A Valentine from Becky Lord

Diary of a Wedding Planner

Ahh… Becky Lord. What a lovely lady! I first discovered this graphic designer and stationery whiz last year, when Becky sent me a gorgeous box of goodies in the post.

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The box consisted of a whole host of designs, bespoke invites and off the peg stationery for me to sit and peruse at my own leisure. The fact that the box also came with a cup of tea and box of scrummy biscuits made the experience all the more pleasurable!

A few months later, I found myself booking Becky to design some gorgeous bicycle stationery for one of my couples, and what a grand job she did do!

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So, you can imagine my delight last week when something new arrived in the post from this designer…

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Doesn’t it all look so lovely laid out on my desk? Becky Lord had sent me some glorious valentine treats – and of course the obligatory sugary snack to accompany my browsing!

In the package I discovered note-lets, postcards cards, cute confetti, patterned package tape, luggage labels and a lovely little print too; all themed to Valentines Day, love, and spoiling oneself.

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I may have squeeled a little as I sorted through and decided which pieces to display and which to send on to friends.

I particularly love the ‘Love, is the new black’ print Becky had popped in – I think I may have to frame this and pop it on my desk!

All of these items and many more splendid things can be found on Becky’s website. So I suggest you go and take a peep!

Need help planning your wedding day? Visit www.ohsoperfect.co.uk for our full list of wedding planning and coordination packages and services.

Save The Date

How gorgeous is this Save The Date card sent to me yesterday in the post by one of my couples whose wedding I will be working on next September!

They have so perfectly captured both their theme (20s Art Nouveau) and colour scheme (gold, black and champagne) in this one little card, which will now be sent to all their guests ahead of their formal invites.

It’s so important when you send out your wedding stationery to consider your theme and colour scheme. This is the first glimpse your guests will receive of your wedding day to come, and it will set the scene on what they can expect. Laura and Phillip have made it perfectly clear in this one card exactly what their guests can expect to see on their big day. Some of your guests, particularly the closer friends and family members, may wish to dress to match the style of colour scheme, or to fit in with a theme if you have one, so a clear indication like this is an excellent way to help guests plan their outfit choices too.

It will also help create consistency throughout your wedding. A truly perfect theme is one which is executed in all the finer details, so matching your stationery even at this early stage will help tie everything together in the long run.

You can see just from this Save The Date card that Laura and Phillip’s wedding is set to be one gloriously, glamorous and classy affair; bring on next September!

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Lovely Things From Lovely Friends

Diary of a Wedding Planner

As a wedding planner, I’m very lucky to be able to meet and work alongside some very lovely people here in wedding-land. When you work from home, as I do, it can sometimes become rather lonely day to day, compared to working in a busy office with lots of colleagues who don’t mind taking the odd five minutes out of their day for a quick chat while making a cuppa. So when, like me,  you’re lucky enough to meet lovely people in the industry through the weddings you end up working on together, who quite often work from home or on their own as well, it’s quite common to find that friendships quickly form.

This week I received a lovely little late birthday present from one said friend out there in the world of Welsh weddings – the rather marvellous Kelly White of White Crafts, and what a fab gift it is too! Because, when you get to know other suppliers/colleagues/ friends in the wedding industry, you become very appreciative of what those other suppliers/ colleagues/ friends actually do in the wedding industry too! Working together means you come to understand the different trials and tribulations that planning a wedding can bring with it, and how important each person is in making that big day so special. You also come to realise the physical differences in your job… which is probably why Kelly sent me this fabulous thing:

Now, technically this marvellous foam pad is meant for when your down on your knees doing a spot of gardening. However, I often find myself down on my knees at weddings: tidying up table linen, placing petals down the edges of aisles, helping brides with wedding dresses, polishing shoes, and getting on with other general coordination tasks, and my knees sometimes get a little bit sore! So I shall be digging out my tippex and pens and altering this very funny yet very practical little gift to read ‘Keep Calm and Carry On Wedding!’ in preparation for when I’m next down on my knees at a wedding.

You can read Kelly’s guest post on our blog from earlier this year, offering Wedding Stationery Tips and Advice by clicking this link.

Need help planning your wedding day? Visit www.ohsoperfect.co.uk for our full list of wedding planning, styling and coordination packages and services.

Oh So Fabulous – Wedding Design

Oh So Perfect – Weddings and Events are wedding planners first, and wedding bloggers second.
Here’s an example of one of our wedding planning packages ‘Oh So Fabulous- Wedding Design‘  to help you style and design your perfect wedding day.

