When you decide to spend the rest of your life together, it's such a wonderful time. Most of your friends and family will want to mark the occasion by buying you a really special gift so why not set up a gift list and take the guesswork out of the whole thing, ensuring you get something you love while making it easy for others to shop? It's easy to set up and use, whether online, by phone or in any one of our shops.
Tip: Remember, your list doesn't have to be limited to our products. You can also choose to add gift vouchers, or contributions towards your Kuoni honeymoon.
Whether you're choosing a traditionally classic style or a contemporary design, your invitations and stationery will really set the scene for your special day. Browse our selection of over 150 designs, and choose your 'save the date' cards, invitations, envelopes, table plans, place cards and thank-you cards, too. We recommend ordering your stationery in plenty of time – orders usually take up to a month, but do let us know if you're short of time. Find out more.
Tip: When you're selecting stationery, it cuts the cost if you print everything at once - so it's worth planning ahead just a little and getting all your printing, including thank you cards, done at the same time.
If you're undecided or just need a little guidance or advice, we can also help you choose a glamorous going-away outfit or create a capsule honeymoon wardrobe that'll be easy to pack and look amazing when you're away. You can make an appointment with one of our expert personal stylists to get a feel for the styles, colours and finishes that will suit your shape from brands like Coast, Damsel in a Dress, Ghost, Hobbs, Phase Eight, Ted Baker, Reiss and Whistles as well as our exclusive own brand range.
We have expert advice and a great selection for dressing mums, bridesmaids and flower girls, too. Why not spend the day together with a beauty make-over or a lingerie fitting while we hand-pick an edited collection that will help you all look your best? Just make an appointment on the fashion floor - your gift list advisor will point you in the right direction. Find out more about the Personal Styling service.
Tip: Grown-up bridesmaids will have their own style, so it can be an idea to give them a palette rather than dressing them identically. Our personal stylists can help you, your bridesmaids and your flower girls find the look to suit the theme of your special day.
Pretty, well-fitted lingerie will do wonders for your figure, improving your posture and streamlining your shape in an instant. We always recommend you choose your dress when you're wearing lingerie that fits, so it's worth booking a free appointment with one of our expert advisors to get properly measured and fitted first.
With a really luxurious selection of gorgeous lingerie to choose from in lovely silks and satins with beautiful lace and ribbon trims, we also stock pretty and practical styles, from seamless bras to designs cut to fit under strapless, backless and deep V-neck dresses. With brands like Chantelle and Elle Macpherson, as well as John Lewis bridal ranges, you'll be spoilt for choice.
Tip: Many brides slim down a little in the months leading up to their wedding. Don't forget that if you do lose weight, you should get measured again a couple of weeks before you get married, to ensure a perfect fit.
Naturally, you want to look your best on your big day and no matter what your preferred look, we can help you. You can make an appointment for a personal skin care consultation and makeover in our Beauty departments, with brands including Bobbi Brown, Estée Lauder and Laura Mercier. It'll give you some great new ideas, whether you're doing your own make-up or having it done professionally.
Don't forget to try out a few fragrances, too - ask the experts on our beauty counters to help find the one for you. With Clarins and Elemis spas in most of our shops, treat yourself to a specialist spa treatment or grooming appointment - and treatments or spa vouchers make excellent gifts for bridesmaids, mothers of the bride and other helpers. It can also be a great way to relax together in the build-up to your day.
Tip: With wonderful photos capturing your day, facials are a great way to get your skin looking and feeling fabulous. You may find your skin needs to settle after a detoxing treatment - we'd recommend allowing about 2 weeks.
Your shoes add the perfect footnote to your outfit, and our shoe departments have a great choice of brands such as Dune, D&G, Kurt Geiger and John Lewis exclusive own brand shoes, too. Many of our shops also offer the professional Rainbow Club dyeing service. Simply bring along a swatch of fabric and we'll help you choose a pair of our gorgeous satin shoes which are then dyed to match and delivered to your door within just 3 weeks.
Tip: Shoes with low kitten heels are elegant and much kinder to your feet when you're standing up all day. If your party's in a marquee, a slim wedge might work better as heels can sink into grass or gravel.
From sparkling engagement rings to simple wedding bands, in contemporary styles or with precious stones, we have an exquisite selection in our jewellery department. Some of our shops also offer a choice of vintage and one-off fine pieces, as well as resizing of rings - just ask in the department. Jewellery makes a lovely gift for bridesmaids, flower girls and helpers, and a watch or a pair of cufflinks are perfect gifts for any men in your wedding party.
