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Wedding Planner or Not? That is the Question.

 

Happy New Year to one and all! All the festivities are over and the Christmas decorations are down, normal life can resume once again! It’s quite apt that we kick off the New Year on our wedding blog on the topic of wedding planning. I spend a lot of time on Facebook groups and soon, and a question that I see getting asked quite a lot is; “Is it really worth getting a wedding planner?”

 

On a personal note, we didn’t have a wedding planner, in hindsight, I wished we had to be honest. We didn’t realise how much we were both consumed by the whole planning and preparation of our own wedding until it was over, it was almost insidious. So today I have the pleasure of introducing a lovely lady we had the fortune to meet at The Bristol & Somerset Wedding Awards, Haley of Forever and Always.

 

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Image Courtesy of Jodie Hurd Photography – www.jodiehurdphotography.com

Q: Tell us a little bit about Forever and Always. How did it start and how long you’ve been going for?

A: Forever and Always was created after I fell in love with planning my own wedding nearly 6 years ago. After training as a wedding planner for nearly a year, Forever and Always was born and has been trading around 3 years now.

Q: What would you say is the biggest advantages of hiring a wedding planner?

A: The biggest advantage of the hiring a wedding planner is having someone there on hand to guide and support you through the planning of your big day! It’s nice to be able to lean on someone other than a friend or family member!

Q: Some Brides think that a having a Wedding Planner is expensive. Is this the case?

A: That really is not the case at all, and that is the first thing I always let couples know. I believe having a wedding planner should be very much built in to any wedding plan or budget. I tailor my services to each couple and happy to offer payment plans. Also in the long time I believe I can save my couples money as I work with recommended suppliers who often offer discounts and I can then pass this on to my couples.

Q: What can Brides expect when they come to Forever and Always to help with their plans?

 A: They can expect a personalised service, with attention to detail. Above all a professional service and someone that is caring and has that best interests at heart.

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Image Courtesy of Jodie Hurd Photography – www.jodiehurdphotography.com

Q: What advice do you have for Brides for their planning journey &/or their wedding day?

A: The best advice a can offer any bride or couple when planning their wedding day is don’t stress enjoy every minute of the planning, it’s not meant to be a chore it’s meant to be fun. My number one tip I always say to my couples is once a decision has been made, tick it of the list and move on to the next thing! Don’t dwell on decisions that have already been made.

Q: What’s been your biggest achievement to date? (Doesn’t have to be wedding related).

A: I have two biggest achievements to date one is my wonderful family I have, and I’m lucky to have such a supportive and caring husband and two gorgeous daughters.

My other achievement is winner “Wedding Planner” of the year 2017 for Bristol & Somerset. I was very proud and honoured I to collect this award back in February, this award shows the love and thanks from every couple I worked with last year.

Q: What does the future hold for Forever and Always?

A: I have a few things in the pipeline that I hope to be able to share soon, but my plan is to hopefully grow the business and continue to offer a top service to all my clients.

 

 

So if you’re still undecided whether to involve a wedding planner in your wedding preparations and wedding day, then, at the very least get in touch with Haley at Forever & Always. She won an award for a reason and we wish her all the very best at the 2018 Bristol & Somerset Wedding Awards!

 

Websitehttp://www.forever-and-always.co.uk

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/foreverandalways2013

 

Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/foreverandalwaysweddingplanner

 

Navy Blue Weddings

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The 2017 wedding season is gathering pace so it’s time to start refreshing our mood boards and putting some new wedding ideas together. I’ve never considered navy blue as a run of the mill wedding colour, it’s a very strong and bold natural colour, although used sparingly can be beautifully effective.

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It’s really very versatile in the colours it will compliment be it peach, grey, silver or even blush pink. Of course most of all, with it being such a striking colour it contrasts wonderfully with whites, creams and champagne colours of the brides wedding dress.

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You can also create some beautiful and stylish effects by using nave blue laces on your tables, wedding invitations or even wedding cake without the richness of the blue becoming overpowering. Navy blue organza sashes are very nice addition to chair covers as well.

 

There’s plenty of naturally blue flowers that you can choose to suit a navy blue wedding theme, which can also be contrasted with in your bouquets or button holes. You can also go a little bit different with Navy Blue for the Groom and Best Man if you feel so inclined. As earlier suggested it’s a great contrasting colour with peaches, pink or even mint greens so as to not to become completely overtaken by blue, unless that’s what you want.

