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Q. We're heading straight off on honeymoon the day after our wedding and as we're hiring lots of products, including the groomsmen's suits, we're concerned about how we'll return everything. What do you recommend we do to ensure we're not charged any late fees? And what shall we do with all our wedding gifts?
A. Paula Burns says: If you don't have a wedding planner, you'll need to start thinking about your wedding network at least two months before your big day – choosing very carefully! This can be made up of friends or family, but they must be people you trust. Everyone enjoys the build up and excitement of a wedding, but once it's all over, the clear up operation doesn't have the same appeal.
First, you'll need to talk to your suppliers regarding the pick up or return processes. Some suppliers will pick up from the venue for you free of charge or for a small fee. This can be a much simpler process than arranging the returns yourself. For everything else, allocate one person from your team for individual responsibilities. Remember to provide them with all the contact details of everyone they'll be dealing with and the deadline dates and times.
The responsibility of your wedding gifts starts on your wedding day. Allocate someone to keep an eye on the area where all your presents are collected and displayed. At the end of the night, they'll also be responsible for collecting everything and keeping things safe until you return from honeymoon.
Q. When do you recommend newlyweds send out their thank you cards? We're jetting off to the Caribbean after our nuptials and by the time we're back and I've had time to write them all, it could be at least a month after we've got married; is it rude to leave it this late?
A. Louise Kelly says: It's totally normal for married couples to wait until they return from honeymoon before they tackle the dreaded job of thank you cards. Many choose to incorporate a photo from their big day into the design and at peak season, this can take a few weeks to get hold of, which can delay you sending out your thank you cards as much as your actual honeymoon.
I personally recommend couples aim to have them written and sent out within three months, contrary to the popular myth that there's a grace period of a year to send them. Some other tips that are useful include:
Q. I'd love to have my bouquet preserved so that I can keep it for years to come. What should I do with it after the big day while I'm away on honeymoon?
A. Hilary Cooke says: A dried bouquet makes a beautiful memento of your wedding day. It can become a work of art for your home, hung or mounted on display forever more to remind you of your special day.
We'd always recommend that you get your bouquet dried professionally so leave it with an expert while you're away, but if that's not possible give it a go yourself. Generally, small flowers dry better than larger ones.
Also, flowers shrink as they dry, so your finished bouquet will always be smaller than the original size. It's recommended that you use a sealant designed for dry flowers to get the best results. Before drying, ensure your flowers are completely free from moisture, like dew, for example. There are two methods of drying your bouquet – here's how:
Q. I'm nervous about taking my wedding ring on honeymoon, as it'll be so new and precious. How do you advise I look after it and keep it safe while we're away?
A. Matthew Mullody says: The first piece of advice that we'd offer any new bride taking their engagement and wedding rings on honeymoon would be to have your rings insured before you leave. You can obtain detailed insurance valuations that include photos of the rings as well as in-depth descriptions of any diamonds, gemstones and the settings that they're mounted in. To care for your rings whilst you're away, we'd advise that you take them off whilst applying any cream or lotion, such as sun cream, as these can stick to the surface of diamonds and reduce the shine on the metal. We'd also recommend you take care of your rings if you're doing any physical activities where they could be at risk of being knocked or scratched.
We offer a free diamond cleaning service to all returning brides if you need your ring restored to its original sparkle – and we always like to hear about your honeymoon!
Q. We're a very close family and would love to take our children on our honeymoon with us, but do you think it's a bit taboo, and are there resorts that would accommodate this?
A. Demelza Rayner says: It's perfectly acceptable to head off on your honeymoon, kids in tow. Top-class hotels and tour operators are recognising that this is a market that's seen incredible growth in the past couple of years. As a result, more resorts than ever are offering incredible 'familymoon' breaks, combining luxurious accommodation and facilities with fun activities for the little ones.
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