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The engagement season looms...

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With the traditional wedding season coming to a close (if it hasn't done so already), the engagement season follows soon enough. Apparently, the peak engagement period is from November to February, culminating on Valentines Day. There's clearly something in the winter air over the festive season and couples feel much more romantic than usual. So if you end up getting a ring in your stocking, be sure to read up on these fab tips on what to do next!

Announce your engagement! - But before you go Instagramming your wedding ring for the world to see, make sure you call your nearest and dearest first so they can find out before Sally from the lingerie department does, who you've spoken to only three times in your life. 

Have a party - (if you want to). It's a great way to bring the two families together before the hectic planning begins. Nobody wants to feel uncomfortable on the wedding day with introductions, questions or anything similar. It's a great way to avoid the 'so how do you know...' questions.

Talk to each other - Spend a few evenings in talking about the type/style of wedding you want. Talk about the size, your budget, your thoughts and everything else before the rest of your families have their say. It's great to set the boundaries out now with each other so you're on the same page the whole way through. Be honest with each other here, especially when talking about your budget.

Start researching - Read blogs, buy magazines, visit wedding fairs and scour the internet. Create Pinterest pages, a scrapbook and carry a notebook for any crazy ideas that pop into your head whilst your out doing things! You can never do enough research.

Have a think about hiring a wedding planner. If you're not sure what they do, read this.

Insure your ring - accidents happen! A week after getting engaged, my ring lost a diamond. I don't know how, I don't know when, but the insurance sorted it all out and for that I'm truly grateful! 

Remember to be united on your decisions. 

Charlotte x

Image Katie Shuler Photography via Green Wedding Shoes

What does a wedding planner actually do?

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What does a wedding planner do?

There's been a proposal. You're going to get married and you don't know what to do. So you consider hiring a wedding planner, but you don't know what they do or if they will actually save you money. We're going to give you the low down on what a wedding planner is and what they can actually do for you.

In easy terms, a planner does exactly that, they plan stuff. And a wedding planner will organise your wedding right from the start. How well a wedding planner works depends on their own skills, their logistical qualities, their own competencies and their confidence. Good planners have had experience in many areas, not just in the wedding scene. They may have worked in corporate companies, catering businesses or marketing.

A wedding planner manages the whole event and ensure that everything goes exactly as planned. They often delegate to wedding suppliers but they are the go-to guy or gal for any queries, questions or problems. They will help you decide what's right for you, the perfect suppliers, the best venue for your needs and everything in between. And on top of all this, they will keep to your budget and often save you money.

Now as much as a wedding planner runs the show, they run your show. They are there for you and that's their job. Every ounce of communication a planner has with you prior to your wedding day will lead up to nipping any minor problems in the backside before they happen. You should feel comfortable with your wedding planner as you'll be spending a lot of time with them over the next few months!

So in a nutshell, a wedding planner does this and much much more...

  • They will create a realistic wedding budget and stick to it!
  • Create a master plan for wedding suppliers and hand this out to each business involved.
  • Help you decide on a venue fitting in with your budget, aesthetic and style.
  • Visit that venue with you.
  • Find suppliers that fit your style and price.
  • Negotiate with suppliers to bring you the very best savings.
  • Read and re-read contracts and check any discrepancies.
  • Create a wedding day timeline and delegate tasks to individuals as necessary.
  • Handle invitations, RSVP's and any other stationery needs.
  • Deal with menu's, dietary requirements and other food & drink related issues.
  • Help you with choosing a wedding style, theme etc.
  • Managing the actual wedding day
  • Supervising suppliers.
  • On the Day setup and delivery.
  • Deal with emergencies.
  • Calm your nerves.
  • Deal with family and friends who may have worries too!
  • Help you plan your honeymoon.
  • Be a professional.

You may think that spending 20% of your wedding budget on a wedding planner is a lot of money, but what they can save you in return may work out a whole lot more. Oh and if you need a little help, we're good at this too.

Charlotte x

Image Chelsea Mitchell Photography via Wedding Chicks

Keep your wedding florist happy with these top tips...

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Wedding flowers. It often surprises couples just how much wedding flowers can set you back, but there's so much more that goes into creating your perfect bouquet than you think. Flowers need conditioning, cutting, creating and much much more. So to help your florist, keep in mind these top tips...

Be flexible. The flowers you choose aren't dependant on you, they're dependent on nature. Yes you can import almost any flower you can dream of but the work involved is often monumental and will cost you a whole lot more than you think. By being flexible with your choices and by listening to your florist, you can ensure that the right flowers are chosen, fitting in with the season too. You can often be pretty certain when it comes to colours, but being open mined really helps everyone.

Availability. Like we said above, not all flowers are available when you require them. Transporting flowers can change with a natural crisis, such as the Icelandic volcano eruption, making it doubly difficult to bring anything to our island. Talking with your florist will help you ensure the right flower is available at the right time.

Design and preparation. Flowers are usually made as close to the date as possible. Quite often while you're at home sleeping, your florist is visiting the flower market at 4am buying you the very freshest flowers possible. They then need conditioning, prepping, cutting and that's before the get onto the design stage. Can you imagine how long this takes?

Most flowers on their own aren't that expensive, it's the labour and work that goes on behind the scenes and right up until delivery at your venue that costs the most. Don't try to cut corners with your flowers either, now's not the time to DIY as if it goes wrong, you're unlikely to find a florist at really short notice.

You can't just group together a bunch of peonies and hope it works. Keep your florist happy with the above tips and everyone's a winner.

Charlotte x

Image Ellie Gillard via Ruffled