The wedding season is upon us.
And whether you are the bride, bridegroom, parents, or if you are not a relative, someone lucky enough to have been invited along to the big day, there is always lots to think about.
Over the years, I have noticed etiquette for weddings has changed with the times.
And now we are finding more and more young couples are paying for their own wedding.
As a result of this, they are putting their own personal spin on the celebration.
I must point out that when I say young couples, the couple who are tying the knot are not always so young any more these days.
Nowadays, the average bride is typically a 28-year-old, and the average bridegroom is now found to be hitting the age of 30 before they walk down the aisle.
It used to be that you would get an invitation through the post, and it would arrive with details of the event and a gift list.
However, these days it is not unheard of for the happy couple to send a note saying they do not want a gift, just your presence.
This can leave us guests feeling a little bit bewildered.
Some people may be wanting to buy something for the happy couple, but don’t know where to start.
Traditionally, shops like ProCook and Cook N Dine see couples due to tie the knot looking for new household equipment and crockery sets.
And I have to say that, as a wedding guest, I do always find a gift list helpful and it is always nice to know that you are buying someone a present they actually want.
The most popular themes for weddings are elegant, classic, vintage lace and shabby chic .
It is good for guests to know what the theme is, so that when they are shopping for their outfit they do not get it wrong.
You can already see that our stores in Doncaster’s Lakeside Village, including Jacques Vert, Roman, Klass and Marks & Spencer, are gearing up for the wedding season.
Beautiful dresses for the mother of the bride and fascinators for guests are in stock, with Jeff Banks and Moss ensuring the men will be suitably dressed for the big day.
We are really looking forward to seeing people at Lakeside Village getting kitted out for less for wedding season as they shop for everything, from outfits to gifts and shoes to rings.
Weddings often do not come cheap. Figures show that the average cost of a wedding in the UK is more than £18,000.
However, you really do not need to spend that much money in order to have a wonderful wedding.
n Cheryl Sadler is the centre manager at the Lakeside Village shopping centre, White Rose Way, Doncaster.