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Post-It Notes – 21st October: Table Plans & Email Management

Photography Credit: Dixie Pixel Photography (full wedding on the blog next week!)

Sorting out the table plan can be one of the most stressful parts of planning your wedding (it certainly was for us) – knowing who’s going to get on with who and worrying that everyone will have a good time! The drama can be even more so if you have divorced parents or rowing relatives!

I asked my friend and wedding planner/blogger Kelly of Boho Wedding and Events if she had any advice on this tricky matter…

Table plans and seating arrangements can cause a complete headache when trying to do the right thing by all of your guests. In this instance, maybe the answer is to not have a seating plan at all? And let the guest fight it out (not literally of course!) between themselves. Lots of weddings I have worked on this year have had no formal seating plan at all, it gives a much more relaxed feel to your day and the guests really do get to sit with whomever they like.

If you are getting pressure of who to sit next to yourselves and who to put on the top table, why not forget the top table and have a sweetheart table instead? This way you and your husband/wife get to sit with each other on your own, and let the guests come to you. This way if there are any headaches with the whole seating plan then you never get to know about it!

If you do want to stick to the traditional table plan then try this piece of wedding soft wear from www.toptableplanner.com – it does all the hard work for you.

On a personal note, when I was sorting out my own table plan for my wedding,  I found using a photo of each guest really helped me to arrange the seating arrangements, instead of just a name.

Another way is to allocate guests to a table but not a seat and let them sort out who is sitting next to each other.

I love this last idea. Use ‘escort cards’ instead of a formal seating plan and just allocate everyone a card with their table number on. There are many cute ways to display these at your wedding too. Here are some of my recent favourite ideas…

♥ Wings at an airplane themed wedding Ashley Rose via Green Wedding Shoes
♥ Luggage labels & horseshoes Khaki Bedford Weddings full wedding here
♥ Navy stripes Glessner Photography via Wedding Chicks
♥ Oranges Lane Dittoe via Inspired by This
♥ Harmonicas (which can double up as favours!) Jesi Haack Weddings

This is a bit of a longer article than my usual Post It Notes but email is a bit of a nightmare isn’t it?! Therefore it takes longer to explain…Maybe you could write out like 25 post it notes and stick them all round your workstation instead?

I often get asked about my email management system so this week I thought I’d try to share my processes with you. First off I need to let you know that I am an email freak. Gareth often comments how I chew through emails like nobody’s business! I don’t by any means think my system is the most efficient; however it does work for me and the way my brain works. The key thing is that I actual have a system though. Finding one that works for you is imperative to staying on top of the dreaded inbox and keeping people happy.

There is nothing worse than sending an email and not hearing anything back for weeks (or not at all!) No matter how busy you are, taking forever to reply to your emails really does give a bad impression of you and your business (the people emailing you don’t know how busy you are) so I personally make it my number 1 priority after writing blog content.

Colour Coding

A nutshell, colour coding is your friend. Every morning I go through all my unread emails and mark them orange, this means they are unread/unactioned. Once I’ve read and replied to an email it then either gets filed in its appropriate folder (more on this further down the article) or re-coloured. If I have to do something in response to an email (ie create an invoice, find out some info) I mark it blue, this means ‘to do’. If something is urgent, (ie a magazine deadline has been brought forward or I have to edit something in a live blog post) I mark it red.

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Post-It Notes – 14th October 2011: The Ceremony & Taking Things Personally

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Photography Credit: Devlin Photos (Full wedding coming soon!)

Arguably the most important part of your wedding day, but one that is so often overlooked until the last minute of your planning, the ceremony is the area I wanted to add some advice to this week. Enjoy!

Emma Smyth If your bridesmaids are going to walk in first make sure they give each other a second before the next so the photographer can get a clear shot of each one! Then Brides.. give yourself time too! It’s your moment!

Louise Liddy I read about a ceremony where all the children from the ceremony walked down the aisle in front of the bride waving flags and bells. I love this idea! So cute and involved all the children!

