It’s Friday afternoon and Happy Halloween from both of the Kelly’s! Friday means it’s time for another Diary of a Boho Bride. This time we are back with Sarah and Del. Last time they talked about ‘Outside Caterers, Priorities & Budgets’ Today it is all about Admin. Or as they like to call it Wedmin!!!
I’ll pass you over to Sarah and Del…..
How’s the planning going? Hope all is well. We’ve been pretty busy with life in general this month, and so naturally, we’ve looking at getting organised for the wedding. I’m sure Wedmin is everybody’s favourite topic(!) and so as it’s been the most dominant part of wedding planning this month, we thought we’d write about our experiences of it.
Before we start on wedmin though, another update on the preparation. We’ve just come back from another planning trip in Glasgow, where we met with Claire Digance, the Humanist who will be performing our ceremony and Chris from Bespoke Catering. We hadn’t met either before, so it was good to put a face to the name behind emails and phone calls. We’re happy to say that both meetings went really well – really productive as well as enjoyable – success! With Claire we discussed weddings, Humanism in general, and as we were explaining Sarah’s sheer determination to marry outside. No matter what the weather she managed to soak Claire by knocking over her orange juice! Super cringe! But thankfully she was lovely about it and we could carry on talking about options for the ceremony. There really are so many options for Humanist ceremonies, we’re going to have to sit down and discuss exactly what we’d like to do.
Our chat with Chris was also really helpful, as we spoke lots about food (one of our favourite subjects!) and more importantly the timings of the day itself. He talked us through the typical run through of the day and how timings can be really vital in terms of what people remember of your day. Timings were something we knew we had to think about, but we hadn’t really discussed it in depth, in part because it hadn’t been necessary until then. As a result, we’ve made decisions about what time the ceremony will be, when the canapés are served, the time for the meal and made a decision about timings of the speeches. And most importantly, we know what’ll be the best time for us to cut the cake! Chris also spoke to us about tables. Believe it or not, the shape of tables has been a big sticking point between us and now we’ve made that super-important table shape decision. Wedding planning can be ridiculous at some times! So all in all, a productive weekend.
Happy Friday everyone and happy Halloween! How are you all today? I hope you are looking forward to the weekend? Have you got anything planned for Halloween? We are having a little family get together for Dexter and his cousin Ted this evening. They are both very small but now we have children we wanted to celebrate more than we normally would do. I have a cute pumpkin outfit for Dexter that he will be wearing later on and I will be in the kitchen this afternoon making some Halloween treats! Before that though I have the last wedding of the week for you. It’s a super cute barn wedding for you filled with lots of rustic details and loads of DIY and handmade projects. Big thanks to Jules Fortune for the lovely photos.
‘A vintage themed rustic wedding. The most perfect day in the most beautiful setting very personal to us as a couple, everything we could of ever imagined’
Rachel and Daniel were married on 23rd August 2014 at Emmanuel Church, Pleasington, Lancs and the reception Browsholme Hall & The Tithe Barn, Clitheroe, Lancs. I grew up with Immanuel Church and knew I would always want to be married in that church. The venue of The Tithe Barn, we loved as soon as we walked in, we loved the rustic country feel and its uniqueness as a wedding venue, it had beautiful grounds and scenery. We had 68 guests to the day reception, 120 in the evening and it took 16 months to plan.
I have another wonderful styled shoot today which focuses on the importance of using British flowers, and local florists for an Eco friendly wedding. This collection of wedding suppliers got together to create a shoot that focused on home-grown talent and home-grown produce. With a rustic and etherial feel to the shoot the images show off what can be done when great suppliers get together. Beautiful flowers for a beautiful wedding. The Shoot took place in June this year at Clements Farm in Somerset, this is where most of the flowers used in the shoot were grown. Big thanks to Becky Joiner for the photos
‘Use native British flowers, local florists and wedding suppliers to create a beautiful eco friendly wedding. Grow your own wedding flowers or buy native British flowers to produce a boho wedding style of your own!’
A collection of us wanted to create a set of photographs that showcase British flowers, the seasons and to work creatively with out a brief. We wanted to use the land that the flowers were grown on to do make the photographs, which we did.
We did two shoots. A Spring and one mid summer, just because it allowed us to show different flowers that peaked at different times.
The idea behind the shoot was to form a successful collaboration of all things ‘local’ and ‘British’ such as blooms, confetti, hair and make-up, bridal wear, photographer and a florist. Our inspiration was then to promote all things British along with the ability to source ‘local’. To showcase beautiful locally grown blooms from native British wild flowers to beautiful English roses, highlighting the possibility to create a truly unique and fabulous wedding to suit different styles and budgets.
