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When we first decided to get married (about 2 weeks after we met - no joke!), we were completely unaware of the maze of decisions facing us. Not being religious, a civil wedding was the more sensible option. Unfortunately, we currently live in a not-so-nice part of London and the local registry office leaves a lot to be desired - complete with bus stop by the door (perfect for photographs - not!). Browsing through the various wedding magazines did not help much either until I came across Wedding Day. In my opinion it is the only wedding magazine to offer real advice for real brides. The ideas ar always affordable and I particularly like the true-life weddings they feature in each issue. It was in Wedding Day that I spotted my dream venue - Tabley House in Cheshire and after one quick phone call we arranged to look at it after which we paid a deposit to secure our date. The total cost for getting married there is £350.00. All the other magazines didn't feature anything below £3,000!! When I initially saw these costs I thought it would be cheaper to marry aboroad particularly as I am a travel agent and can get some excellent concessions. But wouldn't it be a shame if young couples on a budget were forced to marry overseas away from their friends and family purely because venues in the UK are so pricey? I believe that people who can spend £3,000 on a venue and £1,000 on a mother-of-the-bride outfit (which I have also seen in wedding magazines) are able to afford a personal wedding planner anyway and are hardly likely to be scanning the titles at the newsagents for wedding tips. We need more realistic, down-to-earth ideas for down-to-earth couples.
Wedding Day magazine has only been around since late 1999, but in my opinion it's the best wedding magazine there is. It's the only wedding magazine to be published every month, or almost every month, as there is a double issue in summer and at Christmas. The first issue I bought was the April 2000 issue, and I bought it solely for the article it had on getting married in a castle. The difference between Wedding Day and the other bridal magazines, is that it immediately says "quality". The articles are great, the coverage of real-life weddings is extensive and it just has so much more class than any of its' rivals. It's cheap too, relatively. It's only £3.00, which is cheaper than all the others. Although there are 10 copies of Wedding Day every year, rather than 6 of all the other wedding mags, it's worth forking out £30 for all 10 issues, as it's just so much more informative than anything else. Mind you, I admit, I buy all the other mags as well, but Wedding Day is the only one I'd consider a subscription to. Definately worth buying every month.