Experts Guide - Proposals & Engagement Rings.

Experts Guide - Proposals & Engagement Rings.

The decision to propose to your loved one is such a special but equally important one!

 

It's often a little overwhelming to know how/when to do it and, if you haven't happened to receive a few subtle (or perhaps not so subtle) hints from your 'fiancé(e)-to-be' about the ring of their dreams, the added pressure of choosing the right ring can be quite daunting too!

 

To give you a little helping hand, Nancy and I have been speaking with the incredibly lovely Maxine and Emma at independent and multi award-winning British luxury jeweller 'ROX' to get their top tips and advise on this incredibly beautiful and life changing occasion! 


What do you think the most stressful thing about proposing is?

 

Finding the perfect ring is often the most stressful part about popping the question. There are so many different styles to choose from, so finding one that captures the style and personality of a partner can understandably be a little daunting.

 

We’re honoured to offer help and advice every step of the way to ensure our clients feel comfortable with their choice. However, we are seeing more couples than ever before choose the ring together to remove any element of doubt. In fact, 30 per cent of people who took part in our recent Perfect Proposal Survey with Confetti said that they came ring shopping together.


What are your top 5 proposal planning checklist tips?

No. 1

Timing is everything, so plan ahead. There’s no denying that getting down on one knee is both thrilling and terrifying in equal measure so it’s important to be ready. Making a plan not only makes the moment all the more memorable but it also helps prepare you for the big moment. After all, you don’t want to be lost for words when you have a very important question to ask.

No. 2

Do you know the style of ring your partner has their heart set on? From round brilliant cut solitaire designs to cool emerald cuts, there are a myriad of different designs to choose from so it’s always good to have a sense of what your partner would prefer. Our new Online Concierge Tool is great for those keen to find out more about their partner’s tastes.

No. 3

There’s no escaping the allure of a beautiful diamond but it’s important to know just what makes a sparkler so special. At ROX we believe in the 5Cs which represent Cut, Colour, Clarity, Carat and Certification. Each plays a part in creating a truly mesmerising engagement ring, so it’s important to keep them in mind when searching for the perfect ring.

No. 4

It’s always good to have an idea of your partner’s ring size when looking for an engagement ring but important to remember that it isn’t vital. Most engagement rings can be re-sized to make them larger or smaller, while rings that cannot be adjusted (such as rings with diamonds set on the band) can be exchanged or remade for the perfect fit.

No. 5

Find the perfect spot. A proposal is a moment like no other so it’s important to get the setting just right. For those looking for a little inspiration we have pulled together Perfect Proposal Guides to each of our cities – Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Leeds and Newcastle – which help our couples plan a truly special adventure.


What advice would you give the proposer when choosing the right ring for their potential fiancé(e)?

 

It’s important to remember there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to finding the perfect ring. An engagement ring is a sparkling symbol of commitment and a celebration of your love, so as long as it captures the personality and spirit of your partner you can’t go wrong. If you really can’t decide, why not pop the question with a token ring? That way you have the capture the charm and magic of the moment whilst still allowing your partner the opportunity to choose their own design.


 
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Do you have any proposal do’s and don’ts?

 

Do choose your moment carefully. You only get one shot at the perfect proposal so it’s important to take your time to get it right. A proposal is a reflection of your relationship and a celebration of your love in all its glory so be sure the time, place and mood are just right.

 

Don’t be afraid to show off your romantic side. Whether it’s an intimate dinner at the restaurant where you had your first date or a quirky in-joke that means everything to you both, make it personal to show off your devotion.


What is the average cost of an engagement ring? 

 

The most popular price point for a ROX diamond engagement ring is between £1500 - £3000.  There used to be a saying that you should spend one to three months’ salary on an engagement ring but we say spend what's comfortable.  


Is it a good idea to consult family & friends when selecting an engagement ring, or is it best to choose it yourself?

 

Ultimately it comes down to personal choice. If you feel like you need a little extra advice from friends and family and know they can keep a secret then it could help ease the pressure of ring choice.

 

This is where our Online Concierge Tool comes in handy; you could get their best friend to take the quiz on behalf of your partner to get an idea of designs they might like.


Does a custom-made ring mean THAT it will be much more expensive?

 

It very much depends on what design you’re looking for. We’re proud to be champions of the art of craftsmanship with all of our engagement rings designed in-house and handcrafted in our London workshops. 

 

Only one per cent of the diamonds we see actually make it into our rings and each design is both delicate and charming thanks to its refined features – there really is something for everyone. However, we are able to offer advice on bespoke design for those looking for something a little different.


And Lastly…

 

What is the best advice you could give to someone who is looking for an engagement ring?

 

To put it simply, come in and see us. We’re honoured to become part of your story and our diamond specialists are proud to offer advice and support that is second to none. Customer care is at the heart of everything we do and are proud to offer a service and designs that reflect just that.

 

If you’re keen to have a little bit more information before coming to see us or are interested in shopping online, be sure to check out our guide to the 5Cs so you know what makes a diamond really special and, of course, try the online concierge tool for yourself.

 

 

Visit Rox UK LTD for more inspiration. 

 

 


Style - Finding beauty in the imperfect & practising simplicity.

Style - Finding beauty in the imperfect & practising simplicity.

 

Something we always talk about is our passion for the undone beauty of simple  design. We find that we are constantly drawn to this aesthetic of the simple

 


Where did my love for this type of style come from?


 

As a designer I have always been interested in a clean look; perhaps stemming from my Bachelors in Contour Fashion. As a young designer I would seek out this juxtaposition between overly intricate detailing with a sleek and modern design.

 

 
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It’s this classic style which constantly comes back into fashion, and I believe as humans this is because we need to focus on less…When our minds are so preoccupied with technology, work, relationships, life, I find for me having a calming place to relax in that focuses on beauty and elegance is my escape from all of this.

 


How can simplicity make my wedding better?


 

Weddings can and usually are in some way inherently stressful (even for the most chilled out bride) but this is where design and simplicity can create a serene atmosphere for both you and your guests.

 

 

Sometimes less is more…

 

 

 
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We can put so much effort into cluttering a table, and fitting in so many elements, trends, and fads...

 

 

But our style ethos encourages a stripped back approach; boldly making a statement whether it’s a floral arrangement simply placed on a table nothing else needed, or an aisle made up entirely of white candles. Creating an un-fussed, elegant, & timeless wedding will honestly look so much more incredible, cost less, and have a bigger impact.

 

 
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Our Italian Honeymoon Destinations.

Our Italian Honeymoon Destinations.


Katie and I are very fond of Italy! There is so much to do, see and experience there! Italy will always have a significant place in our memories as Katie’s fiancé Tom proposed to her on a boat underneath the Faraglioni on the Isle of Capri last summer!

 

We have put together our top three breathtakingly romantic and unique honeymoon or even mini-moon locations in Italy to give you a little inspiration…


Ravello, Campania

 

One of our fondest memories of our recent trip to Italy was soaking in the enchanting atmosphere of Ravello whilst sipping aperitivo in the beautiful Piazza Duomo. The sound of the peaceful cathedral bells and the stunning views of the Amalfi coastline make this medieval hilltop village a perfect honeymoon location. Since the early 20th Century, Ravello has always been an exclusive destination with celebrities and writers alike from Jackie Kennedy to D.H. Lawrence. With so many places to visit within easy reach of Ravello, you can truly experience Campania’s regional culture & explore it’s many treasures. There are lots of fabulous hotels to choose from including the 12th Century renaissance Palazzo Avino (Travellers’ Choice® 2016 Winner) and the luxurious Belmond Hotel Caruso.

 

Our recommendations…

 

– Immerse yourself in the hauntingly beautiful ruins of Pompeii & Herculaneum

– Explore the sites of Amalfi, Positano & Sorrento on a breath-taking coastal drive

– Soak in the glamour of Capri

– Revive yourself in the thermal spas of Ischia

– Hire a Vespa for a thrilling coastal ride that you will never forget!

– Experience Ancient Greek Civilisation in Paestum

– Sample a true Neapolitan style pizza, whilst admiring Naples’ varying architecture from Medieval, to Renaissance and Baroque.

– Relax & unwind with a couple’s massage overlooking the majestic Amalfi Coast

– Experience a true taste of Italy whilst learning some new skills at Mama Agata’s Cookery School

– Book tickets with the Ravello Concert Society for an enjoyable evening of music & opera

– Charter a traditional Gozzo boat to take in the panoramic views of the coastline, stopping along the way to explore the stunning Emerald Grotto

 

Taormina, Sicily

 

Considered by many to be the Pearl of the Mediterranean, Taormina is one of our favourite spots. This spectacular resort town, picturesquely perched high above the sea has been a popular tourist destination since the 18th Century, when young noble men would embark on their Grand Tour. As you explore the beautiful winding alleyways sprawling off the Corso Umberto I, you will be spoilt for choice with the many outstanding bars and restaurants that Taormina has to offer. We absolutely adored the romantic atmosphere and stunning views of the Piazza IX Aprile from the rooftop restaurant of the Baronessa, and equally the fantastic culinary experience of the Ristorante Cinque Archi. Our stay in the luxurious Ashbee Hotel was idyllic. With it’s details of artistic and cultural heritage, this English villa built in 1908 offers breath-taking views from it’s infinity pool overlooking the Mediterranen, and a true feeling of being in an Italian style garden with scents of Sicilian lemon and orange filling the air from the surrounding trees. Not to mention, the hotels’ exclusive honeymoon suite will make every bride and groom feel completely pampered! If cocktails and jazz are your thing, you will be in your element at the cosmopolitan Hotel Metropole. Located in the heart of the town, this hotel is fantastic for shopping and access to everything that Taormina has to offer!

 

Our recommendations…

 

– Spend a romantic evening listening to opera with an incredible backdrop of the Teatro Greco & Mount Etna

– Visit Taormina’s array of beautiful beaches including the Baia di Mazzarò & Isola Bella

– Find peace and tranquillity combined with terrific views of Mount Etna & the coast in the Giardini della Villa Communal

– Take a tour of the volcanic Aeolian Islands

– Join a boat tour for a scenic meander along Taormina’s dramatic coastline…make sure to see The Blue Grotto!

– Sample a deliciously refreshing granite or a mouth-watering gelato at one Taormina’s many gelateria’s

– Take a stroll around Taormina’s beautiful churches, Santa Caterina and San Giuseppe.

– Step off the beaten track with a visit to the nearby captivating hilltop village of Castelmola

– Visit Siracusa’s ruins & stop off for lunch in the magnificent Piazza Duomo nestled within the historic Island of Ortigia

– Walk in the footsteps of the Ancient Greeks with a trip to the outstanding Valley of the Temples

– Get active and take an excursion up the pre-historic Mount Etna…don’t forget to pack your walking boots!

 

Tuscany

 

With it’s beautiful rolling countryside, artistic heritage and architectural masterpieces, Tuscany has an abundance of romantic and fabulous places to visit and stay on your honeymoon. Tuscany is a region rich in medieval history. We loved the relaxed vibe and tranquillity of Volterra and the impressive Romanesque and Gothic architecture of San Gimignano. Ristorante Etrutia in Volterra’s Piazza dei Priori boasts some fantastic traditional Tuscan cuisine…and you may even be as lucky as we were and witness a traditional Italian festival such as the Volterra A.D 1398 medieval fair. Whether you fancy a rustic yet luxurious countryside retreat or a cosmopolitan hotel in a city full of culture, Tuscany has it all! Two wonderful hotels include the impeccably stylish Villa Bordoni located in Chianti, and the contemporary and sleek J.K. Place in Florence.  Although Tuscany doesn’t often spring to mind beach holidays, you will be surprised by how many delightful coastal locations it has to offer, such as the vibrant and lively beaches of Versilia or the more peaceful and untouched beaches of Livorno and Grosseto.

 

Our recommendations…

 

– Spend the day wondering around Tuscany’s bounty of gardens such as the Florentine Giardino di Boboli or the Renaissance garden of the Villa Medici, Fissile

– Take a romantic carriage ride to explore Florence

– Immerse yourself in the rich culture of Florence’s galleries & museums – go on a guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery or visit the Palazzo Medici Riccardi

– Experience some of the world’s most fantastic Renaissance architecture such as Il Duomo

– Stand in awe of Florence’s Gothic style Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore

– For a true taste of Tuscany visit the organic Vineyard Val delle Corti, famous for it’s Chianti Classico Wine…sample a glass (or perhaps a bottle) accompanied by a delicious plate of salami whilst watching the sunset

– Tread in the footsteps of film stars in Siena – enjoy a drink in the Piazza del Campo whilst taking in the views of the impressive Fonte Gaia

– Climb one of the world’s most unique pieces of architecture – the Leaning Tower of Pisa followed by a carriage tour of this fantastic University city

– Explore the Renaissance walls and cobblestone streets of Lucca – famous for it’s Olio d’olive Lucchase and the home of the great Italian Opera composer Giacomo Puccini

If one thing can be said about Italy, it never ceases to amaze! Far from the traditional and sometimes repetitive beach holiday, Italy is truly one of the world’s most exciting and romantic places to visit!

 



What To Include in Your Final Wedding Checklist.

What To Include in Your Final Wedding Checklist.

No. 1

Full Details of all of your Wedding Suppliers.

 

these are details that you most likely have floating around in your inbox or phone but it's really important to put together a complete list of everything in one place including contact names, telephone numbers and email addresses.

 

you should share this information with all of your suppliers and your wedding party on your wedding day itinerary.


No. 2

Full Details of your Main Wedding Party.

 

MAKE A LIST OF all PHONE NUMBERS the your MOTHER & FATHER OF THE BRIDE, your MOTHER & FATHER OF THE GROOM, your MAID OF HONOUR, your BEST MAN, your BRIDESMAIDS & your USHERS/GROOMSMEN.

