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Ask The Experts – Wedding Bloggers Share Their Top Tips

26/06/2014 | 11

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Every month there is a feature on the blog called Ask The Experts, where professionals from within the wedding industry are invited to write a guest blog post with the aim of bringing you excellent insider information and top wedding tips, along with sharing their wealth of expertise.

 

This led me to thinking, who would be better to ask for priceless wedding advice than wedding bloggers? The very people who are living and breathing wedding pretty everyday, the talented teams that know weddings inside and out, and who help to bring new ideas, style and personality to nuptials all over the world.

 

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So I asked the wonderful wedding blogging community to share their top tips on any aspect of planning a wedding to help and guide all brides-to-be…and here is the result! Personal perspectives and knowledgeable advice from the lovely ladies who really are in the know…

 

 

Krisstin – Editor of On The Go Bride

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“My best advice to anyone planning a wedding is hire a wedding planner.”

“If you want to forgo a wedding planner, at the very least hire a day-of-coordinator.

These professionals know how to handle the unexpected situations to help your day run smoothly and stress free.

I realized just how important these professionals were after my wedding. It was at the end of July when an unexpected hail storm occurred flooding our reception tent.

My day of coordinator handled everything and I had no idea the tent had even flooded.

She kept me out of the loop (in a good way) and took care of all the major hiccups so that by the time the ceremony was over we could all enjoy the reception worry free.”

 

Lauren – Editor of My Hotel Wedding

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“If you’re flexible, you can often work with your hotel or other wedding venue to negotiate a better deal.”

“Don’t come asking for discounts just because. Instead be open to the different options that are available to you.

For example, you can save on rental costs by hosting your wedding on a Friday, Sunday or weeknight.

Serve a 3 course instead of a 4 course menu and see if they’ll lower the price. Another option is to book your wedding short term.

When you call, ask the Wedding Specialist if there are last minute dates they’re looking to fill or if they have a slow seasons.

When you’re open to working with your venue, you’ll be guaranteed to get a better deal.”

 

 

Esther – Editor of Belle & Chic

 Foto-Esther-2“Keep an open mind when it comes to choosing your dress.”

“Very early on in my ‘quest for a dress’, I fell in love with a design that soon after seeing it in the store wasn’t available anymore. Instead of looking a little more, I got completely fixated on that one dress.

One month before the wedding, and two failed replica attempts later, I finally gave in and went on a shopping marathon, literally trying on ’50 dresses’…. and I was finally having a good time!

I ended up with a design that was totally different from what I had envisioned, but I felt like a princess.

 

So my advice is not to obsess over something that might turn out to be unreachable. When you see gown on Pinterest that is only available on another continent… keep an open mind.

Go to the stores in your area, and try on as many dresses as you can, you’ll be surprised at what you might find!”

 

Emily and Jess – Editors of Bespoke Bride

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“When planning your try not to be too influenced by what you see in magazines, on blogs or Pinterest.”

 

“In the end your wedding isn’t about flowers, dresses and decor it is about two people sharing their commitment surrounded by lots of wonderful family members and friends.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Ask The Experts – How To Choose A Destination Wedding Photographer

05/06/2014 | 0

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When you’re getting married abroad, knowledge is power as you’re stepping slightly into the unknown! So, wouldn’t it be great to get some expert advice and helpful hints from knowledgable peeps within the wedding industry? This is especially true when it comes to booking vendors for your destination wedding.

 

Bohemian weddings are on hand today with guidance on things to consider along with some top tips on how to choose a destination wedding photographer for your worldwide wedding…. 

 

 

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Put simply, destination weddings are beautiful…..there are so many pluses in having a ceremony in another country it would be difficult to acknowledge them all. You virtually get to pick your weather and location, from sunny beaches to Italian vineyards the choice really is yours. However planning a wedding in your ideal location, with the details you have in mind in another country can take some time and effort.

 

There is much to be done in terms of researching and contacting vendors so that you can really have your day the way you want it. The perfect location you have been dreaming about and spent hours researching is at least a plane ride away so you can’t necessarily meet all of the vendors involved face to face, so it is great that blogs such as You Mean The World To Me exist as it bridges the gap between you and inspirational trusted vendors.

Finding the right wedding photographer is actually pretty simple and choosing a destination photographer doesn’t have to be difficult either. Here’s our guide on how to choose a destination wedding photographer for your worldwide wedding….

