will never know these ideas were stolen, unless they read this magazine which would make them stranger than me!). The brides and grooms give advice on what they would do differently, and how you can save money and make sure everything goes to plan. Each wedding is different (obviously!), so you can pick up some great ideas regardless of how big or small your wedding is, whether it's church or not, and even weddings abroad.
The rest of the magazine gives details of things like bridesmaid dresses, favours, accessories, hair jewellery, bridal gowns, table decorations, wedding cakes, suit hire and so on, and it gives examples of places on the high street you can find these things without paying through the nose. It also gives websites to go for inspiration and ideas, and I've found a few reasonably priced ones through this magazine which I might not have stumbled across otherwise.
There are some adverts in the magazine, but you expect these and I'd say they take up a minimal amount of space and some of them are quite useful. I got my artificial flowers after seeing an advert for a reasonably priced company in this magazine, and when they arrived they were absolutely perfect so I was happy I chose them rather than spending hundreds on flowers which will die shortly after the wedding.
There is also a wedding planner in this magazine which I think is printed each month for new brides-to-be. This is really useful though because it tells you what you should be doing on an 18 month timeline (although we crammed ours into a 9 month period which hasn't been as difficult as I thought it would be). It's just good to have something to refer to because you don't want to forget to book anything which might make it difficult to find a supplier nearer the time, for example car hire or photographer.
There are also regular articles each month on specific things such as calming wedding day nerves, how to get the best for your photographer, arts and crafts which can save you money, and many other ideas which will potentially save you money or make your day run more smoothly. The downside to this is that sometimes I'll see something which will give me an idea that's far too expensive for our budget, for example I never knew you could hire bikes which are decorated and used as ice cream vans, and I thought this would be nice for our spring wedding to keep everyone entertained whilst we're having photographs taken. When I saw the price, however, I thought maybe we could send the best man to the local Tesco to get some ice-creams from their freezer LOL!!
This magazine does focus very much on the importance of putting a personal touch on your wedding, and not so much on spending thousands and getting yourself into debt. The real-life stories have given me a few ideas on things like providing survival kits in the toilets, so there's deodorant, mouthwash, plasters for the ladies feet (!) and so on, which is a nice personal touch but doesn't cost too much.
This magazine has helped me immensely so far in planning my wedding, and I might as well admit to my addiction and continue buying it until May. I think the problem may be more serious if I keep buying it after I'm married though..............