Welcome back to our Plan With Us feature. Where we follow the highs and lows of some gorgeous couples planning their big day. Today we are back with Rebekka & Lee. Rebekka is on fire with her wedding planning! Find her other updates here.
This month Rebekka has been totally on top of the wedding planning and she is filling us in on Wedding Décor & Disappointing Stationery. Welcome Rebekka…
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Since my last piece, sadly the invites haven’t gone to plan. I was in contact with an independent company who create bespoke, tailor made invites. The ideas and communications were fabulous, however they advised that as everything is made to order they didn’t supply samples. Our save the dates arrived and the colour on one design were not as agreed. They were also packaged poorly which resulted in them being marked by the magnets as they were piled on top of one another. They did accept responsibility and have since refunded me. They also told me that they could have sent out samples, which is not what they advised me originally.
Bride to be tip
If you are considering investing in some completely bespoke wedding stationery to request a sample first. If they wont send on then consider if you want to proceed with that supplier.
The search is now on the find new save the dates. I have found a simple design that fits in with our colour scheme and once purchased I will include details, prices and photographs in my next piece.
Moving on from the above hiccup to our room decoration. We provided our contact; Jane at Croskills Florist our requirements and she has outsourced everything we asked for. We are having candelabras on each table with fresh flowers that reflect our colour scheme – cream and light pink. Jane also suggested a grey coloured flower/foliage that we could also consider. We are having cotton chair covers with sashes. we have yet to decide on the colour of the sashes. Jane also suggested we could put a single rose in the sash itself. We both love this idea as it will add to the romantic and delicate look we are aiming for.
We have 6 bay trees that have lights built into them. In the daytime they will line the aisle. Then in the evening they can be moved around the room or even outside onto the patio.
Image Source – The Flower Wall Company
We also have a neutral coloured flower wall which will be placed behind Lee and I. Depending how easy it is to move we may move it in the evening to be a backdrop for photographs. We also have two thrones, a floral Mr & Mrs sign and LOVE sign. The Mr & Mrs will sit in front of the top table and the space in front of Lee and I will be clear apart from my bouquet. We have decided not to go with the sparkling table cloth or backdrop as personally I feel it is a bit ‘wish washey’. The flower wall and floral letter will compliment our room decoration perfectly.
We have also decided on round lanterns that have lights in. These will be hung from the ceiling and matched perfectly with our colour scheme – grey, pink and cream. We are also hiring Croskills own huge birdcage which we will use for our card box. We loved it when we saw it at the wedding fair. Rather than a wishing well or post box, this is a great alternative.
Image source – The Hanging Lantern Company
All in all for the above room decorations, candelabras and flowers (excluding gift bouquets, bridesmaids flowers and lanterns) it has cost us around £3500. When I hear people talk about the expense of weddings at first I didn’t get it. Most places locally average around £3500-£5000 for a wedding package. I was shocked at what a great deal we got at The Oakland’s, but costs can easily spiral out of control when you consider everything else to add to the finishing touches of your special day.
Bride to be tip
Set a budget that you both agree on! Prioritise and plan ahead. A lot of suppliers I have been in contact with are already getting bookings or summer 2018 so you also need to prioritise your deposits. Whether it’s an award winning photographer or unique venue decoration, you can secure availability by putting a deposit down early to avoid disappointment.
We now have our venue, videographer, photographer, pianist, string quartet and room decorations either booked or in the pipeline for deposits to be paid. I have also booked a chocolate fondue company that will supply strawberries and a chocolate fountain to compliment our drinks reception. I chose this as an alternative to canapés as it was the same price. They will then come back to the venue in the evening to put on a full spread including profiteroles, marshmallows and much more for people to indulge. This will go next to our sweet table, which I am planning to create myself.
There’s still quite a bit left to do yet. This includes finding our cake maker, planning the design of the sweet table and buying the sweets. Designing the room layout. The dreaded table plan. Planning/sourcing photo booth props, creating the actual invites. Oh and dress and suit shopping. However, the major bits are either sorted or will be in the next month or so.
I have also now lost half a stone at slimming world and I’m driven to get my stone award by Christmas.
My next piece I am going to cover how I intend to incorporate the Alice in Wonderland theme into our special day!
Wow Rebekka you have been busy! I cannot wait to see this gorgeous wedding come together it sounds simply amazing! Catch up with Rebekka again next month to see how she is getting on. The most organised bride ever maybe?