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That’s the beauty of creating your own moodboard for your wedding planning, you can visualise much better how things will look and feel before seeing it all together on the big day. They’re also really useful to show various suppliers when you’re at the planning stage or going round wedding shows, you never know they might have suggestions you’ve never thought of!

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Acknowledgements

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Navy Blue Suit & Buttonhole – https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/141019032063202314/

Mason Jar Centre Piece – https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/141019032060798305/

Navy Blue & Blush Pink Wedding Invite – https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/141019032060798302/

Navy Blue Table Runner – https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/141019032060798303/

Wedding Cake with navy blue ribbon – http://www.cakecentral.com/gallery/i/2034793/navy-blue-and-white-wedding-cake

Country Themed Navy Blue Table Settings – https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/141019032063202302/

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Blue Bridemaids Dresses – https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/141019032063202340/

Navy Blue/ Silver Wedding Nails – https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/141019032063202330/

Well Happy New Year to all of our Brides to Be and especially all of you were lucky enough to get proposed to over the Festive period! It’s time for a quick roundup of all things wedding that’s been going on at the Moonrise Wedding Blog over the past week or so. You may have noticed the slight facelift it’s had recently, we hope you like?

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Anyway, we thought it would be appropriate as there were so many proposals over the holidays to kick our wedding blog off in 2016 by looking at wedding planning. So we took a trial of WeddingTour by Gabriella Wood. A FREE online wedding planning tool that helps monitor your budget, guest list and much more.

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See how we got on in our post – ‘Wedding Planning – Where do You Start?‘ Why not log on and see for yourself, there’s no commitment and it’s true to its word, it’s FREE.

 

We then had the pleasure of introducing a very talented Musician – Georgina Heydon. With over 15 years experience in teaching and performing music, Georgina plays the piano & cello as well as singing to provide beautiful wedding music for your wedding day!

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Find out more about Georgina and hear some of her song snippets before considering your Wedding Music for Your Wedding Day.

 

Take a look at Kadie & Nic’s Wedding Day! Our first Real Brides Feature of 2016. A beautifully relaxed wedding day, with a garden ceremony and the reception at Wold Top Brewery.

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Be inspired by their beautifully delicate peach & mint colour theme and join us in wishing them all the very best for the future in their long and happy marriage. Join Kadie & Nic as they share their very special Wedding Day with us!

 

Finally we rounded of the week, with a quick look at; probably not the most romantic side but rather more practical aspect of bridal lingerie, shapewear to go beneath your wedding dress.

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We looked at the difference between wedding shapewear and bridal lingerie such as corsets and bustiers as well as what to consider when choosing which style of wedding shapewear to go beneath your wedding dress. – ‘Wedding Shapewear to go Beneath Your Bridal Gown‘.

 

That’s it for this week, we hope your wedding planning is going well and you find our wedding posts and features inspiring.

 

Love

 

Tanya

 

xx

 

Happy New Year to everyone and a huge congratulations to all the couples who got engaged over the Festive period. Our newsfeed is full of Brides to Be showing off their new engagement rings, pictures of diaries showing ‘Getting Married Today’ on new Wedding Dates that have been set and plenty of ‘I’m planning my wedding and I don’t know where to start!’ Sound familiar?

 

So to start the New Year off on our wedding blog I thought we’d start off with wedding planning and take a closer look at WeddingTour.co.uk an online wedding planning tool that’s free to use. Yes you read correctly FREE! (Not much is free when it comes to weddings!).

 

I popped onto their website at http://www.weddingtour.co.uk and created an account, fairly straight forward, names and a few details like wedding date and anticipated budget, no payment details or credit cards or anything like that, because it’s true to it’s word, it’s FREE.

 

Start Wedding Planning

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To begin with you’re presented with a pretty decent overview of your wedding planning to include your guest, budget and table planner summaries. Of course not forgetting the all important countdown to the Special Day itself at the very top! I remember from our wedding planning experience we used a couple of spreadsheets from a well known spreadsheet program, however had I known about this, I think it would have been much simpler to use and easier to see where you are and what needs doing at a glance.

Wedding Guest List

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Looking into a bit more detail of the guestlist, which is probably one of the first sources of family controversy, who do you invite to the whole day, who do you invite to just the reception and who misses out! It’s your day, so there’s a big hint of who decides! If you’re not careful the guest list gets out of control quite easily. It’s very good for managing your RSVP’s as well and keeping a close eye on how many children have been invited, as they need to be catered for, childs meals, soft drinks and something to keep them occupied through the speeches.

