What if it Rains on My Wedding Day? Guest Post from Dave Thompson Wedding Photographer

This week wedding photographer, Dave Thompson, is sharing his top tips on how to prepare for wedding rain…just in case! No one wants rain on their big day but just look at some of these shots and how a negative can be turned into a positive!

 

It’s that age old question which still gets asked at some point during the planning of every couples wedding, “What if it rains on my wedding day?”

Well, if I’m honest, the first piece of advice I would give is to just accept it. There are so many factors involved in planning your wedding that you CAN affect from the shape of your cake and the colour of your bouquet to the design of your dress and the venue.

The one thing that none of us can control though, is the weather, especially in the UK and ESPECIALLY where I am based as a wedding photographer, in the North West!

So, to help you prepare, here are my top tips on what to do if it rains on your wedding day…

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How to prepare for wedding day rain

Without the rain taking over your day, you can actually put some very simple things in place. If you were going out and there was a chance of rain, you’d take a brolly, right?

As a wedding photographer I always keep two white bridal umbrellas and a larger golf style white brolly in the boot of my car, so it may even be worth checking with your photographer to see if they have any.

If they don’t, you can pick them up fairly cheaply online. The pictures below were from Richard & Emma’s wedding at Alcumlow Wedding Barn in the summer of 2019. They had staff from the venue as well as hair and make up artists helping with the brollies – a real team effort!

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How can I help my wedding guests?

Another good question and the answer really is entirely up to you. You may well like to think that they would come prepared, but you can always rely on someone to forget theirs so why not speak to the venue?

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They will be more than used to coping with weddings and rainy days, so if you run short they’re always worth an ask.

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Will the rain affect my photographs?

My personal feeling about this would be ‘only if you let it.’ As photographers we have worked in many different types of conditions. One of the things I like to do is find a willing groomsman or bridesmaid to come out for the pictures of the bride and groom together.

In the picture below, Richard’s sister held an umbrella over the bride and groom and the whipped it out of the way for a matter of seconds, allowing us to capture the couple laughing together.

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So trust your photographer. Hopefully over the months running up to your wedding you will have built the relationship that allows you to know that there is a reason your wedding photographer wants to take you both into the rain.

They don’t want you to get soaked to the skin, but perhaps they have a creative idea that you will love when you see the finished product.

Is it possible to still have photos at night if it’s raining?

Great question and the answer is, YES, you 100% can. I try to find something creative inside the wedding venue and then have a look what’s outside.

The final image below from Richard & Emma’s wedding last year was outside in the rain. They were there for no longer than one minute and were dry throughout.

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I set the lights up that I needed and protected them from the rain, before taking the bride and groom outside and took the pictures. Emma’s work colleague described as ‘something from a movie poster.’

My last tip for preparing for rain on your wedding day…

Enjoy it, come what may! Yes you can wear wellies or flip flops and you might not be able to spend as much time outdoors as you would have liked, but it really is the one thing none of us can control, so as always, relax, smile, embrace the rain, and have a fabulous wedding day, whatever the weather.

 

Contact Photography by Dave Thompson

If you’d like to get in touch with Dave and find out more about his wedding photography services, get in touch using any of the below.

Tel: 07711 459404

Website: www.photographybydavethompson.co.uk

Email: info@photographybydavethompson.co.uk

10 Things to do Straight After you get Engaged

First and foremost – congratulations!! 💍 This is the moment you’ve been waiting for.  You have an engagement ring and you will soon be getting married to your soulmate. It’s surreal, yet definitely happening!

You are sure to be feeling lots of emotions and excitement will be one of them, but very likely a hint of anxiety will be there, too. This is totally normal, it just means going from dating to a just-got-engaged/bride-to-be in a matter of seconds is a shock to the system! 

To make sure your wedding planning journey goes smoothly from start to finish, we’ve pulled together a guide of the 10 things that you should do in the weeks straight after getting engaged.

10 Things to do Straight After you get Engaged

1. Celebrate Together

That electric moment of adrenaline-fueled ecstatic love high will be one that you will never be able to reproduce, so although it’s tempting to share that happy moment with the world, try to soak in that feeling for as long as you can.

