© James Fear Photography

With so many advice columns and top tips floating around out there how do you know what advice to take when planning your big day? How about our very own in-house wedding co-ordinatoors? Combined, Holly and Olivia have overseen and been a part of over a 1,000 weddings.  To boot, as part of our team, they have just won Best Customer Service at the Guides for Brides Awards 2018. So what do they think are the most important factors to keep in mind when planning for your big day. Read on to find out.

Holly recommends to:

• Remember why you are getting married and what is important to you both. By all means take into consideration family wishes and what friends have done but do not let it rule your decisions.

Olivia knows:

It is a journey for both the bride and groom so do everything together that way you both know exactly what is going on and there is no surprises for either of you. You could risk making one feel as though they weren’t part of their own wedding.

© Camilla Reynolds Photography

Holly suggests to:

• Make it yours. Add those personal touches, it is your wedding day after all and they will be remembered forever.

Olivia warns:

• Set a budget and stick to it! Remember less is sometimes more!

Holly reminds you:

• Don’t get caught up in the material things and overwhelm yourself. So many options and choices out there especially if you get caught up in the Pinterest, you can easily find yourselves spending money on things that you or your guests can’t even recall from the day.

© Sam Gibson Photography

Holly loves to see you:

Take the time on the day for yourselves in private to take it all in. You get pulled in all directions on your day from hair to make up to photographer to guests so make sure you allow some time after the ceremony to take in what has just happened, or even after dinner before the evening celebrations start and memories are clouded by too much fizz.

© Big Eye Photography

Olivia advises to:

• Allocate jobs. Everyone surrounding a wedding largely the immediate wedding party including, mums, dads, bridesmaids and best men want a job, so allocate them one to release some pressure.

I have seen Brides having written a ‘to do’ list and given one to all the wedding party which makes the morning run like clockwork because everyone new what they needed to do.

Olivia says it’s easy to forget so:

Remember the after wedding jobs! Suits need returning, items from the venue need collecting, the wedding dress may need a dry clean. If you are going straight on your honeymoon plan to have other people take care of these details ahead of time so you can relax.

Also consider if your changing your name getting the relevant documents to your new married name.

© James Fear Photography

As a final note Holly says:

• Try not to stress and most importantly enjoy! You will find that the little things that you stressed about for months prior really don’t matter that much on the day, the planning part should be enjoyable and fun.

And from the lady who is currently planning her own wedding Olivia reminds you to:

Remember it’s YOUR WEDDING. Don’t lose sight of what marriage actually means to you both. Allow people to have opinions but in the end what matters most is the marriage and union of the two of you.

© Martin Dabek Photography


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