 

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First of all know that you have options. These options will vary dependant on two main factors that every couple getting married should consider before seeking out any vendors. Firstly how important your wedding photos are to you and secondly budget, preferably in that order. Everyone is different and that it is a good thing! So for me or anyone else to say that you should spend a certain percentage of your budget on a photographer is impossible. We don’t know what aspects are most important to you or what your budget is or your plan for the day.

 

This is the hard part….it is down to you as a couple to work out your budget and what elements are most important to you. Luckily there are options to suit all budgets so once you have had a real hard think about all aspects of your wedding, the allocated budget and what you feel is most important you can then start your search.

 

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Ask the Experts – How To Choose The Right Wedding Photographer

29/05/2014 | 0

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Whether you are having a wedding close to home or you’re getting married abroad, you will want to ensure that you choose the right wedding photographer for you and your wedding.

 

The perfect wedding photographer will suit your wedding needs, be the perfect style of photography that you were hoping for and of course fit within your budget…as well as deliver you with the most perfect pictures of your special day so that you can cherish the memories and remember all of the small details and magical moments for years afterwards. Phew! Not asking for a lot then?!

 

So, how do you go about choosing the right wedding photographer? Destination wedding photographer duo Bohemian Weddings are here to help today with a guest blog post with their top tips on how to choose the right wedding photographer….

 

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There are three simple things to bear in mind when looking for your perfect photographer. If you can match these three points then you will be happy, your photographer will be happy and your photos will ooze happiness.

 

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Take time to really look at a number of photographer’s websites and wedding blogs. There are many styles and approaches, some you won’t like, some you will like and some you will love. When you come across ones you love really dig deep and go as far as the photographers about page. See how they describe their style….. reportage, candid, fine art, relaxed, bohemian, vintage…..there will be certain words you will see again and again. That is the style you love.

 

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Ask The Experts – How To Care For Your Engagement & Wedding Rings

18/03/2014 | 0

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The experts at Wedding Rings Direct have been on hand over the last few months with their top tips with regard to choosing the perfect engagement and wedding rings.

 

This month’s post is slightly different as it focuses on how to keep your beloved engagement and wedding rings clean, sparkling like new and in tip top condition.

 

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Your engagement and wedding rings can come into contact with all sorts of things, whilst you wear them with pride! This post is a helpful guide to taking good care of your precious rings.

 

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We are often asked the question about cleaning your rings at home; the majority of precious metals can be cleaned using shop-bought jewellery cleaner or by soaking it in a warm and mild solution of soap and water. Just gently rub the ring with a soft cloth to dry.

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Ask The Experts – Wedding List Top Tips And Must-Have Gifts

27/02/2014 | 1

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If you love luxurious homeware brands, you’ll already be familiar with Amara, the home of over 200 stylish fashion home brands.

Amara excels in chic and sophisticated interiors and not only that, they also have a brilliant bridal registry bursting with have-to-have homeware, making them the go-to industry experts for couples looking for a fashionable interiors wedding list.

 

Karen from Amara Bridal Registry has kindly offered to take the reins today and she’ll be discussing all there is to know about creating a wedding list, along with her top five must-have wedding list gifts of the moment…..

 

Karen from Amara Bridal Registry:

Wedding lists and the issue of to have or have not is a continual dilemma for all couples. As with so many things in life there are so many options and choices, you can even have a list for ‘experiences’ where your guests basically give you cash for you to spend on a day or two out.

 

Even though some think it is rather old fashioned and unnecessary to have a wedding list these days, I couldn’t disagree more. The nature of most people is to give a gift to express their love and admiration of commitment and to deny your guests this can cause disruption. The best way to handle questions of ‘is there something specific we can get you?’ is to be organised by drawing up a gift list or the prospect of 10 toasters is a possibility! After all you wouldn’t go to someone’s house for supper without taking some type of gift as a thankyou gesture. I think creating a wedding gift list is a part of your planning that should not be overlooked and should in fact be considered carefully.

 

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Offering your guests the option to purchase from a wedding list gives them confidence in what they are buying and keeping your guests happy is a very high consideration when planning your wedding.

 

When you come to the Amara Bridal Registry you will be assigned a personal wedding list coordinator to help with advice as well as the general running of the list. You have access to over 200 brands and 8000 products the combination of which you won’t find anywhere else and even some exclusively online such as Roberto Cavalli and Ralph Lauren Home. As the gifts are purchased they are assigned to your own area within our warehouse until after the wedding when you can then use the money that has been spent as you wish. You don’t have to have any of the gifts if preferred and have a shopping spree at your leisure. Wherever you are considering creating your list, do your research and be sure you are getting the service and support you deserve.

 

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