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Post It Notes – 16th September 2011 – Entertainment & Praise

Photography Credit: Emma Case Photography (full wedding on the blog next week!)

I often get emails from brides (and a lot of the time grooms) asking for recommendations or advice on wedding entertainment/bands/DJ’s etc. Now shameful admission time – despite being called the Rock n Roll Bride my taste in music is appalling. It’s not cool* and it’s certainly not worthy of advice-giving. So again, I’ve turned to twitter and facebook to help me out of this sticky spot.

If you have any extra tips you’d like to add to this list, simply comment below!

Michelle Jefferies Make sure you have an emergency contact number for on the day. I couldn’t get hold of our disco for the week before the wedding. It wasn’t until the morning of the wedding, and i still hadn’t heard from him, that i resorted to putting a a comment on here asking if anyone knew him to ask him to contact me….15 mins later he called! Grr!

Leanne Calver Always go and see your band or DJ perform

David Perkins If possible have your band play the first dance it helps make it extra special

Esme Rolph In my own experience, Dj’s are brilliant, but if you have dance-floor shy guests then nothing will get them to dance more than a really good live band, live music definitely cant be beaten in terms of atmosphere. .. my band were amazing at our wedding and kept the dance floor filled all night long!

Kate Bremner Make sure you’re aware of any noise restrictions before booking the venue!

Sarah Vogel My friend had a caricaturist at her wedding 3 weeks ago, he was amazing and did 175 drawings that night! People were queuing.

Emma Shaw What’s better entertainment than a photo booth?!

Jaye Cole Live bands are fab – but make sure to have a ‘quiet’ area put aside. Some guests will not have seen each other for a long time (even decades) and will want to be able to catch up with each other and live bands are hard to talk over.

MsTiffanyBlue Ask people who go to a lot of weddings who they recommend. Our MC goes to heaps and he gave us the name of a great band!

*unless you count Lady Gaga, Britney Spears and 80’s power ballads as cool…

It sounds kinda iccky to think about it (no one likes to think they’re blowing their own trumpet!) but keeping a file/folder/notebook full of the notes or emails praise you get  – from friends/clients/anybody can really help you when you’re not feeling so great. Maybe you’re having a week where nothing seems to be going right, where people are annoyed with you left right and centre and where it seems the world is coming crashing down around you…well open up that folder and get reading. It will put a smile on your face I promise.

It is so easy to focus on the negatives – the bad press, the bitchy comments, the self-deprecation and to forget all about that amazing email you got from an ecstatic client or phone call from a proud friend.

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Post It Notes – 9th September 2011 – Inspiration & Influence

CL-705Photography Credit: Devlin Photos (full wedding on the blog soon!)

Today’s business and wedding note kinda have the same basic message and I think they are both actually pretty interchangeable – i.e. applicable to both wedding planning and running your own business. I’d love to know what you think in the comments below…even if it’s to tell me I’m off my head…

FYI I also totally stole/was inspired to think of these ideas from Noa of Feather Love Photography, who’s workshop I attended this week. She rules. More on this on the blog soon.

Take inspiration for your wedding from the world around you not just other people’s weddings that you see on wedding blogs or in wedding magazines. Doing this will prevent you from simple copying or recreating someone else’s wedding vision. Blogs or in magazines are fabulous when planning your wedding but also remember to go out into the real world and work ou what you really love in ‘real life’ and bring that into your day.

Your inspiration also doesn’t have to be literal. Take your inspiration on board in a more abstract way. If you like something ask yourself why. Is it a colour, a texture, a feeling that you’re drawn to?

Don’t look at other people’s work who are in the same field as you. Subconsciously (or sometimes unfortunately consciously) we are influenced too closely by people we admire and simply end up copying them. Wedding photographers don’t spend hours looking to other wedding photographers for inspiration, wedding bloggers don’t get ideas from other peoples blogs, stationers don’t be inspired by paper… Be inspired by a tree/a breeze/a shape/a piece of writing (for example) What inspires you in real life. Bring this into your work not an idea you saw though a peer.

