Post It Notes – 19th August 2011 – Finding the One & Productivity

Photography Credit: Annamarie Stepney Photography (full wedding on the blog soon!)

And by ‘the one’ I mean the dress (sorry fellas!) But let’s be honest, as soon as girls get engaged the first thing we think about is the dress! Finally we’re allowed to buy wedding magazines and look a wedding dresses online without being…well…a little bit weird.

My top tip when it comes to searching for your dress is to be open minded. Yes, everyone will have an idea in their head of what they wants their wedding dress to be like but until you actually try them on, you never really can tell what your’re going to like the most…and I do think every bride-to-be should try on a massive meringue, even if it’s just to have a laugh!

So, what did my wonderful twitter followers and facebook fans have to say on this matter? (a lot it would seem…these a just a few of the many responses I had!)

Jennifer Comiskey – go on your own!!! I did … bought my dress and brought it home … job done!

Hannah Jones – look for something that reflects your personality and what your day is about, you want to look back at the pictures and know that it was you down to a T!

Katie-louise Clarke – go with your heart, dont listen to anybody else!

Catherinos Robotnik – know what shape suits you before you start but don’t be afraid to try out something new… Even if just to prove a point!

Stacey Joseph – don’t try on too many! You’ll just be confused. Also, if you don’t like your salesperson, get a new one. Don’t let them press you into buying anything.

Rachel Lovett – I used to work in a bridal shop, our advice was try everything. Even if you hate it on the hanger. A hanger doesn’t do a dress justice, its the girl inside it that makes it special. And take an honest friend, who will tell you if its right. But also remember practicality, the season you’re getting married in can dictate a lot, although, big dresses just need a hoop so it doesn’t get too hot!

@catdoran – don’t ask the price, it clouds your judgement. Just tell shop owner your top budget & try on everything less than it!

@LondonBride – be open minded, try all shapes, keep budget in mind, wear good underwear, bring heels and HONEST friends/family.

@ElbieMUAHair – don’t just look in wedding mags (I found my ‘the dress’ in an Elle editorial)

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Post It Notes – 12th August 2011 – Finding Your Venue & Putting People Off

Photography Credit: Depict Photography (full wedding on the blog next week)

I think that finding the venue for your wedding is one of the most stressful bits of wedding planning! It’s usually the first thing you have to organise…and when you’re right at the beginning of your planning it can be quite a daunting experience. After all they do say that the venue will pretty much shape the whole of your day. Eeeep! No pressure then…

My top tip when it comes to finding a wedding venue would be to think outside the box. If you’re on a budget or you are are not a stately home/hotel/castle kinda bride then avoid the ‘wedding venue guides’ and start looking at pubs, bars, restaurants, community halls, nightclubs, warehouses..whatever! Maybe somewhere that you and your fiancé have spent a lot of time together? Or somewhere you’ve always loved but never really thought about enquiring about hiring? These places will often be cheaper (because they don’t have ‘wedding packages’) and are usually more flexible with what they’ll allow you to do too. Our venue was amazing but looking back I know we could have got somewhere a lot ‘cooler’ for a lot less moolah!

I turned to twitter and facebook to see if any of my followers had some tips to make the whole thing less ickky…

@JackiBruniquel – Make sure there is lots of pretty ambient light for your reception photographs ie fairy lights or up-lighting. Find out if these are included.

@FernhillHotel – Ask if you can have a meal with the venue before booking (if they are doing the catering) so you know if the dishes are to your taste and standard.

@BohoEvents – Always ask if the venue holds more than one wedding at a time, some hold two a day, some even three! Although they will be held at staggered times do you really want to be greeted by another bride on your wedding day?

@pocketfuldreams – Do your research and check out what other people are saying about your desired venues, try specialist sites like tripadvisor or ask on wedding forums, blogs, etc what kind of experience other people have had who got married there.

@foodwisetweet – Stop and think firstly about what you really want your wedding to be rather than pleasing others. Then think of your venue.

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