Just as the Easter weekend is almost over, so is the wait for my next Blog. But seriously we have literally not had a moment to sit down!!! How time flies when you’re having wedding fun.
Straight after Christmas saw the start of “wedding fair” season which, for us, means lots of prep for all the lovely wedding fairs we have planned for the year with some fabulous venues - not to mention exhibiting ourselves with other fair providers.
However, cast your mind right back to a glorious sunny weekend in February - Saturday 23rd to be precise, when we were blessed with bold sunshine and blue skies - the previous year on the same day was the Beast from the East which saw terrible snow fall and all kinds of cold weather conditions - so we had plan B in place just in case. We were in Somerset to plan the wedding of Elysha and Marcus.
This particular bride had managed to stash away £6000. Weddings in this part of the country typically start around £12,000 so staying on budget was therefore going to be paramount and we were tasked with helping make this dream come true for the lovely couple. Mission accepted.
Often it’s not what you know it’s who. And in the wedding industry it is easy to get sucked into the “wedding” world where everything is essentially more expensive than ever, as it’s prefixed with the W word.
Sticking to budgets and saving clients money is one of the best parts of our job. Not only do we get to give clients the day of their dreams but we get to do so without them breaking the bank, over spending or stressing about the tiny details and logistical nightmares.
For instance, we saved over £380 on bridesmaids dresses, £250 on bridesmaid and bridal accessories and shaved money off the catering by reducing numbers for the reception.
There are lots of other ways which we can help you save money on the Big Day. Here are a few
Instead of booking separate suppliers for the evening reception we used a company that provided all of the extras we needed under 1 roof which meant we saved over £500 pounds on a combination deal. The clients had photo booth, ice cream cart, donut wall, macaroon tower, popcorn and candy floss not to mention a fabulous hog roast reception with all the trimmings !!
The church ceremony was beautiful and took place at Holy Trinity Church Frome. We asked the church volunteer ladies about flowers and they kindly offered to match their flowers to our colour scheme which saved even more money.
To save extra money we decorated the venue ourselves with pretty bunting borrowed from the venue, which was the beautiful Fullingbridge Farm Barn in Westbury, Wiltshire.
This venue bent over backwards to assist us with planning this wedding and let us borrow all kinds of things which otherwise would have needed to be hired - all at additional costs
In order to dress the barn further we arranged for the florist to collect the flowers we had decorated the pew ends in church with, and re use them as table decorations which worked a treat. The venue provided us with jam jars and log slices, a cake stand and knife and a post box to name but a few extras.
Small things really make a difference so on the Big Day itself, whilst the bride went to the hair dressers to have her hair done, the rest of the bridal party came with freshly washed hair and I did the bridal hair, ordering additional flowers from the florist which saved hundreds of pounds itself. Whilst the bride had her make up done the bridesmaids did each other’s thus saving even more money.
We took one of our recommended photographers with us - photo credits to Jo at Creative Images. We even travelled down to Somerset with a naked cake in the car from one of our favourite Bakers - Lindsey Marie Cake Design - which we dressed with flowers from the florist ourselves.
Take a look at the pictures - you can achieve the wedding of your dreams with careful planning and budgeting. This bride really knew what she wanted - and she got the day she deserved.
Sometimes it’s about going that extra mile for a client. Doing those little things that make a difference. Being there for your client night and day to solve problems or calm waters.
My dad always said “if a jobs worth doing, it’s worth doing well”
That’s the difference with You Said Yes - we do everything to the very best standards.
For more info on how we can help you save money, stay within budget, or use your budget to it's best; drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org