Claire Jackson add something unique to your ceremony with celtic hand-fasting (where the term ‘tying the knot’ originates from), lighting a candle together or including the ‘warming of the rings’ so your friends and family can make a wish for you both

Tillie Mabbutt Zone everyone else out, it’s just you & your spouse…

@candysnaps Check with your celebrant what the rules are regarding photography during the ceremony! Had couples before who found out at rehearsal that photographer is not even allowed in the room! They were gutted!

@paul_inskip Hold hands! you are there together so hold hands & comfort, reassure & be nervous TOGETHER

@elizacphoto Say your vows to each other, and not to the registrar. Makes it so much more special.

Just a few things I’ve been thinking about this week…

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Post-It Notes -7th October 2011: Supporting Independent Designers & Saying No

Photography Credit: Rachel McCall Photography (Rachel bought her beautiful dress from an independent designer on etsy. More info when I blog the full wedding soon!)

This is a bit of a contentious issue with brides-to-be, but it is something I feel quite strongly about. I know you’re not all going to agree with me on this one, but just hear me out for a sec would ya? I understand how hard it is to plan a wedding on a budget, and I know know know a lot of you would prefer to DIY the majority of your big day than pay someone to do it for you – believe me, I was in your position once. I also love DIY weddings to the MAX and would never want to promote the fact that you need to spend a bomb on your wedding if you can’t/don’t want to.

However what does upset me, is when I see DIY brides copying the design of independent wedding suppliers and making their own version of it. Although you might not think about it (after all it’s your wedding right?…and you’re just one teeny tiny little person, who are you really gonna hurt?) but in the majority of cases that designer will have worked long and hard to come up with that original concept or design… and probably also works their butt off to make a living doing something they love (again, believe me, I know how hard it is to run your own business!) Do you ever wonder what might happen if no one paid them to do the work they were brilliant at?

If everyone did the same and just made copies of the things they saw but maybe couldn’t afford, where would all these amazing designers end up? Quite simply, they’d go out of business and all we’d be left with would be the soulless mass market shit. Boooooo!

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Post-It Notes – 30th September 2011: Transport & Remembering to Breathe

Photography Credit: Svetlana Batura (full photo shoot on the blog next week)

Arriving in style is easier than ever these days, with some great companies around offering unique wedding day transport ideas. If the traditional horse and carriage or vintage Bentley isn’t your style then there’s no need to fret! “Dear twitter & facebook,” I asked this week, “What advice would you offer to a Rock n Roll couple struggling with the idea of how to get to their wedding…?”

Bethan Beej Jones I’m not not trying to do anyone out of any business but ask around your friends, you’ll be surprised who has a cool car lurking in the garage you can borrow!

Jaye Cole Think creatively – there are so many fun ways to get to your big day. I am still waiting to photograph a bride arriving on bicycle handlebars or being pulled in a red wagon. If you are close by – why not stomp it?

Zoë Kane Don’t do it if you feel like you don’t need it! Too many people say they are having a car for the photos. Try a bike, or walking!

LoveGetsSweeter If there’s a lot of distance between ceremony& reception DO think about your guests! Maybe hire a retro bus or at least give directions!

Kay Michelle Armiger-Burke If you’re having trouble finding money in the budget for a traditional wedding car then local taxi companies usually have executive taxis that are BMW’s or Merc’s that are a much cheaper alternative. Also they usually provide ribbons for the car for free too. Much cheaper than a traditional car but looks just as smart.

Marie-Claire Hernandez Graulau I once saw a couple (and the invitees) walking from the church to their reception venue being lead by an Eastern European Gypsy band. You could not help but dance with them. Way more memorable than a car if you ask me.

And to give you a  few more ideas, here and some of my favourite transport ideas in some of the weddings I’ve featured recently…

Ronnie & Craig restored their own VW Camper van
Laura & Rob hailed a pink taxi
♥ Sybil & Jon (and all their guests!) got in the back of a trailer pulled by a tractor!
Kristy & Patrick paraded down the road with their guests
Lucy & Michael hired a London bus
♥ Mary & Sam caught a boat!
♥ Leigh & Aaron themed their wedding around their love of bicycles
♥ Laura & Thilde rode on a bike and sidecar

 

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Recent Press – September 2011 + My First Magazine Cover!

