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Style it like a stylist…

Posted on November 29th, 2013


One of the best parts of being a Wedding Planner is helping people to develop their look and feel for their day whilst uncovering the most cost effective ways of achieving their over all styling objectives

If, you are at the very beginning of your planning journey and already found yourself in a rut and don’t know where to begin, here are a few personal tools I’d love to share with you on how to design your ‘look and feel’ for your wedding day and of course how to save money in the process.

1. Grab two pieces of A4 paper. Some scissors and glue / for those tech-savvy you might like to create two pin boards instead. The first page/board will be filled with pictures/cut-outs of things you love and the other page/board will be filled with things you loathe i.e. in a wedding. For instance, you love the colour pistachio and an outdoor ceremony archway but you loathe round tables or tall centrepieces. Include as much as you possibly can.

2. Once you’ve got your Love’s and Loathe’s list out of the way. Next is to compartmentalise each stage of your day and break them up. First is the ceremony, followed by canapĂ© hour then the reception and of course all of the details that go in between [invitations, cars, drinks station, kiddies area, wishing well table etc…] I often use powerpoint to do this FYI.

3. Now that you have a clear indication of your wedding day and how it will look (aesthetically speaking that is), now it’s time to lock hire companies that will suit your brief. Start making enBare in mind that sometimes it is cheaper to purchase smaller items i.e. cushions etc…]. A lot of people are more visual and if you present your mood-board to each of your suppliers whilst they might not have exactly what you are after once they have an image in mind they might know where to send you OR better have a similar alternative.

4. The one thing to do is to try and limit the amount of hire companites you engage for your wedding day. Why? Because each will have a delivery and collection fee. If you have multiple companies settting up furniture for yoru event your transport/labour costs could very easily go through the roof. Some allow a ‘Dry Hire’. This means you pick-up and return the goods yourself. Something to consider for those smaller items and or if you have a wedding out of town.

5. Lastly, do check with the venue that bump-out or collection of items has to be done that night or the following morning. Hire companies charge even more if they need to return after the event as it’s usually very late at night or early in the morning. You save a lot of money by having items collected on a weekday. If you’re wedding is on a Saturday, there’s no harm in asking the venue if a Monday collection is possible. It will save you money that you can spend elsewhere.