 

again it's useful to share these details on your wedding day itinerary so that you're not bothered with endless questions and queries on your wedding day!


No. 3

your kEY TIMINGS FOR THE DAY.

 

THIS SHOULD INCLUDE ON THE MORNING RESPONSIBILITIES, THE CEREMONY, THE DRINKS AND CANAPÉ RECEPTION, THE WEDDING BREAKFAST, THE SPEECHES, THE ARRIVAL OF the EVENING GUESTS, THE CUTTING OF THE CAKE, THE EVENING MEAL, THE FIRST DANCE & THE THROWING OF THE BOUQUET.  

 

yOUR WEDDING DAY ITINERARY SHOULD THEN GO INTO MORE SPECIFIC DETAIL OF TIMINGS FOR THE DAY.


No. 4

your PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY DETAILS.

 

make sure to note down the planned arrival times of your photographer and videographer. in our eyes a good artist should have already helped you put together a list of formal and detail shots that you really want to include, but if not it's essential that you do this so that nothing gets forgotten.

 

again you should share this list with your wedding party and also give someone specific the responsibility to make sure that everyone turns up for their formal shots - allowing the photographer the opportunity to actually focus on taking beautiful photos! 


No. 5

your flowers.

 

it sounds over the top but it's always worth re-listing exactly what floral elements are going to be there on your wedding day. sharing this with your florist a couple of week's before your wedding can help to identify any discrepancies between what you and the florist might have in mind.

 

for us this is something that we always like to double check. florists are often under a great deal of pressure - sometimes even delivering to more than one wedding in a weekend.

 

of course the florists that we work with are always careful to include a full breakdown of exactly what will be delivered - updating it constantly as you develop your floral design concept together which can chance considerably between the intial proposal stages and the day itself. 


No. 6

your catering details.

 

make sure to list your final guest numbers including any food requirements and children.

 

IT'S ALSO WORTH PROVIDING ALL SUPPLIERS WITH A COPY OF THE TABLE PLAn, reCONFIRMING THE NUMBER OF BOTTLES OF WINE & WATER PER TABLE AND finalising the number of DRINKS & CANAPÉS REQUIRED NOW THAT YOU HAVE your FINAL NUMBERS.

 

DETAILS SUCH AS WHETHER THE EVENING BAR WILL BE PAID OR OPEN, WHETHER YOU WANT TO SAVE THE TOP TIER OF YOUR WEDDING CAKE AND EXACTLY HOW MANY SUPPLIER MEALS ARE REQUIRED should also be listed and shared with the caterers.

 

And lastly as THE MOST IMPORTANT MEAL OF THE DAY, IT'S ESSENTIAL THAT YOU MAKE SURE THAT SOMEONE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR making sure that the bridal party is fed some breakfast on the morning of your wedding!


No. 7

your styling & decoration.

 

decide and note down who is responsible for various styling & decoration elements such as making sure that your order of ceremonies get to the church and that they are handed out, and THAT your wedding STATIONERY IS PLACED IN THE RIGHT POSITION (PERHAPS EVEN INCLUDE A QUICK SKETCH or a photo to illustrate HOW YOU WOULD LIKE YOUR TABLE SETTINGS TO APPEAR so that nobody gets confused).

 

Establish where you would like your seating plan to be placed and who by. If you're having a guest book, card & gift table and a wedding cake table, make sure that you list where they're going to be, check that they're big enough and determine who will be providing the cake knife/stand (this isn't always something the cake designer includes).  

 

IT'S A REALLY NICE IDEA TO PUT TOGETHER A VANITY/ESSENTIALS KIT FOR THE LADIES (AND SOMETIMES EVEN THE GENTS) TOILETS INCLUDING MINTS, HAIR SPRAY, DEODORANT, TIGHTS, HAIR GRIPS/BANDS ETC. MAKE SURE THAT ALL OF YOUR EFFORTS DON'T GO TO WASTE AND THAT SOMEONE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING SURE THAT THEY'RE PLACED WHERE THEY NEED TO BE. 


No. 8

your MUSIC.

 

MAKE A LIST OF ALL OF YOUR KEY MUSIC CHOICES INCLUDING YOUR MUSIC FOR WHILST GUESTS ARE BEING SEATED AT THE CEREMONY, YOUR ENTRANCE SONG, THE SIGNING OF THE REGISTER, THE HYMNS, YOUR EXIT SONG, YOUR RECEPTION, YOUR WEDDING BREAKFAST, YOUR FIRST DANCE & YOUR LAST DANCE/SEND OFF.  


No. 9

your annouNcements.

 

note down the timings and who will be responsible for announcing the throwing of the bouquet, the call to dinner, the seating of the bride & groom, the cutting of the cake, the first dance & the send off.


No. 10

parking & access.

 

if your wedding is at a venue, make sure to discuss and finalise access arrangements for all of your suppliers and parking for your guests. if someone needs to be responsible for directing cars when parking, make sure to decide who this will be and share their details with all of your suppliers and your venue before your wedding day. 


No. 11

transport. 

 

make sure that transport has been arranged for all of your wedding party, and that everyone knows how they are getting to and from your wedding ceremony and reception. share everyone's contact details with your wedding party and transport suppliers to make sure that you're not bothered by anyone on the day!


No. 12

your final payments.

 

LIST ANY FINAL PAYMENTS THAT ARE DUE TO SUPPLIERS AND DETERMINE WHETHER YOU WILL BE PAYING THEM BEFORE THE DAY OR ON THE DAY ITSELF. IF ON THE DAY, MAKE SURE THAT YOU KNOW WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ENSURING THAT THIS GETS DONE. 


No. 13

WET WEATHER PLAN.

 

MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE A CONTINGENCY PLAN IN PLACE FOR BAD WEATHER. HAVE YOU CONSIDERED UMBRELLAS, WALK WAYS FOR GUESTS AND A PLACE FOR SMOKERS INCASE IT'S RAINING?


No. 14

YOUR HONEYMOON DETAILS.

 

IF YOU'RE GOING ON YOUR HONEYMOON ON THE DAY OF YOUR WEDDING OR THE FOLLOWING DAY, MAKE SURE TO NOTE DOWN YOUR FLIGHT DETAILS AND ANY IMPORTANT LAST MINUTE ITEMS THAT YOU NEED TO REMEMBER. 


No. 15

YOUR WEDDING INSURANCE DETAILS.

 

INCASE OF ANY UNEXPECTED EMERGENCIES IT'S ALWAYS GOOD TO HAVE NOTED DOWN YOUR POLICY NUMBER AND IMPORTANT CONTACT DETAILS. KEEP THEM IN A SAFE BUT ACCESSIBLE PLACE SHOULD YOU NEED THEM ON THE DAY!




My Wedding Planner Journey - The Best Luxury Wedding Dress Designers.

My Wedding Planner Journey - The Best Luxury Wedding Dress Designers.

I’m about to embark on a hunt for my very own wedding dress and I’ll be honest, I’m finding all a little bit daunting!

 

As a luxury wedding planner & stylist there’s already that pressure there to find an incredible wedding dress, and whilst with clients I can always tell almost immediately what style of wedding dress would be perfect for them, it’s probably the thing I’m most worried about for my own wedding! I have to admit I have a major problem with FOMO in every day life let alone when it comes to wedding dress shopping, and I literally feel like I want to try on every single wedding dress and visit every single bridal boutique out there before I make my big decision! There are so many stunning and unique designers out there it’s often so hard to pinpoint exactly which one to go for.

 

I’m sure that there are a lot of other brides out there feeling exactly how I am, and as a luxury wedding stylist I know a thing or two about bridal wear, so I wanted to give you ladies some ideas of designers (as opposed to particular dresses) that I particularly love and that would suit all different brides tastes and wedding styles.


Designer # 1 - Pronovias

This Barcelona based designer is a go to for any bride who adores a classic, sophisticated and very elegant style. the look evokes a modern take on the style of Grace Kelly. it's traditional silhouettes and the use of luxurious laces would make any bride feel like a european princess.


Designer # 2 - Inbal Dror

 

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If you're the type of person who likes to sparkle, Inbal Dror is the designer for you. eACH DRESS IS BEAUTIFULLY COUTURE AND DETAILED USING Beading, emBELLISHMENT AND INTRICATE EMBROIDERY. THE COMBINATION OF SHEER ELEMENTS AND TULLE GIVE THESE GOWNS AN ETHEREAL QUALITY, PERFECT FOR A ROMANTIC SETTING. 


Designer #3 - Rime Arodaky

 

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Perfect for the ethically minded bride, Rime Arodaky creates stunning designs that have a hint of rock n' roll style combined with the most feminine and pretty details. i'm particularly obsessed with her 'love is in the air' collection. Rime is part of the modern bridal designer movement that is moving away from the more traditional silhouettes of full skirted gowns, and instead adopts a chic, bodycon yet bohemian style. plus I absolutely love the fact that her designs are inspired by one of mine and nancy's idols stevie nicks


Designer #4 - Karina Galstyan

 

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This belarus based designer creates a modern fairytale look using ethereal embellishments. i particularly love the crystalised effect of the beading that karina creates. If you're looking for a really unusual coloured gown, this designer would be perfect for you.  


Designer #5 - Cortana

 

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Spanish designer Rosa Esteva creates simple yet extremely elegant bridal gowns. the lightweight quality and sheer materials combined with pastel water colours are perfect for any bride who wants to keep cool whilst looking incredibly chic and understated.  




What Makes Us Unique To Other Wedding Planners?.

What Makes Us Unique To Other Wedding Planners?.

 

 

We know how hard it is for couples to decide on a wedding planner. after all, it's such a personal choice and it will effect the outcome of your special day massively.

We pride ourselves on being unique and going against the grain.

So Why Are We Different?

 

 

No. 1 -

How We Work Together.

 

WE LOVE TO THINK THAT THE FACT THAT WE ARE SISTERS HAS A REALLY POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE WAY THAT WE WORK TOGETHER. WE ARE ALWAYS COMPLETELY HONEST AND OPEN WITH EACH OTHER, AND WE THINK THAT THIS REFLECTS ON THE WAY THAT WE COMMUNICATE WITH YOU

YOU WILL HAVE THE BENEFIT OF WORKING ALONGSIDE BOTH OF US TOGETHER. UNLIKE MANY OTHER WEDDING PLANNERS THERE’S NOT JUST ONE OF US, AND WE EACH BRING OUR OWN DIFFERENT SKILLS AND TALENTS TO THE TABLE

 
 

 

No. 2 -

Our Approach.

 

THE WORD ‘PACKAGE’ JUST DOESN’T EXIST IN OUR VOCABULARY – AND THE EVEN WORSE PHRASE ‘BESPOKE PACKAGES’ IS JUST A CONTRADICTION IN ITSELF!

JUST LIKE WE EACH DO OURSELVES, WE APPRECIATE THAT EVERYBODY HAS DIFFERENT TASTES AND IDEAS, AND NOTHING MAKES US HAPPIER THAN BEING ABLE TO CREATE A WEDDING THAT IS UNIQUELY SYMBOLIC OF YOU AS A COUPLE AND REPRESENTATIVE OF YOUR STYLE AND PERSONALITY.

IT’S MORE IMPORTANT FOR YOUR WEDDING TO TRULY REPRESENT YOU AS A COUPLE THAN TO BE FOLLOWING THE LATEST TREND, AND WE LIKE YOUR DECISIONS TO COME NATURALLY WITH OUR GUIDANCE.

 
 

 

No. 3 -

Our Prices.

 

YOU WILL ALWAYS COME FIRST AND WE ARE COMPLETELY TRANSPARENT WITH OUR PRICING. YOU WILL PAY YOUR WEDDING SUPPLIERS DIRECTLY; WE DON’T TAKE ANY COMMISSION AND ANY DISCOUNTS THAT ARE OFFERED TO US ARE ALWAYS PASSED ON TO YOU DIRECTLY.

 
 

 

No. 4 -

Our Skills.

 

SADLY THE NAME ‘WEDDING PLANNER’ HAS OFTEN BEEN GIVEN A BAD RAP. MANY OF THE PLANNERS OUT THERE JUST REALLY AREN’T TRUE ARTISTS – TO SIMPLY PUT IT THEY ARE JUST ORGANISED AND EFFICIENT BUSINESS PEOPLE.  

THROUGH US YOU WILL ULTIMATELY HAVE A TEAM OF ARTISTS BEHIND YOU WHO ALSO BRING THE ORGANISATIONAL SKILLS OF A WEDDING PLANNER TO THE TABLE.

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WE WILL HELP YOU TO NARROW DOWN YOUR IDEAS BY CREATING A DETAILED DESIGN CONCEPT THAT WILL ENSURE THAT WE ARE ACTUALLY COMMUNICATING A CLEAR VISION TO YOUR SUPPLIERS AND THAT IT IS EXECUTED PROPERLY. ALL TOO OFTEN BRIDES LOOK BACK ON THEIR WEDDING DAY AND ARE CONFUSED ABOUT WHY CERTAIN ELEMENTS LIKE THEIR FLOWERS DIDN’T LOOK QUITE LIKE THEIR INSPIRATION PHOTOS ON PINTEREST ETC.

THIS DOESN’T HAPPEN WITH OUR BRIDES.

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BY PUTTING YOU IN TOUCH WITH ONLY THE VERY BEST SUPPLIERS IN THE INDUSTRY FROM OUR ARCHIVE OF TRIED AND TESTED SUPPLIERS AND CREATIVES, WE BUILD A NETWORK OF PEOPLE WHO COME TOGETHER AS A TEAM AND WHO ARE 100% BEHIND YOU AND YOUR VISION.

IT’S IN THOSE DETAILS AND IN THOSE CONTACTS THAT AN AMAZING WEDDING IS CREATED – AND THAT’S WHERE MANY PEOPLE GO WRONG IN TERMS OF PAIRING SUPPLIERS TOGETHER.