Wedding To-Do Checklist

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When you start your wedding planning it can be extremely daunting when you start listing all the things you need to organise and buy. Wedding Tour provides you with a ready made checklist for your day, with suggested timescales of when certain tasks should be done by as well as who is responsible for them. Although no generic wedding list is going to be perfect for everyones Wedding Day, this one is quite comprehensive and you’re able to edit it as well.

Wedding Suppliers

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As you start working your way through your to-do list and visiting various wedding shows you’ll invariably meet a whole host of wedding suppliers and WeddingTour has a great supplier directory which, when you’ve added your suppliers to it, will be specific for you. A single place to keep all supplier details, along with notes, prices and contact information, accessible by both you and your partner, if you’re both using it together that is!

Wedding Moodboards

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If you haven’t already started making moodboards by cutting things out of endless wedding magazines or using Pinterest, then you can always kick one off here. Just upload your pictures and add the odd comments to them. A wedding moodboard is really useful for some suppliers like your Florist or Venue Dresser as you can easily show them what you want. As WeddingTour is mobile and tablet friendly, it’s easy to show your ideas whilst on the go! Don’t put a picture of your dress on there though, it could really spoil the surprise!

Wedding Day Schedule

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I think most Brides stress about the actual Wedding Day itself and when you think of all the time and effort that’s gone into the planning and all of the money that’s been spent it’s easy to understand. However, WeddingTour provides a huge checklist for the Wedding Day along with who’s responsible for that part of the day as well. Now I’m by no way suggesting you run around on your wedding day with your mobile reminding you of every task and waving it around like a Sergeant Major, but listing how the day will unfold will help you organise all of the relevant parties and let’s them see where they fit into Your Wedding Machine!

 

All in all it’s a great starting point when beginning to plan your Wedding, with pre-made comprehensive to-do lists, a supplier directory waiting to be filled, budget control allowing you to see where your spend is going and really useful moodboard section to help suppliers see your vision. So if you’ve been proposed to over the Festive period and you’re horrified at the prospect of planning your Perfect Wedding Day, why not pop onto http://www.weddingtour.co.uk and give yourself a headstart?

 

Website:- http://www.weddingtour.co.uk

 

Facebook:- https://www.facebook.com/gabriella.wood.798

 

Twitter:- https://twitter.com/WeddingTourCoUk

We’ve been a little bit busy over the past few weeks here at Moonrise Lingerie, we’ve still been talking about all things wedding and wonderful whilst at the same time starting our little Christmas campaign off on our sister site – Moonrise at Midnight. (Click here if you want a cheeky look to see our latest addition). So let’s see what’s been going on at Moonrise Bridal over the past few weeks.

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We introduced you all to KC Boutique, an online store of women’s fashions, perfect for those Brides lucky enough to be setting off on their honeymoon after their wedding day!

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Find out more about KC Boutique, what they have to offer, everything from beachwear to baby clothes from their recent additions at KC Baby! – Honeymoon wear at KC Boutique.

 

We then pinched a blog spot for ourselves and had a look at what ivory wedding lingerie we have for all our Brides to Be with ivory weddings.

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The Essme Ivory Push Up Bra set was one of our latest additions for this wedding season, with gorgeous deep suspender belt and matching brief to complete the look. Click here to find out more – Ivory Bridal Lingerie for Ivory Weddings

 

We then had a first on our wedding blog. We posted an A-Z of Weddings, of all the wonderful suppliers we’d introduced over the past few months to help all of our Brides to Be who are planning their Special Day or who are just starting off on their planning journey.

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Image Courtesy of Hayley Scott Photography – https://www.facebook.com/hayleyscottphotography

  

Next we introduced you to the lovely Stacey from ‘The Bridal Chalet’. As well as a stunning collection of wedding gowns she also had some great tips and advice of getting your hands on designer dresses at a fraction of the cost!

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To find out how Stacey can help you find your perfect wedding gown on a budget then take a look at what she had to say when we caught up and find her details at the bottom of the post – Introducing Bridalwear by The Bridal Chalet

  

After the massive response we had after our first wedding moodboard, we looked at blush peach and what colours went well such as mints and greys.

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Take a closer look at what else we found when digging around for ideas for our Peach Moodboard

  

Well I hope you’ve enjoyed our posts over the past few weeks and hopefully found them useful in planning your own Wedding Day. Keep in touch, we’ve got more great wedding ideas and chat coming your way over the next few weeks!

  

Love

  

Tanya

  

xx