May 2013 | Ideal Bride Magazine
Help & Advice
Ideal Bride Magazine knows planning your wedding can be daunting, with so much to do where do you start? Ideal Bride is here to help, we asked Vanessa Adamson from Wedding Market, her 5 top tips when planning a wedding.
Wedding Market showcases everything from exclusive wedding deals and services via reputable suppliers, to a range of wedding planning packages in its idyllic Cambridgeshire showroom that allows real choice and welcome advice under one roof - a real one stop wedding shop to save couples time and money and is a service which, to-date, has been missing in the UK. Wedding Market covers all the surrounding counties including Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire from its base on the Elton Hall Estate.
A lot of wedding expenditure is determined by your guest list. Each invited head can total a substantial cost and can bump you up to a higher capacity room at a venue. At Wedding Market we believe that you should always start your process with your 'draft' guest lists. Brides Family, Groom's family, Bride's friends and grooms friends and a 5th list of people you may both know; your neighbours and friends of the family. Then decide who will be with you for the whole day, who is invited for the evening and who is allowed a plus one, it will all soon add up.
establish who is paying for what and what the expectations are. There are as many best men and bridesmaids nowadays who are expected to pick up their own costs as well as those who will be getting their costs covered. Ensure that your long standing friends and family are aware 'at the point of being asked' if there is a cost to them for carrying out a major role for you, saving embarrassments, relationships and let downs further down the line. Be quietly prepared to 'top up' where necessary.
Communicate with everyone about your plans but don't hastily send out a 'we're getting married' message on Facebook as you might want to consider who will see it and how many of those who see it will actually receive an invite. If you know who you want as your bridesmaids and best men then do ask them as soon as possible.
You may talk to a supplier 18 months before your wedding takes place, conversations held 18 months ago can become a hazy blur. Contracts and confirmations of orders are therefore essential from all suppliers, whether in the form of an email or a standard printed one. You need to understand within the contract what happens if anything goes wrong from either side, whether prices can go up or if suppliers can substitute anything, including themselves and when deposits and full payments are due and what happens to deposits if you change your mind.
Ensure you receive a plan of exactly what you expect to receive before, on the day or beyond. It's not time consuming to get things in writing such as costs and a confirmation of when they'll turn up, how long they'll be there, who they'll bring with them, how they'll be dressed, how much space they'll need or any requirements they may have like access to lifts, power or water.
Electrical equipment should be tested and don't be afraid to ask to see any insurance certificates, personal qualifications, kitchens or association memberships.
Can you afford a planner or indeed can you afford not to have a planner? There's one chance to get this right and so many elements to pull together, it's fairly easy to set a date, book a venue and buy a dress, and a lot less simple to pull a day to remember out of the bag whilst holding down a demanding day job and family. Good planners do this day in and day out and live and breathe weddings and can point out the pitfalls, recommend good suppliers and will save you time, effort and also keep stress levels lower and should even ultimately save you money.
A planner presents you with options, negotiates for you and ensures you are on track so you need to ensure that you find them personable and assess if you can all work alongside him/her. Arrange a quick meeting with a planner, which is usually free, assess their style and manner and whether they're right for you, they should be personable, relaxed and assertive but never take away your choices or fun at any point. Wedding Market work by the hour and also offer a set fee to help plan the whole thing.
You can contact Wedding Market on 01832 280153, via email at email@example.com and you can visit them at weddingmarket.co.uk
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