IT’S SO IMPORTANT THAT SUPPLIERS AND CREATIVES ARE ABLE TO WORK IN HARMONY WITH EACH OTHER. FOR EXAMPLE, DOES A CERTAIN FLORIST PREFER TO WORK WITH A CERTAIN PHOTOGRAPHER, WILL A CERTAIN VIDEOGRAPHER PAIR WELL WITH A CERTAIN PHOTOGRAPHER?

WE KNOW THE ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS.

 
 

 

With all of this being said...

 

ULTIMATELY THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO BEAR IN MIND WHEN HIRING A WEDDING PLANNER (WHETHER IT BE US OR SOMEONE ELSE) Is that it's MOST IMPORTANT THAT YOU FIND SOMEONE WHO RESONATES WITH YOUR VISION AND WHO IS IN ALIGNMENT WITH YOU AS A COUPLE. ALWAYS REMEMBER THIS.

 
 

 
 

 

How To Plan Your Wedding Budget.

How To Plan Your Wedding Budget.

The beginning of your wedding planning journey is such an incredibly exciting time, and it’s often so easy to overlook budgeting and to perhaps get a bit carried away building your dream wedding without doing some serious thinking over the numbers.

 

At the end of the day, it really determines everything! In fact, chitchat and formalities aside it’s the first question we will ask any bride who enquires about working with us.

 

So the first and most important thing you absolutely MUST do is establish your budget! 

 

If you’re not completely funding the wedding yourself as a couple, you need to start having those often rather awkward but 100% necessary conversations with your parents and other family members. This is an important and completely natural part of the wedding planning process, so don’t beat yourself up about it!

 

Once you’ve established your wedding budget, it’s often a little daunting to work out;

 

One. 

- the different elements that you need to include in your budget.

 

and

Two.

- the proportion of your budget that you should dedicate to which areas. 


Below is a list of what we think are the most essential elements that need to be considered, and our rough guidelines on what percentage of your budget you should use where. 


The Ceremony (2%)

Location Cost

Styling Props (excluding flowers)

Officiant

Confetti

Organist, Choir, Bell Ringers (if in a church)

The Reception (48%)

Venue Cost

Marquee Hire (if applicable)

Catering

Styling Props (excluding flowers)

Wedding Cake

Alcohol

Special Events Permit (if applicable)

The Music & Entertainment (8%)

Ceremony (e.g. singer, string quarter, harpist)

DJ

Band

The Photography & Videography (8%)

Photographer Fee

Photo Albums

Videographer Fee

The Transportation (2%)

Wedding Car

Transportation for Wedding Party

Parking  

The Flowers (10 %)

Ceremony Venue Flowers

Reception Venue Flowers

Bride’s Bouquet

Bridesmaid’s Bouquets

Flower Girl’s Flowers

Boutonnieres

The Stationery (3%)

Save-The-Date Cards

Invitations

Enclosures

Programs

Place Cards

Menus

Thank You Cards

Postage

 The Apparel & Accessories (10%)

Bride’s Dress (including alterations)

Bride’s Veil & Headpiece

Bride’s Lingerie & Garter

Bride’s Jewellery & Accessories

Bride’s Hair, Makeup & Beauty Treatments (including trial & on the day)

Bridesmaid’s Hair & Make Up (on the day only)

Bridesmaid’s Dresses (including alterations)

Bridesmaid’s Shoes

Bridesmaid’s Jewellery & Accessories

Groom’s Apparel (including shoes)

Groomsmen’s Apparel

The Wedding Rings (3%)

Bride’s Wedding Ring

Groom’s Wedding Ring

Ring Pillow or Box

The Gifts & Favours (3 %)

Gifts for Maid of Honour & Bridesmaids

Gifts for Best Man & Groomsmen

Gifts for Flower Girls

Guest Favours

Guestbook & Pens

The Miscellaneous (3%)

Reserve Funds

Wedding Insurance


 

Our Tops Tips

No.1

There are lots of resources and wedding budget planning tools available to download online, but we find that if you’re computer savy and any good with formulas, the easiest way to build a system that is completely bespoke to you and your wedding planning is to create a simple excel worksheet. But of course it’s totally up to you to decide which works best for you!

No.2

Schedule yourself quarterly or half yearly budget reviews to make sure that you’re on track!

No.3

Note down and diarise payment schedules and important dates!

No.4

Keep track of deposits paid and amounts due to help you work out how much you’ve spent so far and how much more you need to spend

No.5

If you’re planning to hire a wedding planner you should always remember to factor this into your budget too!




Creating a Sensory Experience at Your Wedding.

Creating a Sensory Experience at Your Wedding.

'Sensory'.

derived from the Latin word 'Sentire' - meaning "to perceive and feel." 


A scent can remind us of a special memory; of a day spent by the sea, a loved one, or it can simply make us feel uplifted and bright in our everyday lives. 

 

By opening up your wedding to the experience of the senses not only will your wedding have its signature style emphasised, but its scent will also provoke a feeling in your guests; helping to elevate your wedding in the memory and sensory experience of your family and friends. 

 

So how do you come up with a way to fill your wedding day with beautiful, unique to you and personal scents?

 

We have compiled a list of our top four ways to create a sensory wedding experience...

 

 

 
 

#1 - Flowers.

This may seem pretty obvious, but of course flowers are the most organic way to create a beautiful scent at your wedding.

When you meet with your chosen florist ask them about scents, placing flowers together that harmonise together is so important to create that dreamy floral scent.

 

 
 

 
 

#2 - Candles & Fragrance.

Filling your wedding venue with a light beautiful scent can really make all the difference to your wedding atmosphere.

Combining non-scented and scented candles can create a really delightful and yet subtle scent, which will create a calming, pleasant and lovingly detailed ambience.  

Fragrance is perfect for spritzing around the room just before guests enter, and it can create a very delicate hint of scent.

Another personal favourite of ours are diffusers! We absolutely love diffusers because of their ability to control the level of scent entering the space.

Sometimes it is the simplest of detail such a scent which gets forgotten.

 

 
 

 
 

#3 - Food & Drinks.

Of course you want your wedding food to taste exquisite! But shouldn't it also smell incredible too?! 

We believe that your food should tie into the sensory journey that you have created for your guests.

 

Remember when you meet with your caterers these three words; taste, smell, texture.

 

Ask yourself…

How does this smell?

How does this taste?

How does this look?

 

How do the textures feel when eating this food? Is it easy to eat and do I feel relaxed when eating this food?

 

Also ask yourself these same questions when selecting drinks. creating a signature cocktail is a huge trend. make sure that this truly represents your wedding and adds to the sensory experience in a positive way.

 

 
 

 
 

#4 - Your Perfume & Fragrance. 

Selecting your wedding fragrance can be a lovely experience for the bride and groom.

Before your wedding it is a good idea to set up a little collection of samples. Keep smelling these scents whenever you have time.

scents are a very personal taste and it is important that you feel yourself on your wedding day.

Whether it's a classic favourite or a new fragrance entirely, don’t be afraid to explore this wonderful world!

Also remember that you want to smell great as a couple too. an overpowering men’s fragrance could interrupt your scent entirely. this is something to consider and discuss with your groom.

 

 
 

 
 

It's so easy and enjoyable to make scent a part of your special day, and it's something that we promise people will notice! 

 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 

Why Hire A Wedding Planner & Stylist?.

Why Hire A Wedding Planner & Stylist?.

 

 

Often in social situations when asked what we do, people are sometimes surprised and taken aback because they don’t really understand the role or purpose of a wedding planner and stylist.

 

Unlike in the U.S., wedding planners are a fairly modern and new concept in the U.K. and Europe so it’s not a total shock to us when we get these kinds of reactions.

 

The thing is, nowadays more and more couples are turning to wedding planners to help with their wedding.

So Why Hire A Wedding Planner?

 

We’ve come up with what we think are the best reasons to hire a wedding planner…

 

 

 

No. 1 -

A Wedding Planner Has That Elusive Time That You Might Not Have.

 

You and your fiancé most likely have incredibly demanding and stressful full time jobs – so do you really want to spend every waking minute of your free time dedicated to planning?

 

ON AVERAGE FULL WEDDING PLANNING AMOUNTS TO roughly 150-250 HOURS OF PLANNING, DESIGN, SET-UP AND COORDINATION WORK. 

 

For most modern couples, this level of dedication just isn’t very realistic (especially when the sun is out and there are so many distractions and social commitments out there). You want to enjoy your time being an engaged couple, and unless you’ve very lucky and have a partner who is very into wedding planning, it usually ends up - like in Katie’s case - with your fiancé wanting a relatively hands-off approach (as long as the food is great, the music’s loud and the wine is flowing – he’s happy).

 

A wedding planner doesn’t take away the magic of making those exciting wedding decisions. They can help you to shortlist your options and deal with the tedious less romantic elements of wedding planning logistics - giving you more time to focus on the best bits like food tastings and dress shopping!

 
 

 

No. 2 -

A Wedding Planner Knows How to Manage Budgets.

 

It’s part of a wedding planners job to be precise with numbers. For you it may take a lot of time, effort and frustration; but for a wedding planner who is used to number crushing and analysing tedious excel spreadsheets this comes naturally.

 

A wedding planner can help you to avoid those costly mistakes that you might otherwise make, and it’s always good to have someone to bring you back down to earth when getting overexcited about things that you might not be able to afford - whilst also giving you alternative options that are just as equally amazing!  

 
 

 

No. 3 -

A Wedding Planner Is Your Index For Wedding Suppliers.

 

A lot of time and sometimes wasted effort goes into wading through Google’s endless supply of caterers, marquee companies and cake designers.

 

It’s often so hard to know whether they’re any good, and do you really want to determine your wedding based on a review written by a stranger who you barely know (probably five years ago).

 

Wedding Planners know their market and spend a huge amount of their time building relationships with tried and tested vendors. They know what to look for in a vendor and what questions need to be asked from the onset - saving you time and making sure that you avoid those mistakes right from the beginning.

 

If they’re like us, they won’t accept commission from vendors, and any advice that they give to you is purely based on your best interest. Not to forget wedding planners can often pass supplier discounts on to you - which always helps with that elusive budget management!

 

Wedding planners can also help you with boring (and sometimes scary) vendor contracts, which are equally very important to get right!

 
 

 

No. 4 -

A Venue/Catering Coordinator Is Not A Wedding Planner.

 

We’ve worked with some really great venue coordinators who can be really helpful and honestly indispensable!

 

However, they aren’t wedding planners and they won’t be there with you throughout the whole process. In short, venue coordinators work for the venue and not for you, and sadly they don’t always care about all of the little additional details.

 

A wedding planner will be dedicated to your wedding vision.

 

They will know every element and they will ensure that everything is executed perfectly when it comes to your big day!

 
 

 

No. 5 -

A Wedding Planner Loves Lists.

 

It’s a known fact amongst friends that we are both absolutely obsessed with making lists!

 

A wedding planner will know the plan for your wedding like the back of their hand! It’s second nature to them to make schedules, timelines and checklists and they will always make sure that everyone keeps to the schedule. 

 
 

 

No. 6 -

A Wedding Planner Has Experience.

 

Wedding planners are always up to speed with the latest trends as well as old traditions.

 

The have experience of what works and doesn’t work – they learn from other weddings.

 

It’s part of a wedding planner and stylist’s job to read blogs and magazines, and to come up with unique ideas and inspiration.

 

A wedding planner will also be fully insured and able to deal with any unexpected problems that may come up.

 

Your wedding only happens once in your life so why not make sure it all runs perfectly?!

 
 

 

No. 7 -

A Wedding Planner Is A Professional at What They Do.

 

It’s not always realistic to rely on friends and family. Things can go wrong at the last minute – and you don’t want to have to deal with them.

 

Not only can you often feel like you’re asking too much of friends (or that you don’t want to offend them if you become at any point too bossy), your friend may just get a bit carried away with the champagne and socialising and forget their responsibilities and timings!

 

A wedding planner will always get things done and won’t let anything get in the way of their meticulously planned schedules! At the end of the day it’s their job.

 
 

 

No. 8 -

A Wedding Planner Can Be Your Mediator.

 

Lots of people may come to you with their ideas of what your dream wedding should look like and how it should run! It’s so hard and often daunting to tell people that you don’t like their suggestions, and you’re probably worrying too much about offending people.

 

A wedding planner can be a good intermediary and can communicate your thoughts and feelings with your best interest at heart (without getting involved in family politics).

 

Sometimes it helps family members to get a professional and realistic perspective of what will and will not work.

 
 

 

No. 9 -

A Wedding Planner Can Actually Save You Money.

 

It’s true. You might think that you can’t afford a wedding planner and that it’s perhaps an extravagant expense - but when you think about all of the money that you’re investing into your day already, why stop there?

 

a wedding planners budget management skills and their ability to get you vendor discounts and avoid costly mistakes can make you huge savings in the long run!

 
 

 
 

 
 

 

My Wedding Planner Journey - Finding The Perfect Wedding Venue.

My Wedding Planner Journey - Finding The Perfect Wedding Venue.

So...we’ve found our perfect venue!

 

We're keeping the location quiet for now, but As a wedding planner I’ve felt a lot of pressure to get this right, so having a simple guideline has really helped. Knowing what you want is great, but often when you arrive at a venue you can get carried away in the moment and be easily swayed into decisions that you perhaps wouldn’t ordinarily make.

 

It’s often hard to find somewhere that ticks all of your boxes and to know what questions you should ask during your visit. You have so many elements to think of like whether it fits in with your style, your number of guests, your budget and your preferred location. It’s also important to determine how flexible you want them to be. Whether our venue dictated which suppliers we could use or whether they would let us choose our own was ultimately a deal breaker for Tom and I.

 

It seems so simple but having something structured like a list can give you all of the confidence you need to make the right choice. It also helps you to take note of things so that you can look back and review them once you get home (it’s easy to forget something or get confused).

