Picture the scene. You've booked me as your wedding planner, you've told me what you want your wedding day to look like, I've promised you I'll create a mood board & colour palette for you, but what do I do to create these lovely bits of eye candy for you? Well I go to my favourite resources!
I've listed my top 5 below, but to be honest there are about 20-30 places I use to design & create weddings haha.
Pinterest - first stop for me is Pinterest, where I'll create a secret board & then comes the fun bit... Sourcing images that match your theme. Its really exciting to see a group of images right there in front of you, giving a little glimpse into just how special your day will look! I then grab all these images together & create a story book, mood board & colour palette to really get your pulse rating.
Rock n Roll Bride mag - I'm sure you've heard of this publication, if not then please do check it out! Rock & Roll Bride is the brainchild of Kat, it's the only specifically alternative magazine in circulation. Kat also writes a blog (of the same name, find it here: *click here* ) & even a book published. If alternative, quirky weddings are your scene then check her out, you won't regret it!
Rock My Wedding blog - Again, Rock My Wedding is brilliantly inspirational for anyone planning an unconventional wedding. (*click here* ) I love looking through everyone's amazing weddings & collating ideas & inspiration for my own couples.
Unconventional Wedding website - This website is PACKED with inspiration & wedding suppliers, all based around, well, unconventional weddings. (*Click here*) They feature real weddings, have wedding suppliers, ideas for wedding themes, a blog... pretty much anything you need to create a unique wedding.
My own wonderful wedding suppliers list - now of course, I wouldn't be ANY kind of planner if I didn't mention those who time & again pick up my calls, take my couple's & my ideas, & create AMAZING wedding days. My suppliers are without doubt the backbone to my business. After all, what kind of wedding would you have without suppliers to realise your dream? So a bit of a public THANK YOU to everyone of them who helps me daily
Right, now you've seen a bit if an insight into how I work, aren't you excited about us working together to design & create a wedding as unique as you are? Email or call & let's have a chat about just how quirky YOUR wedding will be. Bxx
It's now peak wedding season for me & I am in my element!! Every weekend is a different wedding or event, sometimes 2 or 3 days in a row, & I am ridiculously excited by each one. Every one has its own theme & approach, the little details setting each apart from the next.
This months upcoming events are R+J's wedding on Saturday 6 July, K+A's wedding on 20th July, J's wedding on 28th July.
I also have photoshoots on 10th July & 15th July with around 20 suppliers on 2 very different themes.
Then I have family time with the boys, PLUS of course getting in enough rest that my chronic illness doesn't stop me in my tracks (again!)
It's a tough balance, work life against family life, plus working whilst ill, but this is the job I trained for. This is the job I ADORE. This is my dream job & while I might be slower on my feet than I used to be, I think I'm doing OK. It's a challenge, & one I'm happy to face head on. Let's do this!
What does July hold for you? Are weddings on YOUR calendar? Please do share your excitement here! Bxx
It's OK, deep breath - I'm here to help.
First of all, DON’T PANIC! It's not a problem. I've listed here a few things that haven't gone to plan at recent weddings I've been involved in, & the ways in which they were dealt. Now of course, I'm in no way trivialising your feelings & your need for it all to be perfect, I'm just pointing out that there are quick & simple solutions for the issues. Anything else you think of or are worried about, please do let me know, let's work on them together. Bxx
It’s raining? Traditionally rain on your big day is lucky! It also provides some great atmospheric wedding photos. Why not provide some personalised umbrellas if you’re getting married outdoors? And don't forget some spare wellies too, especically important if your wedding is in a garden, farm or woodland.
Perhaps some of the finer details are the wrong colour - maybe the cake ribbon, the floral centre pieces or chair sashes? Only you will notice these changes. Honestly! Don’t let it spoil your day, enjoy yourself & follow up with the relevant supplier afterwards to discuss if applicable compensation.
Has a family member or friend made too much of the bar? A quiet word with your wedding planner or venue manager & they will move them to a side room with a strong coffee, & gentle coercion to sober up.
Depending on what's gone wrong, the chances are that the guests won't notice, so it's not worth worrying yourself about.
Whatever you think is a problem, it's NOT insurmountable. As long as there's you & your partner, promising your best to each other, then everything else is extra.
This is possibly the point to once again reiterate the importance of employing a wedding planner. With their help, all these hiccups can be dealt with without you even noticing. Some venues have a coordinator included in your package but it's still advisable to use an independent planner too, who can be there from the start of your planning process & understand the vision that you have for your wedding day.
This is especially important when your wedding is more styled & themed, with more elements to tie in together. Something to think about, right? Bxx
I'm a qualified wedding planner dedicated to designing & creating weddings for alternative couples. Because everyone deserves a wedding as unique as they are