Hello there lovely ones. A little evening treat for you this lovely late Autumn Wednesday evening. Isn’t it getting cold now? That beautiful low Autumn light that fills the view from my office window is appearing that little bit earlier every day. The trees are almost entirely bare of their leaves and that sense that winter is only just around the corner is becoming ever more present as each day passes. I can’t believe it’s only one calendar month until Christmas today. Where has this year flown?
Preparing lovely features like this one helps me be more present and in the moment – and also provides little moments of happiness and smiles. Bride Charlie, who works in Cancer research married Google employee Ed on 16th August at the beautiful Cornish coastal retreat Polhawn Fort. The couple were supported by on-the-day Co-ordinator, Nat Haxton of Jolly Good Wedding.
“We knew we wanted a relaxed, Cornish beach feel to the day. We translated this into a colour scheme of pastels such as light blues, corals and pearls.”
“I was always drawn to Jenny Packham dresses, and the beading on those dresses. I went to Morgan Davies in London, and they gave me some Eliza Jane Howell dresses to try on. As soon as I saw the level of detail in the dresses, I knew I had found what I was looking for. It was the one dress I tried on that made my mum speechless – which is when I knew! It was so comfortable, and I knew it would suit the coastal location of our wedding perfectly.”
Good morning lovely ones – first of all, thank you so, so much for your lovely kind wishes on my 6th blogging anniversary Instagram post of yesterday. I can’t tell you how much your word and feedback mean to me and the wider Love My Dress team. I truly feel we’ve created something beautiful and of value here at Love My Dress, and it’s reassuring to know that others feel the same. Here’s to the next 6 years! Starting with this gorgeous little London wedding that I’m so delighted to be sharing with you this morning.
Cat and Harry tied the knot in August and their wedding was captured beautifully on camera by the super lovely and very talented Peach & Jo – who come with a great big ‘highly recommended’ stamp of approval from Love My Dress. The couple wanted a super relaxed day that would provide an opportunity to party and have an amazing time with friends.
“We wanted a low-key, relaxed and easy, good old knees up with our nearest and dearest. We had been engaged for almost two years and having a baby in that time had meant we didn’t want to get married any sooner but when we did, we wanted to pull it all together relatively quickly, fuss free without any ‘wedding planning’ stress.”
“We had some photos taken with our amazing hired vintage Mercedes outside Fabric nightclub (where we met). Unfortunately when it came to getting back in the car to go onto the reception venue and join all of our guests, the car wouldn’t start. I guess this is a risk you take when traveling in a vintage wedding car!
Luckily a black cab came around the corner just at the right time and gave us a ride back to The Peasant, the cabbie didn’t charge us for the journey but threw in some wedding advice for nothing. It was one of those moments we just had to laugh at, and on the plus side we got some bonus photos in the back of the cab.”
Hello, it’s great to be back on Love My Dress! I’d like to start by thanking you for all of your comments, thoughts and feedback on my previous wedding planning feature – A Modern Day Guide To Wedding Etiquette. It really means a lot to me that so many of you took the time to join in on the conversation and share your insights and experiences. Today, I’m going to talk you through the key ingredients you’ll need to create a successful wedding day for you and your guests.
This feature is an important one no matter what stage of the planning process you’re currently at. If you’re just starting out, then it’s worth keeping this article in mind as you develop and finalise your plans. And if your big day is just around the corner then hopefully it will reconfirm the plans you already have in place.
Whatever style or size of wedding you’re planning, these ingredients remain the same. They should be the basis for everything, the foundations to a rock solid wedding day and the things that you simply shouldn’t ignore. Whether you’re creating a laid-back, rustic wedding or opting for a classically elegant affair, these fundamentals always apply so if you want my fail-safe recipe for a successful wedding day, you need to start with and continue to remember these ingredients…
A Well Thought-Out Schedule
In amongst the excitement of choosing your wedding dress, booking your honeymoon and attending your menu tasting, talking about schedules is probably the least appealing prospect. However, your wedding day schedule is one of the most essential ingredients and one that simply cannot be ignored.