As you work intuitively on a styled shoot, you plan what you are going to do but we also worked creatively on the day and made new stuff happen too. The weather was amazing, the early evening sun really made a difference. I find that working on a styled shoot allows you to work with a group of like minded people, and we each have our strengths to make the shoot happen.
We would love to do a Autumn and winter shoot showing what can be done with textured seed heads, evergreens, berries, and winter blooms… faux furs and moody make-up! So that we can show each season. (more…)
Todays wedding is a fun filled, chilled out day, full of yellow, blue and lots of sunflowers. Becki and Marcus decided on a marquee wedding so they could add their own personality to the day. They brought in lots of bright blue and lovely yellow and incorporated with rustic touches, including wild flowers, hessian bunting, chalk boards and old family photos. The celebrations were topped off with chinese lanterns being let off at the end of the night containing messages from the guests. Thanks to Jessica Grace Photography for the images.
‘A chilled-out wedding full of great family, amazing friends, a beautiful setting and most importantly, love and happiness’
Becki and Marcus were married on 2nd August 2014 at St Andrew’s Church, Farnham then Waverley Abbey House, Farnham. We had visited the ruins on many occasions before we were engaged and always thought how beautiful they were. When we found out we could have our reception there, it was a done deal. We had 90 guests in total and it took 1 year to plan.
‘People are funny about Money’ so said Carrie in Sex in the City! And you know what, she’s right! In every aspect of our lives money is often the route of our problems! And it’s true with weddings.
How much people spend on their weddings is often a subject we don’t like to discuss, their budget, who is paying for what…….it’s a topic we don’t like to bring up. One of the questions I ask my real brides in the morning feature is ‘how did you spend/allocate your budget’ and only on a handful of occasions has anyone actually told me how much they spent!
It seems to be a common myth that suppliers add-on extra money to their quotes as soon as someone mentions a wedding, and something that I hear too often. Kirsten our Boho Bride wrote about it on Friday and it was reading her article that made me think I wanted to broach the subject today. As a supplier, I know how hard wedding suppliers work and to be tarnished with the whole ‘They added on extra because it was a wedding’ can often cause upset and is altogether troublesome. I have tried to broach the subject on occasions on the blog with articles such as The Big Wedding Rip Off? A DJ’s Perspective On Why Suppliers Charge More For Weddings Than For Parties and The True Cost of a Wedding Make-Up Artist but feel there is still a long way to go!
(Phot by Reid Photography – Full wedding HERE)
Don’t get me wrong; I am well aware that there are suppliers out there doing a bad job who often give good suppliers a bad name. Some people who will add-on extra for a substandard job, leaving those who go that extra mile bearing the brunt. However, the majority of wedding suppliers out there are either small businesses or self-employed people, who really care about your wedding day, not massive blue chip companies! All of which will go that extra mile to make sure you have the day you dreamed of.
Often, as a wedding planner, I would get calls at 11pm at night, 7am in the morning for things that quite frankly weren’t my problem or in my ‘job description’. Did this stop me? No! I got on with whatever was asked of me and made sure my couples got the first class service that they expected. Why? Because I care, same as pretty much every supplier you will be hiring for your own wedding day. They will all go that extra mile for you. Why? Because it’s your wedding! And that does mean a lot!
When a supplier takes on your wedding, it’s not just a job, they won’t be thinking ‘this will do.’ That supplier is aware that this is the most important day of your life and they will carry out work that will reflect this. In a past life I used to make wedding dresses. Now the amount of stress that one dress could bring as a supplier is astonishing. Knowing that you are responsible for the most important dress that customer will ever wear is a pretty hefty pressure, much more than any evening dress I would have made for a graduate ball or the like! So yes the price had to reflect that responsibility………..same as any supplier. (more…)
Todays wedding is an absolute beauty, with a bride that looks like Sienna Miller and the most amazing photography from Alex Abbot. I just love it and am so excited to share it with you today. Amy and Lee chose the beautiful Cripps Barn in the Cotswolds for their big day. The beautiful barn venue served as a fantastic plan B when their plans of having an outdoor ceremony were dashed by the weather. Amy looked amazing in a Boho style gown, no shoes and flowers in her hand, while Lee looked incredibly dashing in his black suit. What a gorgeous pair these two are I’m sure you will agree and what a beautiful wedding.
‘Bohemian woodland meets mid-summer nights dream! Simple and rustic.’
Amy and Lee were married on 10th August 2014, both the ceremony and the reception were held at Cripps Barn, the Cotswolds. ‘Our primary preference was to get married outdoors. We selected venues that had beautiful outdoor ceremony spots which had lovely back up plans incase it rained. It did happen to rain on our wedding morning, so we had the ceremony in the barn which was just as beautiful. We had 50 guests, we saw the venue a year prior, and slowly planned everything in between. ‘