Monday, 26 March 2012

Splendid Wedding Survey

Your help is required to paint a picture of how brides and grooms go about planning their weddings.

The survey is open to anyone who got married 2007 and later or who is currently planning on tying the knot. It's also a global survey, so brides or grooms in any country are welcome to participate. All answers are anonymous and the entire thing should take about five minutes to complete.

Splendid Communications has no financial bias hinging on the results of this survey. It makes zero difference to them whether or not a couple uses magazines over blogs (or vice versa) when planning their wedding, or whether or not they identify more as modern or vintage. However, learning how couples make specific decisions does matter, regardless of what those decisions are. 

So, if you got married in 2007 or later, or are currently planning your wedding, please take five minutes to complete this survey

Thank You.

Monday, 5 March 2012

Venue Co-ordinators are NOT Wedding Planners!

Regular readers will know that before setting up Endless Love Wedding Planners I worked as a Wedding Co-ordinator at a venue. So the opinions in this post come from my experience in both roles.

Don't get me wrong, I think venue co-ordinators do a fantastic job, they know everything there is to know about their venue and can recommend the suppliers they regularly work with.  What they don't do is provide a personal, bespoke service that is specifically tailored to you.

My heart sinks when a couple tell me they don't need a wedding planner because they have one at the venue.  What these couples don't realise is that although there will be someone from the venue co-ordinating their day - they are most definitely NOT a wedding planner.  It may not even be the person they have spent so long talking through the plans with.  When I worked at a venue, my role was Monday to Friday 9am-5pm which meant I was very rarely there on the wedding day.  An important question you should ask your venue co-ordinator is if they will be there on your day.  If they won’t be there, ask to meet the person who will be!  A wedding planner will be with you throughout the entire day from the moment you put on your dress, usually until your first dance but sometimes later.  A wedding planner will liaise with all of the suppliers involved in the wedding meaning you can relax and enjoy the day.  If anything does come up, you only need to speak to your wedding planner and they will deal with it for you.

Simply put, a venue co-ordinator works for the venue, a wedding planner works for YOU!

To find out more about hiring a wedding planner take a look at my website and contact me to arrange a free, no obligation consultation.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Photo credit: Ross Dean Photography

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

First things to do when your start planning your wedding

You’re engaged – may I be one of many people to say congratulations!  
Once you get over the extra weight you’re now carrying around on your left hand you will at some point ask yourself “So, where do I actually start?”.  Visiting wedding fayres and buying wedding magazines can be great inspiration for your wedding but can also be very overwhelming as you quickly realise there is a lot of choice when it comes to planning a wedding.  So, there’s a few things I suggest you do first of all:

·         Set a realistic budget - you may have some money put aside for your special day, now is the time to think about how much you feel is reasonable to spend on all the elements of your wedding, and ensure you have at least 5% put aside as a contingency. It may also be worth setting up a dedicated wedding bank account to start saving. If you have set your budget right from the start, it will be much easier to stick to it.

·         What time of year do you want to get married? - Some venues are more suitable for spending lots of time outside, likewise there are venues that have a beautiful interior that you will want to enjoy.  When looking around venues, be sure to ask what the alternatives are to outside spaces if the weather is bad.
·         Draft a guest list - it will be difficult to book a venue (and ultimately set a date) if you don't know how many people are going to be there. Some venues will only be licenced up to a certain number and you don't want to cram all of your guests in. Likewise, you wouldn't want your 80 guests to be lost in a room big enough for 300.

·         Must haves - any newly engaged couple will have ideas of what they want to happen on their wedding day. Now is the time to talk to your partner and agree on a few 'must haves' that are important to you both for your wedding and will take priority. It may be that your cake is a certain flavour, the bride's mum does the flowers, or you go somewhere really special for your honeymoon...
·         Think about the theme – The best way to start choosing your theme is to look at bridal magazines and on the internet, there are some fantastic and very inspiring wedding blogs out there with lots of real wedding features.  Start collecting pictures of the things you like, don’t worry whether they match or not.  Start a file with cakes you like, dresses you like, flowers you like, colours you like etc.  One you have started to build a collection a theme will soon naturally emerge. 

