The Budget-Busting DIY Wedding Guide gives you all the tricks of the trade and quick fire solutions to planning a perfect wedding without breaking the bank!
The Wedding Fairy has quite literally covered everything, from the need-to-know essentials on the budget, the basics of prepping the flowers with your best friends, to getting a cake for 100 guests created in spectacular fashion for under £100!
There are over 125 original DIY solutions and inspirational ideas to make your day simply sensational and Women Talking asked George for an insight into this wedding planning gem:
What do I ask at the venue?
Talk budget, budget, budget! Make sure you unearth all the venue costs with your event planner during the initial stages and get everything in writing... hidden costs have a way of rearing their ugly head as the wedding nears if you are not careful.
Work out a total spend per head so you can keep on track with your budget, ensuring proceedings do not spiral out of control. Do not be tempted by any extras if you have not got the cash to splash! Trust me - it will only stress you out more in the end. Also, make sure you establish whether the venue will be exclusively yours for the whole day or not. Some venues will host more than one wedding at a time, which can be a problem for many brides-to-be.
Planning the wedding transport?
Organisation is the name of the game here people. Make sure your chosen supplier puts everything in writing regarding their terms of contract and total costs for the period of hire. Ensure they allow for delays (at least 45mins either side of the ceremony), as generally a modern vehicle would be used for more than one ceremony a day. Vintage cars usually only operate one maybe two weddings in a day, but are obviously more expensive. Get your route planner confirmed in writing and ensure your driver will be armed with an umbrella and blankets to guard the bottom of your dress, just in case of a downpour whilst stepping out of the vehicle. Most importantly, is champagne included?!
How do I kick off with the florist to get a good deal?
Maximise your florist's skills by arriving at your first consultation with a scrapbook of images, pulled from a range of trend driven magazines to reflect your individual style and look. Give each of your experts as much inspiration as possible. In my experience this is a real help for florists in particular and means they can spend more time on creating and less of your cash thinking! Push your floral budget to the max by also ensuring your supplier uses local buds of the season.
What about the cake maker?
When it comes to the baking action try and satisfy all your guest’s sweet fantasies by serving two or three fillings – sadly fruit cake is not as popular as it once was! Get tasting and sampling post haste; ensuring all is washed down with a hefty glass of champers in practice for the toast!
Alternatively, you could be super brave by going DIY and making the cake yourself or by holding a big day bake off with prizes for the best taste and design. This concept is really growing in popularity and makes a great talking point during the reception itself plus its deliciously fat-free on the budget front! More on these ideas in the next section...
Key questions for my photographer?
Find out exactly what your package includes in terms of on the day shooting and prints/electric images post wedding. Many couples are left disappointed by all the extra costs involved in producing the wedding day photo album, so make sure you know what you’re getting before booking! This is a key rule with all suppliers in general. Also, in terms of imagery, are you looking to catch the day in a light documentary/reportage style or more formal portrait? Perhaps a mix of both? Ask your photographer to take you through all the options/packages available for the whole day and request references from previous clients.
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