A carefully planned and well thought out schedule will provide you with an opportunity to notice if anything is still pending, that nothing is forgotten and will importantly ensure, in advance, that your wedding party and suppliers know the who’s, what’s and where’s to your big day. If everyone knows the plan, then no one should be asking you any last-minute questions or putting you under any added pressure.
My top wedding planning tip would be to start creating your schedule at least 6-8 weeks prior to your wedding as this will give you plenty of time to collate all of the information required, ask your suppliers for their advice on timings and answer / resolve any questions that may arise.
When you’re putting together your schedule, make sure that you factor in some time for just for the two of you and that you allow plenty of time so that you and your guests don’t feel rushed. Equally, don’t linger too long over each element of your day, as you don’t want guests to get bored and lose their enthusiasm. A successful schedule should keep your day flowing.
However much time you put into your schedule, it’s only effective if you and your suppliers use and follow it on the day so distribute copies in advance and have some spares lying around so that you can refer to it if you need to.
All that said, accept that some elements of your day might not run to plan and remember that you don’t need to run your day with a stopwatch and clipboard in hand. The speeches might over-run and your first dance might not take place on the dot but as long as everything still happens and you and your guests are having an amazing time then that is what truly matters.
Happy late morning folks! Apologies for the little delay getting our first post life today – trust me though, it was worth the wait. How can it be that we are only a little more than four weeks away from Christmas?! The festive season has really snuck up on me this year – in fact, it feels as if the whole year has gone in flash. And while I really love Christmas, I still haven’t quite come to terms with it not being summer, let alone autumn (despite the lashing wind and rain persistently telling me otherwise!) Luckily for me (and you!) there is lots of lovely summery inspiration in today’s wonderful rustic, wedding. Joe, a civil engineer, married Ruqayya, a graphic designer, on the 4th of June 2015 at Pembroke Lodge in Richmond, Surrey.
“I visited Love My Dress once a day for ideas during the planning process. We were inspired by so many different things, but I would describe our overall theme as rustic with a touch of vintage – we wanted our wedding to have a natural and understated look. I love arts and crafts and the wedding was also a great opportunity to be creative and make my mark.”
“I spotted my dream gown on Love My Dress after searching for floral wedding dresses. I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it – I love florals and I liked the idea of wearing something a bit different.”
“I really wanted to do my own flowers but realised that it would be taking too much on so we hired a florist. For our centrepieces we displayed a few stems of flowers in little vintage blue glass bottles, which we then placed on rounds of wood. We wanted our blooms to look simple and seasonal.”
So how’s Monday so far for you? It’s been dark over here in Whitby, North Yorkshire, since 3.30pm this afternoon! I recall the long, warm summer nights not so long ago and thinking ‘I can’t imagine it being Winter again’. It soon comes round, and that’s quite exciting for all your winter brides to be! I hope whatever stage of the wedding planning you’re at right now that this sweet little Lochside wedding in Scotland inspires you and makes you smile this afternoon.
“We wanted our wedding to essentially be a great big party. We just wanted a fun day with our family and friends and nothing to be too formal or structured. It had to be in Scotland as that’s where we’re both from, it had to have great food as we both love eating in nice places and we wanted to have a free bar for everyone. As long as those were covered, we felt we were on to a winner.”
“The rest just evolved quite naturally. As I work in PR, planning events is a common part of my job, so I never really got stressed when planning the wedding and I wasn’t really too rigid about a theme or colour scheme. I really enjoyed the whole thing and loved the way it all came together on the day.”
“The flowers played a huge part in our day. We got married in May so that peonies would be in season and I knew exactly what type of flowers I wanted before we did any other wedding planning. We were so lucky that William’s sisters (Adele and Michelle) are florists. They own Jennifer Morrison Florist in Stirling and I’ve always been a huge fan of their work.”