Rather than jumping straight on the phone to tell your friends and family, instead, pop a bottle of Champagne, cry together, laugh together, watch your favourite film, whatever you feel like! Just close yourselves up into an engagement bubble for as long as you want, and revel in the beauty of the moment.

You’ll soon get caught up in answering hundreds of questions and planning your wedding, so savour this short amount of time that you have to celebrate together.

 

2. Call Your Parents

Now you’ve had a night, or maybe just a few hours, alone with your fiancé – it’s time to break the happy news to your family! If you’re close to your parents, they should be the first people you call. Although don’t be shocked if they’re already aware of your engagement if your partner took the traditional route of asking your father’s (or mum’s) permission.

But you still need your own special moment to announce the exciting news, so get on the phone and let the happy screams commence!

 

3. Insure Your Ring

We know, it isn’t the most fun wedding task in the world, but getting your ring insured is a really important one to do right after you get engaged to save any tears. Try to add it to your home insurance policy as then it is surprisingly inexpensive.

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4. Make Sure Your Ring Fits Perfectly

If your ring needs resizing, it’s best to do it now, otherwise, you’ll just be constantly worrying about it slipping off your finger.

The original jewellers should resize it for you for free, and they usually get it done for you within a short time period, so you won’t have to part with your newly prized possesion for too long…

 

5. Treat Yourself to a Manicure

For the first few weeks (or maybe after your ring comes back from the jewellers), everyone will want to take a look at that big sparkler on your finger and you don’t want chipped varnish ruining the look for you!

Treat yourself to a professional manicure that’ll complement your gorgeous new accessory and whilst you’re there, why not practise and prepare yourself, as you’re about to have to tell your proposal story a million times over.

 

6. Have an Engagement Party

After you and your partner announce your engagement, a party is a great way to celebrate with everyone, together, and you may be surprised at how many want to come along to join you! 

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7. Take a Break

Just the two of you should take a break from all the excitement and mayhem before you begin the next crazy big step in your life – planning your wedding!

Although it’s not a bad idea okay to get started early with your planning, remember to be sensitive to each other. Your future husband is likely to have just spent a lot of energy (and money) on a proposal and may need just a little time to step back and relax before starting to spend on the wedding.

So taking a long weekend away is a perfect way to find out to enjoy being engaged, check in with where you both are at and get used to calling one another fiancé or fiancée.

 

8. Let the Planning Commence… Set a Date! 

If you’re thinking of getting married in the year or two after your engagement, then it’s a good idea to start thinking about a date as soon as possible, due to how quickly venues and vendors get booked up!

Have a chat to those closest to you and your partner and see what you can come up with, ensuring that there are no major conflicts.

 

9. Work out Your Wedding Budget

Before making any big decisions about your wedding, you and your fiancé will need to have a sit down together and figure out what you have to spend, and also whether either of your families are planning on contributing to the wedding. Just make sure you and your fiancé are in agreement before talking to your parents about money.

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10. Choose Your Dream Venue

Now you have a few dates in mind, it’s time to get in touch with the venues. If you don’t have a place in mind yet, check out the venue section of our Bride Bible where there are some beautiful venues that you can take a look at in the North West of England.

Do you have any more tips and tricks on what to do straight after getting engaged? If so, let us know on social media!

Guest Post by Jules Fortune Wedding Photographer: Choosing a Barn Wedding Venue

Congrats, your engaged and all really to start your wedding planning! First thing is finding that perfect venue. Where are you going to host the best you will ever throw!?

Looking for your ideal wedding venue can be a very tricky task. I speak with couples at wedding fairs all the time that are in this position. I always think it’s like finding you ideal home. You will know after about 5 minutes of walking in if its right. You’ll just get that feeling.

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There are so many different types of wedding venues in the Lancashire and Cheshire where I mostly tend to shoot, but in the last few years there has been a big increase in barn wedding venues.

This blog piece will not only highlight some of the great features of a barn wedding but also give you a list of some of the most popular barns in the North West.

