A view from the other side might sound like something from a sci-fi movie, but we work with loads of fabulous businesses at County Brides and we meet lots of engaged couples so it is great to bring you a post from a couple who we work with about their own wedding day and pass on our congratulations!
“As life returns to normal after our own big day, it has given us the opportunity to reflect on not only the greatest day of our lives, but also the importance of all those who contribute to a wedding and what we want to offer other couples through our business.
It is very true that the day goes by in a flash regardless of the length of the planning process, whether it is 10 years or 2 months. It can seem overwhelming when you start to consider all the elements but there are a few things that have become apparent through our own experiences which I hope will help people create the day they have always dreamed of.
1) Do Your Homework– We are hugely fortunate to regularly liaise and work with a selection of extremely knowledgeable professionals who have masses of industry experience but for those who don’t have that luxury, it is vital that you research your suppliers. There is a huge difference between price and value and that applies whether it is high or low. If it is your cake, make sure you arrange a tasting session – we didn’t have that issue as Laura obviously made her own wedding cake! If it is venue dressing make sure you see the quality of the covers / sashes. If it is a photographer, make sure you not only like their style but that you get along with them as you will spend a great deal of time with them.
2) Prioritise What’s Important To You – No matter how you and try to do it or what end of the scale you are, arranging a wedding is expensive. When we first started to plan our big day, we priced up everything we could think of, including me arriving in a Ferrari and Laura in a Vera Wang dress. After seeing a total of £76,000 we quickly realised it wasn’t going to happen! We prioritised what was important to us. For some it may be the dress, for others it’s having the cake as a focal point. Very few couples have the luxury of an endless budget.
3) Visit Wedding Fairs – There is no better opportunity to gather ideas and talk to people who have a wealth of experience than at a wedding fair. All businesses will be happy to offer their expertise whether it is directly linked to their particular field or not. The internet is a fantastic resource and an essential aspect of any business’ marketing but, in my opinion, there is no substitute for human interaction and chatting face to face with the people who will be involved in the biggest day of your life.
4) Take Time For Each Other – Everyone will tell you that the day goes by in a flash and that is an understatement. From being awake with excitement at 6am to being sat with a few remaining guests in the bar at 3am the next day, I have no idea where it all went. I am very grateful for a piece of advice given by several people. At various points in the day, we took the time to take each other to one side and spend five minutes together. The memories you make on the biggest day of your life should be shared ones.
The wonder of weddings is that no two are the same. It is important that your wedding is a reflection of you both. Planning should be exciting. It will be stressful at times and there may be problems along the way but try and enjoy it. Several things went wrong on the day itself for us, but in hindsight only me and Laura knew or noticed. In fact, I didn’t even notice one of them until Laura told me!
Most importantly – enjoy every moment of the whole thing because it will be over before you know it!”
This is a guest post by Gaz & Laura Edwards from
Vogue Venue Styling – http://www.vogue-venue-styling.co.uk
and Bun & Dusted – http://www.bun-and-dusted.co.uk