Thursday, 15 July 2010

Top Tip Week ♥5

With two maids of honour and four bridesmaids to my name, I'm seriously considering whether they all need to be in the same outfit. Six dresses, six pairs of shoes, six sets of jewellery, you get my drift, everything is six times more expensive. So I'm completely in tune with Before the Big Day's 5th Top Tip.

Top Tip ♥5
Traditionally the bride buys her bridesmaids' dresses, but that can seriously add up, even if you pick them up in the sales. So instead ask them all to choose their own outfit from a particular colour palette and then add identical accessories. Try parasols from Brollies Galore or Asian Ideas or fascinators from Rock n' Rose, for a striking on-trend look.

Product Credits: Parasols - Asian Ideas, Hair Accessories: Rock n' Rose

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Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Top Tip Week ♥4

Florist fees can be pretty pricey, but you don't want to end up with an undecorated reception venue, so what to do? Well thanks to Before the Big Day's Top Tips on how to save money, you will go to the ball {or something like that - I'm having a Cinderella moment!}.

Top Tip ♥4
Eco friendly brides are turning against cut flowers in favour of living plants that can double up as presents for favoured guests. Splash out on a bridal bouquet by all means, but potted plants make for gorgeous table displays, and they save on florist fees. Worried that you don't have green fingers? Buy fairly mature herbs like lavender or rosemary and slip them into simple white Ikea planters for a professional, elegant look. The added benefit? They'll make your venue smell gorgeous.

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Wed-Web Mention #2

Not wanting to blow my own trumpet or anything, but it is nice when Before the Big Day get's bigged up by one of the UK's biggest wedding brands. You and Your Wedding have voted us one of their Top 15 Favourite Wedding Blogs, and I have to admit I'm thrilled!

To quote: "If you’re planning a quirky wedding with plenty of DIY details, Before The Big Day’s Georgia has a tonne of ideas for you. A lobster theme for food lovers? Tennis trimmings for Wimbledon weddings? She’ll show you how to keep your alternative idea chic…"

Check out the article, and don't miss the other UK blogs - we're all fabulous, in lots of different ways.

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Guest Blogger: OMG I'm Getting Married

Where do wedding bloggers go to get their ideas? It's a bit of a trade secret, but there's one resource I'm happy to shout about. When the creative cloud descends, and I can't find anything cool, original or just plain gorgeous, then I sneak off and look at other UK wedding blogs, to remind myself that the fabulousness is out there, I've just got to keep looking! OMG I'm Getting Married is one of my favourite sites, and in a flurry of new friendship and mutual appreciation, editor Alexis and I have agreed to do a Guest Posting on each other's sites. So here is a wonderful contribution to Before the Big Day, from OMG I'm Getting Married! I've also written a feature for OMG, so take a look.

Top 10 things for the Maid of Honor to remember!
OMG my best friend got married this weekend and it was amazing!!! I know I have been going on and on and on about all this for quite a long time now, but I really can’t help it. My fab friend Giorgia was really the inspiration (along with my fiance OF COURSE) for this blog as a lot of the content has stemmed from questions and queries I have had about how to best support her on her fabulous day. So here is a top 10 list of things I have learned from this experience.

1. Bring an Emergency Kit
Even if your bride doesn’t need anything in here, someone, somewhere at the wedding will and you will save the day! If you don’t bring it, you will most definitely need it. Plus it is fun to put together. Your emergency kit should include the following:

- bandaids or plasters for blisters
- chapstick and lipstick for touch-ups
- baby wipes, tissues and Q-tips
- gum, tic tacs or minty item of your choice
- needle and thread for both the bride and groom’s outfits
- flask or mini bottle of the brides favourite liquor (just do it.)
- nail file and nail polish for any last minute touch ups
- a Tide pen (for those of you in the UK that don’t know what this is, it is a GODSEND)
- mini scissors

2. Take pictures ALL THE TIME
This time, from the minute your friends gets engaged until the day they get married, is one of the most important times ever, and you will never be able to remember all the fun things that you did unless you document it some how. If you are like me, I can barely remember what shoes I was wearing yesterday, let alone the millions of things I will probably do in preparation for my wedding. Your bride is probably the same. If you have a camera, or a camera phone, make sure you take photos, all the time, any time.

