4 REASONS YOU’RE FINDING IT HARD TO PLAN YOUR WEDDING & THE SOLUTIONS

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1. You’re Overwhelmed With Too Much Tech

Technology has given us more choice than we could ever have imagined but with the explosion in the number of wedding related websites it’s not surprising brides and grooms-to-be are becoming increasingly overwhelmed, making the search for the wedding suppliers more difficult and the chances of small business owners being seen a lot less likely.

Solution: With so many wedding related websites available, it’s hard to know which ones to choose when it comes to searching for your suppliers, but the important thing is to take your time and do your research. Do an internet search using the keywords you would use to describe your wedding i.e Festival, Boho, Unique, speak to friends and get their recommendations, what sites did they use or find most helpful when it comes to finding suppliers and inspiration? This will take time but the more research you do the more likely you are to find the right suppliers for you.

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2. Buying Online Seems Like Too Much Of a Risk

Online wedding sales are rising, but with the increase comes a new challenge. How to determine who can be trusted with your money and who can’t? We have all heard the horror stories of brides that have bought gowns that look stunning online, only to receive a product later that was worlds away from what they had envisioned and with a growing number of websites offering cheap copies of designer gowns, the struggle is real.

Solution: It is so important to do your research when buying anything online. Have a good read of the website, check out it’s terms & conditions, read the reviews and the blog if it has one. These will all help you determine if the site is a trustworthy source. Find out if the supplier is able to send samples first? If you’re looking for something to be personalised, find out what the supplier will need from you before you order, don’t be afraid to ask questions and check out their delivery times. All of these tips will make sure your buying from a reputable source and will avoid any big wedding day disasters.

3. Your Budget is Unrealistic

Although many couples will enter into their wedding planning with a budget, as they step a little further into it, they almost immediately discover that there wedding will cost much more than they had originally planned.

Solution: Sit down with your partner and discuss what you would ideally want from your wedding day, then do your research and find out how much these things are going to cost. Once you have this number in your head you will be able to decide if you can realistically afford what you have in mind without going broke or whether you are going to have to get creative or save more.

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6 THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER DO WHEN PLANNING A WEDDING!

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Planning a wedding is probably one of the most exciting things you will ever do in your life but there is no doubt that it can also be one of the most stressful. If you are in the process of wedding planning you may have already started to encounter the challenges that can come with it. So in order to prepare you for what’s to come we’ve listed our top 6 things your should never do.

  1. Never over stretch yourself!

Whether it be your time or your budget, don’t take on more than you can handle! There is no doubt that at times you will find planning your wedding stressful, so be prepared and make sure you only take on what you can realistically achieve. If you have your heart set on DIY’ing your entire wedding but work full time, go to the gym 5 days a week, look after children & have other commitments at weekends, there is a good chance you will not have the time or energy to take on so much responsibility, you will be setting yourself up for months of stress, probably some tears and ultimately disappointment. So just don’t do it, perhaps just concentrate on DIY’ing one or two things instead.

The same can be said for budget. The first thing you should do before planning or booking anything for your wedding is set a budget. This will help you look for vendors in your price range and ensure you don’t spend the first 10 years of marriage paying off a very expensive credit card bill.

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2. Never Let People Persuade You Otherwise!

Weddings can stir up some pretty strong emotions especially when it comes to things like tradition and who should and shouldn’t be invited. Ultimately if you are paying for your own wedding you should be able to do whatever the hell you want. Difficulty can sometimes arise when someone else is paying for your wedding, in which case the feelings of the person footing the bill should probably be taken into account, however the final choice should always be yours whether it be your theme, colour, venue, food, dress etc. It’s your wedding day, do it your way, you will only come to regret it, if you don’t!

3.  Never Expect Your Wedding to Look Like Those in Magazines & on Blogs.

On one hand they can help you gather inspiration and ideas on the other hand they can start to make you lose sight of reality. These publications exist purely to act as inspiration and no matter how hard you try, your wedding isn’t and shouldn’t look like it belongs on the pages of a glossy magazine. Not saying it won’t end up there, but the main focus of your wedding should be you and your love for one another. Expecting your wedding to look a certain way will only be setting yourself up for disappointment.

Instead take a look at what other couples have drawn up on for inspiration for their own weddings. Some might have incorporated a shared hobby, jobs or favourite country, think about how you can inject your own personalities into your wedding day and look forward to creating your very own one of a kind wedding day.

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4. Never Forget Your Guests (If You’re Inviting any?)

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OFF THE RECORD: FAVOURITE FEATURES, FRESH FLOWERS & FURRY FRIENDS

This week has been a bit of a strange one for me to say the least, it started out absolutely awesome with a feature in the new Rock n Roll Bride magazine, I also got to meet my best friends new born little boy and had some beautiful fresh flowers bought me but sadly the week ended on a low when I had to say goodbye to my beautiful little cat Bam-bam. She was 13 years old so she lived a wonderful and great life but saying goodbye to a pet is never an easy thing, especially when one is half human like I always believed Bambam was! (she was a chatty little madam) We do however love to focus on the positive things here at Bespoke Bride so it still only felt right that we featured what has made us smile this week and i’ll still smile knowing that we did the right thing for my little furry friend…

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JESS LOVES…

♥ Seeing Hannah and her new born baby boy Ellis! What a cutie he was, im so proud of her too, she did bloody brilliantly!! 

