OUT WITH THE OLD & IN WITH THE NEW!!

Photo by Through The Woods We Ran We can’t believe the day has arrived!! After almost 2 years (I know it’s crazy how time flies?!?!) we are finally ready to reveal our new site. It’s been a long time in the making and not without its ups and downs. Businesses go through lots of changes…

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TIME OUT!

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We  are beyond excited to announce that we will be relaunching in early July with a super duper new site!!

Yep that’s right after 4 years we thought it was high time we updated Bespoke Bride, to become something a little more sleeker and easier to navigate as well adding some exciting new products to our own shop. This also means we will be taking a time out for the next 2 weeks to prepare for the launch. Although we wont stop blogging altogether, we will be diverting away from our usual blogging schedule and only posting 1-2 times a week.

After months of keeping this secret its so exciting to know we are only a few weeks from sharing our new look with you. This year has already been the best year for Bespoke Bride and we can’t express how happy we are to be able to say that!

Last year was full of highs but unfortunately ended on a real low, we were both totally burnt out and forced to seriously reassess the future of Bespoke Bride. Since then, we have been working hard behind the scenes to make Bespoke Bride into something even bigger with the addition of our own shop and have been totally overwhelmed at the amount of support it has already received. We are constantly bouncing new ideas back and forth to each other, talking about new products we can add to the shop and all that fun stuff! We both feel so lucky to be doing something we love and sharing it with people that truly appreciate it, is immensely gratifying.

I have a feeling, 2017 is going to get even better yet!

One last thing I wanted to share…

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BESPOKE BRIDES BEST (AND WORST) BITS FROM 2016!!

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Photo by Through The Woods We Ran

With Christmas over it’s time to start looking forward to what the new year will bring, with the months ahead full of possibilities, it’s an exciting time and we can’t wait to see what it has in store for us.

As many of you will know 2016 hasn’t been the easiest of years, in fact, I would go as far as to say its been the toughest, both in a personal and business sense of the word. As  I am sure many other business owners can relate, as the year draws to an end, the struggle to continue to stay motivated is real. It can sometimes feel like your in a uphill struggle with no end in sight, so I think it’s especially important, at times like these to reflect on everything we have achieved in the past year. By reminding ourselves of all the goals we have accomplished we can truly appreciate how far we have come.

So let’s start by taking a look at the posts you found most helpful this year!

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2016 was the definitely the year of the printable! You guys went crazy for our ‘How Well Do You Know The Bride’ and Porn or Polish? quizzes. In fact they are now one of our most popular posts of all time and our most pinned posts on Pinterest. We are so glad that you guys love them as much as we enjoy creating them and we can’t wait to dream up even more unique free printables for you guys in 2017!

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One of our main goals for 2016 was to take our DIY’s to a whole new level and I like to think we knocked that one out of the park. Our Beyonce Lyric Glasses were so popular that within minutes of the post going live we started receiving ‘orders’ from people all over the world which could hint at a new direction for Bespoke Bride in 2017.

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Real weddings continued to be one of our most read posts which is great news as we love sharing stories from real brides. This Blooming Beautiful Geometric Wedding was our most popular weddings yet and its not hard to see why when you get an eyeful of all the gorgeous decor, much of which was handmade by the bride herself.

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John and Melissa’s Fairy Tale Beach Wedding was quite the subject of conversation on our social media and you only need to take one look at that amazing pink Vera Wang gown to understand why? I have a feeling we will remember this dress as one of our favorites for many years to come.

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And the best love story had to go to Sarah and Alasdair. Their Rustic Wedding in a Birmingham Art Gallery was one of the most beautiful ceremonies we have ever laid eyes on and the story of how they met was like something straight off the pages of a romance novel.

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Another of our goals for 2016 was to create informative and useful content for brides and grooms to be. Being a bride to be myself I understand how important it is to have information, that is both easy and quick to read, whilst also being pretty to look at and easy to save or share. So we started creating more list posts and the one you found most helpful was our list of 25 Yummy Batch Cocktails.

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2016 has seen our Instagram account gain over 10k followers, making it our second most popular social media. We have noticed a huge increase in the number of brides that now use Instagram to help plan their wedding so it wasn’t surprising that our 40 Instagram Accounts to Follow for Beautiful Wedding Inspo was another extremely popular post this year.

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In other news we were invited to a wedding event by Notonthehighstreet.com, Jess was whisked away to Cinque Terre & Florence for her birthday, we released our brand new media pack, added even more videos to our YouTube channel, held a bridal brunch for Shutterfly, won ‘Best DIY Wedding Blog’ at the Wedding Blog Awards for a third year running and top it all off, I turned 30 in Cape Verde and was thrown the best Surprise 30th Birthday Tea Party a girl could ask for!

On the face of it 2016 might have seemed to have been a fairly easy going one for Bespoke Bride, the blog has gone from strength to strength, we have had the opportunity to work with some fantastic brands and have loved every second of what we do, but there has also been alot going on behind the scenes to make major strides into turning Bespoke Bride into more than just a blog.

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5 KEY THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN WORKING WITH WEDDING SUPPLIERS

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So far the wedding planning has been going well, and your pretty sure you have found all the suppliers you need for your wedding based on the hours of research you have put in to assess their skills and expertise. You are optimistic, and now looking forward to seeing them spring into action, ready for the big day.

So is there anything more you can do to ensure the lead up to your wedding and the day itself goes off without a hitch?

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It is just as import to build a solid working with relationship with your wedding suppliers as it was spending all those hours researching them in the first place. It’s natural that you want to take a step back once you have booked and paid, it is after all why we book these services in the first place to take the pressure off ourselves. Just as for others it’s natural to want to call suppliers every now and again to ensure you are receiving the service you have paid for. But where does one line end and the other begin. When does doing enough become too much or too little?

Here are some important points to keep in mind:

BE CLEAR AND CONCISE

Communication is key! When talking with your supplier, make a list of all the key points and make sure you go through each of them individually. Ask your supplier questions or for their opinion to make sure you are both singing from the same hymn sheet. It is also important to keep your suppliers updated with any additional information or developments as they arise, but remember to only tell them information that is useful to their service.

Finally, remember that wedding suppliers are often very busy with other weddings, especially in peak season, so if you don’t get a response right away, don’t be tempted to be pushy for a reply.

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NURTURE YOUR RELATIONSHIP

If you have chosen to someone based on their personality and style then their is a good chance you are on the path to striking a good relationship already and it’s not surprising for some couples to go on to become great friends with some of their wedding suppliers. This is great and goes a long way in ensuring you absolutely get what you ask for on your wedding day.

BE PROFESSIONAL

It is however, important to maintain a ‘professional’ working relationship whilst planning your wedding. Build on this by trusting their judgement and expertise, they have of course done this dozens of times and will be able to offer sound advice on what will work and what wont. Always remember to be honest, if your not sure about something speak up and air your thoughts, now is not the time to be shy. Finally and it should probably go without saying, always treat your supplier with respect, this goes for their personal lives to, try to keep calls within their normal working hours and respect their preferred method of contact.

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