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Ok so let’s start with the reason’s barns are so great!

  1. They’re BIG with high ceilings so lots of space and the WOW factor!
  2. They are normally in countryside locations, so great views and with lots if stunning backdrops for your photos.
  3. They are great party spaces….FACT!.. mostly due to the size😊
  4. They are COOL and will add a touch of elegance to any type of wedding weather its boho wedding or a more traditional. 

Space does not mean you need a large wedding party. I have photographed small intimate weddings with one long central table for dining and it looks simply stunning. Having space in any environment is a luxury and gives you room to add decorations, love letters, a photo booth or gift tables. Just having extra space on a practical level just helps your guests move around the room easily. 

The ‘Wow’ Factor when dressed for ceremony, dining or your party is always in a barn setting. The combination of the high ceilings, wooden beams (which can often be dressed in fairy or festoon lighting) really adds to the grandeur of the occasion.

Countryside locations are beautiful for all the obvious reasons, but most wedding barns are set on their own land, giving amazing sweeping landscapes, clear views for drop-dead sunsets making all year round weddings simply stunning.

I don’t know what it is about barn weddings but every time I shoot a wedding at a barn venue it’s always a great PARTY! Size really helps here as a lot of couples that choose a barn weddings go for as live band as they have the extra space. A live band is guaranteed to be a floor filler, getting everyone from nanna to the little un up on dads’ shoulders for a FABULOUS PARTY!

They are bloody COOL….FACT😊 They have that sexy kerb appeal that Kirsty Allsop talks about on Location, Location, Location. All your guests will love the look inside and out. They can be boho- ed up for that casual vibe or dressed in elegant décor for a more classic feel. 

Themed weddings also work well at most wedding barns as they are a complete blank canvas. Halloween or autumnal themes are ideal in a barn setting.

Hope my Top Tips for Barn weddings are helpful, and you have enjoyed this blog post😊

Here are a few great barns to check out:

 

Brownsholme Barn

Bashall Barn

Cloughbottom Barn

Oakside Country Barn

Sandhole Oak Barn

Owen House Wedding Barn

Heaton House Farm

Oak Tree of Peover

 

If you would like to get in touch with Jules about photographing your wedding, you can find her website here.

Guest Post by Nikki Webb MUA: Your Wedding Trial

The Wedding is getting ever closer, endless lists, the bank balance significantly reducing and no date night in sight…what is next on the list??

Only your wedding trial with Nikki Webb bridal specialist, who will give you every excuse to get your favourite outfit on and drag the other half out! 

So many Brides ask the same questions, mostly because of the nerves of never having your makeup done before, the thought of looking like someone you’re not and putting all that trust in to someone you’ve briefly met at a wedding fair…FEAR NOT… I’m here to help!

Here’s the most common questions in the lead up or on your trial:

What do I need to bring…

Just yourself, fresh faced and excited to create your bridal look. If you have a tiara, hair piece or veil bring them too, along with any images you’ve found when searching for ideas.

I’m nervous…

I’m here to help you create the vision you have for your big day. I am here to listen and put my skills and expert advice to the test. I want to create the best version of you…Not to stamp you with a style you will not like.

I live, sleep and breathe weddings, I love to hear all about the dress, the plans, the theme and with all of that I have the same vision as you, together we can make the dream a reality!!

 

I don’t know what I want…

Pinterest, Google and social media platforms are great for ideas. Whilst I am realistic and explain how airbrushed some makeup images can be I will offer my professional advice based on the theme of pictures you have found.

I will also advise how best to achieve the look, especially with hair styles, extensions or hair pieces that may be needed. Images are a great way to get an idea of what you like but whilst were talking, I’ll be looking at your colour palette, your eye colour and creating the look that would suit you enhancing all your beautiful features.  

I have NEVER had my makeup done before…

This is quite often the case for most Brides. In the days before a trail we will chat about what to expect. You’ll come to my home studio, be greeted with a warm beverage and my puppy dog Hugo, he loves weddings (they mean more brides and their girls visiting for cuddles and strokes).

