Such a lot has happened since my previous blog to put me out of action, not least a bout of pneumonia and a couple of weeks at a wedding in Cuba but I’m back with a vengeance ready for the exhausting time ahead!!
Anyway the wedding season is well and truly upon us so I thought in this blog I’d suggest some ideas which might help keep within a budget.
Whether you a bargain hunting bride or wanting to DIY there are several things you can do to save money on your wedding day which don’t involve crafts like cutting shapes from wood and plastering you, your house and even the dog in glitter! Lets not exert ourselves too much so choose local wedding suppliers to avoid paying extra travel expenses, both for them to attend your wedding and for you to visit them to make arrangements.
Having your wedding on a weekday or Sunday can cost less than a Saturday. The season you choose also plays a significant role in dictating cost.
Venues and suppliers aren’t busy with weddings on a Monday so that should save some money and everyones usually up for a day off so that should sort the guests! Bank holiday Mondays don’t count though!
So lets start with some basic planning!
Easiest way? Employ a wedding planner to source everything for you (you’d be surprised how little this could cost and even more surprised how much it can save)! Most planners will offer a free, no obligation, consultation so why not go for a chat, if nothing else you can do a bit of brain picking lol!
Firstly choose a date and pick the things that you (maybe you should involve your groom in it now and again) actually want on your wedding day. Whats your vision? Castle, manor house, marquee, hotel, boat? Large lively party or small intimate affair? Festival in a field?
Don’t let family and friends force their ideas on you, the wedding they wish they’d had, the dream they have for theirs. Everyone will try and give you advice and it will all be well intended but before you know it you will be influenced and miles away from what you had originally wanted. Trust me I’ve had a couple of weddings myself and I’m not sure if I actually had much I wanted or had things that others (mainly Mother) slowly infiltrated my brain with!
Think about things like where you are getting ready (home, parents, hotel etc) then book a makeup artist and hairdresser to go there, when and where would you like the photographer to arrive, what pictures you would like with your immediate family and wedding party, the ceremony itself, whats happening between the ceremony and the wedding breakfast, first dance, serving dinner, speeches, bouquet toss, cake cutting, late night food, etc. Then talk to your vendors, and work with them to assign times to each of these big items.
Once you have the big items in place, you can to go back after and fill in the gaps e.g.
What time are the suppliers arriving?
When should the bridesmaids have their bouquets?
When and where should the wedding party gather before the wedding so guests don’t see them before the ceremony? Keep away from the ceremony location and loos, and make sure the wedding party arrive there half hour before the ceremony starts. As a rule guests start to arrive about half hour before and head straight to the ceremony room or toilets (or, if like me, the bar)!
assign people various tasks e.g. welcoming guests, handing out order of service.
GETTING READY TIMES
Very important for the ladies! Assign times for hair and make up for each member of your party, even if its only a couple of you. The morning of the wedding should be enjoyable but goes by very quickly so there is no time to argue over whose going next! This makes sure everyone is ready when they are supposed to be and helps you to arrive at the ceremony relaxed. Don’t forget the male species – it’s essential to have a time that all the groomsmen need to get dressed and be fully ready by. This way no one gets lost on the way to the bar for a spot of dutch courage or decides to stay of the golf course for an extra hole! I’d assign a trustworthy person to sort the men out if you don’t have a wedding planner/co-ordinator.
Thats a very basic plan for the day. I can’t stress enough that you should have someone oversee that plan for you, ideally your own wedding planner or the co-ordinator at the venue if they have one. Although employing a wedding planner might seem very extravagant and an expense you can do without actually it should end up saving you money through negotiations with suppliers.
Like me, most wedding planners can negotiate discounts from suppliers for you, set up appointments and take the stress out of the whole wedding ‘thing’. It does become a thing after a while when you try to remember if you’ve booked this, paid a deposit for that etc. etc. I don’t know if most planners work the same but I deal with everything on behalf of the bride or as much as they want me to and if you employ the services of my most trusted suppliers then not only do you achieve discounts but also you only have to deal with me, I arrange everything on their behalf including payments. If you use my venue decorating or catering departments you actually get my wedding planning services for free!
Before the day I can do as little or as much as you like, I can accompany you on your first wedding dress appointment. Quite often brides to be will take several people with her dress hunting, all of which will have a different opinion on which dress she should have and the poor bride ends up not knowing who to please! So if an independent person (ie not family or friend) goes on the first appointment you are going to get an honest answer regarding each dress. Alternatively you might just want me to find you the best deals on food, decorating etc and that is something I can do.
On the day I can attend all day making sure everything runs like clockwork, at the start to make sure everyone is where they are meant to be or I can stay home cause we’ll have done such a fab job between us nothing can go wrong!!
I have my fingers in loads of pies so I will plan you the best possible wedding I can within your budget, however large or small it is!
So if you need a hog roast, a bunch of balloons, a wedding cake, disco, bouquet, flowers, seat covers, linen hire, bunting, birdcages, ice cream stall, invitations, diy help, vintage styling, country styling, the most helpful wedding dress shops, etc etc then contact me for a free (no obligation) consultation and lets see how it goes!!