·         Don’t rush out and buy a dress – it can be easy to get caught up in everything and just go straight out and start shopping for your wedding dress.  Try to wait until you have the venue booked.  You will need a wedding date to arrange fittings etc. and you need the venue to ensure your dress with go with the overall theme.

The average bride spends 250 hours, the equivalent of 6 full time working weeks, planning her wedding.  If you would like help planning your wedding, visit to find out how Endless Love can help.  We offer a range of services from a bespoke hourly advice session to full wedding planning, including on the day co-ordination.  Contact Caroline Gould on 01473 681201 or 07906 705191 for more information.

Picture Credits:
Engagement Ring - Tiffany

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Are recommended suppliers really recommended?

If you have started searching for wedding suppliers you will have noticed that most venues have a list of recommended suppliers in their brochure - but are they really recommended?

Many venues produce a nice glossy brochure showcasing their venue, but these come at a price.  They are often paid for by suppliers advertising in the brochures and therefore becoming 'recommended' by the venue.  Many people will tell you that the best way to find suppliers you can trust is to ask for recommendations, my advice would be to ask the staff at the venues rather than relying the brochure.  Most venues will get to know the suppliers that regularly work at their venue so can see their work.  Also ask your friends and family for recommendations, especially those that have recently planned their wedding.

The alternative is that you ask a professional wedding planner to source suppliers on your behalf.  Before recommending suppliers to a client I will always ask more questions around the exact requirements, budget and overall theme/style of the wedding.  That way I can find the right supplier for you, that meets your exact requirements.  Suppliers often offer me a discount or fee if I recommend them to clients - please be assured that any discount or fee will always be passed on to the client.  I always remain impartial to ensure that you find the right supplier for you.

To find out more about supplier searches contact me to arrange a free, no obligation consultation.

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Behind the Scenes at Endless Love

As 2011 comes to a close I thought I'd give you a sneak peek behind the scenes at Endless Love and the reasons why I haven't been updating my blog as often as I'd like to be.

In May this year I gave birth to my second child, my son Rufus. This explains the main reason I've been away! Bring up two children as well as running a business is hard work and takes a lot of planning - luckily I'm pretty good at that! I co-ordinated a wedding in July for the fabulous Tori and Lukasz (look out for an upcoming blog post with more details on that wedding soon). Then I decided to take a couple of months off to spend time with my family. In October I was back and busy working on, and taking part in a photo shoot for the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners - look out for pictures on the blog very soon. In November I was invited to view a new venue in Suffolk, Bruisyard Hall. Do take a look at the website, its a great new wedding venue.

So, what's next?

So far I have plans for a new networking event in January, a photo shoot in February, an awards ceremony in March and some major changes to my website and blog - who knows what else...

Happy New Year to all my blog readers.

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Merry Christmas

Wishing all my blog readers a very Merry Christmas and all the best for a Happy New Year.
I hope to have the opportunity to work with you in 2012.


Thursday, 15 December 2011

Wedding A-Z: Y is for Your Day

I'm sure most of your married friends have told you that your wedding day will fly by! It's true. There's so many people to catch up with, they will all want to congratulate you - it's not surprising if you find yourself thinking 'Where's my new wife/husband?' regularly throughout the day. If you are getting married and holding your reception at the same venue, it's difficult to find some time alone together. However, I think its important that you make time to get away and spend a few precious moments together on your wedding day.

Here are a few ideas of when you can get away:
  • Directly after the ceremony - ask the registrar to direct your guests to a different exit to you
  • Before the wedding breakfast - ask your wedding planner to ensure all of the guests are at their seats before you make a grand entrance into the room as husband and wife
  • Before the evening reception - take a few moments to get away and freshen up together before welcoming your evening guests
  • Anytime - get together in a corner of the room and just watch all your friends and family having a great time
Your wedding day is one you will remember forever - make sure you have a few special moments that you can reminisce about together.

Photo credit: Ross Dean Photography