Together we will discuss what you wear day to day and on a night out. Whether your wanting a natural to all out glam look, my aim is to get you somewhere in the middle. There is plenty of time given for you to feel at ease and change anything your unsure about. A perfect version of yourself is exactly who you should be on your wedding day. 

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My hair doesn’t curl…

I will try my best to use the products, tools and skills I have to create the style your hoping for. I can offer advice on styles I think will work best in your hair and guide you with hair extensions or hair pieces. 

 

What if I don’t like it…

We have cleanser to take it off!! And plenty of time to explore all of your options till you are happy. I ALWAYS explain what I am doing so it is not a shock when you look in the mirror. 

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What if it doesn’t last…

The whole purpose of the trial is to see how your hair holds, up or down along with how your makeup lasts. A catch up after your trial will ensure I have all the feedback I need to provide the best service.

We can change and adapt the problems to ensure these do not happen on the big day. It can be as little as a change of lip colour to prepping your skin and hair differently. All of your woes can be recognised and fixed, you can even come back for another trial. 

 

I don’t want anyone to see it…

I can appreciate this so much however I do advise you have your trial on an occasion or event. Even a date night with the other half…if he remembers what you look like in 6 months before your big day, I will personally marry him!!

I can also change things a little to make it slightly different to your bridal look so you get all of the benefits of your trial. 

 

Can I have my hair and makeup done again for another occasion…

Its actually quite amazing after a trial how many times I see a Bride before their big day…it absolutely becomes any excuse to get made up again for any occasion. And even better that my Brides come back after their big day to see me and be glammed up for their events. 

 

So what are you waiting for, get booked in for your bridal trial…

If this doesn’t calm your worries of booking your hair and makeup artist for your wedding day, just get in touch. I am always on the end of an email awaiting all your questions.

E – nikki-webb@live.com

Visit my website www.nikkiwebbmua.com for all my previous Bridal looks.

 

Wedding Dress Styles: How to Choose the Best Silhouette for your Body Shape

It can be little overwhelming when you enter a bridal boutique and you’re faced with rows and rows of beautiful dresses. Where do you start?

The key to finding the dress is figuring out what style of gown will suit your body type best. By going into the boutique with prior knowledge on which style will compliment your figure will narrow down your choices and help you choose something that will make you feel like the star of the show!

There are many flattering dress silhouettes available for all body types, from flouncy ballgown dresses to sleek and elegant sheath gowns. We’re here to help you find out what the best silhouette is for your body shape.

1. A-Line

The A-line is a great starting point if you’re not sure which style to try on first. The art of an A-line silhouette is in the proportions, which is so-called because of the resemblance of the letter A. It has a fitted bodice which gradually widens into a gracefully sloped skirt, which balances itself out for a look that’s neither top- nor bottom-heavy.

Compliments: All body types

Wedding Dress Styles: How to Choose the Best Silhouette for your Body Shape

2. Sheath

An effortless and modern slim-cut style that drapes straight down from the neck to the hem, following your body’s natural shape. The long, straight lines of a sheath gown have a lengthening effect and look they fantastic short lean figures, or those with an athletic shape, but it can be very unforgiving as the fabric often has little stretch. A sheath wedding dress is an excellent fit for those who don’t want to be overwhelmed by too much fabric.

Compliments: Petite or athletic figures

Wedding Dress Styles: How to Choose the Best Silhouette for your Body Shape

3. Tea-length

The hem of a tea-length wedding dress will usually sit between mid-calf to just above the ankles. The perfect tea-length dress will help you look elegant without feeling too restricted by lots of fabric.

They can also give you a gorgeous vintage 50’s style look if you pair your dress with some victory rolls and red lips. Short styles are perfect for brides who plan to tie the knot in the daytime or for a destination wedding where a long dress may be a bit too warm.

Compliments: All body types

4. Fishtail/Mermaid

The mermaid (or fishtail) is a striking look for brides who crave a little va-va-voom. Mermaid dresses are tightly fitted down the bride’s body, which is fantastic for emphasising curves and flare out dramatically below the knee.