All our wedding planning, coordination and styling packages and services are available on our website 
www.ohsoperfect.co.uk

The ‘Oh So Fabulous Wedding Design‘ package is the ideal service for any couple who wish to plan their own wedding, but need a little bit of help creating a style and theme to wow their guests.

Perhaps you’re struggling for inspiration and don’t feel you have the creative spark you desire; or you can’t make your mind up on just one theme from all the choices and ideas out there; maybe you’ve got a great idea but don’t know where to start in bringing it all together; or sometimes you simply haven’t got the spare time available for you to research and design your theme to perfection.

Oh So Perfect will meet with you at a time and place to suit you to discuss your ideas and thoughts so far, taking into account your venue, requirements and budget. We will then identify elements of your personalities, likes and dislikes, background, and important moments in your relationship together to help you find the theme that is oh so you.

Once you have chosen your perfect theme, we will then get to work designing plenty of ideas and suggestions to help bring together the elements of your wedding day. All the ideas will be presented to you in a portfolio for you to use to help you continue with your wedding plans on your own, knowing that you have the designs at hand to be able to communicate your needs to your suppliers in order to make sure your theme is Oh So Fabulous.

Oh So Perfect will help you design the following elements of your wedding to fit in with your chosen theme:

  • Ceremony and reception venue décor
  • Colour schemes
  • Table centrepieces
  • Flowers for attendants including bouquets and boutonnieres
  • Bride, Groom and attendants styling including outfits, accessories hair and makeup
  • Stationary
  • Cake
  • Favours and gifts

From £450
(Marquee Weddings from £575)

Book ‘Oh So Perfect’ Wedding Design and ‘Oh So Supportive’ On the Day Coordination together for the discounted starting price of £750 (marquee weddings from £995)

Need help planning your wedding day? Visit www.ohsoperfect.co.uk for our full list of wedding planning, styling and coordination packages and services.

10 Wedding Planning Dos and Don’ts

Oh So Inspiring – Ideas, Tips and Advice

  1. DO start with the budget. Sit down together and realistically discuss how much you would like to spend on your wedding, and how you will fund it. Will you use savings?  A loan? Will your family want to help out? Only spend what you can afford – you don’t want to end up with debt afterwards!

  2. DO put together a rough guest list as early as possible. It doesn’t have to be set in stone, and it may change here and there as the months go on, but it will give you a clear indication of numbers for when you start planning and booking your suppliers.

  3. DON’T forget to think about your venue’s interior. If you’re already set on a colour scheme or theme, try to find a venue which compliments your existing choices, or else choose a scheme which is supported by the colours already present in your venue’s décor. Visit our previous blog post ‘What To Think About When Choosing Your Colour Scheme or Theme’ for more tips and advice on this subject.

  4. DO design the invitations carefully. The wedding invitation is the first ‘clue’ guests receive about the overall style of your big day – so try to create an invitation which ties in to your colour scheme or theme so your guests have a clear indication of what they can expect. Wedding stationery expert Kelly White of White Crafts recently wrote this useful post on our blog all about choosing your perfect Wedding Stationery

  5. DO cheat to save cash. Cut costs by letting your wedding cake double up as the desert. You can even hire yourself a ‘dummy’ display cake and purchase a smaller, simpler cake to be cut up in the kitchen and served to your guests at the end of the night. Your guests probably won’t even notice the difference!

  6. DO seat friends and family together. It’s tradition at the wedding breakfast to seat your guests with people they haven’t met before, but often this leaves the room feeling very sober as guests exchange polite chit-chat. Scrap formalities and seat your guests together with the people they know – the atmosphere will be lively and your guests will have a more enjoyable experience.

  7. DON’T forget the kids. If you’ve invited guests to bring their children, make sure there is something available to keep them entertained. Place a colouring book or packet of bubbles on the tables with children seated to play with during the speeches, or even hire-in an event nanny who will keep the children entertained with toys and games all evening while your guests are busy dancing.

  8. DO practise your first dance. All eyes are on you here, and it can be embarrassing if you’ve not prepared. You don’t have to book a dancing lesson or choreograph a routine, but make sure you have a little slow dance at home together to your chosen song a week or two before so you’re used to each other’s moves before you take to the stage. Plus it’ll spark a romantic evening for you both!

