Two of the most stressful things in anyone's life is buying a house and planning their wedding. Having done both myself I know only too well how much pressure this puts on both of you.
Today, I wanted to blog a little just about the things that you can do to alleviate some of the stress of organising your wedding day and the event as a whole.
Possible the three most expensive elements of a wedding are the Venue, Dress and Photographer. When organising your wedding you spend a great deal of time looking at various venues, trying on different dresses and searching for your wedding photographer.
Choosing your venue; when you choose your venue you want to make sure that you have a designated wedding coordinator, one who will do the work for you. All you need to do is tell them what you would like and how you would like it. If you can do this and utilise their valuable skills it will make your experience of planning your wedding so much more pleasurable.
When choosing your venue, have a look at previous client feedback, social media is such an important tool for this and there are so many wedding groups around now, especially on Facebook. One I can highly recommend which is run by a friend and fellow wedding photographer is: Wedding Scammers - Don't Let them Win - this group is useful to all brides and grooms and open to everyone to ask questions and get good sound advice about wedding venues and suppliers.
Another fabulous tool for brides and grooms is a company called Trusted Wedding Suppliers, I'm also a member of this web site and there are very strict requirements that must be met before being allowed to become a member. Searching here for venues, Florists, Cake Suppliers, DJ's and Wedding Photographers will mean you can be assured of absolute professionalism.
Now, with a sense of lightheartedness, I don't know a great deal about Wedding Dresses but this is a very difficult one to advise on. All I can say here is that there are literally hundreds of shops, online stores and even via eBay to get a wedding dress. Do a little homework and perhaps even utilise the link I posted above for Wedding Scammers....... It is sure to help and there are lots of people who can offer you sound advice.
Over time I have worked with many bakers who have created some stunning wedding cakes and I can not praise their skills enough. One of my favourite bakers is Victoria Cakes based in Leyland, Lancashire.
Choosing your wedding photographer, this for me is an important issue but I don't want to harp on about disaster stories. I will merely give a couple of valuable bits of advice when looking for your photographer;
(1) - Check their Wedding Portfolio and ask to see at least 3 full day weddings which include First Dance Shots, these are not easy to achieve without knowledge and will give a good idea of their skills.
(2) - Don't just look at 1 or 2, check out at least 5 and check their prices against other photographers that have similar packages and quality of work.
(3) - Always ask to see Insurance, Public Liability and Professional Indemnity. Ask to see any memberships of organisations or qualifications (not all photographers have qualifications as some are qualified by experience, this will show with the quality of their work).
Finally, (4) - Ask if they have "backup" equipment, i.e. more than one camera and lens. This is most important as things do fail and it's important to be comfortable that your photographer can carry on.
Sadly there have been some horror stories over the past couple of years and even more so in the last fer months which have been highlighted on National Television. Please don't be one of these people.
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