Indirect influence will create a more authentic and unique business. In an over-saturated market (I’m pretty sure every wedding industry professional I know would back me up and say there are a LOT of people doing wedding photography/stationery/jewellery/dresses etc) the thing that makes you stand out next to your competition  is you and what makes you different.

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Recent Press – August 2011

So I found out last week that Marie Claire Australia are going to re-run my article that appeared in the July issue of the UK version of the mag. Wooo…Australia is like, BIG. I’m over the moon and so so thrilled that my Aussie readers will get the chance to see me in print. So thank you (again) to Marie Claire Magazine. I am beyond flattered that you’ve found me interesting enough to publish twice!

I’ll be sure to let you all know when the Australian edition is in the shops.

So where else might you have spied my ugly mug this past month then?

Photo Professional

For this month’s Photo Professional article I wrote some of my top tips to getting your work featured on wedding blogs and in magazines. A simple and to the point topic, but one that I hope a lot of photographers (and other wedding suppliers actually) will find useful. Wedding blogs get a lot of submissions so I think it’s really important to know how to make yours stand out from the crowd.

I chose to illustrate the article with this beach shoot by Dottie Photography – perfect for summer and one of my favourite ever styled shoots.

In Stores Now

Vintage Life

Rowan & Neil’s Mad Men inspired wedding was really popular when I blogged it in July, so it seemed like the perfect vintage wedding to share with the readers of Vintage Life magazine this month!

You can see my blog post on this wedding here.

In Stores Now

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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)

Gareth & I had a bit of a clear-out this week. I threw out a load of old clothes. He tidied away a lot of his (ahem) junk that was littering the front room…and you know what? I feel my productivity has gone through the roof!

I’m not naturally a tidy person. Clean yes but tidy erm…no. Well I used to be quite a tidy person…one of those annoying people who washed up as soon as they’d finished eating and everything! But then I got you know, busy (read: obsessed with blogging) and the housework kinda fell to the wayside. But I digress.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that taking some time to clear your office/desk area/workspace really can do wonders for how productive you are at work. Tidy house tidy mind and all that…

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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.

Appeal to less people.

Yes that’s right! There is much to be said about trying to put people off your business. I’m not talking about offending people or being controversial just for the sake of it here, but I urge you take a long hard look at your brand and at what kind of clients you want to be working with. Consider specifically targeting your business to a small group of people and guess what? You’ll get to work with the types of people you really want too!

At the end of the day you can never appeal (or be liked by) everyone, so why try to be? Being vanilla or, you know, nice, can in some ways be totally detrimental to a business. These days brides want to really connect with their wedding suppliers or the blogs that they read so don’t be afraid to be yourself – warts and all! If a bride looks at say, two photographer at the same price and she likes both of their photographs equally, how is she going to choose between them? That’s right – it’ll probably be the one she prefers as a person or feels she gets on with better.

For example, Rock n Roll Bride is quite a niche. The types of weddings I feature certainly don’t appeal to the mass wedding market and because of this my blog will never be a ‘popular’ as some of the more traditional or mainstream ones. However this is brilliant for me becuase a) I get to feature the stuff I like (which makes my job much more satisfying), b) the people I work with are ‘my kind of people’ which is awesome and c) although my readership may be small compared with a lot of the big boy blogs, my advertisers know exactly what kind of brides read my blog…and if those are the kinds of weddings that they want to be working on then it’s a big fat bonus all round!

Be different, be authentic and be you.

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A Quirky, 1950’s & DIY London Wedding: Rebecca & Morgan

I fell in love with Rebecca & Morgan’s quirky wedding as soon as it landed in my inbox and I’m honoured and super excited to share it with you today…especially because they used some of my favourite suppliers (including Lisa Jane Photography and Vivien of Holloway) and well as some of the DIY project that I’ve posted on my blog. Yey!

