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Friday, March 03, 2017

Lifestyle: My Top 10 Wedding Planning Tips For Busy Brides-To-Be

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My 10 Top Tips For Busy Brides-To-Be

Firstly, if you're reading this, likelihood is your getting married, so BIG congratulations on your engagement!

Secondly, I know first hand how daunting wedding planning can be. I'm in the middle of it right now with 8 months to go. 

I got engaged in October, so only four months ago and as I mentioned, we are getting married in 8 months on Thursday 26th October this year so... I've had a year to plan an entire wedding on top of juggling a full-time job, a blog, a social life and general life admin and day-to-day activities! 

I'll be honest, time isn't really on our side, yes ideally I would have agreed to a leisurely two-year engagement with plenty of time to both enjoy being engaged without the worry of an imminent wedding but unfortunately family health issues don't permit, so it is the way it is and I wouldn't have it any other way if it means I am able to enjoy my big day, surrounded by all the most important and special people in my life. 

I know I've only been wedding planning for four months but with our short time-span I've had to be speedy off the grid and can happily admit that I've already organised our venue, sent out save the dates, booked our accommodation, sorted our photographer and florist, ordered my wedding dress and booked our honeymoon, so I wanted to share with you first hand my tips and tricks for all you other busy brides-to-be out there!

1. Think about what date/season you choose to get married. 

If you're not too fussy about whether you get married on a Saturday or a Monday, then I'd definitely recommend that you choose a day mid-week to get married. Believe me, it will make a lot of wedding elements so much cheaper! Hotels, photographers, venues, even some suppliers, will all vary their prices depending on what day of the week your getting married/or whether you've chosen summer of winter for example. 

If you're not fussed about having a dream, summer beach wedding or a white, wintery Christmas wedding then I definitely suggest you choose slightly a day slightly out of season that is mid-week (if this suits you of course). From my own personal experience, you'll save yourself a good chunk of money on hotels, venues, and suppliers. 

We are getting married on the 26th of October, which is a Thursday, and from my own personal experience, having already booked my venue, hotel, photography and florist I can tell you that we already saved about 2K on the venue by having mid-week and out of season and received a 20% discount on our photographer as it was a mid-week date. Hotels - as you already know, rates are always cheaper mid-week and availability tend to better. 

Also, if you're getting married somewhere rural that requires overnight accommodation for your guests make sure you assess the accommodation options before putting down a deposit. Take for example us; we are getting married in Chichester, which is very close to Goodwood and we had our heart set on staying in the Goodwood hotel with our guests. 

We didn't expect there to be any issues as we had already cross-checked our dates against local events like the Goodwood Festival of Speed, however, unfortunately, it turns out that the entire hotel has been booked out across several weeks every Thursday and Friday by a business. Luckily, we have a variety of other accommodation options in the local area so have booked into a different hotel but seasonality and local events are definitely something you should bear in mind. 

2. Utilise online resources. 

Bridebook is one of my favourite online wedding planning sites, not only is it full of tips and tricks for preparing for your big day, it also enables you to search across a host of suppliers in your local area online, creates shortlists and of course submit proposals direct to the supplier. 

It also provides you with friendly countdowns and reminders by email on the run up to your big day!

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3. Attend lots of wedding fairs. 

Local wedding fairs are a great way to meet UK wedding suppliers and venues, mingle with other engaged couples and gather ideas for the planning of your perfect wedding day. Also, its a lovely excuse for a day out with your mum! 

Here's a list of all the upcoming wedding fairs, bridal shows and exhibitions across the UK:

4. Suppliers: Meet up with them in person. 

With some suppliers e.g. a wedding planner, stylist or photographer it's really important to check out your chemistry with the person face-to-face. With other suppliers, a phone consultation or even email correspondence should be enough for you to get an idea of whether you'd like to work with them or not. 

If possible, try to meet up in person or arrange a Skype call depending on locations and availability.

At the end of the day, the likelihood is that you will spend a large part of your day with this supplier and don't need the stress or hassle of having to deal with an argumentative photographer all day who ends up rubbing you and your guests up the wrong way!

