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Just got engaged? Where to start with wedding planning…

Where to start with Wedding Planning?

So you’re engaged? Well, congratubloodylations are in order we think! I hope you celebrated accordingly, whether that was a romantic takeaway as just the two of you or a big boozer with all your bests. But after round 1 of the celebrations are over (I say round 1 because they’re just the beginning, really) where do you start with planning a wedding? Excitement can quickly turn to panic, but don’t worry – we’ve got it covered. Here are our top tips on starting wedding planning!

Work out your priorities

It may seem like quite a heavy task to start with, but working out your priorities as a couple and individuals is crucial in wedding planning. Believe me, doing it early can solve you a whole host of problems down the line. Sit down and candidly and honestly discuss things such as: What’s the most important part of the wedding for you? What couldn’t you go without at your wedding? What have you disliked about other weddings you’ve been to in the past? How crucial is x to you? If they’re truly how you feel, there are no stupid answers in this. Not even when your partner says the most important thing to them is a meaningful, personalised ceremony, and you say yours is a hot air balloon-shaped bar.

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Sustainable, eco-friendly wedding ideas inspired by the ocean…

Eco-friendly wedding ideas…

Going ‘green’ for your wedding doesn’t have to be hard.

Today Clara Cooper Photography talks us through her sustainable, eco-friendly wedding ideas to help you reduce your environmental footprint on your own big day…

Clara Cooper Photography…

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Where did you get your inspiration from?

For over a year now I have been taking small steps within my personal and business life to reduce my impact on this beautiful planet. I have made numerous changes which have dramatically reduced my waste, plastic consumption, and my product miles by supporting local companies as opposed to large conglomerates. This felt like a positive and fantastic start but, I couldn’t help the feeling I could do more. From here an idea began to form – I wanted to help encourage as many people as I could to start taking small steps to a more eco-friendly/ethical future. But more important than this, I wanted to show everyone how easy it can be!! 

My love for the ocean and beaches is what spurred this gradual change in my attitude towards reducing plastic, waste and the ethical repercussions of many products which we use daily. So I realised that combining these two things, the beauty of the ocean and my tenacity for waste reduction I had at my fingertips an idea which, to my knowledge has never before been

How To Prepare For A Boiling Hot Wedding Day

Hot Summer Wedding Day Tips

Sure, your wedding’s going to be cool af because you’re cool, but is the weather going to be cool as well? Most people dream of a scorching hot day for their Summer wedding, with visions of idyllic outdoor ceremonies under a bright blue sky and light summer nights boozing and schmoozing. However – with the British weather as it all too often is – very few people actually prepare for extreme heat, which can make your wedding day super uncomfortable both for you, and your guests! If your day is set to be an absolute scorcher, here’s our tips for a boiling hot wedding day:

Have your wedding ceremony under shade

It’s super important to be shady at your Summer wedding. The sun feels lovely on your skin for a bit, but after half an hour sitting/standing and sweating in it it’s less than ideal. This is especially true for young children, those with sensitive skin and the elderly. Consider having your ceremony underneath in some woodland, or under a canopy. Alternatively, why not provide some parasols for guests to put up when it all gets too much? Check out our marquee and tent page HERE for some ideas.

Another great way to prepare for a hot outdoors wedding is to arrange your aisle and seats pointing away from the …

Electric neon Brighton Wedding Inspiration at Hotel Pelirocco

Eclectic Neon Brighton Wedding Inspiration…

If you are looking for some vibrant Brighton wedding inspiration; the lovely Sally from Events By Design shares with us  “A Wild Heart Tamed Me’ bridal shoot set in and around the Brighton streets and at the iconic Hotel Pelirocco. With alternative bridal wear, quirky grooms wear and pops of neon its a colour lovers dream…

Sally from Events By Design

Jack and Jaz oooooze love.  I wanted to capture their spirit, their passion and their love of something a bit quirky, rather than fake ceremony shots and stuffy poses.  I knew that they had two really unique tattoos – the Jack and Queen of Hearts –  and these really inspired my choice of concept.  I wanted the shoot to show their connection and commitment to one another but in a way that was personal to them.  Bringing together the playing card idea and their love of skulls meant that we could create something eclectic and unique.

I wanted to make the shoot burst with colour and so chose neon brights and an alternative electric palette.  This complimented the venues; Hotel Pelirocco is an eclectic boutique hotel: the room itself is homage to Betty Page, the famous Pin-up girl which created a very sexy vibe; Meat Liquor which is wall-to-wall graffiti and neon and then finally the graffitied

How to deal with anxiety and a lack of confidence when planning your wedding

Wedding anxiety…

By now, I’m sure you’ll have noticed there’s a (damaging) stigma attached to wedding planning that suggests it will be the best time of your life, and that everyone who goes through it is just having a totally AWESOME time with their AWESOME friends doing AWESOME things (yes, you were supposed to read that in a Janis Ian voice. Top marks.) We’re here to tell you that a) they’re probably lying, and have cried into their binder at least once, b) wedding planning is stressful and c) your jumbled-up tummy-wobbling feelings about it are totally valid.

Ironically, what makes wedding planning such an exciting time is also what can make it such a terrifying time. The chances are you won’t have planned anything like this before – and even if you have, it most likely wasn’t for yourself, so there were different levels of emotional attachment to it – so it’s a totally unique experience with totally unique flashpoints. In short, there’s a lot of new territory, a lot of expectations, and a lot of pressure that can create the perfect breeding conditions for wedding anxiety to reign supreme.

If you’re feeling wedding anxiety whilst you’re in the planning stages, our advice on how to deal with it is not “Get over it” – in fact, today’s Number 1 Top Tip is to …

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