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Archive: Jun 2017

  1. Wedding Awards, Reviews & Recommendations

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    Research is key when choosing people to provide services for the biggest day of your lives


    I got asked yesterday by a potential bride if I had ever won any wedding awards? To which I replied gladly “No I don’t enter them“.


    Award Winning
    I think there’s a common misconception that such awards automatically mean a particular supplier is the best in the industry but for some awards there may only have been two or three entrants for the winner to be considered from.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying a winner won’t be great at what they do, but my point is you mustn’t solely go off the fact that the supplier is ‘award winning’, make sure you go on to do further research.


    Look at Reviews
    I can only speak from my point of view but if I was buying something whether it be a new laptop or entertainment for the biggest day of my life, then the last thing I would look at would be what awards they had won. The first port of call for me with anything is always reviews. By reading reviews you are straight away doing the best form of research. You can gain so much from these and gauge what other clients who were once in your position have honestly experienced.


    Ask Suppliers’ Opinions
    Next thing to do is to ask suppliers who you’ve already booked what they think of who you are considering for other aspects of your wedding.  People who work in the wedding industry cross paths with other suppliers all the time, so they are a great source of knowledge to be able to compare the services provided by competitors in similar fields.


    Speak to Staff at your Venue
    Speaking to the wedding co-ordinator at your chosen venue about which suppliers they have seen work at weddings held there in the past is also a great way of finding out the quality of a person’s work. They see weddings happening all the time with a varied combination of wedding suppliers and will be able to let you know honestly whose work may fit with your style and wishes for your celebrations.


    Once your research has been done and you’re teetering on the edge of booking someone, arrange to meet them for an informal chat – the last thing you want is a personality clash with someone you are going to have to deal with for the entirety of your wedding planning, so are you compatible? Do you get on? Are you going to be able to have a successful working relationship with this person when discussing the ins and outs of your wedding requirements?


    In my many years’ experience of dealing with couples planning their wedding, the ones who did their research ended up with exactly what they wanted and a lot less worries on the day than those who didn’t. And in my opinion, ‘award winning’ doesn’t always mean ‘the best’….but what do I know, I’ve never won one 😉


    Here are some of my Reviews

  2. Groom Wedding Tips

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    Wedding Tips for The Groom


    Wedding Planning – A Man’s Choice

    Weddings – a girl’s domain – something most of them have dreamed of since they were a little girl,

    leave them to it….right? Wrong – it’s your day too, so don’t let tradition rule your opinion out. You

    might actually enjoy it. And whilst you might not care about the choice of peony or orchid for the

    bridal bouquet, or tulle or vintage lace for the bridesmaid dresses, you will care about having a say in

    the colour scheme as this will impact on your attire, you will want things at the wedding which will

    have your personal stamp on it, and you will care about you and your guests having a good time.


    Plan Together

    I can be speaking to couples right up to the ceremony and it’s always great to have input from the

    groom then on the big day to see the culmination of the planning creating a day of celebrations

    which represents both parties in the couple.


    The Speech

    Nowadays it’s all to easy to “Google” the speech, or search on YouTube for some great helpful tips, this is

    all well and good but the speech also needs to be personal and from the heart, yes you can throw in a

    funny story here and there, but never forget to tell your new wife how much you love her, what she means

    to you and how important today is to you, Let her know how happy you are to be a part of her family and to

    welcome her into yours, and how much you look forward to starting your very own little family together



    Real Life

    One very happy couple I know – Jennie and Paul – are currently in the final stages of organising their

    Yorkshire wedding which will be happening in August. Paul was eager to create a day which

    represented both Jennie and himself and has immersed himself in the wedding planning…..and to his

    surprise, he’s loved it – here’s what he had to say:


    Which parts of the wedding has it been important for you to make decisions on?

    “I think it’s really important to be involved in all decisions – definitely not the dress though. The

    general consensus is that the wedding is more for the bride, but why would a man just want to turn

    up at the time allocated and not want to be involved in all of the preparation?”


    Have you enjoyed the planning?

    “The planning has been really good, mainly because you’re doing it with your wife to be, and let’s be

    fair, you’re in bother if you don’t want to do things together when you’re just months away from the

    wedding. I can remember choosing some ribbon and getting a buzz because it was just what we



    Are there any parts of the wedding that you are leaving solely to Jennie?

    “I can’t wait to see Jennie walk down the aisle because I have no idea about the dress and the hair,

    but I’m certain my heart will skip a beat.”


    What have you taken away from your experience of wedding planning?

    “Just the general feeling of being part of the most special day of our lives and knowing we BOTH

    have made it special.”

    I have a feeling Paul & Jennie will have an amazing wedding – all the best guys.


     Get Cracking

    So lads, I hope you’ve been inspired to crack on and get involved…now the trick is to impart your

    opinion without rowing so pick your battles carefully, and above all have fun. Let’s do this!


    Groom Wedding Tips

    Groom Wedding Tips