It might not be usual for the wedding planner to formulate a strategy for the big day BEFORE a marriage proposal has actually been made.
But that’s exactly what Reena Mistry, events coordinator at Ribby Hall Village, Wrea Green did – for her own wedding.
She planned the whole event, in secret, down to the finest detail, before her partner Vimal had even proposed.
Now that the engagement ring is firmly on her finger, Reena, 24, who lives in Preston, has confessed to her fiance everything’s in place for their big day at her workplace, in August, next year.
She says: “I started planning the three-day wedding celebration five months ago. I’d organised the theme, decoration, centrepieces and much more, before Vimal proposed.
“Without me knowing, he’d bought the ring, asked my father for his permission, and organised a weekend away when he proposed.
“Afterwards, I told Vimal I’d booked everything. He didn’t quite believe me until I showed him all the emails and paperwork. Vimal was shocked – but relieved that he didn’t need to do anything as it was all done... typical!
“Since I was a child, I’ve always wanted a big summer wedding with a beautiful long white dress and a special occasion to celebrate with friends and family.
“Our wedding will start on the Friday with gifts offered as pre-congratulations, followed by an evening dinner and Indian dancing.
“On the Saturday, the groom will be escorted to the wedding venue in a lively procession of music and dance with family and friends. He breaks an earthenware pot to symbolise his commitment, and under the wedding canopy he is fed honey and milk.
“I will join him and we exchange flower garlands before being tied together with a piece of white cloth to symbolise our union, and we will recite wedding vows.
“On the Sunday, 100 guests will be at the civil reception in the summer house at Ribby Hall Village, followed by canapés and photos. The evening reception includes a fantastic meal and lots of dancing.
“Without the help, love and support from both families and of course, Vimal, I wouldn’t have been able to look forward to my dream wedding.”
As Vimal, 26, who is an international enrolment manager at Coventry University, and Reena share the same surname, the bride will just change her name from Miss to Mrs Mistry.