♥ Having a super relaxed weekend with no plans whatsoever. Sometimes those are the best weekends, especially when the weather is stormy like it was! 

♥ Watching The Great Gatsby, I can’t believe I’ve only just gotten around to watching it! I absolutely loved how beautiful everything was, the scenery, the costumes, and I loved how the soundtrack was so modern for something set so long ago. 

♥ SNOW!! We woke up to snow this week! Ok, it was the tiniest amount but it still looked pretty! 

♥ Getting bought fresh flowers. There really is nothing that brightens up a rainy day like beautiful fresh flowers! 

♥ Seeing our feature in Rock n Roll Bride magazine!!! We were so excited to see something of ours in print, it felt like an awesome achievement!

EMILY LOVES…

Weekday lie in’s with the cat! There is nothing quite like the feeling of waking up in the week knowing you don’t have to work that day and everyone else does, especially when it is wet and windy outside!

Cinema dates! Myself and Mr T, carted ourselves off to the cinema this week so that we could finally get round to watching The Hobbit. We couldn’t keep our eyes off the screen the whole time, that film is pretty epic!

♥ As Jess has already mentioned a huge highlight of the week has been seeing one of our favourite DIYs go to print in the new Rock N Roll Bride magazine! If you haven’t had chance to get it yet, then why the hell not? And you need to hurry because it sold out online pretty darn quickly!!!

♥ Another particular highlight was seeing my words of wisdom being shared in Wedding Magazine this month.  I gave a few little tidbits of advice on DIY’ing your wedding and would love to know what you think?

♥ Changing our Instagram up a bit! Over the next few weeks you will likely see some changes to the way we do things around here and we have started with our instagram. You know how much we love to brand everything and we kind of felt our Insta was missing out, so we have switched it up  gear so you will now see lots more colour and style, just the way we like it!

♥ Finally I have decided to take a very brave step this year and launch my own personal wildlife blog called A Pocketful of Earth. It is something I have wanted to do for a long time now, but have been so busy I have never got round to doing it. Although we are still crazy busy with Bespoke Bride and the launch of the Online Wedding Show, I am now better at managing my time and decided 2015 would be the year that I do a little something for myself. If you are ever interested in checking it out, I would love to know what you think? But please be nice 😀

WHAT WE’VE BEEN LOVING AROUND THE WEB…

DIYS:

Polka Dot Bicycle Basket (How cute!! Above photos by Jared Smith via Sugar and Cloth)

Pineapple Flower Cake Topper

Birthday Cake Box

DIY Guess Who Game (I LOVE this!!)

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Off The Record: Busy Bees, Brilliant Boyfriends & Broccoli!

My oh my! What a week we’ve had! We’ve been busy visiting old friends, attending awesome events, creating our first ever YouTube video, planning our 2 year old birthday party and to top it all off we were listed as one of Channel 4’s top 10 wedding blogs!! Yep…That’s what I said, Channel 4! How exciting is that?! I’ve gotta say, Wednesday was by far one of the highlights of my week! Sure, it had it’s lows like city driving (seriously! This country bumpkin is a nervous wreck in Bristol! lol!) and reverse parallel parking into a space while cars sat waiting for me to hurry the hell up so they could continue on our journey! But despite those minor ‘bumps in the road’ it rang so true to me on Wednesday that you cannot underestimate the importance of getting away from your laptop and spending some quality time with people! We met up with Isabel While from Bridal Styling in the morning to chat all about what’s been going on (and of course we gobbled down a lot of biscuits and tea!) then we spent our afternoon over the gorgeous Emily Fisher’s house from Fishee Designs where we started planning our Birthday party for next month (eek!) and were treated to a delicious evening meal! If that wasn’t enough for our day we then headed over to Little Wedding Space for the evening to attend the opening of a mini wedding fair that lasts two weeks! So, if you can’t quite make it one day, fret not! There’s plenty more days to pop in and see Little Wedding Space and all of it’s fabulous exhibitors along with it!

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That’s not all we’ve been loving this week though! There’s so much more…

Jess loves:

When Emily is tipsy on champagne! She becomes even more hilarious and constantly insists on getting a McDonalds! (hey, who wouldn’t?!)

Getting a visit from my friend Matt who lives in London! There’s nothing like a good old catch up with someone you haven’t seen for months!

Cooking home made fish fingers and lemon mayo dip! It was delicious! Not to mention, pretty healthy!

Having a boyfriend who is always very happy to support me in whatever I do, he’s so bloody helpful, understanding and supportive!

Doing our first ever work shops at a wedding show! We were at The Vintage Wedding Fair, exhibiting and teaching brides a few DIY tricks to create a wedding day even more personal to them! Such good fun!

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