  9. DON’T forget the groom. Girls, it’s easy to get carried away with the excitement of planning a wedding, but remember there will be two of you exchanging vows, so be sure to include your man and allow him those personal touches he’d like too. (Except the perhaps the bunny girl waitresses – there’s a limit!)

  10. DO have fun and hire an on the day coordinator! Planning your wedding is one of the most exciting things you’ll ever do, and many people do it without the help of a wedding planner; but do consider hiring a coordinator for the big day itself– you’ll be able to relax and enjoy the day you spent so long planning, knowing someone else is there to set up and keep watch while you’re focusing on having fun. To find out more about Oh So Perfect’s on the day coordination package, as well as our other wedding planning services, visit www.ohsoperfect.co.uk

With love,
Samantha x

Need help planning your wedding day? Visit www.ohsoperfect.co.uk for our full list of wedding planning and coordination services and packages.

We’re giving away a Fortnum and Mason Champagne and Chocolates hamper to all couples booking selected services with us before 31st March 2012! To view this fabulous offer click here

 

Wedding Stationery Tips and Advice from White Crafts

As wedding planners, Oh So Perfect work hard to bring our clients the best advice possible to help make planning a wedding an enjoyable, stress-free experience for all our couples. 

We invited Wales-based wedding stationery designer, Kelly White of White Crafts to appear as a guest writer on the Oh So Perfect blog, to offer our readers an insight into what to think about when choosing your wedding stationery and sending your invites. Here Kelly gives her tips and advice to help you on your way…

There are a number of aspects to take in to consideration when ordering your wedding invitations, here are a few helpful tips to help you on your way to STRESS FREE wedding stationery delights!

Number of Invitations

Before you even begin to look at designs, colours, lay out of invitations make sure you know how many you need! Remember 100 guests will mean approximately 50 invitations, as many will be couples or families who only require 1 invite. This is only a rough guide and it’s well worth the time sitting down and going through the list properly with your partner to get a precise number.

Style of Wedding

Is your wedding a formal affair, sticking to all the traditions? Are you taking a modern twist on some of the old favourites? Are you heading for an informal relaxed celebration? Whatever you decide, your invitations/save the dates are the very first encounter your guests have with your wedding. They set the scene for what your guests can expect on the day itself, and have the power of determine dress choices (especially colour) and whether or not your guests will make the effort to attend.

Who’s inviting Who?

Sit down and talk openly about whom will be hosting (inviting people) to the wedding. Traditionally the Brides parents invite guests to the marriage of their daughter, but with more and more Brides and Grooms paying for their own weddings or multiple parties contributing then who’s name goes on the invitation can become a taboo subject, if not approached head on! There are many different wording options that can include everyone, so if you find yourself lost just ask your wedding stationer for help.

Names

You have to think not only about the Bride and Groom’s names here. For example, do you want to include middle names or even surnames? Whose name is first? I could go on… but you’d probably stop reading. You also need to consider how you’re going to display your guests’ names. Some choose not to include names on their invitations. In my experience I personally would always recommend stating exactly who is invited and more importantly who isn’t!! You don’t want to be in a situation on the day where you assumed Auntie Sue & Uncle Pete are coming to the wedding but their 24 year old son with his new girl aren’t, only for them all to turn up on the day with nowhere to sit, and nothing to eat. Awkward! Better to make it clear from the very beginning whom is and isn’t invited.

RSVP

It’s always a good idea to include an RSVP to ensure you get your responses in the time frame you want, including all the information you need. Always check with your venue when they need your final confirmed numbers, and how many vegetarians, vegans, gluten free, allergies etc. meals you require. This way you can make sure you ask your guests for their responses in a reasonable time, plus a little extra for you chase any one slacking.

Gifts

I have this question A LOT, ‘we’ve lived together for years, and we have everything we need, so is it cheeky to just ask for money?’ This is completely personal to you. In my experience, approximately 1 in 50 weddings have a traditional gift list, all the others ask for money contributions towards home improvements, or the honeymoon. There are polite ways of doing this, but remember your guests will bring you something. They’ll want to give you something. If you don’t tell them what you want, you face the awkwardness of having three kettles, towels that don’t match your bathroom, and a toaster you don’t need. Whether you choose money, a gift list, charitable donations in lieu of gifts, or strictly no gifts at all, you have to give your guests this information.

Your day!

