Got a Wedding to Plan?

Chapter 1

Over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing some top tips with you on how best to plan your wedding.  We’re starting this week with Chapter 1 in your wedding adventure.

We would recommend planning the following 12-18 months prior to your wedding day.

Kick start your wedding plans by being organised and one step ahead of the game!

  • Pop open the bubbly and inform your friends and family of your engagement and celebrate!
  • Treat yourself to a pretty scrapbook and gather all your ideas in here.  Purchase some wedding magazines or pop into wedding shops as often they are available for free!
  • Start a Pinterest board on-line and gather wedding supplier’s business cards at wedding fairs you attend.
  • Book a wedding planner!

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Setting a budget

  • Depending on who is paying for the wedding, you need to have conversations with everyone involved.  This is a key element of planning your wedding, as the budget will dictate, the venue, catering etc and you don’t want to be disappointed further down the line.
  • Open a savings account!

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Get The Date In The Diary

  • Obviously the spring/summer months will be more popular when weddings are concerned, so one way to reduce your spend is to hold your wedding in the autumn/winter months.
  • As soon as you have decided on the month/date you wish to hold your wedding and the approximate number of guests it’s time to start looking at venues.cropped-bag-and-hands.jpg

What Type Of Wedding Venue

  • You will need to decide if you would like to get married in a church or to opt for a civil ceremony. Civil ceremonies can take place at a licensed venue or indeed a registry office. If you would prefer a church wedding, you will need to book an appointment with the Minister to talk through your wishes and check dates, plus discuss formalities such as the reading of the bans.
  • There are many options now for wedding venues and depending on your personality and what style or theme of wedding you want, there is a many different venue types available ranging from; Castle, Manor House, Hotel, Barn, Marquee, Country Pub.  Depending on which option floats your boat, be careful to check with the venue provider what exactly is included in your day, i.e. tables, linen, flowers etc, as if you have to book these on top of the venue fee, this will add a significant amount to your budget.

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  • You will be required to put down a deposit when booking your preferred venue.  It is wise to take out wedding insurance should there be a change of plans due to illness, or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Save The Date

  • When you have made the exciting decision and booked your wedding venue, it’s time to inform all your wedding guests by sending out ‘Save The Date’ cards.
  • You also need to chat with your friends who you have chosen to be your Best Man, Maid of Honour, Bridesmaids, Ushers etc and make sure they are free!

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That’s all for now folks, Chapter 2 to follow soon…

Happy Planning!

The Alternative PA

If you’d like help with planning your wedding, please contact The Alternative PA @ thealternativepa@outlook.com.  We can take away the stress and strain!

Looking for a quirky wedding venue?

I stumbled across this amazing Lincolnshire wedding venue quite by accident whilst reading through the ‘Village Link’ one afternoon.  Looking at the photographs and reading the comments “A visual feast! Beautiful, eclectic and slightly mad but great fun”  I was of course intrigued to see more.

The Priory House in Long Bennington is a Grade II listed Georgian country house set within one and a half acres of romantic gardens with mature trees.  Upon arrival, Roger and Carole, both artists, gave me a very warm welcome to their amazing home and from the outset I felt very at home.

Carole, a successful fashion designer in the 70’s and 80’s and Roger, a  sculptor, have both transformed this Georgian mansion into  luxurious and extravagant stage sets, a photographers dream!  If you’re looking for a location to film or indeed would like to use Priory House for a photo shoot, then please get in touch.

The entire house is lavishly furnished with gold soft furnishings, quirky furniture, gilded mirrors and the rooms are illuminated by beautiful crystal chandeliers.

There are three rooms for you to choose your ceremony; ‘The Princess Royal Room’, decorated in pale pink, cream and gold furnishings.  Your vows will be made standing before the giant Salvador Dali joined hands table.  Next is the ‘Garden room’, which is less flamboyant than the first room, furnished in ivory silk drapes, waiting for you to add your special additions or step back in time  and enter  ‘The Oriental Brewhouse’.  Just think of Queen Elizabeth’s the first’s hunting lodge, a beautiful self catering cottage.

The wedding reception can then be held in either the ‘Garden Room’ which seats 40 guests or alternatively there are folding doors which open on to the ‘Italian Terrace’ which is surrounded by terracotta pots, flowers and surrounded by the fantastic garden.  This is an area which you can add your own decorations and style.

This eclectic and wonderful house provide you and your wedding guests with a truly emotional and unforgettable experience and  it is doubtless that your photo album will be extraordinary and the envy of other brides!

As well as hosting weddings, Priory House can accommodate business conferences, Christmas parties, christenings and any other family parties you may have.

If you would like a to book a ‘show round’ please contact thealternativepa@outlook.com.  We’ll be happy to show you this very special and unusual wedding venue.  We provide a full wedding planning service.

The Wedding Planner

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Planning a Wedding?

A Wedding Planner is a professional who assists with the design, planning and management of a client’s wedding. Weddings are significant events in people’s lives and as such, couples are often willing to spend considerable amount of money to ensure that their weddings are well-organised. Wedding planners are often used by couples who work long hours and have little spare time available for sourcing and managing wedding venues and wedding suppliers.  We can organise the wedding venue, photographer, flowers, wedding cake, guest list and anything else you’d like help with.  With over 20 years in event management, we can create a unique & beautiful day that’s an everlasting memory for you and your guests.

Let ‘The Alternative PA’ alleviate all the stress and worries in planning your special day.  Contact us to arrange an informal meeting on 07888 679118 or email thealternativepa@outlook.com.