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Tips for planning your garden wedding

Garden Wedding Marquee

Some of my couples, or their parents, are lucky enough to own properties with large gardens where they can host their weddings. Often this provides a beautiful and meaningful location, but they can be much more challenging to arrange. To help you on your way, I’ve outlined a few tips for planning your garden wedding. 26% of UK couples now hire a wedding planner, but this number sky rockets amongst those planning a marquee or dry hire venue wedding as the logistics involved can be much more complex. If you consider the average wedding takes 250 hours to plan, imagine how many more hours will be spent arranging all the extra elements that a garden wedding involves. I hope this blog helps outline some of the most important aspects. Cost Don’t expect a wedding at home to be cheaper than at a venue, this just isn't true. After all, not only do you...

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How do wedding planners charge?

As a consumer it can be daunting enquiring with a specialist, such as a wedding planner, when you have no idea how much it might cost. In today’s blog I outline some of the key factors on how a wedding planner charges for their services. Service Levels It’s helpful to start with a brief overview of the various levels of wedding planning. Most planners, including myself, offer services ranging from “on-the-day” wedding planning (read my blog here about why this is a misleading title), through to partial and full planning. “On-the-day” tends to have a fixed fee. To calculated this we need to get a full understanding of your plans i.e. guest numbers, venues, number of suppliers, complexity of design etc. We can then estimate how much prep work will be needed in advance of your wedding and how many assistants we’ll need on the day and from there we get a price. For partial and...

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Pinterest: Wedding Planning Friend or Foe?

Pinterest, it’s an incredible tool for wedding planning, great inspiration and a source of dreamy fantasy images.  Many of my couples will come with a Pinterest board in place, or at some point one will often materialise. For a wedding planner, or a bride, at first glance, Pinterest seems great! However, it’s just one tool in your wedding planning tool box. In today’s blog post I outline some of its pros and cons. Essentially, it all comes down to understanding the difference between replication v inspiration and using it accordingly. Use Your Pinterest board as Inspiration to Create a Wedding Personal to You Your wedding day is an amazing opportunity to have a day that reflects you and share your loves with your friends and family. This will always trump producing a cookie cutter wedding that is purely based on the latest wedding trend. Trends are great for inspiration but don’t incorporate...

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How To Select Your Wedding Date

“You're engaged? Congratulations! When's the wedding?” I bet this is the first question everyone has asked you. But when it comes to selecting your wedding date there is a lot to be considered. Your instinct may say to choose your anniversary or another important date, but here's some tips on what else to consider when choosing your wedding date. Weather and the seasons Perhaps the first thing you should consider is which season you want to get married in. Do you prefer spring flowers, the summer sun, autumn leaves, or the potential for snow at a winter wedding? The time of year sets the tone, theme, and often the décor of your wedding. Do you see yourselves outdoors in a garden or indoors in a cosy, candle-lit venue? Weather is a huge factor if you would like your wedding to feature either an outdoor ceremony or reception. Statistically speaking, May is the driest...

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What is a Wedding Day Coordinator?

If you’re enjoying the planning of your wedding but want to a right-hand woman to ensure all your hard work comes to fruition, a day-of wedding coordinator may be the best option. Read on to find out exactly what an on-the-day coordinator does and how to find the right one for you. Why on-the-day wedding coordination is a myth You'll often see planners with packages titled 'on-the-day coordination', but really there is no such thing. You'll notice I call it 'wedding day management'. A planner can’t simply arrive on the morning of your wedding and instinctively know what is meant to happen. Instead, your planner is likely to start working with you about 4 to 6 weeks before your wedding. From this point forward, they become the main point of contact for your suppliers, fielding their questions for you rather than stressing you out. Depending on the complexity of the wedding, it takes...

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Luxury Wedding Venues in Berkshire and Buckinghamshire

Hedsor House Buckinghamshire Country House Wedding Venue

From Cinderella to Snow White, Sleeping Beauty to Jasmin, we all grew up seeing the picture perfect wedding play out on the big (or small) screen. Of course, now that you’ve found your Prince Charming or Princess, there’s one key thing you have to do before you can ride off into the sunset – find the perfect luxury wedding venues in Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. To make this a bit easier for you, I've produced this list of some of Berkshire and Buckinghamshire's top fairytale locations for your luxury wedding. Hedsor House One of my absolute all time favourite venues, Hedsor House  (pictured above) accomodates up to 150 guests but it still feels intimate. The above picture is from one of my very own weddings and was a ceremony set up I don't believe they had previously done but it was absolutely stunning. In fact, by the time the summer came, there were...

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Vegan Wedding Catering: The Ultimate Guide

Veganism is now one of Britain’s fastest growing lifestyle movements - there’s been an almost 400% growth in the last 10 years - so I'm expecting the trend to become increasingly prominent for weddings. It's an opinion shared by my good friends over at Food Events, who recently released a whole set of menus especially for vegan weddings. They designed them to keep both the vegans and avid meat-eaters equally satisfied on your big day. As the experts in vegan wedding catering I've pick their brains to help you if you are one of the 500,000+ people in the UK who have adopted this plant-based diet. What was the catalyst for developing your vegan menus? We were asked to arrange a vegan wedding last year after looking at what kind of food we provide. Researching vegan food turned up interesting dishes which we felt would appeal to a wider clientele. Now all...

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