Above all, remember it’s YOUR WEDDING. There are no rights or wrongs, I can tell you the traditions but in the end it is up to you and your partner what you want to include and don’t want to include. Happy Planning!

Kelly x

For more information about White Crafts Hand-made Wedding Stationery visit the webiste www.whitecrafts.com

Need help planning your wedding day? Visit www.ohsoperfect.co.uk for our full list of wedding planning and coordination services and packages.

We’re giving away a Fortnum and Mason Champagne and Chocolates hamper to all couples booking selected services with us before 31st March 2012! To view this fabulous offer click here

Would you like to be featured as a recommended supplier? Contact Oh So Perfect – Weddings and Events on enquiries@ohsoperfect.co.uk

Mini-Bunting Table Plan

I just had to share this lovely little table plan with you on the blog this evening – check out the super-cute mini-bunting! 

This quirky little piece has been created as a collaboration between wedding stationers Something Kinda Cute and home decor company Plump

With love,
Samantha x

Need help planning your wedding day? Visit www.ohsoperfect.co.uk for our full list of wedding planning and coordination services and packages.

We’re giving away a Fortnum and Mason Champagne and Chocolates hamper to all couples booking selected services with us before 31st March 2012! To view this fabulous offer click here

Would you like to be featured as a recommended supplier? Contact Oh So Perfect – Weddings and Events on enquiries@ohsoperfect.co.uk

Cardiff Invitations

Choosing the perfect stationery for your wedding is very important to the marrying couple. Your wedding invitation is often the first ‘clue’ your guests receive regarding the style and theme of your wedding, and so it is important to ensure that you have a design which captures the feel of your big day from the beginning… 

After 6 years of experience designing and creating invitations for special occasions, Anna Carter formed her bespoke wedding stationery business, Cardiff Invitations in 2011. Last month, Cardiff Invitations were named ‘Best Wedding Stationery 2011’ for the East Wales Region at the Welsh National Wedding Awards. We caught up with Anna to find out more about how Cardiff Invitations can create the perfect stationery designs for you…

Cardiff Invitations offer high quality, hand crafted wedding stationery and special occasion invitations. We are based in Cardiff, however are happy to offer consultations throughout South Wales, and our orders can be posted anywhere too.

Our style could be described as elegant and simple with lots of ribbon and a bit of sparkle. However we do also offer bespoke design, so are able to produce the perfect invitation for each couple. We are also happy to tailor all of our designs to Civil Partnerships.

In three words? We’d describe our business as: quality, friendly, customer-focussed… We are most likely to attract couples who want quality stationery and give their guests a wow first impression of their wedding, without any stress!

Cardiff Invitations’ absolute dedication to their previous and existing customers is clear, due to their recent win at the Welsh National Wedding Awards…

Our recent award was voted for by our previous and current clients, and we have a number of reviews on our website to testify that customer service is vital to us.

Picking wedding suppliers is a personal choice for each couple, however I would say that if a couple wants a friendly service from a business dedicated to creating amazing wedding stationery, just how you want it, then check out our website. Planning a wedding can be stressful, so let the stationery be the easy part!

Anna’s love for designing and creating the perfect stationery pieces to compliment a couple’s wedding theme reaches out further than simply being her job…

I made my own wedding stationery and then was asked by friends/family to do theirs. After I had my daughter I wanted a change of career and I relished the opportunity to be involved in more weddings!

I love it when a couple comes to me with ideas of how they would like to do things differently and I am able to create just what they want! I recently worked with a couple who were getting married in her native South Africa and wanted to incorporate that into their invitations, without losing the elegance.

 And she clearly understands what makes a couple’s big day Oh So Perfect too…

A couple having what is special to them makes a wedding Oh So Perfect. When I got married, it was having all my family there, where as for somebody else it might be marrying in a special venue or wearing the dress of their dreams…

Cardiff Invitations is part of the ‘Wedding Wonderland’ at The Bridal Boudoir wedding dress shop in Cardiff. You can also view which wedding fairs they will be exhibiting at on the website, along with a full gallery and information on current stationery designs available to order. Why not get in touch with Anna through the website to find the stationery which is perfect for your wedding… www.cardiffinvitations.co.uk

 

Need help planning your wedding day? Visit www.ohsoperfect.co.uk for our full list of wedding planning and coordination services and packages.

Would you like to be featured as a recommended supplier? Contact Oh So Perfect – Weddings and Events on enquiries@ohsoperfect.co.uk

 

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