 

No panicking or rushing into decisions...here’s a list that will help you to decide when a wedding venue is or isn’t right for you.

 

Oh and don’t forget to take plenty of photos (if you’re given permission. they always help you to remember those little details that you might otherwise forget!



General Information & Contact Details.

 

VENUE NAME:   

 

VENUE LOCATION:     

 

ADDRESS:     

 

WEBSITE:     

 

CONTACT:     

 

PHONE:     

 

EMAIL:     


Indoor Space.

 

NAME OF ROOM:   

 

SIZE OF ROOM:

    

HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN BE SAT OR STOOD IN THIS ROOM?:

    

WHAT CAN THIS ROOM BE USED FOR (WEDDING BREAKFAST, DANCE FLOOR ETC.)?:     

 

DO THEY HAVE A FLOOR PLAN?:

    

IS This room included in the venue HIRE FEE?:   

 

HOW MUCH NATURAL LIGHT IS THERE (IF THIS IS LIMITED WHAT LIGHTING IS AVAILABLE?):     

 

WHAT’S THE COLOUR THEME OF THE ROOM?:     

 

ARE REPAIRS NEEDED ANYWHERE?:   

 

do you have ANY CONCERNS/WORRIES?:     


Outdoor Space.

 

IS THERE ANY OUTDOOR SPACE?:

 

SIZE OF SPACE?:  

   

SPACE DESCRIPTION?:     

 

IS THERE AN ADDITIONAL HIRE FEE?:   

 

DO THEY HAVE A WET WEATHER CONTINGENCY PLAN?:   

 

ARE THE GROUNDS ATTRACTIVE/WELL MAINTAINED?:  

   

ARE any REPAIRS NEEDED ANYWHERE?:  

   

do you have ANY CONCERNS/WORRIES?:     


Catering.

 

DO THEY HAVE ON-SITE CATERERS?:

    

DO THEY HAVE AN ON-SITE BAR?:     

 

HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN THEY CATER FOR?:  

   

who's the CATERING CONTACT?:   

 

DO THEY HAVE A SAMPLE FOOD AND DRINKS MENU?:  

   

DO THEY HAVE A SET MENU OR CAN THEY BE MORE FLEXIBLE (CAN YOU GIVE YOUR GUESTS MORE THAN ONE CHOICE IF PREORDERED ETC.)?:

    

ARE ANY SPECIAL PERMITS REQUIRED?:     

 

DO THEY charge extra for CLEAN-UP SERVICES?:


Furniture, Tableware & Linens.

 

DO THEY PROVIDE TABLE LINENS (IF SO ASK TO SEE THEM)?:  

   

DO THEY PROVIDE CROCKERY (IF SO ASK FOR IMAGERY)?:     

 

DO THEY PROVIDE GLASSWARE (IF SO ASK FOR IMAGERY)?:     

 

DO THEY PROVIDE TABLES AND CHAIRS/COVERS (IF SO WHAT STYLE ETC. – ASK FOR IMAGERY)?:     

 

DO THEY PROVIDE ANY TABLE DECORATIONS/PROPS?:     

 

DO THEY ALLOW CANDLES?:     


Parking.

 

HOW MANY PARKING SPACES ARE AVAILABLE?

 

IS THERE AN ADDITIONAL FEE FOR PARKING?     


Music & Sound.

 

IS THERE SUFFICIENT SPACE FOR A BAND/DJ?:

 

IS THERE A SUITABLE SPACE FOR DANCING?:

 

DO THEY HAVE SUFFICIENT ELECTRICAL OUTLETS FOR A BAND/DJ?:

 

ARE THERE ANY TIME RESTRICTIONS ON MUSIC/SOUND ETC?:


Toilets & Cloakroom Facilities.

 

HOW MANY TOILETS DO THEY HAVE?:

 

ARE ADDITIONAL FACILITIES REQUIRED (LUXURY PORTABLE TOILETS ETC.)?:

 

DO THEY HAVE A CLOAKROOM OR SUITABLE SPACE FOR GUESTS TO LEAVE THEIR COATS ETC.?:


Disabled Access.

 

ARE TOILET FACILITIES ACCESSIBLE/SUITABLE?:

 

ARE ALL AREAS WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE (DO THEY REQUIRE/PROVIDE RAMPS ETC?):

 

IS THERE SUFFICIENT/ACCESSIBLE PARKING?:


Fees & Terms.

 

TOTAL COST:  

   

DEPOSIT AMOUNT:

 

ARE THERE ANY ADDITIONAL TAXES/VAT?:

 

WHAT'S THEIR CANCELLATION POLICY?:     





My Wedding Planner Journey.

My Wedding Planner Journey.


As a bride to be myself I will be bringing my own personal experiences, advice and suggestions to our latest blog series.

 

Focusing on everything from searching for your dream venue to designing your table settings, Nancy and I will be giving you a full rundown. You will have access to our wedding planning journey from the perspective of a bride, maid of honour, stylist and wedding planner!

 

So...Watch this space!




Being True to Your Style.

Being True to Your Style.

Never be afraid to do something that is truly unique to you.

 

There’s so much inspiration out there. although we see things that we love and appreciate for their beauty - like an image or a style of flowers, they can also hinder a bride from choosing something unique and authentic to her. It’s really about you, and being yourself. 

 

after all isn’t it you that your other half fell in love with?

 

We want you to feel yourself on your wedding day. always consider style over extravagance. 

 

Never be afraid to do something that is truly unique to you. it’s not about pleasing the people around you, it's about giving them an experience of you as couple. They will like it because it’s real.

 

We find the moments that make us proud as a business and as stylists, are those which are based around an organic thought process. 

 

What makes you happy? What do you find beautiful?

 

That little detail that is so simple, or the way a subtle hint of colour can bring focus and beauty.

 

Being successful to us means doing something that you love, and doing it well.

 




Simplicity is the Basis of Style.

Simplicity is the Basis of Style.

One of our mantras is that simplicity is the basis of style. By allowing objects, textures and tones to speak for themselves you can create something truly elegant and timeless.

 

Focus on t e x t u r e and t o n a l i t y and you can’t go wrong when creating a tablescape. These elements are so effective at evoking a sense of depth and adding dimension to the table.

 

Think about levels - the height of candles, and glassware. You don’t want a flat looking table, you want our eyes to move over the tablescape and take in its beauty.

 

 
Wedding Table | Lily & Sage | Wedding Planning & Styling | UK & Europe
 

 

Adding natural elements such as foliage is the perfect way to set off this relaxed  look and contrasts with the uniformity of the tableware.

 

Also key to this look is the table itself - whether you choose stone, textured wood or linens...

 

the back drop should act like the canvas of a painting and establish the mood.

 
Groom Table Setting | | Lily & Sage | Bespoke Wedding Planning & Styling | UK & Europe
 

 

Lastly consider a pop of colour, a ribbon tied around a boutonnière to direct your guest to their name card.

 




Creating a Unique Wedding.

Creating a Unique Wedding.

Elements of you.

 

Objects, passions and representations of you as individuals and as a couple.

 

This could be something as simple as an old photograph of family or yourself. Or if you want to be creative together, a pre-wedding shoot is perfect to create a sense of you; beautiful to look back at and can be used as part of your day.


Originality.

 

Think about you and your style as a couple.

 

if you aren’t sure, start with a simple list of words that represent you both. How is your home designed? how do you feel comfortable? What atmosphere do you like to be in together, sophisticated or relaxed? This will tie into your guest experience. the way you eat your wedding breakfast, how will your guests experience you

 

Be careful not to fall into a trap of trying to impress. your wedding is about you. often the simple details are the most powerful.

 


Process Driven Design.

 

Don’t just pick things you like from here and there. Really think about the emotions you want to feel; the way the textures, smells and tastes will come together to create a special and unique atmosphere.

 

Your guests will remember these small details.

 


Reflection.

 

Being a bride can be the most incredible and the most daunting experience.

 

Remember why you are doing this. how you felt when you began this journey.

 

It’s easy to get caught up and expect perfection. Letting go a little and compromising will help you to gain back control. 




Real Life Bride Series - III.

Real Life Bride Series - III.

STAYING TRUE TO THEMSELVES, STACEY AND TOM MURRAY'S ELEGANT NOVEMBER WEDDING WAS INFUSED WITH THEIR STORY AND PERSONALITY.


IF YOU COULD PICK ONE, WHAT IS YOUR ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE MEMORY OF YOUR WEDDING DAY?

 

There are so many! If I had to choose just one it would be the minute the doors opened and I looked down the aisle saw Tom and him smile - at the same moment my Grandad (who gave me away) squeezed my hand and started to cry. All of our guests were there - it was the last few moments of being a Miss and the excitement of becoming a Mrs - the day ahead was overwhelming. 

 

The Dresses.

 

WHAT WAS YOUR STYLE INSPIRATION FOR YOUR WEDDING DRESS?

 

This is going to sound very unglamorous now, but when it came to style inspiration - the only thing I wanted was to be comfy. I had heard so many stories of brides that couldn't wear underwear, that couldn't sit down as it was too tight, that couldn't dance because it was tight, too long or too heavy and all I wanted was a dress that I could feel comfortable in, could eat in without sucking my tummy in and could dance in until the early hours !

 

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR A BRIDE WHEN SELECTING HER WEDDING DRESS?

 

Make sure when you try any dresses on, you sit down in them. Many look and feel amazing when your stood up but not when sitting down. If you find what you think is 'The One', go back and try it on again on your own. It's a girls dream to walk out of the changing room and your chosen few who are patiently awaiting immediately burst into tears and declare "that is the one!". This being very flattering and overwhelming, but your dress needs to be right for you. Return to the shop and try it on alone - this will give you the chance not only to see it again but to be at one with your thoughts about how you look and feel about yourself. 

 

WHAT STYLE OF BRIDESMAIDs DRESSES DID YOU HAVE?

 

I only had one bridesmaid (less stress, expense and female competition/hormones to battle with). It was a red in a grecian style with a side split. 

 

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR A BRIDE WHEN SELECTING HER BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES?

 

Let them chose their own. This way they feel comfortable, valued and confident. I just asked for it to be red and the rest was down to the bridesmaid. 

 

The Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed & Something Blue.

 

WHAT WAS YOUR SOMETHING OLD AND WHY WAS IT SPECIAL TO YOU?

 

I wore my Nanna's watch which my Grandad bought for her when they were married. I wear the watch for all special occasions and I wouldn't have gotten married with out it. I didn't care that it wasn't in with the theme or coordinated with everything else - it was the one thing that meant my late Nanna was with me on my big day. 

 

WHAT WAS YOUR SOMETHING NEW AND WHY WAS IT SPECIAL TO YOU?

 

I had my shoes as my something new - I wanted something that I could wear again. I had sparkly heels and have worn them may times since - each time I get them out of the box it brings back great memories. 

 

WHAT WAS YOUR SOMETHING BORROWED AND WHY WAS IT SPECIAL TO YOU?

 

I borrowed my bridesmaids' perfume. Leading up to the day there wasn't anything I could think of that I wanted to borrow from anyone - so whilst getting ready in the morning together we came up with the idea of borrowing her perfume. 

 

WHAT WAS YOUR SOMETHING BLUE AND WHY WAS IT SPECIAL TO YOU?  

 

I had blue gems on the bottom of my shows saying 'I do', and also a blue bow on my bridal underwear. I wanted to wear something blue as navy is one of my favourite colours. 

 

The Hair & Makeup.

 

HOW DID YOU GO ABOUT FINDING THE RIGHT HAIR STYLIST & MAKEUP ARTIST FOR YOU?

 

I spent a long time looking at bridal makeup and hair styles online and in magazines. There seems to be so much pressure around this when your getting married. I'm not a big fan of makeup and wear very little - so this was the only thing I found stressful leading up the wedding. I was recommended a stylist (Lisa) who lived nearby so I booked in for a trial. During the trial Lisa was very enthusiastic but relaxed and this made me feel at ease. Lisa asked my about my usual make up and hair styles and about what I had been researching. Lisa reassured me that the natural look was very much on trend and that I didn't have to (and wouldn't regret) not having big hair and a plastering of make up. I really enjoyed both the trial and the on the day experience of having my hair and make up done and felt very confident and comfortable with a natural look. 

 

WHAT WAS YOUR STYLE INSPIRATION FOR YOUR HAIR & MAKEUP?

 

Natural look all the way. 

 

How did you wear your hair and why?

 

I had my hair down and curly - this is natural for me and I was very determined that I didn't want to look back and not look like me. 

 

WHAT WOULD YOUR GO-TO BEAUTY SECRET BE? DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS ON HOW TO PREPARE YOUR SKIN FOR YOUR BIG DAY, OR DID YOU USE ANY PRODUCTS THAT YOU RELIED ON ON THE DAY?

 

I would just say do what you usually do and stay hydrated (water not wine). If your skin is generally good don't go risking new products/treatments before or on the day of your wedding - just stick with what you know works. 

 

The Shoes.

 

WHAT STYLE OF SHOES DID YOU WEAR?

 

Sparkly heels.

 

DO YOU HAVE ANY SECRETS TO BEING ABLE TO STAY ON YOUR FEET ALL DAY LONG? 

 

Gel support. But I cheated too - I changed into flat ballet shoes after the first dance. I wasn't risking not being able to dance the night away or having scabby feet on my honeymoon!

 

The Venue.

 

HOW DID YOU GO ABOUT choosing YOUR PERFECT VENUE?

 

We wanted somewhere local and somewhere that we could return back to for anniversaries etc. We searched online, looked at reviews and then went and visited. 

 

WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE your wedding venue?

 

The setting, the staff and the food.

 

WHAT TIPS WOULD YOU GIVE TO A BRIDE WHEN CHOOSING HER WEDDING VENUE?

