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Wedding Season at Drake Circus

Wedding season is finally back and it’s set to be busier than ever.

Whether you’re newly engaged, have your big day in the diary, or have got yourself an invite to toast a new happy couple this summer, here’s our wedding essentials guide for Drake Circus.

Wedding planning

When you’re planning a wedding there can be a lot to consider – from picking the date and venue choices, to guestlists, music, menus and more – it’s tricky to know where to start.

Stay organised from the off with a wedding planner or notebook from Paperchase or Waterstones to help keep all of your ideas, bookings and to-do lists in one place, and stay on top of everything you need in time for the special day.

Wedding planning calendar from Paperchase.

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There’s plenty to be worked through when considering who’ll be joining you on your wedding day. Once you have that agreed, Paperchase also has a great range of wedding stationery for all of your save the dates and wedding invites.

Wedding stationery from Paperchase.

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You may want to go one step further for your extra special guests and treat them to a jewellery keepsake, such as a necklace, cufflinks or personalised bracelet from Allum & Sidaway, Pandora or Ernest Jones.

A woman wearing earrings, a ring and necklace from Ernest Jones.

*image provided by Ernest Jones

Be my bridesmaid gift boxes and personalised hampers are also becoming increasingly popular and are the perfect way to ask your closest family and friends to be a part of your special day.

Create a personalised hamper packed with savoury and sweet treats from Marks and Spencer, as well as a small bottle of champagne or prosecco to celebrate. Or if they’re not a fan of bubbly, pick up some beers, or non-alcoholic fizz instead.

Pre-wedding celebrations

If you’re organising a pre-wedding party at home such as a hen or a stag do, find party essentials such as champagne flutes, party poppers, photo props and accessories at Next as well as party games at The Entertainer.

A champagne flute.

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You’ll also find a great range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks at Marks and Spencer.

From classic Espresso Martinis to minty Mojitos, there’s plenty of inspiration online if you’re looking to create your own cocktail bar. And don’t forget the nibbles!

Dress to impress as a wedding guest

Weddings are the perfect chance to dress up and Drake Circus visitors can find a range of wedding guest outfits to suit all styles and budgets.

A woman wearing a purple dress from Monsoon.

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Whether you opt for a timeless black three piece, or you love a bold print, Next have a range of trouser suits to choose from. Add a pop of colour with a tie and pocket square from Next or Marks and Spencer and shiny new brogues or loafers from schuh to complete the look.

A man wearing a black suit from m&s

*image provided by M&S

If you’re shopping for wedding guest dresses, try River Island and Monsoon. This year’s trending outfits include the classic floral midi dresses, colourful maxi dresses or – for something a little different – try a women’s trouser suit.

A woman wearing a blue and white floral dress from M&S

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Don’t forget the finishing touches. The right shoes, bag, jewellery and all-important wedding fascinator will complete your outfit. Head to Accessorize for a good choice.

Some flower shaped earrings from Accessorize.

*Image provided by Accessorize

Wedding Make-up, hair and beauty

If you’re doing your own wedding makeup, head to Boots who will be happy to offer advice and product recommendations.

You may also want to choose a special wedding fragrance. Head to The Fragrance Shop, The Perfume Shop or Boots where the team will be able to help and let you sample a range of perfumes and aftershaves to make sure you find the perfect scent.

Lancome perfume from The Perfume Shop.

*image provided by The Perfume Shop

Wedding gifts for the happy couple

Choosing a wedding gift is rarely an easy task.

A nice wedding photo frame or photo album from Next is a thoughtful gift that will help capture memories of their special day.

For something a little different, a cookbook from Waterstones filled with recipes for different occasions from date nights to easy weeknight meals is also a great idea.

Or if you’re stuck for ideas on gifts for newlyweds, you can’t go wrong with a voucher from their favourite store.

And finally, Paperchase and Marks and Spencer have a lovely range of cards and gift wrapping for the finishing touches.

Whether you’re tying the knot or are shopping outfits and gifts once you’ve RSVP’d, you can find our full list of stores on our Eat Drink Shop page.

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