With more than 15 years stage management experience in the West End, Ever Ever After’s husband and husband team, James & Sam Hayden-Harler, have a unique and unparalleled attention to detail, experience of making everything run smoothly and of course, the eye to make your wedding day uniquely memorable. Today they are sharing some golden tips for planning your wedding.
Top 5 tips for planning your wedding
Planning your dream wedding takes lots of time, effort and organisation. If you’re not sure where to start or are struggling for inspiration, here are our top five tips you’ll need to consider when planning your wedding.
1. Budget and allow 10-15% extra for little surprises
Setting a budget may be boring, but it is an essential that you set this first, as this will influence every decision you make for your wedding. Do plenty of research and set a rough budget before you start planning. It can be quite daunting when you make a list of everything you need and you’ll be surprised how quickly it all adds up. When shopping around for quotes confirm with the retailer or supplier whether they include VAT. If not, you may find you’ll be hit with an invoice for more than originally quoted. If you are finding your budget is going over, make a list of priority items you must have, as well as another list for ‘would like to have’. This will make sticking to your budget much easier!2. The Personal Touch
Use the skills of your friends and family to help you make your day individual and special for you. Once the big things are sorted, think about the details that will make your day special. What do you enjoy doing as a couple? How did you meet? Where were your first dates? Let the inspiration for your day come from the journey you have already taken together. Guests love a wedding that has a really personal touch. For instance, you may have a mutual love of a particular band or holiday destination.
When you hear ‘watercolours’ you probably think about romantic flowers and pastel colours. But it can get fun and colourful or even dark and stormy. And makes some amazing invitations!
Beautiful stationery by:
Lovely Paper Things / Oh So Beautiful Paper / Jolly Edition /
Empress Stationery / The Lovely Ink Co / She Fox Studio / Hip Hip Hooray /
Paper Thick Ink / Sproullie Designs / de Winton Paper co /
Shoshy Cadoodle / Momental Designs / Dimitria Jordan /
When I saw these guys on Instagram I instantly wished I could hang out with them, just look at these smiles!!
They got hitched in Palm Springs, the mecca of fun and modernist architecture. The couple and their closest friends all stayed at the Airbnb house where they relaxed, swam in the pool and enjoyed some delicious cocktails. The ceremony was held on property and all the guests hung out and enjoyed each other’s company after the intimate ceremony.
Huge thanks to their photographer Ryan Horban who shared his beautiful pictures with us.
Planning a destination wedding can be very overwhelming and many couples decide not to follow their dreams of a wedding abroad purely because of the amount of work it may take to organise. But let’s remember you can delegate most of this work and enjoy a fun elopement or wedding in our dream place. That is what wedding planners are for! Author of our advice article today is Claire – a UK based wedding planner behind Wed in Central Park, who specialises in organising weddings and elopements in New York City’s iconic park.
For the past five years I have been planning weddings for couples who want to get married in New York’s Central Park. When couples make first contact with me, they can be anywhere in the range between knowing exactly what they want, and when and how, and really only being in the very first stages of considering a destination wedding. Many couples are just looking for advice on where to start. I have planned around one hundred and eighty destination weddings or elopements to date. Here is a brief overview of how I would guide a couple who were in the early stages of considering a destination wedding. Whether you think a Central Park wedding would suit you, or you are interested in marrying in another great city of the world, or you are considering getting married on a beach, or somewhere else outdoors I hope this will be of use to get you thinking.
There are a few really big questions that need to be answered early on. Firstly, is this a destination wedding with a group of friends and family, or is this an elopement for just the two of you? Either way, you should discuss your tentative plans or ideas with your loved ones. They may have been assuming you would get married at home, or they might not want to travel, or they may not be able to travel for various reasons. Also, they might have some great ideas themselves, and they might be able to help.
The weather here in London may not spoil us these days but beautiful blooms and greens getting nice and juicy get us in the summer mood! So we’re thinking about garden weddings with games and Pimm’s.
Images & ideas from:
JuteDeerns / Josh Snyder Photography / Brolly Bucket by Julia Graham Photography / Allan Zapeda /
Michelle March / Sam Gibson / Wedding Chicks / Style Me Pretty by Love Ala / You and Your Wedding /
Brit / The Junk Drunk / Bridal Guide / Eva Photography
Jo and marina got married on a sunny day at the Royal Wells Hotel in Tunbridge Wells.
”We just wanted a nice relaxed wedding. The VW camper was our biggest extravagance” they said. We think the ladies’ huge smiles are the best most beautiful part of this wedding at this wedding, beaming with happiness.
The day was beautifully captured by Denise Rimmer of One Love Pictures
Melissa and Laura chose the gentle scenery of Tuscan hills for their wedding. It was an intimate ceremony with their families and closest friends.
Here are some beautiful images shared by their fantastic photographer Elena Foresto.
Foliage is all the rage right now! And we love it too.
Eucalyptus brings some kind of freshness and lightness to decoration and is fantastic not only for use in a bouquet but in the venue as well. Take a look at some eucalyptus prettiness we found.
Images & floristry from:
Jessica Claire / CKB Photography / Alicia Lacey / Jake and Heather + Sarah’s Wedding Garden /
Kai Heeringa + Damsel Floral / Luna De Mare + Tangled Lotus / Jenni Elizabeth + My Cake Angel / Bai and Elle + Catherine Short / Madeline Druce + Ruth Thomson /
Darina Stoda + Wild Daisy / Wendy Laurel / Jake and Heather / Krista Mason
Today we’d like to share with you a lovely styled shoot sent to us by MODE Bridal Shop in Hove. They organised a lovely shoot embracing Brighton. Just look at these lovely brides!
Brighton is known for its cosmopolitan lifestyle and openness to same sex couples. As such we wanted to create something that embraces Brighton’s vibe and inspires our brides to celebrate their love in style whilst having lots of fun. It was very important for the shoot to have a young, fun and vibrant feel, whilst still retaining opulent touches.
We chose Brighton Harbour Hotel which is one of Brighton’s most luxury wedding venues right on the seafront with young and quirky feel. The brides wore gorgeous bridal separates by Lambert Creations from our boutique MODE Bridal. These were a great reflection of girls’ personalities and show that you can look gorgeous and have a comfortable stroll on the beach in your dress. Hair (Cove Hair Brigton) and make up (Louise Medhurst) were all about highlighting the natural beauty of our brides; and real flowers seemed a perfect choice for the theme. We chose some fun colours for our stationary provided by Lisa Loves Design depicting Brighton’s most iconic sights of course. The vintage candle holders and glass jars provided by Sorrell and Steve were a perfect alternative to the traditional floral décor. Bridal bouquets were created by the very talented Bettie Rose Flowers and were all about a play with bold colours and shapes. The cake by Tarnya Senior was a delicious masterpiece showcasing famous Bridgton Bandstand. All of this was brought together by a fabulous photographer Charlotte Rawles, who captured the spirit of the shoot beautifully. We had so much fun working together and hope that you enjoy the photos as much as we do.
On Sunday I wrapped myself in a nice warm scarf and headed to my beloved Camden to visit a Gay Wedding Show at the Holliday Inn Camden Lock. Honestly I got there late so missed all the best fun and a happy crowd, but still managed to have a glass of bubbly, take a look around and chat to some lovely wedding suppliers.
Here’s couple of companies that caught my eye.
Rings offered by Josef Koppmann are so beautiful I want to get myself an engagement ring now! He makes fantastic cufflinks as well. You can drop into his shop at the OXO tower Wharf and see for yourself.
Beautiful weddings planned by Bee Weddings