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Post It Notes – 24th June 2011: Budgeting & Finding Inspiration

Photography Credit: Liesl from Photo Pink NYC (full wedding coming up on the blog next week!)

When allocating your wedding budget think about what’s most important to you and spread your money accordingly. You can still have a few splurges even with the tightest budget – spend the money on what you really want and save on the rest.

For me the venue, the dress and the photography would be the most important aspects so I’d allocate the most of my budget for these and save the pennies on things I could either DIY myself (for example the reception décor, the flowers, the stationery) or omit completely (cars, live band, open bar etc.)

This is a piece of advice I need to drum into myself now and again, but sometimes it’s just as beneficial to turn of the computer, step out of the office and enjoy living a little bit!

Often my biggest pangs of inspiration for blog posts come when I’m out of the house and taking in the world around me. Like my idea for the posing tips blog post (which I’ll be posting on Monday!) hit my when I was in the hairdressers reading fashion magazines and looking at all the weird and wonderful poses the model’s were doing…it got my creative juices flowing!

Post It Notes – 17th June 2011: Posing & Poise

Photography Credit: Andrea Ellison Photography (full photo shoot coming up on the blog next week!)

Posing on your wedding day probably isn’t something you’ll think you need to consider…and probably won’t be something you actually like the sound of. If you’re like most brides you’ll want natural looking wedding photographs right? Yes of course!

However far from making you look stiff and false, adopting a few simple (and easy) poses can actually make you look better…and almost more naturally beautiful on your wedding day – we’re not talking about radically changing your looks or who you are, but just a few tips on how you can make yourself look the best you can and of course accentuating your ‘best bits’ and disguising the bits you’re not so keen on.

Today I’m heading out with a photographer friend of mine to get photographed in some good and bad poses! I hope seeing what looks good (and bad) and the reasons why, will help guide you into how to pose to look your best and most beautiful on your wedding day.

However I need your help. What are you ‘trouble spots?’ Do you hate your chin, your stomach, your nose, your thighs? Let me know in the comments section below and we’ll try to show you the best ways to pose to make these areas look their best (as well as what not to do) in your wedding photographs…and yes I’ll, be sharing photos where I look hideous…just for you guys…so be sure to pop back next week to see the results!

Poise is all about balance, and a good balance in your daily business activities is extremely important. I find it useful to set a limit the time I dedicate to each daily task so that one thing (ahem emails!) doesn’t take over my whole business/life.

Jot down all of these tasks (and yes that includes lunch) and assign a certain amount of time to each one…and stick to it. This will not only balance your work life, it will help to keep you sane! Hopefully it will also alleviate that guilt so many of us feel when we don’t do something we think we should right away! Is it email time? no? Well leave it until tomorrow…

A standard day for me looks something like this:

9.00am – log on, file emails (yes I colour code my emails before I action them…It’s my weird way of keeping on track of what I have to do)

9.30am – check social media, get a feel of what’s going on online…

10.00am – write. This includes any magazine articles/interviews and of course my daily blog posts. I usually write 3 blog posts a day and I mostly work one a day ahead. So on Wednesday I write the posts for Thursday etc and schedule them in advance. This helps me not feel rushed to hit deadlines so much and also helps work around any technical problems I might run into (like photos not uploading properly or the internet going down) without missing my pre-determined blog post times (9am, 12pm and 3pm if you’re interested.)

12.00 – emails again. Just replying to submissions. This doesn’t take too much brain power really and is a nice thing to do before I take a break for lunch. It’s usually pretty easy for me to tell once I see a submission if I feel the wedding/photo shoot is right for Rock n Roll Bride or not. I get around 30/50 submissions a day which is a lot but I’m actually pretty speedy at this job!

2.00 – break time! Have a bath, have some lunch, maybe watch some trash on tv…

3.00 – more emails. Reply to the non-submission emails (i.e the one’s that take a bit more time than simple yes/no replies) I like doing this after lunch because I’m refuelled and ready to start using my brain again!

4.00 – more writing, but usually only if I have a deadline that needs meeting, otherwise I’ll pretty much procrastinate/tweet/network/research upcoming blog post ideas. I write until my brain stops functioning and my sentences don’t make any coherent sense any more. Then it’s time to wind down, have a glass (or 2 or 3…) of wine and chill out with my husband and kittens!

I usually finish my ‘official’ day’s work at about 7pm when I’ll make dinner and hang out with Gareth. In the evening I’ll often dip into emails and social media but I don’t really do anything substantial…this is my brain’s time off!

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Post-it Notes – 10th June 2011: Bridal Comfort & Your ‘About Me’ Page

Photography Credit: Souder Photography (full wedding coming up on the blog next week!)

Being comfortable on your wedding day is SO important. The day will be a long one and you are likely to be on your feet for a lot of it. Therefore it is vitally important that you shoes fit you well (and you have flats in your bag!) your headpiece doesn’t dig into your head and your dress is not two sizes too small.

Considering buying a dress in a smaller size to force you to ‘slim into it’? DON’T. Planning a wedding is stressful enough without having to worry about calories and a new exercise regime on top of it all…and put it this way, if you don’t slim into that dress you’re going to feel pretty poo about yourself on the day right? Plus no one wants to see a bride spilling out of a too small gown do they? Harsh but true.

