The Ultimate Wedding Guide for the Stressed-Out Bride (or Groom)

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I get asked questions by my clients about different aspects of their wedding day, and whether I can pass on any of my contacts who could help them with their wedding planning. These questions got my brain rattling (believe me, there’s a lot of space in there!), about how I could assist them with making their wedding planning go that little bit easier.

I got married in 2011 and apart from moving to a new house and having two adorable children (when they are at school or out with their friends that is!). Planning our wedding was one of the most stressful times in our life.

You can ask your parents for advice on how they planned their wedding, but in some cases, they got married 25-30 years ago, and are not always able to remember much about it. You can ask your best friends, but do you want to have a copycat wedding, that the only talking point will be “Isn’t that the same Ice Sculpture that Samantha had last year” or “Didn’t Jessica arrive in a Limousine”.

Even if some aspects of your wedding are the same as another wedding you have been to. Maybe just having one thing on your wedding day that stands out from the rest of the crowd, will be what your wedding will be remembered for (not the other similarities).

It could be that your partner arrived in a Ferrari, your partner and his merry men wore pink suits. The list is endless, and in some cases, you do not need to spend a fortune to have that part of the day that stands out.

I look back on my wedding, and being a keen football fan, to have something memorable, I wish that I had invited Thierry Henry, but it turns out, for some reason he wouldn’t return my text.

I have been to friends’ weddings, who have had fire breathers to welcome the evening guests. I took photos at a wedding where they had the funniest children’s entertainer I have ever seen. The bride’s grandad nearly lost his teeth, he was laughing so much.

I decided to put together the ‘How to Plan your Wedding’ guide, that outlined all aspects of your wedding planning, from the engagement party, ceremony types, wedding attire, all the way through to the honeymoon. I wanted to give you some ideas on what to look for in each section, and just make the excited couples planning that little bit easier.

Once the guide was finished, I then thought. What if I could then share the thoughts and ideas of those companies or individuals who offer wedding services. Which included the make-up artists, hair stylists, venues, bridal boutiques, entertainment companies and the list goes on. Who could offer information on their specialist profession to help couples to make the right choices for each category.

There you have it; this blog was born! And I never moaned about the labour either, as my wife keeps telling me it is the hardest thing I will never face.

My aim with this blog is to try and cover the traditional areas of a wedding, but also the quirkier ‘off- the-scale’ ideas, which can help you find that one moment that will always be remembered. Rather than Auntie Jane throwing cake at Uncle Jeff because of his embarrassing ‘Old-Man’ dancing, it might be as simple as your table favours, the entertainment or even your first dance.

In my next post I will be carrying out an interview with a make-up artist who has been trading for over 11 years, with the aim of getting an insight into how her business works.

I hope that you will all enjoy this blog as it grows. Hopefully the information passed on, will go some way towards making your wedding planning go a little bit easier, and take a small amount of stress out along the way to the most beautiful, perfect day of your life.

If you know of any vendors who would like to contribute a post, ask them to get in touch with me through my contact page.

Please let me know if there are any wedding related subjects you would like me to cover in this blog, in relation to your up and coming wedding day, or if you are already married and there was something that you wished you had known about.

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