A Checklist for the Perfect Wedding


Your wedding day is one of the special occasions in your life, and it signals a new chapter in your life, as you and your partner make a solemn commitment to each other. For this reason, you should really pull out all the stops and make the day truly memorable, and with some careful planning, and even a few surprises, your wedding day will be one to remember for all the right reasons. In order to help you, here is a list of essential items that should be included.

  • The Rings – Of course, you will need to be sure that both rings are safely with the best man, and they should be purchased well in advance and kept somewhere safe until the morning of the wedding, when they are to be handed over to the best man.
  • A Big Surprise – If you are British, you will no doubt be aware of how lucky it is to have a chance encounter with a chimney sweep on your wedding day. This ancient tradition is said to be dated back to the 18th century, when King George’s horse was spooked by a dog, and before the horse could throw the king, a chimney sweep took hold of the reins and calmed the frightened beast, saving the king’s life in the process. The king was so grateful, he invited the sweep to his daughter’s wedding, and then proclaimed that chimney sweeps are allowed to wear top hats, something that was usually restricted to royalty and aristocrats. If you are planning to get married soon and live in the Home Counties, there are chimney sweeps in Berkshire and surrounding counties who will gladly attend your wedding, dressed in the traditional sooty clothing, and he will even bring his black cat with him to make the occasion complete.
  • The Honeymoon – If you and your bride are to jet off somewhere exotic for a few weeks, make sure you have everything prepared. Passports, air tickets, and hotel documentation should all be packed away, ready for the trip to the airport. Of course, it is likely that the parents will be helping with the wedding arrangements, and this task might fall to a third party.
  • A Surprise Gift – Your partner will be truly shocked if you plan a special gift. It might take the form of a romantic hot air balloon trip during the honeymoon, or perhaps arranging for there to be a bouquet of flowers waiting in your honeymoon suite, but whatever you choose, keep it a secret until the big day.

If you or your bride are at all superstitious, hiring the chimney sweep will surely bring good fortune to you both, and even though chimney sweeps are very thin on the ground, there are still many homeowners who use their services, and there is one in the south of England who also attends weddings at a very reasonable cost.