 

I was given this as a tip when I got engaged and now highly recommend it to others. If you see a venue, go and visit with no appointment - go to the bar or restaurant and get a feel for the venue and the staff. Pre booked wedding viewings can be a bit false and you might not get a real feel of the atmosphere and service. 

 

The Food.

 

Did you choose a particular style of food and why?

 

We chose food that we love! As with everything we wanted it to represent us. 

 

What would your advice be for a Bride when choosing your food?

 

Choose things that you like to eat - don't over think it or worry about each one of your guests. You can't please everyone and it's your day. 

 

The Flowers.

 

WHAT FLORAL ELEMENTS DID YOU HAVE?

 

Simple yet elegant. We had bouquets, button holes, a registry table centrepiece, petals down the aisle and I had a flower in my hair. 

  

The Photography & Videography.

 

HOW DID YOU FIND YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER/VIDEOGRAPHER?

 

We were recommended a photographer by our venue.

 

What did you like about their work?

 

We had seen one of his albums in the venue and decided to go along to an upcoming wedding fair that he was attending. We loved how approachable he was, that it was a local family run business and that he was happy to do more natural photos rather than posed traditional photos. 

  

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A BRIDE WHEN SELECTING A PHOTOGRAPHER/VIDEOGRAPHER?

 

Make sure you take the time to talk to them about your expectations and make a list of must have photos - on the day everything goes so quickly and you don't have time to think on your feet about what and who you want on the photographs. Also just relax and forget the photographer is there - some of our favourite photographs turned out to be the ones we had no idea he had taken.

 

The Table Plan.

 

HOW DID YOU GO ABOUT ASSIGNING YOUR SEATING ARRANGEMENTS?

 

We sat down together with a bottle of bubbles - drew circles on a piece of paper - added 8 names to each - and hoped for the best! 

 

Did you face any particular challenges and how did you overcome them?

 

We only have a tiny family so the majority of our guests where friends - I think this made it easier. The only thing we really thought about was which couples where the least likely to get drunk early or swear and these made up the table that had children on!

 

DID YOU HAVE A PARTICULAR THEME FOR YOUR TABLE NAMES?

 

No we didn't we just went with numbers.

 

WHAT TIPS WOULD YOU GIVE TO A BRIDE-TO-BE WHEN CREATING THEIR TABLE PLAN?

 

Keep it simple and don't over think it. 

 

The Favours & Gifts.

 

IF YOU GAVE FAVOURS WHAT WERE THEY AND WHY?

 

We didn't have individual favours - we had table games instead. We decided to do this as we thought that the games would be good ice breakers and that the favours would just get left behind. The money that we would have spent on favours we donated to charity.  

 

WHAT GIFTS DID YOU GIVE TO YOUR BRIDESMAIDS, USHERS, MOTHER-OF-THE-BRIDE ETC.?

 

Flowers for the ladies and alcohol for the boys. We wrote individual cards too. 

 

The Entertainment.

 

DID YOU HAVE A DJ OR A BAND?

 

We had a DJ.

 

HOW DID YOU GO ABOUT RESEARCHING & SELECTING YOUR BAND?

 

Recommendation.

 

DID YOU CHOOSE A PARTICULAR GENRE OR STYLE OF MUSIC?

 

Both myself and my husband like very different styles of music - so we wrote a list of must haves and then gave him the challenge of mixing Pop/RnB with Indie and it worked really well. 

 

DID YOU HAVE ANY OTHER GUEST ENTERTAINMENT?

 

We had a dressing up table which included items from our hen and stag dos.

 

WHAT SONG DID YOU CHOOSE FOR YOUR PROCESSIONAL MUSIC AND WHY?

 

We had a harpist who played Canon in D.  I chose this with my Grandad - not only is it a beautiful piece of music but it's easy to walk to. All you need is love was our choice for the recessional piece. 

 

WHAT SONG DID YOU CHOOSE FOR YOUR FIRST DANCE AND WHY?

 

We had Joshua Radin - Lovely Tonight for our first song - it's slow and sloppy I know, but neither of us can dance gracefully and the words are perfect. For our last dance we had Etta James - At Last. 

 

The Honeymoon.

 

WHERE DID YOU GO ON YOUR HONEYMOON AND WHY?

 

We went to Cape Verde as it was a recommended destination for November. It's a small island with nothing much to do - so perfect for some time away to recover from all of the excitement. 

 

And Lastly…

 

IF YOU COULD GIVE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE TO A BRIDE LOOKING BACK WHAT WOULD IT BE?

 

Plan in a 20 minute slot just for the two of you. After the meal and before the party we sneakily hid away. It was the perfect time to exchange gifts and to have time alone to take in what had just happened and to just be together. The day goes so quickly - everyone wants to talk to you, take photos of you and move you onto the next agenda item - but that 20 minutes together we still talk about now - it really made our day. 




My Newly Engaged Affirmations.

My Newly Engaged Affirmations.


 

I am treasuring every moment.

 

Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed and feel under pressure to start planning right away - getting engaged really is one most amazing feelings (I was on cloud 9) and you should make the most of every moment!

 


 

I am in control of my finances.

 

Budgeting is often overlooked during all of the excitement, but at the end of the day it really determines everything. If you’re not completely funding the wedding yourself as a couple, it’s often a bit of an awkward conversation to have with parents etc. but it is a natural and important part of the planning process.

 


 

I am embracing challenges and overcoming obstacles before they arrive.

 

The guest list is a very daunting subject but again it is essential. So many venues are restricted by numbers, and the costs really build up quickly. It’s best to get this sorted as soon as possible in order to avoid any nasty surprises. Speak to your parents - just because you haven’t always dreamed of a particular relative being at your wedding it doesn’t mean they haven't. In some ways, this day is as much about them as it is about you - their happiness is also important. 

 


 

I am staying true to myself.

 

Whilst blogs, Pinterest and Instagram are all amazing sources of inspiration, you can sometimes get overwhelmed. Don’t feel the pressure to follow particular trends, create your own trends that reflect your style as a couple.

 


 

This is bringing us even closer together.

 

Planning your wedding will at times become stressful. Don’t let one day get in the way of what makes you both ‘you'. There is a reason why you got engaged and it’s important to always remember this even when things do get a little heated!

 




Bridal Look - Nail Varnish.

Bridal Look - Nail Varnish.

When it comes to selecting your wedding nail varnish, of course you want something which tones in beautifully with your dress, bouquet and your ring. We have chosen five shades which would be perfect for your chic and sophisticated wedding. As a wedding stylist & planner we know the importance of these little details. our choice is always simple, timeless and elegant when it comes to bridal make-up.

 

No. 1

 

Always a classic Chanel’s 559 Frenzy has a beautiful nude effect with a slight sheen, so pretty.

 

No. 2

 

O.P.I Stop im Blushing: a gorgeous peachy nude. so feminine and would look stunning with a pastel undone bouquet.

 

No.3

 

For a classic pastel pink we absolutely love marc jacobs resurrection

 

No. 4

 

Not only does Christian Louboutin design the most incredible heels, we are also obsessed with this chic and simple very pale nude pink - The Nudes-Sweet CharityTHE UNIQUE BOTTLE WOULD LOOK PERFECT ON YOUR DRESSING TABLE TOO!

 

No. 5

 

Lastly a classic white with a slight sparkle, Lâncome’s Vernis in Love 161

 will look beautiful against any skin tone.




Real Life Bride Series - II.

Real Life Bride Series - II.

 

true to their style, eMMA KearSe and her husband Gez's autumn marriage took place in a traditional at home garden marquee setting.


IF YOU COULD PICK ONE, WHAT IS YOUR ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE MEMORY OF YOUR WEDDING DAY?

 

I have so many but probably saying our vows.

The Dresses.

 

WHERE DID YOU GET YOUR WEDDING DRESS FROM?

 

Bridal Rogue Gallery on Chiltern Street, London.

 

WHAT WAS YOUR STYLE INSPIRATION FOR YOUR WEDDING DRESS?

 

I didn’t have one and went for something totally different to what I thought I would originally!

 

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR A BRIDE WHEN SELECTING HER WEDDING DRESS?

 

Try on as many different styles as possible as chances are you will pick something totally different to what you had in mind!

 

WHAT STYLE OF BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES DID YOU HAVE?

 

We had duck egg blue knee length dresses which were fitted at the bodice and flared out below the waist (the waist had a tie around it which made a bow at the back).

 

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR A BRIDE WHEN SELECTING HER BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES?

 

Don’t leave it too late as if you are getting them made. You need plenty of time for fittings, the actual dress making etc. AND go with your gut instinct!

 

The Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed & Something Blue.

 

WHAT WAS YOUR SOMETHING OLD AND WHY WAS IT SPECIAL TO YOU?

 

Some pearls that Gez's Mother lent to me – I didn’t actually end up wearing them but the thought was there.

 

WHAT WAS YOUR SOMETHING NEW AND WHY WAS IT SPECIAL TO YOU?

 

My beautiful Mikimoto pearl and diamond earrings – my Grandparents left me some money and I bought them with some of that – a perfect way for them to be involved in the day and also something to keep and remember them by for ever.

 

WHAT WAS YOUR SOMETHING BORROWED AND WHY WAS IT SPECIAL TO YOU?

 

As above (my Mother-in-Law’s pearls).

 

WHAT WAS YOUR SOMETHING BLUE AND WHY WAS IT SPECIAL TO YOU?  

 

My Cousin’s wife made me a bracelet which had a blue pearl on it - she had hand made it especially for me.

 

The Hair & Makeup.

 

HOW DID YOU GO ABOUT FINDING THE RIGHT HAIR STYLIST & MAKEUP ARTIST FOR YOU?

 

I had one absolutely DISASTROUS trial with a local beauty salon – I literally cried afterwards and couldn’t stop thinking about how dreadful I looked – I then tried a local independent lady who was incredible and I went with her.

 

WHAT WAS YOUR STYLE INSPIRATION FOR YOUR HAIR & MAKEUP?

 

I wanted a simple yet elegant look. I don’t tend to wear much make up generally, so I didn’t want to look like a clown on the day.

 

How did you wear your hair and why?

 

Half up and half down – my hair is my safety net so rather than having it all down - I thought I would have half of it up to make my look more ‘chic’ and less ‘messy’. I also had a beautiful pearl and diamond headband which complimented the style.

 

WHAT WOULD YOUR GO-TO BEAUTY SECRET BE? DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS ON HOW TO PREPARE YOUR SKIN FOR YOUR BIG DAY, OR DID YOU USE ANY PRODUCTS THAT YOU RELIED ON ON THE DAY?

 

No, just lots of exercise and good food - not too much booze (until the night before!). I would also recommend using the same products in the same routine for a few months before so you don’t get any shockers near or on the day  

 

The Shoes.

 

WHAT STYLE OF SHOES DID YOU WEAR?

 

Medium sized heel, silk, cream and pointy (but not madly pointy).

 

DO YOU HAVE ANY SECRETS TO BEING ABLE TO STAY ON YOUR FEET ALL DAY LONG? 

 

No, these were AMAZING – I rarely find a pair of heels that I can walk around in and be comfortable in for a few hours, let alone a whole day and evening – I guess they were fairly padded.

 

The Venue.

 

HOW DID YOU GO ABOUT choosing YOUR PERFECT VENUE?

 

I looked at a few venues close to home, but in the end I decided I wanted to get married from home.

 

WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE your home?

 

My love of my family home and the ability to have everything exactly as I would choose.

 

WHAT TIPS WOULD YOU GIVE TO A BRIDE WHEN CHOOSING HER WEDDING VENUE?

 

Go with your gut instinct.

 

The Food.

 

How did you go about finding your Caterers?

 

They were recommended - fairly local and fantastic – we went for a tasting and were sold.

 

Did you choose a particular style of food and why?

 

We had hearty, locally sourced English style food as we were expecting a very cold day and it suited the time of year.

 

What would your advice be for a Bride when choosing a Caterer?

 

If you are not sold on the first few people, keep looking until you find the one you like and feel comfortable with – try more than one tasting!

 

The Flowers.

 

WHAT FLORAL ELEMENTS DID YOU HAVE?

 

The church was incredibly decked out – it was absolutely breath taking! The same florists did the marquee – we had centrepieces on each of the tables, with some having candelabras surrounded by flowers and some smaller ones all with candles in the centre. We had trailing arrangements around the marquee and took a few of the huge arrangements from the Church to put on the entrance.

  

The Photography & Videography.

 

HOW DID YOU FIND YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER/VIDEOGRAPHER?

 

One of my Mother’s work colleagues also does photography with her husband.

 

What did you like about their work?

 

Their style is very chilled and very few of the photos are ‘posed’.

  

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A BRIDE WHEN SELECTING A PHOTOGRAPHER/VIDEOGRAPHER?

 

Do a lot of research of peoples’ work to see which you like best.

 

The Table Plan.

 

HOW DID YOU GO ABOUT ASSIGNING YOUR SEATING ARRANGEMENTS?

 

I did the whole thing based on who I thought would get on with whom - integrating family with friends – it took a LONG time.

 

Did you face any particular challenges and how did you overcome them?

 

Trying to avoid putting some of our younger friends who are ‘liabilities’ next to some of my parent’s friends – by using common sense really!

 

 

DID YOU HAVE A PARTICULAR THEME FOR YOUR TABLE NAMES?

 

Dog breeds – I am a dog fanatic!

 

WHAT TIPS WOULD YOU GIVE TO A BRIDE-TO-BE WHEN CREATING THEIR TABLE PLAN?

 

Make sure you leave plenty of time to do this, it was probably the most stressful and time consuming thing I had to do.

 

The Favours & Gifts.

 

IF YOU GAVE FAVOURS WHAT WERE THEY AND WHY?

 

The girls had bath salts and the guys had flavoured vodka shots (all in glass bottles – I made them).

