Alex: 288 days to go
Let the Organising Begin
If I’ve learnt anything over the past few weeks, it’s to ask, ask, and ask again. James and I have been very lucky to have been given so many recommendations by friends and family. Not only does it make our lives a lot easier, but it gives me another excuse to talk about the wedding…
Our photographer was recommended to us by my boss – she had him at her wedding and was really impressed by his services, not to mention the beautiful photos. Chris Ward is based in my hometown of Nottingham, so I thought he definitely wouldn’t want to travel as far as Devon. As it turns out, not only is he willing to make the journey, but he also gave me a fantastic rate because I told him he’d been recommended.
Booking on a recommendation gives you a certain security, especially where photography is concerned. James and I know our photographer will provide a good service, and trust that our pictures will be just a beautiful as my boss’s!
As we’re getting married down south, James and I didn’t have the first clue where to start in terms of arranging a local florist, band or hair and make up. Cue our brilliant hotel coordinator. With a wealth of local knowledge at her fingertips, she was able to give us the details of companies with good reputations, who had been used for previous weddings at the hotel.
Not only does a gem of local knowledge save a great deal of time – not having to compare an endless number of reviews online – but it gives you the confidence to make an informed decision.
Thanks to my dad, I practically grew up on classical music. It was important for me to make it part of our big day. The first few quotes we had for a string quartet really shocked me, and James and I couldn’t really justify going ahead with booking a band. We ummmed and aaaahed for a few weeks and eventually discovered that hiring a two piece band was much more affordable. We found a group of musicians who were really flexible and willing to negotiate, and have ended up with a three piece band playing for a couple of hours in the evening. I’m absolutely over the moon, because without a little perseverance, the whole thing could have so easily been scrapped.
My Top Tip
Don’t be afraid to negotiate, but be realistic about what you can afford versus what’s important to you. If you stick to your guns – and are willing to spend hours trawling the internet – it will all work out in the end. It’s also amazingly reassuring to speak to other brides – they’ll be able to share their own experiences, and give you recommendations, help and advice.
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