Rebecca told me all about their fabulous wedding. “Morgan and I grew up only 8 miles apart and even went to the same secondary school; in fact he was in my sister’s year in school. However we didn’t meet each other until April 2009, believe it or not he sent me a facebook friendship request, we went for a date and a crazy year later I asked him to be my fiancé. I even commissioned a ring from the quirky designer Amber France as a surprise, he said yes (sigh of relief on my side). Our daughter Efa was born and things went on the back burner and then 7 months later on my birthday he gave me a beautiful blue opal ring, it was like a green light!”

“So we started chatting about our ideas and planning. We’re both artist so we knew our wedding would be different and would have to truly represent our characters and what we love in life. We had originally planned to have the wedding in 2013 and Morgan wanted to have it in North Wales where we’re from but things had been hard of late and I couldn’t justify spending all that money just on one day. We just had to make the difficult decision to leave London, which meant leaving all our friends and our way of life behind, so I suggested to Morgan let’s get married before we go. In the end London was where we met and where Efa was born and that was the start of our 7 weeks to plan a wedding.”

“We both wanted something fun, relaxed and most importantly something that was us. We choose our local Town hall for the ceremony and got married on a Friday. Morgan chose his local pub for the lunch, Pembury Tavern and I found The Royal Inn on the Park and rented the private room upstairs for the evening party. It was all based in the borough of Hackney where we use to live. We had a strict budget so DIY was a must but being creative types and having arty friends to get involved made it fun not a chore.”

“We did so many DIY decorations but our favourite projects were the recycled paper flowers that I got from Rock n Roll Bride. I made 57 of them and even used old vintage flower arranging books to make them.  I also enjoyed making the felt flower button holes/brooches for the wedding party; I made Morgan a sunflower to match my bouquet. Plus the badges we gave as favours, Morgan and I spent hours making around 250 badges from vintage photography, anatomy, flower arranging books which Morgan uses for his art. He purchased a badge machine couple of months before for our etsy shop DyfalDonc and it just made sense to use it for the favours.”

“I knew I was never going to wear a traditional wedding dress, I never wear white or cream and I love colour, so I choose cobalt/royal blue. I spent hours searching on the internet for a dress and end up buying my shoes first from Irregular Choice, I was in love. With the 50’s style in my shoes I knew I had to find a dress to match and went to Vivien of Holloway. After trying on a couple of dresses, even one in ivory for my Mam but not liking any, my friend Nia found it hanging on the rack hidden between other dresses the only halter neck circle dress in blue, in my size. Happy days.  She even bought it for me as my wedding present. I added French blue and royal blue petticoats underneath, made a forget-me-not felt brooch, bought a chiffon ivory bolero from Sew Cool Creations on ebay and vintage porcelain forget-me-not flower earrings at a bargain price of £2. To finish the look my friend Roxi who is also a burlesque dancer did my hair and make-up and created my wonderful headpiece.”

“We didn’t have a strict theme but we would say our wedding was 50’s, Sunflowers, Italian dinning, Badges, Vintage, Blue, Scrabble, Beer Mats, Cakes, Reggae, Welsh maps, Yorkshire puds, Curly Wurly’s, Moustaches, Retro, Bunting, Yellow, Ska and so much more.”

“The advice we would give to other bride and grooms-to-be that are planning a quick wedding on a strict budget is to make lots and lots of lists!! DIY is the way to go and get yourselves a good photographer. We’re so grateful to Kat that we found Lisa Jane Photography on Rock n Roll Bride; she’s a lovely person and a fantastic photographer. Thumbs up all round.”

“We had a brilliant time planning and organising and creating for the wedding, from the cake and sweet table, to searching for the vintage and retro fabrics for our bunting, to spending hours making our playlist for the evening party to designing our invitations. But at the end of the day it’s our friends and family that make it extra special so we just want to say thank you to them for sharing it with us.”

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