 

WHAT GIFTS DID YOU GIVE TO YOUR BRIDESMAIDS, USHERS, MOTHER-OF-THE-BRIDE ETC.?

 

I gave my bridesmaids pearl bracelets with an engraved silver heart with their initials. Gez didn’t get the Ushers anything! On the day, we gave my Mother and Mother-in-Law some Jo Malone bits and some flowers, and I gave my Mother a separate Tiffany necklace at home to say thank you.

 

The Entertainment.

 

DID YOU HAVE A DJ OR A BAND?

 

We had a jazz band at the reception and then a DJ for after supper.

 

HOW DID YOU GO ABOUT RESEARCHING & SELECTING YOUR BAND?

 

The jazz band were contacts of my Father-in-Law and I found the DJ online.

 

DID YOU CHOOSE A PARTICULAR GENRE OR STYLE OF MUSIC?

 

I made a list for the DJ - just the usual wedding dancing bits. The jazz band did their own thing.

 

DID YOU HAVE ANY OTHER GUEST ENTERTAINMENT?

 

We had photos for people to write messages on and around.

 

WHAT SONG DID YOU CHOOSE FOR YOUR PROCESSIONAL MUSIC AND WHY?

 

Handel’s Zadok the Priest for the processional as it is one of my favourite pieces and I had to research high and low for a simple organ version instead of the choral one! For the recessional, we chose Charles-Marie Widor's Toccata – my parent’s had it at their wedding and wanted to keep the tradition going (I also love it).

 

WHAT SONG DID YOU CHOOSE FOR YOUR FIRST DANCE AND WHY?

 

Pharrell’s Happy – Gez and I always seemed to turn the radio on and it would be playing so it became our song - plus we thought it would be a good one to get people on the dance floor!

 

The Honeymoon.

 

WHERE DID YOU GO ON YOUR HONEYMOON AND WHY?

 

Our mini moon was a night at the Four Season’s Hampshire followed by 2 nights at the Four Season’s Park Lane – we had to have a mini moon and go back to work 3 days later as Gez had to get back to work (Army). For our Honeymoon, we went to South Africa on Safari and then over to Zanzibar for R&R (although it rained every single day) - we then had a trip to the Maldives last November as a sort of 2nd Honeymoon to get over the rain!

 

And Lastly…

 

IF YOU COULD GIVE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE TO A BRIDE LOOKING BACK WHAT WOULD IT BE?

 

Take a step back and relax – try to enjoy as much of the engagement and run up to the big day as possible as it goes so quickly and hopefully it will be the only time you get to experience the situation.




The Wedding Checklist.

The Wedding Checklist.

‘It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan’

-       Eleanor Roosevelt

 

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life.

 

You want to feel organised, relaxed and that every little detail has been taken care of.

 

Looking back on your wedding day you want to remember it for what it was; a beautiful, elegant, timeless affair that your guests will remember for years to come. You want to be able to enjoy every little aspect.

 

With so many little details to think of during the planning process, it can often become a little overwhelming.

 

We’ve put together a checklist of all of the different elements that you need to consider to make sure that your day runs smoothly.

 

We want to share it with you to help you bring your dream to life.



General Administration & Planning.

 

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Decide on Your Wedding BudgeT                                     12 MONTHS

 

DECIDE ON YOUR WEDDING BUDGET                                     12 MONTHS

 

START YOUR GUEST LIST (ARE YOU GOING TO                        12 MONTHS

INVITE SEPARATE EVENING GUESTS AND ARE

CHILDREN INVITED?

 

SEARCH FOR A CEREMONY VENUE                                         12 MONTHS

 

SEARCH FOR A RECEPTION VENUE (REMEMBER                     12 MONTHS

TO LOOK INTO THINGS SUCH AS HEATING ETC. IF

HAVING A MARQUEE)

 

BOOK YOUR CEREMONY VENUE – NOTE/DIARISE                   11 MONTHS

PAYMENT SCHEDULE

 

BOOK YOUR RECEPTION VENUE – NOTE/DIARISE                   11 MONTHS

PAYMENT SCHEDULE

 

CHOOSE THE MEMBERS OF YOUR WEDDING PARTY                11 MONTHS

– MAID OF HONOUR & BEST MAN, BRIDESMAID(S),

USHER(S), FLOWER GIRL(S) & PAGE BOY(S) – AND

INVITE THEM TO TAKE THESE ROLES

 

BOOK ACCOMMODATION FOR YOUR WEDDING NIGHT           10 MONTHS

(IF NOT INCLUDED WITH VENUE) – ALSO CONSIDER

BOOKING ACCOMMODATION FOR THE EVE OF YOUR

WEDDING IF NECESSARY

 

DISCUSS & CONFIRM PLANS FOR YOUR HEN DO &                 10 MONTHS

STAG DO’S WITH YOUR MAID OF HONOUR & BEST

MAN

 

SEARCH FOR A TRANSPORTATION SUPPLIER -                        8 MONTHS

BRIDAL CAR, BRIDESMAIDS CAR & GUEST

TRANSPORTATION (IF NECESSARY)

 

BOOK YOUR TRANSPORTATION SUPPLIER –                            7 MONTHS

NOTE/DIARISE PAYMENT SCHEDULE

 

SHOP FOR your WEDDING RINGS                                          6 MONTHS

 

MAKE PLANS FOR THE EVE OF YOUR WEDDING                      6 MONTHS

E.G. DINNER WITH FRIENDS/FAMILY OR A

QUITE NIGHT IN

 

ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE ARRANGED FOR SOMEONE             5 MONTHS

TO LOOK AFTER YOUR PETS DURING YOUR WEDDING

DAY (IF NECESSARY)

 

PURCHASE YOUR WEDDING RINGS –                                      4 MONTHS

ENSURE THAT THEY ARE THE CORRECT FIT ETC.

 

CREATE A WEDDING DAY SCHEDULE & SEND IT TO                3 MONTHS

YOUR WEDDING PARTY/SUPPLIERS

 

PURCHASE OR MAKE GIFTS FOR YOUR BRIDAL                      2 MONTHS

PARTY & CLOSE FAMILY – DON’T FORGET ANY

USHERS, FLOWER GIRLS & READERS

 

PICK UP YOUR WEDDING RINGS (MAKE SURE TO                   1 MONTH

CHECK ANY INSCRIPTIONS BEFORE LEAVING

THE JEWELLERS)

 

SEND YOUR TRANSPORTATION SUPPLIER YOUR                    1 MONTH

WEDDING DAY SCHEDULE, ADDRESSES &

CONTACT PHONE NUMBERS

 

CONFIRM ALL FINAL PAYMENT AMOUNTS WITH                    1 MONTH

YOUR SUPPLIERS – MAKE ANY ONLINE TRANSFERS,

POST CHEQUES OR MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR

ON THE WEDDING DAY


Styling & Decoration.

 

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START THINKING ABOUT YOUR DESIRED WEDDING              12 months

STYLE & AESTHETIC DESIGN

 

DECIDE ON YOUR WEDDING STYLE                                      11 months

 

SEARCH FOR A FLORIST (ENSURE THAT THEY                      11 months

UNDERSTAND YOUR CHOSEN STYLE AND THAT

THIS IS SOMETHING THAT THEY ARE ABLE TO DO

I.E. LOOK AT PREVIOUS WORK IF POSSIBLE)

 

DETERMINE WHAT FLOWERS YOU NEED I.E.                         11 months

CEREMONY VENUE, RECEPTION VENUE, CENTRE

PIECES, BOUQUETS AND BOUTONNIERES ETC. &

GATHER ESTIMATES/QUOTES FROM FLORIST

 

BOOK CHOSEN FLORIST –                                                     10 months

NOTE/DIARISE PAYMENT SCHEDULE

 

RESEARCH ANY ADDITIONAL DECORATING FEATURES         10 months

E.G. HANGING FEATURES, LIGHTING, CANDLES,

BANNERS, CHALKBOARDS, OLD PHOTOS,

FLORAL SWING ETC.

 

FINALISE YOUR FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS/DESIGNS             6 months

WITH YOUR FLORIST

 

DESIGN AND START CREATION OF YOUR                             6 months

WEDDING FAVOURS

 

DECIDE ON YOUR TABLE NAMES &                                      6 months

DESIGN/CREATE SIGNS – PERHAPS USE A

SPECIFIC THEME THAT MEANS SOMETHING

TO YOU E.G. PREVIOUS HOLIDAY

LOCATIONS/FAVOURITE PLACES ETC.

 

ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE ORDERED/PURCHASED                2 months

ANY ADDITIONAL DECORATING FEATURES

 

CONFIRM DELIVERY LOCATIONS, TIMES AND                      2 months

FINAL ARRANGEMENTS WITH YOUR FLORIST –

MAKE A LIST OF WHO WILL BE GIVEN BOUQUETS

AND BOUTONNIERES & ASSIGN THIS TO SOMEONE

TO OVERSEE ON THE WEDDING DAY

 

COMPLETE THE CREATION OF FAVOURS                              1 month

 

RECONFIRM THE NUMBER OF BOUQUETS,                           1 month

BOUTONNIERES & CENTRE PIECES WITH

YOUR FLORIST (SEND THEM A COPY OF THE

TABLE PLAN IF NECESSARY)

 

DROP OFF FAVOURS, PLACE CARDS,                                   0-1 week

GUEST BOOKS, PENS & ALL OTHER

RECEPTION ITEMS AT THE RECEPTION VENUE



Wedding Dress, Wedding Party Attire & Accessories.

 

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DECIDE ON YOUR DRESS BUDGET                                      12 months

 

RESEARCH POTENTIAL STYLES                                            12 months  

 

RESEARCH POTENTIAL BRIDAL SHOPS                                11 months

BOOK BRIDAL SHOP APPOINTMENTS (IF NECESSARY)

– WHO IS GOING TO GO WITH YOU – MOTHER, FATHER,

MAID OF HONOUR, BRIDESMAIDS, FRIENDS,

FUTURE FAMILY-IN-LAW?

 

ATTEND BRIDAL SHOP APPOINTMENTS SELECT                   11 months

YOUR DRESS & PLACE ORDER –

NOTE/DIARISE PAYMENT SCHEDULE

 

RESEARCH POTENTIAL BRIDESMAID(S) &                            9 months

FLOWER GIRL(S) DRESSES (REMEMBER TO

LOOK FOR SOMETHING THAT WILL COMPLEMENT

THE STYLE/COLOUR OF YOUR WEDDING DRESS)

 

INVITE YOUR BRIDESMAID(S) & FLOWER                            9 months

GIRL(S) TO DRESS SHOPPING

 

SEARCH FOR YOUR MAKEUP ARTIST/                                  9 months

HAIRSTYLIST OR BEAUTICIAN (FOR

ANY PRE-WEDDING PAMPERING) – BOOK

HAIR/MAKEUP TRIALS TO HELP YOU WITH YOUR

SELECTION

 

DETERMINE WHETHER YOU ARE HAVING A                        8 months

DRESS CODE E.G. HATS, MORNING SUITS ETC.

(REMEMBER TO INFORM GUESTS IN YOUR

INVITATIONS)

 

BOOK YOUR MAKEUP ARTIST/HAIRSTYLIST                        7 months

OR BEAUTICIAN – DO YOU WANT TO INCLUDE

THE MOTHER-OF-THE-BRIDE/BRIDESMAID(S)/

MOTHER-OF-THE-GROOM? – NOTE/DIARISE

PAYMENT SCHEDULE

 

BOOK YOUR MAKEUP/HAIR TRIAL (USUALLY                     7 months

FOR ONE MONTH PRIOR TO THE WEDDING) –

INVITE THE MOTHER-OF-THE-BRIDE/BRIDESMAID(S)/

MOTHER-OF-THE-GROOM (IF INCLUDED)

 

SELECT YOUR BRIDESMAID(S) & FLOWER GIRL(S)            7 months

DRESSES - PURCHASE/PASS ALONG THE

PURCHASING INFORMATION & SCHEDULE FITTINGS

 

SHOP FOR YOUR GROOM, USHER(S) & PAGE BOY            6 months

ATTIRE (IF NECESSARY) – DETERMINE WHETHER

THEY ARE RENTING/PURCHASING?  

 

FIND OUT WHETHER THE MOTHER-OF-THE-BRIDE          6 months

WOULD LIKE SOME HELP SHOPPING FOR HER

OUTFIT – IF SO HELP HER TO RESEARCH POTENTIAL

STYLES/SHOPS

 

SHOP FOR YOUR BRIDAL UNDERWEAR, SHOES,              5 months

VEIL, GARTER, JEWELLERY, CLUTCH/HANDBAG

(MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE SUITABLE FOR WITH

YOUR DRESS)

 

CONFIRM WITH YOUR BRIDESMAID(S) & FLOWER            5 months

GIRL(S) WHETHER THEY HAVE PURCHASED THEIR

DRESSES (IF THEY ARE PURCHASING)

 

SELECT YOUR GROOM, USHER(S) & PAGE BOY                 5 months

ATTIRE – FINALISE FITTINGS & PURCHASE/PASS

ALONG THE PURCHASING INFORMATION

 

SCHEDULE YOUR DRESS FITTING APPOINTMENTS            5 months

(AT LEAST THREE FITTINGS ARE USUALLY

RECOMMENDED) – WHO IS GOING TO GO WITH

YOU TO EACH FITTING?

 

SHOP FOR BRIDESMAID ACCESSORIES (SHOES,              4 months

JEWELLERY ETC.) – PURCHASE/PASS ALONG THE

PURCHASING INFORMATION

 

ASK YOUR MAID OF HONOUR, MOTHER OR                    3 months

BRIDESMAID(S) TO ATTEND YOUR FINAL

DRESS FITTING – ENSURE THAT THEY ARE

INFORMED OF ANY IMPORTANT ELEMENTS OF

THE DRESS THAT YOU WILL NEED ASSISTANCE WITH

 

HELP THE MOTHER-OF-THE-BRIDE TO SELECT                3 months

& ORDER HER OUTFIT (IF NECESSARY) –

SCHEDULE FITTINGS IF IT IS BEING CUSTOM

MADE/TAILORED ETC.