This creates for the trademark “mermaid” tail shape which can be narrow or wide, or sleek or ruffled, depending on what kind of twist you wish to have on your look. If you’re worried about any lumps or bumps showing, then choosing lace as your main material will make this figure-hugging style more forgiving.

Compliments: Pear-shaped or hourglass figures wanting to flaunt their curves

Wedding Dress Styles: How to Choose the Best Silhouette for your Body Shape

5. Basque

Basque dresses have a fitted bodice that comes into a gentle V-shape just below the waistline. This can be paired with a slim or flouncy skirt, or don a lace-up back offering a sensual detail to your dress.

This style elongates the torso and draws attention to the waist, so it’s best to avoid a basque gown if you’re self-conscious of your stomach.

Compliments: Slender bodies or short torsos

6. Empire

Empire line dresses are an elegant design that has a fitted bodice and a high waistline that starts just under the bust. The skirt is normally long and flowing and gently skims the body.

This style of dress helps lengthen the body, emphasises the bust over the waist, and is forgiving around the legs, waist and hips.

Compliments: Petite frames, sporty figures wishing to accentuate their bust and apple figures wanting to elegantly smooth out their middle

7. Ballgown

A ballgown is the classic wedding dress shape. It is the princess gown that pops into our heads when anyone mentions the word ‘bride’ or ‘wedding dress’.

This love letter to tradition, which pairs a short, fitted bodice with a voluminous full skirt, is a flattering look for nearly every body type. The contrast between the huge skirt and the close-cut bodice draws attention to the narrowest point of your waistline, whilst the large skirt can flatten out your hips and stomach.

Thanks to its pouffe, a ball gown silhouette can help balance out a fuller bustline or those with broader shoulders.

Compliments: Bigger busts or large hips

 

For the next step, finding out where to buy your wedding dress from in the North West, why not check out our recommended suppliers? You can find them in our Bride Bible here. Or you can pop along to one of our upcoming wedding fayres which you can find here

Love is in the Air: The 10 most Romantic songs for you Civil Ceremony

With Valentine’s Day almost upon us, here’s Cheshire Pianist, Guy Porteous’ round up of his 10 most romantic ceremony songs…

 

Popular romantic entrance music: 

Pachelbel’s Canon

A Thousand Years

Beauty and The Beast

All of Me

Perfect

How long will I love you

Make you feel my love. 

Glasgow love theme. 

She’s the one

Thinking out loud..

 

10 most popular choices for Exit music:

All you need is love

Marry me

It must be love. 

Signed sealed delivered I’m yours 

This will be..Natalie Cole 

Let there be love

All of me

Greatest day of our lives

Greatest love of all

At last 

 

Have you ever thought about live music for your civil ceremony?

With 35 years’ experience, Guy can offer a truly bespoke arrangement for your ceremony.

From timeless classics, to ballads and pop – you can be sure there will be something to suit everyone! If there is anything in particular that you are hoping for, Guy will usually be able to accommodate this. 

 

Please feel free to get in touch, to discuss options without obligation.

A 15% discount being offered for Jan, Feb, March weddings in  2021.

Happy Valentines Day ❤️❤️

Guy

 

For further details please Contact:

Guy Porteous The Cheshire Pianist. 

Tel : 07966196572

www.guyporteous.co.uk

 

5 Original Ways to Use Social Media At Your Wedding 

Marriage today is very different from what it was just 10 years ago… Weddings are now arguably a lot more experimental and creative than they were just a decade ago. 

One of the biggest changes since back then is in technology. Now, you can harness the power of social media to help with your wedding planning by checking out the boards on Pinterest, or looking at the wedding hashtags on Instagram, or even choosing which vendor you should go for on Facebook

But how can you use social media to your advantage on your actual wedding day? To help, we’ve made a shortlist of ideas…

 

1. Create an event or group for your wedding day

By creating an event (or even a private group) on Facebook all about your big day, it can be very beneficial during the run-up, on the day and even after the wedding has finished.