Your ‘about me’ page is one of the most important aspects of your website, and will often be the first thing a potential client looks at. They will do this because they want to find out as much about the person behind the business as possible. So give them what they want – be personable, approachable and write it in the first person, as yourself.  A potential client wants to know about YOU and hear from YOU…not what a mystery writer says about you. A psychological barrier will be put up between you and the client (like there’s someone else they have to go through to find the ‘real you’) and it can even subconsciously seem like your hiding something if you it is written in the third person.

Secondly, having a personal photograph on your ‘about me’ page is immensely important, however it’s the number one thing I often see missing from wedding business websites. The wedding industry is an intensely personal one – potential clients are inviting you to be a part of the most important day of their lives and the simple addition of a personal photograph will help this client instantly connect with you (or disconnect – but both have the desired outcome, do you want to be working with people who don’t ‘get you?’)

In the last few months I’m even seeing a number of brave wedding professionals putting up short videos of themselves talking to camera and going about their business. The thought of this may be daunting, but as with the photograph, a video will allow a potential client to quickly know whether you are the type of person they’d connect with or like to work with.

It’s up to you how much personal information you are willing to put about yourself online, but honestly no one wants to read about your medical history or family tree anyway – keep it light-hearted, genuine and relevant.

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Post-it Notes – Top Tips for your Wedding Planning & Business –3rd June 2011

Photography Credit: Amelia Lyon, via 100 Layer Cake

When you first get engaged it’s very hard to know where to start. My biggest tip would be to think small and prioritise your planning into stages. There are some aspects of the wedding that need to be planned far in advance like the venue (which can often get booked over a year in advance), the dress (bridal shops usually need 6-8 months to make and fit your dress) and the photographer (again, the good ones (or ahem cheaper ones) can be booked up to and over a year in advance – especially during the busy season.)

Whereas other aspects can be left to a bit later – accessories, stationery (although I would still recommend 4-6 months especially if you are going the bespoke route) flowers, favours, cars, rings etc. Give yourself time to research these properly and decide what you really want before you part with your hard earned cash. Scour blogs and tear pages out of magazines to get an idea of how you envisage these details looking on the day.

Choosing where to put your advertising budget is as personal a decision as your branding. Associating yourself with the right blogs, magazines and media outlets can be the make or break of a business. Advertising is not a ‘one size fits all’ process and putting your business in front of the wrong eyes will do nothing but be detrimental to your future earnings.

For example a company that wants to specialise in traditional weddings should not advertise with a Rock n roll Bride. The readers that my website will drive to this company are unlikely to convert into enquires or bookings.

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Post-it Notes – Top Tips for your Wedding Planning & Business – 27th May 2011

Photography Credit: Steep Street

“Within your wedding planning try and factor in a few months after the wedding. You may find after the wedding that you feel like something is missing, you may have spent up to 2 years planning your wedding, so now what? Make sure you book in trips with your new husband, weekends away, days out, new projects – give yourselves something to look forward to.”

From Kelly of Boho Weddings & Events

The sincerest form of flattery is sincere flattery.

Imitation is a different thing.

…from @blankenship, found via @thinksplendid. I don’t think any quote could sum up better how I’ve been feeling the past few weeks. There is nothing, nothing, flattering about being ripped off. However it does force you to push yourself to always be one step ahead and be better than the copycats…and you will be, remember that.

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Post-it Notes – Top Tips for your Wedding Planning & Business – 20th May 2011

Photography Credit: Angélica Vis’

One of the most effective ways to keep your wedding theme strong throughout your day, is to invest time in to the table decorations and to ignore traditional flower arrangements for something more interesting. So if you haven’t got time to completely dress your venue, then just a few simple personal touches on the tables will really bring out a theme. Here are some of my all time favourite past ideas:

Millet & Hendrick’s Hand Picked, DIY Wedding
Sean & Carrie’s Cute ‘n Colourful Blog-Inspired Wedding
Josephine & Radney’s Eclectic, Vintage & DIY Wedding
A Steam Punk Anniversary
A Kitschy, Quirky, Vintage Wedding
Laura & Paul’s Vintage, Mismatched, Rock n Roll Bride-Inspired Wedding
The Colour Purple
“I Can Make That!” – Roni & Dave’s Awesome, Diy, Homespun Cute-Fest Wedding
Elbie & Derek’s Opulent & Eclectic DIY Wedding

This post by Lucy Ledger really got me thinking this week and so I basically wanted to recapitulate what she had to say here. Social media is an incredible way for networking and promoting your business, but it can have it’s drawbacks for how it makes you feel.

Do you ever feel bad about yourself after hanging around on twitter or facebook for too long? Do you ever read how ‘well’ everyone else is doing and feel bad about yourself and the way your business is progressing? Or have you ever experienced the ‘internet trolls’ (oh I have!) who feel it’s perfectly acceptable to publicly slate you (directly or indirectly) via social networks? Both of these scenarios can make you feel terrible about yourself and  so if youre having a ‘sad sack’ day be sure to turn off the social media and ignore these kinds of people. Focus on YOU and what you’re doing and not the competition.

…Or maybe just put some blue lipstick on and dance around to ‘Anarchy in the UK.’ That will make you feel better too, I promise…

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