Welcome back to the second instalment of what to do once you’ve got engaged. Missed the first post? Check it out here and then come back to this one so you don’t miss anything. So last time we ended on sending out save the date cards. Once you’ve done that you can sit back and relax right? Er, unfortunately not. That’s just the beginning, the prep work if you like, for the rest of your wedding planning. So what should you be doing next?
While not a compulsory element of wedding planning, you may find it really helpful to go to at least one wedding fair. It’ll be packed with suppliers for all the various parts of your wedding, and you may find some great ideas you want to replicate for your own wedding. You’re under no obligation to book with any of the suppliers you see at the wedding fair – but often they’ll offer a discount or extra advice if you do decide to go with them and they’ve already had that initial conversation with you.
Moving on to the various suppliers for the big day… your wedding photographer is one of the people you’ll want to book sooner rather than later. They often get booked up at least 12 months in advance, if not longer – and if you’ve already established a rapport with one or you really love the style of photos they take, getting them booked in for your day is a must.
Hair and Makeup
This is where we come in! We specialise in bridal hair and makeup, offering all of our beautiful brides and their bridal parties the VIP treatment. We encourage you to book a trial with us first so we can discuss your preferred look and talk through the products you usually use on yourself. Then we can analyse your skin and make sure we are using the best products to give you that fresh, flawless bridal glow for the best day of your life. On the day, we’ll bring our notes with us so we know exactly how to recreate the look you loved during your trial – giving you the smoothest possible start to the day and making you feel amazing.
There are lots of options for music on the day of your wedding. Whether you’re looking for ceremony music, welcome drinks music, reception music or party music for the evening. You can choose from live bands, singers, DJs, or even just make a playlist of all of your favourite songs – and get your guests to add theirs to it too. Which is a really handy way of saving money if you’re on a tighter budget.
Your wedding cake can be as elaborate or as plain as you like. Many couples choose to serve it up in the evening to save on paying out for more food after the huge wedding breakfast your guests have already eaten. Again you can go all out and book someone who specialises in bridal cakes, or you can go to the local supermarket, buy a few sponges and decorate them yourself – or if you’re really lucky, you may know someone in the family who can make it for you. And often the homemade versions are the best as they hold sentimental value. But of course, the choice is up to you.
How are you getting on with wedding planning so far? We’ve got one more instalment of the planning posts to bring to you next week so make sure you come back and check it out. If you’re already at the stage where you need to book in your wedding hair and makeup, head to our enquiry form and we’ll send you a personalised quote and have a chat with you to discuss your wishes for the big day.