06 July, 2014

WEDDING PLANNING

Wedding Planning

Every time I think of a wedding planner, J-Lo pops in my head, rom-coms about wedding? Yep they're my guilty pleasure. Sadly no wedding planner in tow but since getting engaged in May, I've wasted no time getting organised and planning - notice I not we haha! It kinda feels like a part time job on top of my full time job - I think they call it #wedmin! Here are some things I've found that have made wedding planning easier, because time is always the essence right?

Priorities

The top 3 things Hang and I have focused on is viewing as much venues as possible, that's the only way to see what you both like or don't like. Secondly don't utter the word Wedding unless necessary, quotes suddenly get bigger and bigger and lastly get your guest list drafted out as soon as you can - it really helps with narrowing down venue spaces and availability and seeing how much room you have to work with.

Pinterest

I've mentioned my love for this site before but seriously it's a haven of ideas, tips, tricks and weird and wonderful things you would never think of before! It's a great reference point when I'm discussing ideas with florists or cake makers, as well as being easy to share with friends or bridesmaids your train of thought one one site.

Suppliers List

Even thought our wedding is over a year away, I've started putting together a suppliers and vendors list. I put in key numbers, business cards, website links for photographers as well as where they're based or where you know them from (handy for mates rates or trying to get a discount!) My current top 3 vendors are for cakes, flowers and photography. If you guys know any great London based vendors, please let me know below, I'll be forever grateful!

Budget Planner

Instead of jotting random estimates here and there, I downloaded a budget list in excel with the formula's built in. It's scary but getting those estimates in allows me to see what we're working with. I try not to underestimate how much things cost, such as stationary, chair covers or wedding rings. I feel a bit sick every time I see the figures but it's important to see if we're in budget or where we can scrimp and save on.

Notebook

Even though we are in the digital age, I still prefer to write down ideas than on my phone or on an app. My sister kindly got me a 'Little Black Book', oh the irony but I love it. I jot down little ideas on the go, key dates to remember or clip in business cards. 

Favours
Not wedding favours, but this really is the time I've been starting to call in favours and seek friends advice. I've been talking to friends who have been to lots of weddings for their tips and advice, someone always knows someone who might be a florist, bakes cakes or an amazing photographer. I'm sure they would be happy to help out a bride to be :)


Do you have any wedding tips and tricks?


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14 comments

  1. Wow Hanh. One year away and all this planning - you leave nothing to chance - you go girl! I was soooooo the opposite about my wedding lol - I spent some thought on my dress but thats about it! In hindsight I think it all worked out great but if you have something concrete in mind, you're doing it the right way!! :)Congrats again:)

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  2. Hey Hanh! That sounds like a lot of hardwork! I can totally relate because my husband I did the whole planning and arrangement ourselves in just 4 months!! :D.. You have a lot of time on hand.. everything comes together finally .. never worry just enjoy it! :-)

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  3. haha thanks, I go though phases of being really organised than weeks of no planning at all! thanks for reading :)

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  4. Wow 4 months, that's super quick! When I have to plan something I tend to do all the intense planning straightaway then relax more towards the end :) Hopefully it will all pay off!

    Hope you're having a great holiday! x

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  5. Enjoy every second! And don't feel like it all has to be perfect. Invite the people you love and they won't judge you :)

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  6. Don't forget to have fun! I've seen a lot of brides get super stressed out (which is totally understandable), but I think it's equally important to pause, breathe, and have fun. :)

    xx Alyson
    Beauty Vanity

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  7. Thanks for your advice! :)

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  8. Aww thanks Alyson, I'm sure everything will fall into place and we will be able to enjoy ourselves on the day! x

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  9. Omg. So excited for you reading this post. I have multiple recently-engaged friends I will DEFINITELY link your blog over to them, these are great tips! Can't wait to hear more about the planning process :) and the DRESS!!!!

    http://bohonouveau.blogspot.ca/

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  10. Aww thanks Meg!! omg I know, I got a dress appointment next month, cant wait! xx

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  11. I am in the wedding industry and wow, it's really great that you are using excel to plug in all the numbers to see your overall budget!
    It definitely makes things more realistic!


    Here is a wedding tip: pinterest is a great way to set a foundation for your vision for the wedding, but instilling characteristics or memories of you and your fiancee into the decor will make it more personal :)


    happy planning! :)




    www.gloriajyi.com

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  12. Hi Gloria, I agree excel is great to see where your budget is at! Yes Pinterest is a Brides life saver :)

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  13. I have no reread this 4 times, it's bookmarked and saved into my brain ;) Such great tips, and it makes me feel good that I'm not the only one who wants to get the main bits of planning done as soon as possible :)

    Elle
    xx

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  14. Aww that's great Ellie, glad you found it useful! No don't feel bad planning early, you want to secure your dream venue etc on your chosen date :)

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