 

DECIDE WHETHER YOU WILL WANT TO CHANGe            3 months

INTO AN EVENING DRESS (PERHAPS SOMETHING

MORE COMFORTABLE/PRACTICAL FOR DANCING

ETC.) – IF SO LOOK INTO POTENTIAL OPTIONS

AND PURCHASE

 

CONFIRM WHETHER YOUR USHER(S) &                         3 months

PAGE BOY(S) HAVE PURCHASED THEIR

ATTIRE (IF THEY ARE PURCHASING)

 

DECIDE ON YOUR SOMETHING OLD,                             6 weeks

NEW, BORROWED & BLUE

 

ATTEND YOUR FIRST DRESS FITTING                             6 weeks

APPOINTMENT (REMEMBER TO TAKE ALONG

BRIDAL UNDERWEAR AND SHOES)

 

ATTEND YOUR SECOND DRESS FITTING                        1 month

APPOINTMENT (REMEMBER TO TAKE ALONG

BRIDAL UNDERWEAR AND SHOES)

 

BRIDESMAID’S TO ATTEND DRESS FITTING                   1 month

APPOINTMENT (REMEMBER TO TAKE ALONG

UNDERWEAR AND SHOES)

 

MOTHER-OF-THE-BRIDE TO ATTEND OUTFIT                1 month

FITTING APPOINTMENT (REMEMBER TO TAKE

ALONG UNDERWEAR AND SHOES)

 

ATTEND HAIR & MAKEUP TRIAL (INCLUDE                   1 month

MOTHER-OF-THE-BRIDE/BRIDESMAID(S)/

MOTHER-OF-THE-GROOM IF APPLICABLE)

 

TAKE YOUR ENGAGEMENT RING TO BE CLEANED        2-4 weeks

& POLISHED (ALLOW TIME FOR ANY REPAIRS IF

NECESSARY)

 

ATTEND YOUR FINAL DRESS FITTING                          3 weeks

APPOINTMENT (REMEMBER TO TAKE ALONG

YOUR BRIDAL UNDERWEAR AND SHOES)

– ENSURE THAT YOUR MAID OF HONOUR,

MOTHER OR BRIDESMAID(S) ARE INFORMED

OF ANY IMPORTANT ELEMENTS OF THE DRESS

THAT YOU WILL NEED ASSISTANCE WITH E.G.

FASTENINGS,CORSET ETC.

 

ARRANGE YOUR DRESS COLLECTION                         3 weeks

APPOINTMENT (ALLOW TIME FOR ANY

LAST MINUTE ALTERATIONS NEEDED)

 

DECIDE ON WHERE YOU WILL STORE YOUR               3 weeks

DRESS – YOUR HOUSE, FAMILY, FRIENDS?

(MAKE SURE THAT THERE IS A SUITABLE

HANGING SPACE/HOOK AVAILABLE)

 

COLLECT YOUR DRESS (TRY IT ON BEFORE                1-2 weeks

LEAVING THE SHOP TO MAKE SURE THAT

THERE ARE NOT ANY ADDITIONAL

ALTERATIONS TO BE MADE)

 

COLLECT BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES/CONFIRM              1-2 weeks

DELIVERY

 

COLLECT MOTHER-OF-THE-BRIDE OUTFIT/                1-2 weeks

CONFIRM DELIVERY

 

PULL TOGETHER WEDDING DRESS, VEIL,                   1-2 weeks

WEDDING SHOES, STOCKINGS AND A

LAST MINUTE EMERGENCY KIT (PAIN KILLERS,

MAKEUP, HAIRSPRAY, SAFETY PINS,

MINTS ETC.)

 

COLLECT GROOM, USHER(S) & PAGE BOY                  1 week

ATTIRE – ENSURE THAT THE FIT IS

CORRECT BEFORE LEAVING THE SHOP

 


Guest Invitations, Stationary & Wedding Website.

 

task                                                                           suggested timeframe            due date             status

 

SEARCH FOR A WEDDING STATIONER FOR                11 months

YOUR save-the-date cards, INVITATIONS,

PLACE CARDS, MENUS& ANNOUNCEMENTS

(IF YOU’LL USE THEM) AND THANK YOU

STATIONARY

 

order YOUR SAVE-THE-DATE CARDS                       11 MONTHS  

 

CREATE YOUR WEDDING WEBSITE                             11 MONTHS

 

RESERVE BLOCKS OF HOTEL ROOMS                         10 months

FOR GUESTs WHO WILL BE TRAVELLING     

 

ADD ACCOMMODATION & LOCATION DETAILS          10 months

TO YOUR WEBSITE (SO YOUR GUESTS KNOW

WHAT TO EXPECT)

 

SEND SAVE-THE-DATE CARDS (BE SURE                    10 months

YOUR GUEST LIST IS FINALISED FIRST) -

INCLUDE WEDDING WEBSITE ADDRESS &

HOTEL INFORMATION FOR GUESTS WHO

WILL BE TRAVELLING

 

SET UP YOUR GIFT/HONEYMOON REGISTRY –            7 months

ADD THE REGISTRY INFORMATION TO YOUR

WEDDING WEBSITE     

 

FINALISE THE TEXT FOR YOUR INVITATIONS              6 months

& PLACE THE ORDER – ALSO CONSIDER

PURCHASING THANK YOU NOTES AND

WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE

SAME SUPPLIER ONCE YOUR GUEST NUMBERS

ARE CONFIRMED

 

SEND OUT WEDDING INVITATIONS INCLUDING:       4 MONTHS  

 

MENU OPTIONS (IF APPLICABLE) & REQUESTS

FOR ANY SPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS     

TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATION INFORMATION

(INCLUDE LOCAL TAXI COMPANY DETAILS IF

RELEVANT)     

 

TIME OF CARRIAGES     

 

DRESS CODE E.G. HATS, MORNING SUITS ETC.     

 

RSVP DEADLINE (AT LEAST SIX WEEKS PRIOR

TO WEDDING IS RECOMMENDED)     

 

GIFT/HONEYMOON REGISTRY INFORMATION     

 

EVENING GUEST INVITATIONS    

 

CHECK ON YOUR HOTEL ROOM BLOCKS (TO             4 MONTHS

ENSURE THAT YOUR IMPORTANT GUESTS HAVE

MADE THEIR TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS)   

 

DECIDE ON YOUR GUEST BOOK OPTION &                4 MONTHS

PURCHASE     

 

DESIGN YOUR CEREMONY PROGRAMMES &              3 MONTHS

ORDER FROM YOUR STATIONER (UNLESS

PRINTING THEM YOURSELF)     

 

ORDER MENUS FOR RECEPTION TABLES &                3 MONTHS

THANK YOU NOTES (IF REQUIRED)     

 

CHECK YOUR GIFT/HONEYMOON REGISTRY –           6 WEEKS

IF ANY ITEMS ON YOUR LIST HAVE BEEN

DISCONTINUED YOU MAY WANT TO UPDATE

THE REGISTRY     

 

CHECK YOUR RSVP’S (CONTACT GUESTS WHO          6 WEEKS

HAVE NOT YET REPLIED TO GET THE FINAL

HEADCOUNT AND MENU CHOICES/SPECIAL

DIETARY REQUIREMENTS IF APPLICABLE)     

 

CREATE YOUR TABLE PLAN – MAKE PLACE                1 MONTH 

CARDS OR SEND TYPED NAMES TO YOUR

STATIONER (INCLUDE MENU CHOICES ON

INSIDE/BACK OF PLACE CARD IF APPLICABLE)     

 

PRINT CEREMONY PROGRAMMES (IF                        2 WEEKS

NOT ORDERED FROM STATIONER)     



Legal Documentation & Paperwork.

 

task                                                                         suggested timeframe            due date             status

 

CONFIRM THE COST/FEE TO REGISTER                    3 MONTHS

UK MARRIAGE OR CIVIL PARTNERSHIP

(DIFFERENT FEES MAY APPLY ABROAD)     

 

CHECK ANY LOCAL MARRIAGE REQUIREMENTS      2 MONTHS

 

FOR UK MARRIAGES GIVE NOTICE AT LOCAL          1 MONTH

REGISTRY OFFICE INCLUDING WHEN AND

WHERE YOU PLAN TO GET MARRIED      

 

CHOOSE WITNESSES FOR THE SIGNING                  1 MONTH 

OF THE REGISTER (AT LEAST TWO REQUIRED)     


Wedding Ceremony.

 

TASK                                                                       SUGGESTED TIMEFRAME           DUE DATE            STATUS

 

SEARCH FOR AN OFFICIANT E.G. VICAR,               10 MONTHS

PRIEST OR REGISTRAR (IF NOT PROVIDED

BY CEREMONY VENUE)     

 

SEARCH FOR A CEREMONY MUSICIAN E.G.           10 MONTHS

ORGANIST, ORCHESTRA, CHOIR, SINGER

(IF NOT PROVIDED)     

 

BOOK YOUR OFFICIANT – NOTE/DIARISE              9 MONTHS

PAYMENT SCHEDULE (IF APPLICABLE)     

 

BOOK YOUR CEREMONY MUSICIAN (IF                 9 MONTHS

NOT PROVIDED ALREADY BY VENUE)     

 

DISCUSS YOUR STYLING OPTIONS WITH                9 MONTHS

YOUR CEREMONY VENUE E.G. FLOWERS –

IF IN A CHURCH ARE YOU ALLOWED YOUR

OWN FLOWERS OR WILL YOU BE SHARING

WITH ANOTHER COUPLE/CHRISTENING ETC.?   

 

CONFIRM WHETHER CONFETTI IS PERMITTED      9 MONTHS

AT YOUR CEREMONY VENUE     

 

DETERMINE WHETHER YOU WILL PROVIDE           7 MONTHS

SPECIAL CONFETTI FOR GUESTS

I.E. WILL YOU BE MAKING YOUR OWN? –

LOOK INTO POTENTIAL OPTIONS/IDEAS     

 

ASK YOUR READERS TO BE A PART OF YOUR        5 MONTHs

CEREMONY – BEGIN A SEARCH FOR

READINGS (DISCUSS THEM WITH YOUR

OFFICIANT IF YOU ARE UNSURE)

 

DETERMINE WHETHER YOU REQUIRE ANY            5 MONTHS

MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT WHILST YOU ARE

SIGNING THE REGISTER E.G. READINGS,

SINGING ETC.     

 

CONFIRM YOUR CEREMONY REHEARSAL             3 MONTHS

DETAILS WITH YOUR OFFICIANT AND INVITE

YOUR WEDDING PARTY (USUALLY SCHEDULED

FOR 1-2 WEEKS PRIOR TO THE WEDDING)     

 

DECIDE IF YOU NEED/WOULD LIKE A                  3 MONTHS

CHILDREN’S PLAY AREA (IF CHILDREN ARE

ATTENDING) - IS THIS PROVIDED BY THE

VENUE OR WILL YOU NEED TO PROVIDE

SOMETHING?     

 

DECIDE ON YOUR CEREMONY READINGS           2 MONTHS

– SEND THEM TO YOUR OFFICIANT AND

READERS (IN WRITING)     

 

DECIDE ON YOUR CEREMONY MUSIC                 2 MONTHS 

SELECTIONS E.G. PROCESSIONAL &

RECESSIONAL SONGS, HYMNS ETC. –

SEND THEM TO YOUR OFFICIANT

AND MUSICIANS (IN WRITING)

 

WRITE YOUR VOWS & SEND A COPY TO              2 MONTHS

YOUR OFFICIANT (IF YOU HAVE CHOSEN

TO PERSONALISE THEM)     

 

MAKE/PURCHASE CONFETTI & CONFETTI           1-2 MONTHS

HOLDERS (IF YOU ARE PROVIDING

CONFETTI)     

 

REMIND YOUR WEDDING PARTY ABOUT             1 MONTh

THE CEREMONY REHEARSAL   

 

ATTEND YOUR CEREMONY REHEARSAL              1-2 WEEKS



Catering.

 

TASK                                                                  SUGGESTED TIMEFRAME           DUE DATE            STATUS

 

SEARCH FOR A CATERER (UNLESS YOUR          11 MONTHS

VENUE PROVIDES CATERING)      

 

DECIDE ON WHETHER YOU ARE HAVING          11 MONTHS

AN EVENING BUFFET (IN ADDITION TO A

WEDDING BREAKFAST)

 

SCHEDULE TASTINGS WITH POTENTIAL             11 MONTHS

CATERERS     

 

BOOK CHOSEN CATERER – NOTE/DIARISE       10 MONTHS

PAYMENT SCHEDULE     

 

CONFIRM CATERER ACCESS/FACILITIES           10 MONTHS

WITH VENUE     

 

SEARCH FOR A WEDDING CAKE                        9 MONTHS

DECORATOR/BAKER     

 

SEARCH FOR A BAR HIRE SERVICE                   9 MONTHS

(UNLESS PROVIDED BY YOUR VENUE/

CATERER)     

 

SCHEDULE TASTINGS WITH POTENTIAL            9 MONTHS

CAKE DECORATORS/BAKERS     

 

ORDER YOUR WEDDING CAKE – NOTE/           8 MONTHS

DIARISE PAYMENT SCHEDULE     

 

BOOK YOUR CHOSEN BAR HIRE – NOTE/        8 MONTHS

DIARISE PAYMENT SCHEDULE     

 

DETERMINE WHETHER THE BAR WILL BE         8 MONTHS

AN OPEN/PAID OR CASH BAR     

 

DETERMINE WHETHER YOU ARE HAVING        7 MONTHS

A SET MENU OR CHOICES FOR GUESTS     

 

DETERMINE WHETHER YOU ARE HAVING        7 MONTHS

CANAPÉS ON GUEST ARRIVAL AT YOUR

RECEPTION – IF SO, HOW MANY WOULD

YOU LIKE TO HAVE PER GUEST?     