Tip: With a beautiful dress and a ring to sparkle, when it comes to your jewellery you'll want to get it just right. If you're wearing a statement dress, we'd recommend keeping your jewellery simple, while a dramatic pendant and earrings will turn up the glamour factor of a simple gown. Ask in our jewellery department if you need help choosing.
It's hard to beat a suit that's cut to perfection and fits like a glove. In our menswear department we stock a great choice of brands, including renowned labels such as Simon Carter and Richard James of Saville Row. All you have to do is choose your suit and, for a small extra charge, it can be carefully and expertly altered for a perfect fit. Our experienced menswear advisors are always happy to help with this and the shirts, ties and cuff links that will add a final flourish to your outfit.
Tip: New shoes, particularly with leather soles, can be slippery at first. If your venue has a marble or stone floor, we'd recommend giving the soles of your shoes a quick rubdown with some sandpaper, or take a walk in your new shoes to roughen them up. And don't forget to make sure you've removed any barcode stickers on the sole - especially if you're planning to kneel during the ceremony!
Bridal bouquets, flower girl posies and table arrangements - rare is the wedding or civil partnership ceremony without festoons of flowers. We can provide traditional bunches of meadow flowers in pretty vases or hand-tied posies on every table, to contemporary centrepieces of calla lilies - all kinds of beautiful blooms to decorate your party.
Lots of effort goes into creating the perfect day and at the end of it, you'll have plenty of people to thank. There are few things lovelier than receiving a beautiful bouquet of specially chosen flowers so when you're thanking your friends and family, why not do it with flowers? To order flowers, please call 0800 188 881 or visit www.waitrose.com/flowers. All deliveries are free to the venue of your choice
Tip: If you're conscious of your carbon footprint, choose flowers grown locally and in season - and perhaps arrange to donate them to a nearby hospital or care home afterwards so they can be enjoyed for longer.
These days wedding cakes come in all shapes and sizes, and Waitrose Entertaining can create, bake and put the icing on your cake. Depending on the type of cake you choose, we recommend ordering it at least 5 weeks before you'd like it delivered. If you're catering your own reception WaitroseEntertaining can also provide the finest canapés and party food, all made to delicious recipes using the very best, freshest ingredients.
Delivery is free - to find out more please call us on 0800 188 884, go online at www.waitrose.com/entertaining, or pick up a catalogue in your nearest Waitrose.
With a specialist selection of award-winners, our Waitrose wine experts are on hand to help you choose a delicious fizz for the toasts, as well as the perfect wines course by course. Delivery is free - to find out more go to waitrosewine.com or call 0800 188 881 for details.
Tip: There are lots of lovely alternatives to champagne for your reception. For a summer celebration, try Pimms and lemonade or authentic Bellinis with Prosecco, and in winter, mulled wine is a delicious choice.
Don't forget that you can add your honeymoon to your John Lewis giftlist and invite friends and family to contribute to your holiday of a lifetime. Whatever your dream holiday, your honeymoon should be absolutely unforgettable. Experts at our selected travel provider Kuoni will use their in-depth knowledge to craft your perfect tailor-made honeymoon. Simply go to www.kuoni.co.uk , call 01306 747005, or visit their in-store concessions in our Oxford Street, southampton, Reading or Cardiff shops to find out more.
Tip: The month you’re getting married may not be the best time to visit your chosen honeymoon destination. Check Kuoni’s destination calendar or ask their Personal Travel Experts the best time of year to go. If your heart’s set on a specific country, you may want to plan your wedding around your honeymoon if you'd like to take straight away!
Your big day matters. That's why John Lewis Wedding Insurance* can take care of the things you can't plan for. We offer flexible insurance to cover your wedding or civil partnership, and it includes cover for things such as gifts, flowers, cakes and the photographer. And you can take out a policy right up until the day before the wedding, so you can relax and enjoy every moment of your special day. To find out more visit www.johnlewis.com/insurance or call us on 0800 916 6820.
Tip: Check all the small print when you reserve your venue or book suppliers. It's rare, but sometimes plans do have to change, so make sure you're covered, then you can completely relax and enjoy your celebrations.
*Terms, conditions, limitations, exclusions and eligibility criteria apply. A full copy of the policy wording and the insurance complaints procedure are available on request. John Lewis Insurance is a trading name of John Lewis plc. John Lewis plc is an appointed representative of AXA Insurance UK plc, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA).