Wonderful Wedding Planning Weekend

Category : Wedding Planning

Ok, so I know it is Thursday and this post is a little late…but hey ho, that’s the way it goes sometimes.

A couple of months back I updated our to wedding do list and somehow didn’t do anything during those two months! So, with only 4 months to go, I got myself into a little panic and decided it was time to get a move on. So what did we do;

  • Spoke with wedding co-ordinator and now have all the timings finalised
  • Chose wedding breakfast and wine/drinks packages
  • Decided we don’t need anyone to play music during ceremony and that Chris will make a cd of things we want to be played
  • The florist deposit isfinally paid (sorry again Elaine!)
  • Started in the ribbon topiary trees (more on this later!)
  • Got the groom and my dads kilt booked – best man and son going in next week
  • Got a fringe cut and decided I definately don’t want this look for the wedding – not entirely positive – but a step in the right direction…

Phew, what a weekend.

It really is amazing how even the small details seem to be big decisions when it comes to wedding planning!

 

Only 6 months til the big day

Category : Wedding Planning

Every day someone asks if I am prepared for our wedding, sure – of course I am. With only 6 months to go, surely, one would think, that I would be, I have to be right? Well, as it turns out, “we” still have quite a lot of preparation to do!

I have so many DIY projects to get started, so many time consuming tasks to complete, so many wedding decisions to finalise! Argh. Right, first things first, a to do list;

 

  • Chose a wedding band for Chris – not being a jewellery person at all, this may turn out to be a wedding watch!
  • Decide whether or not a bus is required – and if so book
  • Book a date for our pre wedding shoot
  • Finalise timings for the ceremony and chose readings, write vows
  • Choose how the ceremony music will be played
  • Pay florist deposit
  • Design invitations and other stationery required for the day
  • Attempt to make ribbon topiarys
  • Get kilts sorted for groom, best man, my dad and page boy
  • Make childrens entertainment bags
  • Buy sweetie scoops and design labels
  • Sort out photo booth
  • Buy cupcake wrappers and cake topper
  • Create various wedding signs
  • Get shoes and accessories
  • Get bridesmaid shoes and accessories
  • Pay deeposit for florist
  • Book New York (YAY!)
  • Book family break after wedding
  • Choose a hairstyle
  • Book make up
  • Thank you gifts

Wow, think I might be needing some days off work in order to get all this done. Anyone keen to lend a hand? Please!

 

Wedding Planning on A Less than Royal Budget

Category : Wedding Planning

Luckily for some, money is not a question when it comes to planning their wedding – but if, like me, there isn’t an endless pot of gold at the end of that rainbow – how and where do you start budgeting for your upcoming wedding?

gary bonar photography

Below are a few pointers to help you get started.

  • Work out, realistically, what you can afford to save each month – allow room for luxuries. Weddings can take a lot of planning, and are generally booked quite far in advance – being super strapped for cash for a long period of time will not be fun. Wedding Chaos offer some good advice on ways to save
  • As un-romantic as the chat may be, if going overboard simply isn’t an option, then you may need to discuss with both sets of parents if they are willing to contribute anything to your big day (fingers crossed!)
  • Be as organised as you possibly can be – there are loads of great wedding budget tools out there – these will help you write that long to do list, and hopefully from there you can work out what you really do/don’t need; Confetti, Wedding Chaos, Hitched.co.uk, You and Your Wedding offer a few tools to get you started
  • Get yourself onto some of the popular wedding forums – You and Your wedding and the Scottish Wedding Directory are packed full of brides to be, wedding planners, photographers, florists and so on, all willing to offer help and suggestions on your wedding (and sometimes not so wedding) related queries
  • Enlist the help of a wedding planner. Wedding planners comes in all shapes and sizes.  The preconception may be that only the rich and famous need their help, but most wedding planners have a long list of contacts and may be able to make you savings elsewhere
  • Deciding on the type of wedding you want can help massively. Small and intimate – and likely to be affordable, or grand scale where savings may need to be made 0 either way, decide early on to help you plan more efficiently

All in all. Plan plan, and then when you think you have planned, plan your wedding some more!

For most of us, our wedding is likely to be the biggest event we will have to organise, and being prepared is the only way.

Good luck and happy planning – I want to know all about it!

Image used is by Gary Bonar Photography


SECC Wedding Show – Part 2

Category : Wedding Planning

As I mentioned before, on the day of the wedding fair we collected loads and loads of brochures and flyers from the various stands. It really is amazing how much information is available to brides (and grooms ofcourse!) who attend the fairs.

Lots of the wedding suppliers offer discounts if you are willing to book their services there and then and some are even kind enough to extend the offer slightly if you want to go home and discuss it!

We didn’t really go with the intention of booking anything and instead went around looking at EVERYTHING.

There were too many to go through everyone, so below are a few of my favourites from the day;

  • The Tea Ladies – vintage crockery hire is all the rage at the moment. These girls have some lovely pieces for hire and seem pretty reasonably priced too!
  • Children at weddings can be a tough decision to make. If you are having lots of children – then how about a nanny/mobile creche service such as Shenannygans. They will take some of the pressure off entertaining the child and provide some fun activities for them to take part in.
  • With loads of kilt options to chose from, it can be a pretty tough decision. Panache, based in Glasgow offer kilt hire from £55. Seems very well priced?
  • Already living together and not sure whether you need a gift list? Starweds offer a hassle free, personalised website enabling you to ask your guests to contribute money for things you really want!
  • Not sure about traditional stationery? Then try Love and Lilly for bright wedding stationery for the modern bride. Bold colours aplenty.
  • Photo booths are a great talking point not to mention a lot of fun. Looklook booths had a great stand at the SECC wedding show – check out their site for special offers!
  • The cakes were stunning and tasted delicious. For me, Truly Scrumptious were fantastic. Impressive cakes that definately have the wow factor.
  • Favourini – Hand crafted favours and centerpieces made with almonds or chocolate dragee. Bit unusual and I love that they come in any colour so easy to match in with your theme. Favourini.com
  • Floral Haven, based in Glasgow. The website doesn’t do them justice. Without a doubt, this girl had THE best floral displays I seen. Bouquets were suspend into logs/branches. Colourful, lots of wood and rich patterns. Lovely

And so that concludes my SECC wedding show experience.

Roll on next year so that I can go to another!

Children At Weddings – The How To Guide

Category : Wedding Help, Wedding Planning

For some brides to be, the thought of children on their big day, is one filled with horror. Crying, tantrums, spending money on dinner that most likely wont get eaten – the list goes on. But, for those that are planning on having children – Caroline from The Frog In the Field lends a hand to help you prepare!

Over to Caroline;

Photographs of smartly dressed children at a wedding are a beautiful sight – but remember that whilst beautiful, a bored child will become restless – and a restless child, does not a happy child make.

Generally, the whole day is planned for adults. Everything from table decorations, which drink is served at the reception, the rich fruit cake that almost every child hates or the silence as the first dance takes place – so if you have guests with a family coming to your big day, it makes sense to start thinking about how you can help keep them entertained.

Let me paint a little picture. If a child starts whining, one of the parents, (ultimately the mum) has to try and placate the child. Most often she will get herself all harassed and embarrassed in trying to do so. The last thing you want is one of your special friends leaving your wedding early because their children are restless and misbehaving through boredom.

The speeches are a classic example of when children can get very restless. To a child, the speeches are a time when everyone is sat in silence listening to a stranger tell jokes that just aren’t funny to them – not only that but you have to sit with a drink in front of you that you’re not actually allowed to drink!

Giving children wedding reception activities makes all the difference. With a little bit of organisation you can help keep the children at your wedding entertained. And happy children mean a happy mum and dad.

So how can you help?

  • Try giving the children a disposable camera so they get snaps of the special occasion from their perspective
  • Try to give the children sugar free drinks – they will be excited enough
  • Chocolate…(grinds teeth) someone gave my daughter chocolate at my sisters’ wedding. It ruined her bridesmaid dress. She had to walk round all afternoon with a chocolate smudge on her chest! Ban messy treats from your wedding – and offer alternatives
  • Noisy or toys that can be easily thrown. Great fun for the child, not so much for your other guests trying to listen to your ceremony or being hit with them! Instead, try to chose activities which can grab their imagination and interest
  • Hiring an entertainer can be a good thing, although it can be expensive
  • Tailor some activity bags to each child. Goodies unique to them, that they can share with the other kids or play with by themselves. These needn’t be expensive and parents love them!

Thanks Caroline – some helpful tips in there!

For more ideas on activity bags for the children at your wedding, check out www.froginthefield.co.uk

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