We love weddings and events, it's our passion, it's what we do, but it can also be a real headache trying to achieve the look you see in glossy magazines on a budget. With many couples having already lived together for a few years prior to getting married, it's difficult to navigate the minefield of wedding gift lists, the day and evening reception guest lists and the wedding outfits and this is all before you even start getting to the look and feel of your day. And for those planning a special party there are just so many different options it can be a bit bewildering knowing where to start and how to pull it together.
So we thought we'd share a few tips which help us when working with clients and might be ideas you can steal and use yourself if you are a DIYer seeking inspiration.Direct to supplier:
If you are looking for a certain fabric to dress your tables, or a particular style of candle or place card holder you will often save a large amount by going direct to suppliers rather than buying from department stores or the high street. Fabric can rack up a hefty bill for dressing your venue and there are hundreds of fabric warehouses - just Google in your area and see what you can find.
Charity shops: The photograph at the start of this blog is of a vintage tea cup and earrings both found in charity shops. If you are after a vintage feel or just something different then sourcing some bits and pieces from shops like this is great fun. We have found some amazing things, Victorian suede gloves, beautiful detailed wooden frames, gorgeous glass paperweights and vintage lace. Just have a look on your high street, you'll be pleasantly surp
Hiring not buying: Most companies will now offer a hire service for anything from wine glasses to suits and most things in between. If you are not really going to need something after your event it is a great way to save some cash which you can use in other areas. For example, your get free glass hire in most supermarkets with a minimum purchase.
Outlet Shopping: We have a client who saved a massive £650 on her wedding day simply by buying all her bridesmaid dresses from an outlet Coast store. She even managed to get matching clutch bags to boot! Many people forget that a lot of well known, quality stores have outlets and they are marked down normally as end of season or just surplus stock which they need to shift.
These are just a few ways you can make your budget stretch a lot further and get really lovely results. Obviously, we are on hand to help you with your theme and have our own secret book of contacts and suppliers who we have worked with and can often get you extra savings which you would not otherwise be able to secure.
Our diaries are starting to get pretty full so if you would like a consultation please get in touch and we'd love to hear about your event and see what we can do to help you out.
Nat, Kelly & Jake xxx