3. Be organised, make lists, keep a calendar and write yourself notes
Ok so this seems pretty obvious, but OMG I have never made so many lists in my life. And my bride was the most organised person in the universe. If you are like me and you love weddings and want to do everything and anything under the sun to make the day special, you will have loads of ideas. You will have ideas in the shower, on the bus, at the gym, at work and in meetings. Write them down! Make lists of everything you need to get done, even if you have done them already and then cross them off to remind yourself you have done them. Also make sure to keep a calendar of all your bride’s events along with yours so you never miss a fitting, appointment, tasting, spa day or dinner. Colour code things because it looks pretty and helps you focus. Go bridesmaid go.

4. Ask for help
I was extremely lucky to have the best fellow bridesmaids ever in the universe – they were some of my closest friends and so they therefor know me very well. (Massive thank you to Katie, Chantelle and Cyrena for all your help!) It was towards the beginning of our countdown (which started around the 2-months-to-go period) that I started sending millions and millions of OMG I AM SO EXCITED emails with bits and pieces of things we should do that had no sense of structure to them other than the fact that I was so excited. We had ideas coming from left, right and centre and it was very overwhelming. I am so sorry girls! Anyway, one of the girls suggested we nominate “captains” for each major planning event / item – ie. Scrapbook Captain, Bachelorette Party Captain, Bachelorette Dinner Captain, Gift and Goodie Bag Captain and overall Rome Liason (as the wedding was in Rome). This was such a great idea! Everyone had their duties, everyone was involved and no one was stressed. Win.

5. Involve the groom
If you want to surprise your bride, involve the groom. We did and it was awesome. We took our very best friend to New York for a surprise Bachelorette excursion and we could not have done it without the mastermind that is now her husband.

6. Be honest
Your bride is counting on you to tell her the truth when she asks you about anything. I know when it comes to be my turn, I will want the brutal and honest truth about everything from does this dress make me look fat? to does 80% grey look better than 79% for our invitations? Remember how important this day is to your bride and remember you will be there too, if you haven’t already. She will want everything to be perfect so do your best to help her make decisions and be honest! If she doesn’t agree with you, she will tell you.

This is your best friend and she is getting married and it is so exciting! Don’t forget to have fun because it is an experience you will remember forever. Cheesy but true.

8. Be prepared
Make sure you have a schedule for the week / weekend / day of the wedding so you know exactly what your bride is going to need and when she is going to need it. You should know timings and order of events for the day including pick up time, ceremony beginning and end, transportation to reception if necessary, times of drinks, dinner, speeches, dancing and cake as well as ending times to the evening so you can help usher people to get home. Also make sure to bring anything with you the bride might forget – ie. cash, keys, wallet, phone etc. Lastly – coordinate what you and the other bridesmaids are going to do with their purses / handbags etc. as you can’t bring them down the aisle with you!

9. Its OK to chase people, and if they don’t answer you, chase them again.
Planning a bachelorette party and people are not getting back to you? Chase them! Everyone seems to be busy these days, and some people are just lazy, but they will not want to miss out on your fabulous party planning skills! So just chase them, who cares if they are annoyed with you, its not your party, and they can’t get annoyed with the bride, because she probably doesn’t even know its going to happen yet. The worst parties are the ones people don’t know about, so they don’t come. Send out reminders closer to the date and don’t be afraid to call / email / chase.

10. Take time out.
So you are going to be super busy as a MOH – but this is not your full time, overtime job. Your bride doesn’t expect it to be that way, and so you shouldn’t either. If you get stressed, make a list and attack things one by one. Crossing things off is the best feeling in the world. Your bride might be planning wedding stuff every day of the week for months, but thats because its her wedding, not yours. So chill out, take some time to yourself and take time out for yourself.

