Probably the most important part of the preparation, and something many couples seem to completely overlook! Make sure you go to your local registry office and state your intention to marry each other in plenty of time. If the wedding day comes round and you’ve not left enough time to get a marriage license sorted, you’ll have a big party with all your friends and family without being legally allowed to marry!
If neither of you have any dietary requirements, then it’s often easy to forget about this. Thankfully, most venues are absolutely brilliant at catering for this sort of thing, but it’s your responsibility to inform the venue in advance. My advice would be to ask for any dietary requirements with your RSVPs so that they’re all in place super-early.
Guests will need somewhere to leave cards and gifts. A word of warning here – I know a couple who got married in a fairly public setting and had some wedding cards stolen, some of which contained cash from their guests! Make sure you have a post-box that’s secured in someway or keep the gift table somewhere in sight at all times, for example next to the top table.