On this online platform, you’ll be able to invite all your family members, share the exact date, time and location – which you can link to Google maps so you can assure no one gets lost!

On the morning of your wedding, you can post the itinerary for the day and also the list of what food everyone’s ordered and post any requests you have for your guests. Then, after the ceremony, family members can keep in touch and also share any pictures that they took on the day with those in the group! 

 

2. Design a custom Filter or Lens

What makes using Snapchat different to the others, and maybe a little more fun, is that you can apply different lenses (such as the super famous puppy ears) and also use Geofilters on your snaps, which are unique frames for certain locations.

What many people don’t know is that you create your own custom designs for a little bit of money! To do so you can go onto this page and scroll through the different frames and customise the text and even add Bitmojis (cartoon characters) of you and your partner.

Or, if you’re not feeling so creative, you can get a professional to design one for you, check out sellers on Etsy and Fiverr, and set it all up to save the hassle. This would be a great treat for your guests as they can use your personalised filter on the photos they share on social media!

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3. Have a personal hashtag

Okay, so we know that this one isn’t the most original, but it’s a nice touch to add to your wedding. Having a personal hashtag for your special day is popular for a reason – it is a great way to gather all of those wedding moments you weren’t able to capture yourself, but your guests did.

Instagram is the original #hashtag site, but now others are also allowing you to use #hashtags on your posts. If you’re not entirely sure what a #hashtag is, think of it as a simplified website address for those who want to share photos and comments around a specific topic.

Couples are coming up with their own unique hashtags that no one else has used before, maybe by playing on either, or both, of their names or maybe using a special phrase that they have. Creating your own hashtag can be fun and interesting when you start seeing what pictures and comments your guests are posting specifically about you and your wedding.

 

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4. Livestream your wedding

If you’ve decided to go for a destination wedding somewhere afar, or maybe some of your closest family and friends aren’t able to make it, Facebook Live is a great way to make them feel like they are there.

To do this, make everyone who wishes to be part of the live stream aware of the time you are getting married, ensure the internet connection is spot on and assign one person to stream parts of your wedding live.

Since Facebook Live can be recorded on a phone, it won’t feel intrusive if just one person takes the responsibility and makes sure the best parts of your wedding are captured for those who aren’t there. Or, if you don’t wish to burden any of your guests with this job, services such as UK Live Streaming will take care of everything for you. If you want to go to the total digital extreme, by using the app WebWed, you can even go as far as having a completely online wedding which is legally binding (crazy, eh?). 

 

5. Don’t use it all!

If you don’t want to have anything to do with any type of social media, you want your day to be 100% Snapchat and Facebook free, why not go ahead and have a totally unplugged wedding?

That’s right, one original way to ‘use’ social media at your wedding is to not use it all. Social media isn’t for everyone and you can ban your guests from using their phones and have a totally tech-free do – or maybe just for the actual ceremony.

It may seem unrealistic or even a bit rude, but it’s the only way to guarantee your guests won’t be all up on social media rather than at your wedding. After all, it is the perfect way to guarantee that everyone is present and focused during those precious few hours. 

 

If you’re planning a wedding in the North West, be sure to pop along to one of our upcoming fayres! You’ll be sure to find plenty of inspiration and be able to chat to an amazing range of suppliers. Click here to find the fayres.

How to Have a Budget Wedding: 10 Beautiful Ideas to Keep Costs Down

Your wedding is a beautiful day full of romance, love, friends and family. But it’s also a day of big expenses. The cost of getting married seems to be creeping up each year, with the average wedding in 2019 costing £30,000. But not everyone can afford to spend big on their wedding day and many people are coming up with creative solutions to keep costs down. 

We’ve put together a list of 10 beautiful ideas on how to have a budget wedding without compromising on any of the sophistication or romance.

 

1. Ask your friends and family for help rather than gifts

Asking for wedding help rather than a gift can be a great way to save money. If your cousin is studying photography, or your friend is a graphic designer, or you have an aunt or uncle who is a dab hand at DIY, or maybe your grandad has a gorgeous classic car that you would love to be chauffeured around in, then don’t be afraid to ask them for their help in lieu of a gift.

