Planning a wedding can be slightly overwhelming and stressful no matter how much time you have or the size and scale of your wedding. Trying to organise and plan everything around a full time job is usually the thing a bride and groom find the most challenging and even the most organised couple can struggle. Fear not though, Anna Rooney of Weasel & Rose is here to help. Anna set up Weasel & Rose after realizing there was a gap in the market for an ad-hoc wedding planner, while she was planning her own wedding. Whether you need some help sourcing a photographer or venue, researching dresses or you need someone there on the day to help things run smoothly Anna is your girl. With a background in fashion & marketing Anna offers a bespoke service, without charging a fortune and with a fresh, modern and original approach.
If you don’t have the luxury of hiring a wedding planner, working to a timeline checklist can really help to keep you on track and prioritise deadlines. There are so many big and small things to think about, it will help prevent any last minute panics and most importantly means you can enjoy the planning. Yes, planning a wedding can be stressful, but it should be fun and (hopefully) you only get to do it once!
Do think about hiring a planner/coordinator for the wedding day itself to make sure everything runs smoothly. The last think you want to be doing on the day is managing the suppliers and dealing with any unforeseen problems and unfortunately it will usually be the bride who has to sort everything out!
Make sure you create a wedding spreadsheet which you and your fiancé can use to track every detail and cost. Boring, but absolutely essential.
There are also some great apps and planning websites, such as The Knot, which can help you plan your budget, seating plan and guest list.
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Whilst Pinterest is an amazing source of inspiration and a great way to save all the ideas and images you love, it can also confuse brides and you can get carried away with so many different ideas, which in reality might not work and can be expensive.
Definitely use Pinterest for inspiration but try to think outside the box for ideas, which won’t feel so copied and ‘seen before’ when you look back at your wedding pictures. I advise reading magazines, going to exhibitions and pop up restaurants and even keeping your eyes peeled whilst travelling.
Try not to ‘over theme’ your wedding. Whilst it is important that you have a clear idea of how you want your wedding to look, it is so important not to over theme it and make it too ‘matchy’. This seems to be a trend which has grown from Pinterest and one which will date very quickly.
Try on as many different dress shapes as possible and be open to designs which you didn’t originally think would be right for you. Nearly every bride I know ends up going with a dress which is very different to their original idea. A good starting point is to book an appointment at somewhere like Pronovias where they have every shape and style imaginable. This will give you a chance to really work out what style suits your body shape before you really start looking.
Don’t feel pressurised to take all of your bridesmaids and female family members to each dress fitting. The more people you have with you, the more overwhelmed you will feel with so many differing opinions.
Instead, pick a couple of people you really trust and who you know will give you valuable feedback.
One of my clients took her father to her dress fittings as he was an architect and she completely trusted his thoughts on the shape of dress which would suit her best. I thought it was such a lovely and special idea.
There is nothing wrong with bridesmaids in matching dresses but I think there is something much more modern about each of them wearing an individual dress, which actually suits them rather than trying to find a ‘one dress fits all’ solution.
The high-street has some beautiful and well-priced options. I would recommend looking at ASOS, Mango, H&M and The Outnet.
Weasel & Rose is such a brilliant concept and for those who have already planned a wedding I am sure you wish that you’d known about the company before you started. For those about to start and those in the middle – Anna is invaluable. Don’t forget to look at our wonderful wedding gallery from all of our lovely clients whose weddings we’ve been lucky enough to be a part of.