Monday, 12 July 2010

Top Tip Week ♥3

Worrying about the cost of your wedding dress? Never fear, Before the Big Day's Top Tips are here. Check out the fabulous advice below, and get the gown you want for a fraction of the price. Meanwhile, if you have any money-saving advice that you'd like to share with other brides, please leave a comment. Every little helps!

Tip ♥3 - Your Dress
The days of keeping your wedding dress for future generations are long gone. Most brides sell their gowns once they get back from their honeymoon, and there are thousands of dresses that have, by their very nature, only been worn once. Websites like Almost New Wedding Dresses and Sell My Wedding Dress enable you to search by size and designer, and there's no reason for you not to be able to try before you buy. Even better - go into the bridal boutiques and try on the style you like, then find one second-hand via the internet.

Photo Credits - {from top} 1. Jenny Packham 2. Temperley

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Real Wedding: Ricci & Joel

The Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas has to be the coolest venue for a couple inspired by their love of music, and Ricci and Joel are the ultimate rock and roll couple. Just check out Ricci's amazing wedding day style - I'm loving her ruffled Betsey Johnson dress, Christian Louboutin shoes {edible}, and super-cool half veil by YJ Designs. Doesn't she look fantastic? Also seriously impressed by Ricci's bridesmaids' rock-chic strapless numbers, plus their skyscraper heels. Now that's an outfit they'll wear again! Throw in splashes of hot pink florals, an exotic owl motif, on-trend cupcakes and the best orchid display ever, and I'm in wedding-heaven. Gorgeous photographs with thanks to Sarah Yates Photography.

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Sunday, 11 July 2010

Top Tip Week ♥2

Looking to save a few pennies while planning your wedding? Don't miss the Before the Big Day Top Tip Week {TM!}. Top Tip 2 is all about stationery, but click here for more money-saving DIY ideas, and sign up for free Before the Big Day updates to never miss a helpful hint!

Tip ♥2 - Your Stationery
Invitations are only the first step in the world of wedding stationery. You're going to need response cards, menus, place markers, table guides, thank you cards and an order of service for each guest. Phew! It's not surprising that the average couple end up spending over £500 on paper goods alone. This is where DIY comes into its own. Plenty of graphic designers have cottoned on to the fact that brides want to cut costs, and they offer print-your-own invitation templates at a fraction of the price. Try Swoon & Creative or Ella & Grace Stationery for ideas, plus Download & Print for *free* printables - woohoo!

Photo Credits - {from top} 1. Download & Print, 2. Swoon & Creative, 3. Ella & Grace Stationery

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Saturday, 10 July 2010

Top Tip Week ♥1

We love weddings, but we don't like how much they cost. I've figured out that if I was a billionaire, every second of planning my wedding would be pleasureable, because the only thing that really worries me is the cost. Right now, I'm worrying about the expense of catering, but next week it'll be the stationery, and the week after that, I'll be anxious about whether I should be spending over a grand on my dress. One thousand pounds? That's a lot of money to be spending on something I'll only wear once. So, inspired by my own desire to keep the cost of our wedding manageable, I've come up with a few tips which should help you save your pennies. I'll be posting one a day, so keep coming back for more, or sign up for free updates here!

Top Tip 1 - Your Reception
Save money and surprise your guests by serving a traditional British tea rather than the standard 3-course meal. Vintage is a huge trend in weddings this season, so hire antique crockery and cake stands from Pretty Vintage or Eclectic Bliss for that classic olde-English feel. Ask your grandmother to knit tea cosies for a personalised effect, and hand-hem floral material for sweet mismatching napkins. Cabbages & Roses or Cath Kidson are renowned for their old-fashioned fabrics, and if you're not handy with a needle, learn how to sew via Ooh. Instead of one grand (and pricey) wedding cake, ask your bridesmaids to get baking, and offer prizes for the best-tasting and best-looking!

Photo Credits - {clockwise from top left} 1. Olivia Brabbs Photography, 2 & 3. Eclectic Bliss, 4. Marianne Taylor, 5. Olivia Brabbs Photography

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