At this time of year it is very likely that there are lots of new brides and grooms out there reading the blog. Christmas and new year are the busiest time for proposals, so I’ll make a strong guess that many of you are currently in a bit of a mind field, searching the internet for advice and trying to figure out just how you are going to pull of the wedding of the year, while keeping your sanity!
Well never fear as today I am here to help!
With many years as a wedding planner behind me I have compiled a 12 month to do list just for you to help you plan your dream wedding. It includes pretty much everything you will need when it comes to panning your big day, from when to book the venue, to what to do on the actual day of the wedding. I hope you find it useful!
12 months before the wedding
• Pick a date for your wedding
• Decide what sort of wedding you want; take your time with this.
• Write up your guest list and decide on numbers
• Work out your budget and find out if any family members will be able to contribute.
• Work out how you are going to spend your budget and work out what is important to the both of you
and divide up the budget accordingly
• Open a wedding bank account
• If having a church wedding, visit your priest and book the church
• If having a civil ceremony, contact your local registrar to book the date and time and an appointment
to give notice of marriage
• Book a wedding planner if you want someone for Full Planning
• Research venues, visit top 3 – 5
• Start looking at blogs/internet/magazine ideas and inspiration
• Don’t make any rash decisions, think about it all and way up your options on all decisions to be made
• Organise your engagement party
(Photo by Emma Boileau Full Wedding HERE)
11 months before the wedding
• Make final decision on your venue and book
• Book Your Photographer
• Take out wedding insurance
• Bride go dress shopping
• Choose your best man, bridesmaids and ushers
• If reception venue requires a marquee, book this along with furniture and any equipment
• If you need to hire in outdoor caterer and bar, look for these and get menu ideas
• Look for wedding invitations
• Compile names and address for gust list and send out save the date cards if you decide to have them
10 months before the wedding
• Book your wedding planner if you want someone for partial planning
• Decide on your band/DJ/entertainment and book
• Go on engagement shoot with photographer if you are having one
• If venue is providing food, talk through the options with them.
• Decide on themes and colours
• Book the videographer
(Photo by Ben Higgins, Full Wedding HERE) (more…)
Happy Wednesday everyone and what a cracker of a wedding I have for you today, you are going to love it! Sent into me by Sasha from Sasha Weddings it’s a day full of vintage loveliness, from the vintage inspired outfits, through to the wonderful decorations that fills this amazing Barn venue. Leanna and Ben created a day that was truly unique to them full of amazing ideas and personal touches. From the beautiful yellow bridesmaid dresses, to Ben’s dashing suit, right through to the gorgeous table arrangements, this wedding just oozes vintage chic charm.
Vintage, unique and amazing
Leanna and Ben were married on 5th April 2014. The ceremony was in Woodingdean, Brighton and the reception was located in Pulborough the ‘Fitzleroi barn’ ‘We really wanted something different and vintage looking so we looked at several barns but this one really stood out for us, it’s on a working farm, the views and location are incredible they were amazingly helpful and provided an excellent level of service what also sold it to us was the fact it was private and we had the barn for the whole weekend so we were able to go up on the Friday and make it extra special buy putting all our little touches to it. We had 90 guests all day and an extra 45 for just the evening reception. It took us Roughly 9 months to plan.’
As many of you may know my life in the wedding industry started as a wedding planner. I have planned many amazing weddings, met some amazing couples and worked with some fabulous suppliers. As a wedding planner I often get asked by others how they can make it as a wedding planner, well today I have the answer for you!
When I started the world of wedding planning was quite a limited one, it was still kind of unknown and seen as a bit of luxury. Things have changed since then and there are more and more brides looking to hire a planner for their day, whether it be to plan the entire wedding, help with finding suppliers, styling the day itself, or help with co-ordinating the actual wedding day. DIY brides especially are turning to the help of a planner as they are finding that it is near impossible to bring all of the DIY elements together themselves. For this reason there has been a huge demand in wedding planner over the past couple of years…………so do you think that wedding planning could be for you?
If so then I have just the thing fo you. A two-day intense wedding panning course that will give you all the information you need to start-up your own wedding planning business. Taught by two highly experienced and award-winning wedding planners you will leave the course armed with the tools you need to set up your own business.
The course runs : Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd March 2015
Covering: Setting up a Wedding Planning Business & Planning & Coordinating a Wedding
Price: Full Weekend – Only £650! pay over 2 or 3 monthly instalments
Based in the Midlands and Yorkshire, The Wedding Planning College offers training events, mentoring and ongoing business support to those wanting to either start their own wedding planning company, become a wedding planner as part of an existing company or progress in their role as a wedding coordinator at a wedding venue anywhere in the UK.
I just love todays wedding, which features the cutest couple in the most adorable outfits, which were all hand-made by the bride, even the grooms suit! Both Samantha and Adrian live in Hong Kong but came over to the UK for the wedding so it could be held at Samantha’s family church. From Hong Kong she managed to design and tailor make her own gorgeous 50s/60s inspired dress, as well a the six bridesmaids and Adrian’s dinner suit, clever girl I’m sure you will agree! Adrian also gave a helping hand by designing the table decorations and what a fantastic job he did I’m sure you will agree. With a stunning venue and some amazing photos by James and Lianne, both in film and digital, I’m sure you will agree this is a fantastic wedding.
‘A magical day among the cabbages with our closest friends and family. A magical night dancing our pants off in the moonlight.’
Samantha and Adrian were married on 9th August 2014 at St. Andrew’s Church, Butterwick, Lincolnshire and the reception was held at Elms Farm Cottages, Hubbert’s Bridge, Lincolnshire. ‘We live in Hong Kong, but wanted to have our wedding closer to Samantha’s family in Lincolnshire. Samantha grew up in the small village of Butterwick, and was even baptised in the church where we were married. Adrian’s family are more seasoned travellers, and flew in from the US. We had 85 guests in total. It took a year to plan but most of the work was done in the eight months before.’
Good Afternoon to you all. I hope you had a lovely weekend and are enjoying the last week of January. Today I am happy to bring you this lovely DIY post from Francesca Stone from Handmake Me. It’s a lovely tutorial showing you how to make a super cute ring dish and it looks really easy to follow. You don’t have to use these just for wedidngs, as I’m sure they would look lovely in any house!
It’s the added extras that make your wedding so special. It’s a day to put together the finishing touches that you will only do once in your lifetime.
Hello Monday and welcome to another exciting week on the blog. How was your weekend? I hope you had a good one? I have another fab week of wonderful weddings lined up for you, starting off with this modern London wedding from Amy B Photography. Obviously I love a boho wedding, full of flower crowns, hay bales and DIY details, but equally I love a modern wedding and that’s what we have today. Hannah and Matthew chose the Hawksmoor because they wanted a cool modern restaurant that serves great food and reflected them as a couple. With giant light up letters to add that extra wow factor this wedding just oozes style and sophistication.
Fun, special the most amazing day of our lives’
Hannah and Matthew were married on 1st November 2014 at St Lawrence Jewery and Hawksmoor, Guildhall. ‘We both live in London and wanted something that reflected us as a couple – a cool restaurant in the heart of the city ticked that box and the value for money at this particular venue was incredible. We had 120 guests in total and the wedding took 9 months to plan.’