My tips & hints..

Weddings will NEVER be stress free; there are far too many people involved for everything to go smoothly, but there are some ways you can reduce the worry!! So here are my 5 top tips!

Tip 1

Make a budget based on what you can afford – you most probably will go over what you originally wanted to spend, but don’t spend more than what you can afford to. Paying bills and putting fuel in your car is far more important than getting a reel of ribbon! However, if there is something you REALLY want, work out areas you can cut so that you can afford it. I wish I’d have spent more on my photography; my photographer was lovely, but you can tell they weren’t taken by someone who’d been taking wedding photos professionally for 10 years.

Tip 2

Only spend money on things that will either be used (i.e. food), or you know you can sell afterwards (i.e. faux fur shawls from winter weddings) or something that you’ll use in your home. All the decorationy bits I bought for our wedding I will use throughout our house so I can justify spending slightly more on something I really love.

Tip 3

Dont let the wedding turn you into a bridezilla; you hear so many stories about people falling out over something petty. The wedding may be your world, but it’s not everyone else’s. Take a step back and think about how you’d have felt pre-engagement about matching ribbon to bridesmaid dresses!

Tip 4

Don’to let people rail road you into decisions you don’t want to make. One of the areas I was most disappointed with was my bridesmaid dresses; they’re everything I didn’t want. And when I look at the photos I have to look past them. The girls looks nice in them, but they aren’t what I wanted at all.

Tip 5

Include your fiancĂ©! Yes, some of the ideas Dan came up with made me cringe in the run up to our wedding, but he also came up with some really good ideas, and things I might not have thought of or dismissed. It’s only fair to let them have their input in a day that is about the BOTH of you!!

‘Real Bride-to-be’ and ‘Real Wedding Wednesday’ updates…

Firstly I’d like to say a MASSIVE thank you to everyone who has applied to be a ‘Real Bride or Real Bride-to-be’ – I’ve had an overwhelming response which has been AMAZING!!! I can’t wait to share all your plans and wedding photos with everyone!!

This Wednesday (as in TOMORROW!) I will be revealing and introducing our first ‘Real Bride-to-be’ who also holds an extra responsibility; she will also be our regular ‘guest blogger’. This means that you will see one article a month from her where she will update you with all her plans and achievements as she progresses through her wedding planning.

In the weeks between our guest blogger’s articles, you will get to meet yet more Real Brides-to-be; every Wednesday there will be a new lady for me to introduce you to. These ladies will be sharing a pre-wedding and post-wedding article with you

PLUS, (as if all that wasn’t enough!) I will also be able to introduce you to some very wise ladies; our MARRIED ladies!! These fabulous ladies will share their wisdom, tips and hints with you which is invaluable, plus photos of their big days!

Did you get all that?! Its so exciting that I think its time for a cup of tea….