Oh hello September press lovelies. My, you have been good to me again…

Photo Professional

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Although I don’t feature a whole load of engagement shoots on Rock n Roll Bride, I am a firm believer in how important they are for couple’s to do. I approached this subject in this month’s edition of Photo Professional, using two of my favourite engagement shoot advocates, Ed Peers and Thaoski, as examples.

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Wedding Magazine

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Nom nom nom! My article in the current issue of Wedding Magazine is all about cakes. How can you resist?

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Snippets

I was so excited to be asked to be interviewed for Snippets Magazine in their wedding special edition. Not only is it a magazine I’ve read (online) a lot, but they’ve featured some of my internet idols in the same feature previously. But then I found out they were putting me on the damn cover and I just about died!

They even made a little caricature of me which graces their website walls while I’m on the cover too. Haha!

Thank you Snippets Magazine. You RULE.

You can read my article online here.

BBC Scotland

Thank you to all the readers of the blog who heard this and told me about it! I was surprised and honoured to learn that Emma Jones, author of Working 5-9, a book I was profiled in last year, and the mastermind behind the small business website enterprisenation.com, was interviewed on BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Fred MacAuley Show’. Unfortunately the clip has now being taken off the BBC iPlayer, but I listened to it last week and wrote down what they said about me for you.

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Post-It Notes – 23rd September 2011: Wedding Food & Thinking Like a Drink

Photography Credit: Emma Lucy Photography (Full wedding to come next week)

Something we all look forward to when attending a wedding is the grub right? So how can you keep your guests’ tummies happy on your big day (because let’s face it, you’ll probably be too nervous/excited to each much yourself!)

@loveillustrated Don’t let good food down with bad wine – if your caterers offer reasonable corkage charges, use them & buy in bulk.

@jojomillington Always feed this photographer (Kat:It’s also a good idea to feed the photographer first. Let’s face it, you don’t want photos of you eating in your wedding album do you? If you feed them last, by the time they finally get to sit down it’ll be time for your speeches!)

@CherryPieLane Pick what you like & don’t worry about everyone else – there will always be someone who will moan about your choice anyway!

@Charlotte_Fi Make sure you have a tasting beforehand, especially to much sure all the courses go together and so you do’t end up with any weird combos

@Tattybojangles People will always remember bad food.

Lindsay Johnson Buffets are ok. Just make sure you use pretty dishes!

Angie Lynn Mozingo Get something you (and the majority of your guests) actually like, not something fashionable. Also, if you have children invited keep them in mind. I don’t mean to say plan your main menu around what the children would eat, but as your caterer if they offer a children/picky eater’s menu as well. Also see about having an alternate dish incase of any allergies. This is why I personally would advise a buffet.

You guys have been great with the tips this week but I just wanted to add a couple of my own too…

♥ How about having a pot-luck meal where you ask guests to bring their favourite/signature dish for an eclectic and yummy buffet experience?

♥ If you’re not having extra guests coming to the evening reception you can probably scrap the evening buffet. By the time 9pm rolls around (and after a few cheeky drinks) most people probably won’t be hungry again so don’t feel bad for skipping the extra food. I’ve found that when there is evening food I end up eating it for the sake of it and just because it’s there! You’ll have the pennies and most people won’t notice the absence. How about spending the money on something cute for the guests to nibble on instead like a dessert table, candy buffet or ice cream/popcorn/candy floss machine!?

♥ If you have a lot of vegetarian/vegan guests, why not consider making the whole wedding vegetarian friendly? Maybe you don’t want an entirely vege/vegan menu but vegan cupcakes and desserts can be yummy!

 

At the risk of sounding like a raging alcoholic, but in favour of embracing inspiration outside the confines of the wedding industry/land of the blogs/the internet hole, this week I turn to the philosophy of Mr Hendricks to illustrate my point.

“Loved by a tiny handful of people all over the world”

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