 

SELECT YOUR MENU OPTIONS WITH               7 MONTHS

YOUR CATERER – INCORPORATING AT

LEAST ONE VEGETARIAN OPTION (ENSURE

THAT THESE ARE READY TO INCLUDE IN

THE INVITATIONS)     

 

SCHEDULE WINE & CHAMPAGNE                    6 MONTHS

TASTINGs WITH YOUR BAR HIRE/CATERER

(IF

NECESSARY)     

 

CHECK ANY CORKAGE CHARGES,                  6 MONTHS

LIMITATIONS ETC. WITH VENUE   

 

SELECT WINE FOR TABLES (RED,                   6 MONTHS

WHITE & ROSÉ?)     

 

SELECT CHAMPAGNE FOR CHAMPAGNE        6 MONTHS

RECEPTION & TOASTS (ARE YOU GOING

TO HAVE ANY NON-ALCOHOLIC

OPTIONS/PIMMS ETC.?) – HOW MANY

GLASSES WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE

PER GUEST?     

 

DECIDE ON WHETHER YOU WILL HAVE        6 MONTHS

ANY ADDITIONAL DRINKS E.G.

SIGNATURE EVENING COCKTAILS ETC.       

 

CHECK FOR ANY SPECIAL DIETARY             6 WEEKS

REQUIREMENTS PROVIDED IN THE

RSVP’S AND LIAISE WITH YOUR

CATERER ON POTENTIAL ALTERNATIVES     

 

ORDER WINE & CHAMPAGNE (USING         6 WEEKS

THE FINAL HEADCOUNT AS A GUIDE)     

 

GIVE THE FINAL HEADCOUNT TO               1 MONTH

YOUR CATERER – INCLUDING ANY

SPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS     

 

CONFIRM THE DELIVERY LOCATION,         1 MONTH

TIME AND FINAL ARRANGEMENTS

(INCLUDING GUEST NUMBERS) WITH

YOUR CAKE DECORATOR/BAKER     

 

SEND A COPY OF YOUR TABLE PLAN         1 MONTH

TO YOUR CATERER     

 

CONFIRM DELIVERY LOCATIONS,              2 WEEKS

TIMELINES & ACCESS ARRANGEMENTS

WITH YOUR CATERER/BAR HIRE &

VENUE (ARE YOU PLANNING TO DO

SPEECHES BEFORE/AFTER THE

WEDDING BREAKFAST?)


Reception & Entertainment.

 

TASK                                                         SUGGESTED TIMEFRAME           DUE DATE            STATUS

 

SEARCH FOR A DJ AND/OR BAND            11 MONTHS

 

CONFIRM START TIME OF DJ AND/           10 MONTHS

OR BAND – WHAT TIME WILL YOUR

FIRST DANCE/LAST DANCE WILL BE/

WOULD YOU LIKE THE DJ TO PLAY

BACKGROUND MUSIC THROUGHOUT

THE RECEPTION I.E. DURING

CHAMPAGNE/CANAPÉS ON GUEST

ARRIVAL?     

 

CONFIRM WHAT TIME YOUR VENUE         10 MONTHS

WILL ALLOW MUSIC TO BE PLAYED

UNTIL I.E. ARE THERE ANY LOCAL

NEIGHBOURHOOD RESTRICTIONS ETC.     

 

BOOK DJ AND/OR BAND – NOTE/             10 MONTHs

DIARISE PAYMENT SCHEDULE     

 

DECIDE ON THE DANCE FLOOR TYPE/      9 MONTHS

STYLE (IF NOT PROVIDED BY VENUE) –

LOOK INTO POTENTIAL SUPPLIERS &

ORDER     

 

THINK ABOUT ANY ADDITIONAL TYPES     8 MONTHS

OF GUEST ENTERTAINMENT E.G.

PHOTO BOOTH, SWEETIE TROLLEY,

CHILDREN’S PARTY BAGS ETC. –

RESEARCH SUPPLIERS ETC.     

 

CONFIRM ANY ADDITIONAL GUEST           6 MONTHS

ENTERTAINMENT – BOOK SUPPLIERS

AND NOTE/DIARISE PAYMENT

SCHEDULES IF NECESSARY     

 

ENSURE THAT THERE IS SOMEWHERe       5 MONTHS

SUITABLE/SHELTERED FOR SMOKERS

AT VENUE (IN CASE OF BAD WEATHER

ETC.)     

 

DETERMINE WHETHER YOU NEED/           5 MONTHs

WOULD LIKE OUTSIDE SEATING

AREAS FOR GUESTS (IN CASE OF

NICE WEATHER ETC.)

 

DETERMINE IF YOU NEED/WOULD           4 MONTHS

LIKE TO PROVIDE GUESTS WITH

BLANKETS/UMBRELLAS – LOOK

INTO POTENTIAL SUPPLIERS &

PURCHASE/HIRE     

 

DECIDE ON WHETHER YOU                      3 MONTHS

NEED/WOULD LIKE A CHILDREN’S

PLAY AREA (IF CHILDREN ARE

ATTENDING) - IS THIS PROVIDED

BY THE VENUE OR WILL YOU

NEED TO PROVIDE SOME TOYS,

A PLAY AREA OR POSSIBLY A NANNY?

 

DECIDE ON WHETHER YOU NEED/           3 MONTHS

WOULD LIKE TO PROVIDE A

CLOAKROOM OR HAT STORAGE

AREA (IF NOT PROVIDED

BY VENUE)

 

PUT TOGETHER A VANITY/                        2 MONTHS

ESSENTIALS KIT FOR THE LADIES

(& GENTS) TOILETS E.G. MINTS,

HAIR SPRAY, DEODORANT, TIGHTS,

HAIR GRIPS/BANDS ETC.     

 

WORK ON A LIST OF MUST PLAY/             2 MONTHS

DO NOT PLAY SONGS FOR YOUR

DJ AND/OR BAND – BE SURE TO

ALSO SEND THEM SELECTIONS

FOR YOUR INTRODUCTIONS

I.E. FIRST DANCE, CAKE CUTTING,

FATHER-DAUGHTER DANCE,

(ANNIVERSARY DANCE) & LAST

DANCE     

 

DETERMINE THE ORDER OF YOUR         2 MONTHS

RECEIVING LINE (IF APPLICABLE)     

 

DECIDE ON WHAT TIME YOU                  2 MONTHS

WOULD LIKE TO LEAVE THE VENUE

FOR WEDDING NIGHT (IF LOCATED

ELSEWHERE) – INFORM

TRANSPORTATION SUPPLIER

OR BOOK A TAXI     

 

PREPARE YOUR TOASTS/SPEECHES        1 MONTH

I.E. FATHER/MOTHER-OF-THE-BRIDE,

GROOM, BEST MAN, BRIDE?     



Honeymoon/Mini-Moon Preparation.

 

TASK                                                         SUGGESTED TIMEFRAME           DUE DATE            STATUS

 

DETERMINE WHEN YOU WOULD               10 MONTHS

LIKE YOUR HONEYMOON/MINI-

MOON TO START E.G. STRAIGHT

AWAY OR A FEW DAYS FOLLOWING

ON FROM THE WEDDING   

 

PLAN & BOOK YOUr                                 9 MONTHS

HONEYMOON INCLUDING

TRAVEL, ACCOMMODATIONS

& ACTIVITIES     

 

FOR AN INTERNATIONAL                         5 MONTHS

HONEYMOON  

BEGIN TO GET YOUR PAPERS

IN ORDER

(PASSPORT, VISAS &

VACCINATIONS ETC.)

 

ENSURE THAT YOU HAVe                         5 MONTHS

ARRANGED FOR SOMEONE

TO LOOK AFTER CHILDREN

OR PETS WHILST YOU ARE

AWAY (IF NECESSARY)     

 

CONFIRM ALL YOUR HONEYMOON         2 MONTHS

TRAVEL PLANS – GIVE SOMEONE

A COPY OF YOUR ITINERARY

AND CONTACT INFORMATION

IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY     

 

CHECK-IN FOR YOUR HONEYMOON      1 MONTH

FLIGHTS & RESERVE SEATS (IF

APPLICABLE)     

 

SHOP FOR YOUR HONEYMOON             1 MONTH

 

PACK FOR YOUR HONEYMOON              1-2 WEEKS


After The Wedding.

 

TASK                                                      SUGGESTED TIMEFRAME           DUE DATE            STATUS

 

TAKE YOUR BRIDAL BOUQUET               1 MONTH

TO BE PRESERVED (OR SAVE A

PETAL TO BE PRESSED FOR

YOUR SCRAP BOOK) – IF

YOU ARE PLANNING A

LONG HONEYMOON PERHAPS

ASK A FRIEND/FAMILY MEMBER

TO DO THIS FOR YOU IN ADVANCE     

 

ARRANGE CLEANING &                          1 MONTH

PRESERVATION OF YOUR WEDDING

DRESS & VEIL – MAKE SURE THAT

THE PROVIDER IS EXPERIENCED

IN PRESERVING WEDDING

GOWNS ETC.     

 

WRITE THANK YOU NOTES GIFTS           2 MONTHS

RECEIVED (AT & BEFORE WEDDING)

– TRADITIONAL ETIQUETTE GIVES YOU

AN EIGHT WEEK GRACE PERIOD     

 

ORDER WEDDING PHOTO ALBUMS        3 MONTHS

FOR YOURSELF, CLOSE FRIENDS

AND FAMILY & ADD TO YOUR

WEDDING WEBSITE (IF YOU

WISH TO)     

 

ORDER COPIES OF YOUR                      3 MONTHS

WEDDING VIDEO FOR YOURSELF,

CLOSE FRIENDS AND FAMILY &

ADD LINK TO YOUR WEDDING

WEBSITE (IF YOU WISH TO)     

 

DO YOUR PAPERWORK FOR                  3 MONTHS

OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS IF YOU

ARE CHANGING YOUR NAME

E.G. PASSPORT, DRIVING

LICENCE, UTILITY BILLS,

MORTGAGE ETC.     




Experts Guide - Wedding Cakes.

Experts Guide - Wedding Cakes.

We want to introduce you to someone who we really admire for her creativity and classic style that she is not afraid to stick to – making her truly authentic in her own way.  

 

It is not about following trends or even creating new trends for others to follow.

 

In this series we wanted to speak to people who are really passionate about what they do. Our Experts Guide series is designed give you some tips and advice to help you to create a wedding that is truly unique to you.

 

Fiona Cairns is best known for baking the wedding cake for the royal wedding of Prince William and Katherine Middleton in 2011. Her stunning work is stocked in iconically British stores such as Fortnum & Mason, Harrods & Selfridges. Her brand now makes over one million cakes every year and Fiona’s clients range from rock stars to royalty! 


Wedding Cake Design has really taken off recently. With so many designs to choose from, which are your favourite styles?

 

Interest in wedding cake design has really taken off in the past few years. Gone are the days of the narrow choice of a white royal iced tiered cake as more or less the only option. These days anything goes.

 

I do think this is an exciting time and there is so much talent around. Personally, I do love the naked cake idea and it lends itself to seasonality so well – both in flavours and decoration. I still like the traditional sugar paste classic wedding cake. More gimmicky cakes, although I can admire, are not so much of interest to me personally.


What advice would you give to a bride when selecting a wedding cake?

 

With so much choice I would say, firstly and very obviously of course, consider what might be appropriate for your own wedding and purse! Consider the time of year (e.g. for a winter wedding I wouldn’t necessarily choose spring flowers to decorate) and most importantly, where the cake is to be displayed at the reception – lighting etc. This last point is often overlooked!


What elements should a bride look out for when tasting wedding cakes?

 

When tasting cakes, remember who will be eating the cake – it is good to bear this in mind. For example, not all guests like fruit cake, nor do children as a rule. We often, either make a tiered cake in a variety of flavours or offer a cutting cake (i.e. an undecorated extra cake to slice and serve).


Do you think that a bride’s choice of cake should be reflective of the season of her wedding?

 

As already touched on, it is essential both in flavour and design, to reflect (or at least be sensitive to) the season of the wedding.


What is your recommendation for the amount of cake you would need at your wedding, for example how many layers would be suitable?

 

We work to a grid depending on the cake, as most cake makers do. It is important to get the balance right between the amount of cake you need to feed your guests and the overall look/size of finished cake you want to achieve.


 
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When designing a wedding cake, where do you take your inspirations from and what has inspired you recently?

 

I personally do not design all our wedding cakes. We have a great creative team at Fiona Cairns Ltd and discuss ideas for hours and days! As with all creative processes, our inspiration is from all around – a flower in the garden, a piece of lace, something seen in a magazine, trends etc.


It must have been such an honour when you designed Katherine and William’s wedding cake. What was your favourite memory of this experience?

 

So many memories, it would take a few pages! Anyway, I would say when we received the message that the cake was “beyond our expectations” on Kate and William’s wedding day. We were completely thrilled! All of the stress and sleepless nights for our team that worked on the Royal Wedding Cake was worth it.  The commission for the cake was the greatest honour for us – not ever likely to be surpassed.


We absolutely love the creative and intricate style of your cakes, and also the way that you display them. Do you have any creative tips?

 

Passion, patience in buckets and do not try to be too ambitious; know your limitations and don’t be wary of hard work and long hours!


Which cakes have you found are the most popular to suit all tastes?

 

Chocolate, vanilla, lemon and fruit – quite traditional.


Do you have a personal favourite cake? If so what do you like about this particular cake?

 

Not really – I do love light floral sponges in the summer months and dark, rich, chocolates or luxury fruit cakes in the winter.

 

 

Visit Fiona Cairns Ltd for more inspiration.