Nine times out of ten, family and friends are more than happy to help out when you ask them. In fact, they are likely to be flattered that you’ve entrusted part of your big day with them. So ask away, and put a smile on everyone’s faces.

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2. Pick an unconventional day or season for your wedding

If you choose to have your wedding on a Friday or Sunday, you can cut the cost of the reception venue in half; Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, even more. Of course, you may have fewer guests attending if you pick a weekday, but that may be a blessing in disguise if you’re serious about keeping costs down.

If you opt to have your wedding in Autumn or Winter, discounts may be available, not only on your venue but also on photographers, florists and registrars. 

 

3. Hold the ceremony at a smaller venue, outdoors, or even at home

Venues are often the most expensive part of the wedding day, so searching for alternative wedding venues like village halls, fancy pubs, parents’ back gardens, woodlands, holiday homes or even your own home really pays off.

 

4. Do the catering yourself

Consider your choices when it comes to the food at your wedding, a sit down three-course meal for 50 people can be very pricey, but there are buffets, picnics or BBQs that you could arrange instead.

If you’re having a small wedding party and you have the know-how, you could even do the catering yourself. Again, it’s important not to be afraid of asking for help when you feel that you need it. If a member of the family or a friend is a dab hand at this sort of thing, it’s always worth asking. 

 

5. Offer your guests a free cocktail hour or bring your own booze

Alcohol is often a hefty expense for everyone involved at weddings, but it’s also a big variable that you can play around with to cut costs. Instead of opting for a full open bar, which can sometimes cost thousands of pounds, you can save money by offering a free cocktail hour followed by a cash bar.

Or, if you are able to, bring your own booze! Stock up on the basics, red and white wine and beer, and then keep an eye out for when offers come up at your local supermarket to get some liquor, and extras such as mixers and soft drinks.

If you do get your own alcohol, then it’s a good idea to overestimate how much you’ll need as there would be nothing worse than running out of drinks halfway through the reception!

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6. Think of your wedding décor as an investment for your home

When purchasing décor for your wedding, keep in mind what the fate of it will be. If you believe it will become a permanent fixture in your home, then it’s a good idea.

These can be items such as vintage tea sets, cake stands, lanterns, potted plants, rugs, picture frames or mason jars. If you see the decorations you want to buy eventually being chucked in the shed, or worse thrown in the skip, then it’s often not worth the money.

 

7. Get in touch with the local university

Universities are a hub of fresh young talent, so why not get in touch with your local university to seek out some musical accompaniment for your ceremony and/or your reception.

You can simply contact the music department and ask if there are any students who are studying a particular instrument you like and see if they’re available to provide music for a wedding. The work can help them develop their CV and save you on this pricey part of your wedding.

 

8. Choose a pre-loved gown

Choosing a pre-owned gown is a fantastic way to get your dream dress at a dream price. It’s a good idea to shop around first, try a few different styles on to get an idea of exactly what kind of dress you would like.

When you know what you’re looking for, SellMyWeddingDress, Preloved, The Dressmarket, Gumtree and eBay are all great places to find your perfect second-hand dress.

 

9. Make your own favours

Whether you’re naturally artistic or not, there’s plenty of lovely DIY favour ideas out there. From food items like sweets and coffee to keepsakes like candles or seeds to grow. Head on over to Pinterest where you’ll be sure to find an array of inspiration.

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10. Don’t stress the details

Little things add up. Though it’s lovely to have thoughtful touches here and there, don’t panic if you forget something (or if you don’t wish to include little extras like favours) as the chances are your guests won’t even notice that there isn’t a table of perfectly packaged chocolate chip cookies waiting for them by the exit anyway. Leave all the stress behind and enjoy the day for what it is really about – the celebration of you and your fiance’s love and commitment to one another.

 

Whilst planning your wedding, be sure to pop along to one of our upcoming wedding fayres in the North West. Meet with fabulous suppliers and take tours of the stunning venues. Find our Spring wedding fayres here.