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5. Establish a colour scheme.

What colours do you love? Maybe you have a specific season you want to get married, like Christmas, which will help you to decide on what colours you have.

First things first: location. It might be best to have a colour palette in mind as you embark on your venue search, think about what colours you'd like to use (if you happen to have a preference) and whether you'd want to prioritise finding the perfect venue or having your perfect colour palette.

In my personal experience, I had no idea of any colour schemes before embarking on our venue search and ended up falling utterly in love with the first venue we visited offline. The venue ticked all the boxes and the colour scheme we have chosen has taken shape based on the venue. Because we are getting married in a barn, which is in a rural, countryside location my colour palette is going to feature a mixture of rustic, floral, pastel colours throughout.

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6. PIN to your heart's content!

Maybe you have no idea where to start? Pinterest! Seriously, pin to your heart's content. When we first got engaged I spent a lot of time debating where I should start and what exactly what my idea of a "perfect wedding". 

Pinterest was the best place for me to start. I decided to create lots of different boards for various different wedding elements like the venue, wedding flowers, wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, wedding favours, locations, decor inside the venue, props you name it, Pinterest has a bank of images for everything. 

I then started to search out different parts of the wedding and basically pinned anything I liked, I soon gathered an idea for what I really wanted my big day to look like. Naturally, your Pinterest boards will begin to form a theme and you'll start to get a great idea of how you envisage all the different elements piecing together. 

I pin wedding inspiration on the daily, so make sure you check out my Pinterest board for wedding ideas too

wedding planning pin board

7. Bridesmaid Dresses: ASOS, free returns, why not?

I've been browsing ASOS for bridesmaid dress inspiration and I've found so many gorgeous midi and maxi styles that are so affordable!

What's more, ASOS is already my go-to online shop for clothing so I'm confident in the fact I'm already familiar with their sizing and what to expect in terms of shape and quality, plus with the added benefit of free returns I can order a variety of styles and sizes for my bridesmaids to get together and try on.

Check out their range of bridesmaids dresses here. 

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8. Create a budget spreadsheet. 

Planning a wedding is super fun, but at the same time, can easily be one of the most expensive periods of your life. Ensuring you have a wedding budget template in place where you can plot all your forecasted wedding expenses will be a great help in getting organised for your big day. 

By having a solid budget at the back of your mind for each wedding cost this will greatly help when you come to shortlisting possible wedding dresses or suppliers for example. 

Do your research and check out different articles online which provide a budget breakdown of what you can expect to pay, on average for your wedding, bearing in mind, wedding costs will differ from person to person. 

Also, Wedding Ideas Magazine offer some free wedding planning budget spreadsheets if you don't fancy creating your own!

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9. Invest in a credit card!

Chances are you are going to be forking out a fair amount of dollar for your big day. With an average UK wedding forecasted to cost around 20-30K, in my opinion, now is definitely the time to invest into a credit card. Hear me out, I'm not advocating that you go and spend lots of money you don't physically have, but you'll find that a lot of credit card providers offer reward incentives when you use your credit card towards a purchase. 

For example, American Express are known for offering greats deals in terms of travel rewards, e.g. Avios points and air miles with Virgin or British Airways. Alex personally did some research into this and has asked me (where the card is accepted) to charge all wedding expenses straight to our American Express Gold Card

Why you ask? This way we are accumulating lots of points towards free flights in the future. I think we worked out that with all of our budgeted wedding/honeymoon expenditure we would be able to accumulate enough points for free flights to New York for example. Now there's an idea for your honeymoon!

10. Most importantly, enjoy the experience!

Most importantly, don't panic, don't stress and enjoy the whole experience! 

I hope my wedding planning tips helped. If you have any further questions or would like to chat to a like-minded busy bride-to-be just pop me a comment or send me an email :)


1 comment:

  1. These are amazing wedding planning tips and hope these tips will help me in arranging my brother’s wedding which is being arranged at one of best wedding venues around. Planning to find a reputed wedding caterer for serving yummy food there.


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