Three weeks to the big day this Saturday. And I'm still sane.
The biggest thing that I've discovered about this whole wedding planning business is that there is always something that you've not thought about: 'How is everyone going to hear the speeches? (PA system hired), 'What am I going to display the tablename postcards on?' (giant wooden clothes pegs ordered), 'Hell, what are we going to put the cake on?' (cake table requested from the caterers).
But there's still ribbon to order, menus and order-of-services to print, tableplans to do, RSVPs to chase all to fit in with my daily obsession of checking who has bought what from our gift list (trust me, it's addictive).
But one huge non-wedding tick this week is that this year's Brides Honeymoon Guide is out next week! For obvious reasons (I edit the guide) I found choosing my honeymoon hotels one of the most fun but at the same time most difficult decisions of the whole process. We settled on Sri Lanka for the first leg of our trip, partly as not one single person I spoke to who had holidayed there had a bad word to say about it.
One of the great things Sri Lanka has is that it is dotted with unique boutique-style hotels, each with its own character and charm. One of which we are staying in is Kahanda Kanda (www.scottdunn.com/luxury-holidays/asia) near the Dutch colonial town of Galle. Now boutique hotels aren't for everyone, I know. Yes there's no 10-treatment room spa or WIFI in every room, but you almost always find a sense of place, originality and, often, a fascinating local owner cum self-appointed tour guide.
Our second stop was chosen for location as much as it is a gorgeous hotel - this time part of the luxury Aman chain: Amanwella (www.scottdunn.com/luxury-holidays/asia). Sometimes on your honeymoon you just want to feel like you are the only people on the planet (or at least on the beach) and 5-6hrs drive from the airport (yes really, but it will be worth it) Tangalle has just that beach: pristine, deserted, bliss... oh, and fringed with palm trees, naturally. I'm counting down the days.
For more blissful honeymoon hotels pick up the new September/October issue of Brides next week complete with this year's Honeymoon Guide, and get dreaming...
For more luxury honeymoon ideas from Scott Dunn visit www.scottdunn.com/luxury-holiday/luxury-honeymoons