This week we are back with our Plan With Us feature. Where we are following the planning process of two lovely couples. Today we hear from Rebekka & Lee who have had a very busy month! Today Rebekka is talking colour schemes, wedding fairs and drinks stations. If you haven’t followed Rebakka & Lee’s story so far, you can catch up here!
Colour Schemes, Wedding Fairs and Drinks Stations | Plan With Us
So after confirming our venue, the next stage was planning the room decoration, any additions to the day, a colour scheme and a theme.
Much to Lee’s dislike, I love Alice in Wonderland! I think it’s magical and whimsical and I would love to somehow incorporate it into our big day.
Bride to Be Tip
One piece of advice I would give any bride is to brainstorm what you think you’d like and any ideas you have had. I did this by creating a scrapbook. I also have a wedding planner diary which is full of useful information such as budget planners and checklists. It really helps you know what needs doing and when. There are 2 different designs and priced at only £5.99 from The Card Factory. It is worth every penny!
Following on from that – Don’t book any suppliers until you have been to a wedding fair. I attended a local wedding fair and then our venues open evening after booking and planning 70% of our day. A huge learning curve.
I booked a pianist, then experienced a string quartet at the wedding fair. I politely declined their offer of a price list as I knew the prices were way out of reach. These were from around £550, however, I then went home and thought about it some more. I ended up booking them anyway. It was so romantic and I felt it would add a grand allure to the ambience of our special day.
As I’d already booked the pianist, this needed to be rearranged. I had previously booked him from our guests arrival until the end of the wedding breakfast. I dislike messing people around but luckily enough he was more than accepting of the change and we have successfully rearranged.
I have also booked The Cine Collective as our videographer. Lee wasn’t really fussed about this but I have read on so many forums that this is the one expense that brides regret not having. I chose The Cine Collective as they are local to us. I have seen their work via their Facebook Page and I am really impressed! Plus they only take on 12 weddings per year for quality purposes, which I thought was a great selling point.
We also plan to book our photographer next month. He is also a local photographer and due to the work I have seen on his Facebook page I know that’s who we would like to capture our day. We met him at the wedding fair along with other potential new contacts. These include cake topper makers, make up artists and potential dress shopping venues.
I must admit I wish we had gone to a wedding fair prior to booking any musicians. I think you can plan much better once you have seen suppliers in person rather than just using the internet for inspiration and research.
A Chosen Colour Scheme & All Important Details
Since we booked the venue I have been addicted to wedding Forums, Instagram and Pinterest. We used Pinterest to choose our colour scheme and we have decided to go for cream, light grey, pale pink and rose gold. We are going for a grand and classy look with a hint of Alice in Wonderland.
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I have bought a load of Mason style glasses with a straws. These were an absolute bargain (59p each) from Poundstetcher – definitely my best buy so far! Originally they were going to be filled with sweets and have the guests name on a tag as place cards. However, this has since changed. We’re now having a drinks station set up on a table for the hour and a half between the ceremony and the wedding breakfast (undoubtedly Lee’s favourite part of the day, photo time!!! He hates photos!). We’ve added 6 bottles of prosecco and will have a decanter full of bitter sweet lemonade. The mason jars will be sat on the table ready for guests to help themselves. we also have a ‘Pimp Your Prosecco’ station with freshly cut strawberries and raspberries too. I saw this on many sites and thought it was pretty cool.
Flowers & Slimming World
We also met a new supplier at the wedding fair who we are able to use the voucher our venue gave us with. Jane from Crosskills is also a florist, so we have chosen her to decorate our venue room and she will also provide our bridal party flowers. Jane has been most helpful and I am so excited to see the end result. It just seems so far away right now, but I’m sure it will fly by!
I have also booked my room at The Oaklands for the night before our wedding. I’ve also joined my local Slimming World and although I’ve not commited myself 100% (you know what it’s like – a tough day/week at work and a takeaway and a bottle of wine is needed!) I have however lost 4lbs in 3 weeks. I’m targeting myself to start commiting more so I can easily get to the weight I am aiming for, without losing too much too soon.
So that is where we are up to so far. On my next piece I will cover our room décor ideas and also our invites, which are incredibly exciting!!
Wow Rebekka you have been busy and I can tell you now, I am SO excited to see this wedding! So far it sounds blooming gorgeous!
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