Wedding season is upon us and to the multitude of brides out there – we salute you! Planning a wedding can be stressful, just ask any bride neck-deep in guest lists, budget spreadsheets and colour swatches. So for those recently engaged couples or brides-to-be who have only just begun thinking about organising their big day, we have a few handy tips to help keep costs down and your sanity intact. Invitations When ordering invitations, it can often come as a bit of a shock when the quote comes back in the many hundreds of dollars needing to be spent. Quotes from normal retail invitation stores will often still require you to assemble the invitations yourself and do not include an RSVP card or return envelope – adding to your time, effort and costs. One Shiels bride-to-be gave us this tip for invitations: go online. There is a fantastic range of online stores that will customize and print off an array of beautiful invitations, RSVP cards and more for a great price. Etsy is also worth a look for beautiful and unique designs which can be slightly more in keeping with costs, but will still be dramatically cheaper than your normal retail wedding stores. Wedding gifts Many a bride and groom have agonised over whether or not to ask for gifts, to register at a shop or to simply leave it and let guests decide for themselves. Save yourself the angst and opt for the no-fuss-no-muss approach of either a wishing well for guests to place a card and money or give your guests the option of contributing to your honeymoon directly. Many travel agents are happy to set up a gift registry for your guests to contribute money in lieu of a physical present. Just a few clicks of the button online and you’re done! Bridesmaids giftsFor those brides who have quite a few bridesmaids, getting all of them a beautiful gift to say thank you for their support can get expensive. Silver jewellery is always a winner and a lovely way to show your appreciation. Earrings, necklaces with pendants and adjustable bracelets are the easiest choices as you don’t have to worry about resizing jewellery to fit. Our top picks are:

Sterling Silver Infinity 19cm Bracelet Sterling Silver Infinity 19cm Bracelet
Celebrity Inspired Zirconia Teardrop Earrings in Sterling Silver Celebrity Inspired Zirconia Teardrop Earrings in Sterling Silver
Sterling Silver Diamond Teardrop Pendant on 50cm Chain Sterling Silver Diamond Teardrop Pendant on 50cm Chain

Wedding bandsIt was hard enough getting the engagement ring (ladies, amirite?) and now it’s time to figure out the wedding band. For those still at the start of this journey, choosing a bridal set means that you’ve got both rings sorted that are designed to complement each other perfectly. Some of the most popular bridal sets at Shiels are:

Diamond Bridal Set in 9ct White Gold (TW=1CT) Diamond Bridal Set in 9ct White Gold (TW=1CT)
Diamond Bridal 2-Rings Set in 14ct Gold (TW=1.5CT) Diamond Bridal 2-Rings Set in 14ct Gold (TW=1.5CT)
Flawless Cut Diamond Bridal 2-Rings Set in 18ct Gold (TW=50pt) Flawless Cut Diamond Bridal 2-Rings Set in 18ct Gold (TW=50pt)

So there you have it, just a few quick tips to cut a bit of the time and trouble out of organising a wedding. We hope your plans so far are going smoothly and you and your partner are looking forward to your big day!