5 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Planning a Wedding

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DIY Village Hall Wedding 

There are a few things about planning a wedding that can come as a bit of a surprise. Things you just assume are one way but you then find out are actually completely the opposite! So to try and eliminate those “What the hell..?” moments, I thought I’d tell you about them right now!

Here are some things you might not know about weddings.

1. The confetti shot will need to be staged

Those fabulous, spontaneous looking confetti shots outside the ceremony – all totally staged. I don’t know why I assumed these would just happen, but no, they need to be set up by your photographer. Not least of all because you normally walk back up the aisle and leave the room before your guests do!

If you’re doing a confetti shot, your photographer will organise your guests once they’ve all come out. You’ll then go back inside and walk back out again – ta da! spontaneity at it’s pre-staged best!

The other thing worth noting for this iconic shot, is that if you want it, you’ll need to provide the confetti. Some guests will bring some, but most of them will forget. Oh, and when it comes to confetti always remember, the more the better!

2. If you want to provide your own booze you’ll have to pay for the privilege

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Corkage? What the eff is that about?

If you want to try and save money by bringing your own alcohol into your venue (instead of buying it from them) you’ll have to pay a fee per bottle to do so. I think it’s usually around the £10 mark, which means that your £3 bargains from your booze cruise to France no longer seem like such a cheap alternative after all.

If you find a venue that doesn’t charge corkage then book them immediately I say!

3. You need to apply to be married at least 16 days in advance

In England and Wales you need to give notice to marry at least 16 days in advance at your local registry office. Your dream of rocking up to the court house and saying “I do” that same day isn’t actually possible. If you want a church wedding the notice period is even longer. The Church of England required that the banns of marriage are read at four consecutive Sunday services before they can legally marry you.

4. Children cost just as much as adults

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Splurge vs Save: Silver Shoes

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It happens to the best of us. You see your dream purchase, something you’ve been searching out for ages… and then you see the price – YOWZER, that’s nearly a mortgage payment right there! Ugh, why do bad things happen to such good people?!

I had the idea for this post when I fell in love with these babies. So pretty but soooo expensive! Someone on Facebook said I easily do a DIY version (genius!) but first I needed to find a similar base shoe.

I pulled together this post but then I started thinking… maybe I could help you out in the same way? If you’ve seen something you love on your wedding planning travels, but it’s way out of your budget, shoot me an email and I’ll see if I can find you some more affordable options.

Let’s kick this baby off with a few more silver shoe (my current obsession) alternatives.

Wedges

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Jimmy Choo Trey wedges vs ASOS Polished pointed wedges

Flat sandals

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Kate Spade Andrea Sandals vs Boohoo Becca snake thong

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Colourful Boho Wedding in South Afirca: Stu & Lisi

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While planning their colourful and DIY heavy wedding for May this year, disaster struck. Stu and Lisi’s flat burnt down, bringing with it nearly all of the things they’d collected for their wedding so far! Starting over must have been massively stressful, but they were still able to pull off the DIY wedding of their dreams in a relatively short time frame!

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“Our theme was colourful boho, with a little vintage inspiration”, wrote the bride. “We love boho décor, and we needed to have loads of colour to match our personalities. There are a lot of boho themed weddings recently, but very few that incorporate so much colour and vibrancy. We aimed for fuss free décor, and we had to have flowers, flowers and more flowers. The more colour the better, and you can see from our wedding cake that we carried through that notion from décor to food!”

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Colourful Mexican Fiesta Themed Wedding in Ireland: Ana & Ricky

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If there’s one thing the Irish know, it’s how the throw a good party and this was the exact criteria for Ana and Ricky’s humanist wedding. Held on the Liss Ard Estate in County Cork, they wanted a colourful day that celebrated them, but that was also really fun for all their guests.

“My family is half Colombian and we wanted to celebrate the mixing of cultures in our wedding so we decided to have a wedding with a Latin theme”, explained Ana. “Both being fans of bright colours, we hoped our special day would reflect our gregarious personalities and loving relationship. We are definitely more spiritual than religious, so we took a lot of inspiration from traditional folk celebrations such as the Mexican Day of the Dead as well as the decorative religious imagery found in catholic churches around Latin America.”

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“We wanted an event that was unconventional, joyful and exuberant, in contrast to the muted and restrained style of weddings traditionally held in the UK and Ireland, but with a touch of the vintage glamour we both love. Our priorities were for their guests to relax and have fun, and for everyone to be pleasantly surprised with the originality and creativity that had gone into planning the day.”

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Low Key Jewish Wedding Planned in Just a Month: Shimrit & Liron

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Shimrit and Liron planned their Jewish wedding in Tel Aviv in just a month. Because of the short time frame they ignored a lot of traditions and forgot about having lots of extra details. They kept things simple and affordable.

“The inspiration for the wedding was the good old weddings, before weddings became tacky and cheesy and brides and grooms lost proportions”, wrote the bride. “The guests said that they felt like they were sent back in time. I think we managed to create a good combination between the vintage feeling, oldies songs, light mood, simplicity, Israeli and the respect we gave to the ceremony. It didn’t feel fake, it felt authentic and ours. I think it’s rare to be at a wedding that really reflects the couple’s vibe.”

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“We did a lot ourselves including the table centrepieces, the table numbers, the flowers and candy arrangements”, she continued. “My wedding dress was inspired by the 1920s and was made from ivory velvet, French silver-cream lace and decorated with lots of pearls and Swarovski stones. I designed  and made it myself as well as all of the bridesmaid’s dresses (six adults and three flower girls!) I also made the bow ties for the boys.”

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Thursday Treats: Greetings from Amsterdam

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Hello from Holland!
After the most amazing few days in Berlin, we touched down in Amsterdam yesterday afternoon. So far we’ve really only had time to grab some supplies (browsing foreign supermarkets might just be one of my favourite past times though!) and to catch up on some work, so I am beyond excited to explore the city today and tomorrow.

This weekend we do our final European Blogcademy workshop of the year. The class is pretty packed already but if you wanted to sign up last minute, we can totally squeeze you in. We promise lots of sparkle, a killer goodie bag and two days overflowing with invaluable blogging and business education!

But for now, I’ll leave you with the internet lovelies that have kept me entertained over the past seven days.

Weddings & Weddingy Things

Stunning Melbourne wedding
J Crew’s new wedding and party dresses are super pretty
How to officiate your friend’s wedding
♥ Namibia campground wedding
Monique Lhuillier’s new, more affordable dress line is gorgeous
Minimal boho beach elopement

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