So what is bridal brain?
Where are my keys?? I'm sure I turned the iron off.....
If you are experiencing these day dreamlike symptoms then YOU are suffering from BRIDAL BRAIN!
It's the staying up all night, googling which shade of white would be best for your reception table cloths (and let's face it, there are way more than you ever thought right!).
It's the reoccuring debate over open-toe, closed-toe or flats.
It's the flipping through magazines to find that perfect venue til your fingers bleed!
Often, you don't even realise the impact that all this wedding stuff is having on you until you are well and truly frazzled.
Wedding planning can be all consuming but it doesn't have to be stressful or overwhelming. If you know where to look for inspiration, information and advice, you will save yourself countless hours of research.
We are bringing you this blog to pump the fun and excitement back into planning your wedding, while providing you with more info and tips than you even knew you needed.
Each week, we will bring you loads of deliciousness including:
To find out more on these topics, you will have to set your alarm to come get your 'fix' every Wedding Wednesday!
If you have a burning question that you want us to find the answer to, or a product that you want reviewed, leave a comment below and we'll get right to it!
So to get us started on this epic journey toward your wedding bliss... it's time to get yourself a CHECKLIST
It's unwritten law that every bride to be simply must have a diary, notebook or folder (some need a suitcase!) to keep track of all the things you will need to organise for your big day. We call this your Bridal Bible.
After all, we know it's just a matter of time before the scattered Bridal Brain kicks in!
You will use this to keep business cards, flyers, appointments, magazine clippings, colour swatches and any other completely necessary pieces of clutter, I mean inspiration..... that you collect. It'll be like your best friend for the next 6 or more months til your wedding day, I promise!
Dedicate sections of your diary or folder to each element of your wedding.
For example, a few pages or 1 sleeve will be for cakes, another for venues and so on. That will make it so much easier to find that picture, amongst the many that you wanted to show your mum on the weekend.
You should have at least 9 separately dedicated sections to your bridal bible.
These are the elements that are going to form the foundations of your wedding day.
This is the list of suppliers you will need to hire.
There are loads of DIY checklists on the internet and I'll share this Easy Weddings one with you because it's super easy to use.
There's also a multitude of mobile phone apps to help you get organised.
Now it's time to choose a few suppliers from each category. So google 'wedding cakes' and your area name. pick the top 3 - 5 that catch your eye and contact them for a quote and/or consultation. Remember to pop any details that you write down or print relevant emails to pop in your folder. It may seem a bit old school to have a hard copy but in this case, it is much easier to compare suppliers when you have it all spread out in front of you.
All you need to do now is go over your options with hubby (if he's interested!), or your bridesmaids or mum, and cull the list until you have selected the creme of the crop! Remember to keep in mind the 3 rules when comparing your suppliers.
#1 RULE ~ When comparing pricing, ensure you make a fair comparison. The old saying 'you get what you pay for' is often very true, so ensure you price like for like items and services. For example, one photographer may have a $1000 package that includes 400 unedited photos, an album, a canvas print and a DVD with 4 hours of coverage. Photographer number 2 may offer a similar package with 7 hours of coverage for $2000 with edited photos which we all know are way more glamourous.
The point is, don't always be swayed by the cheapest option because it may be the cheapest option for a reason! Know exactly what you're getting for your money and make an educated choice on the best option for you and your budget!
#2 RULE ~ We all know that most women luuuurve to fuss over weddings and get involved in the planning process. And that's great..... most of the time.
If you have your heart set on that mermaid style strapless ivory gown with the beaded bodice, then you go get it girl!
Other people's opinion's can make you look at things differently which can often be a good thing, but when you start taking other people's negative opinions on as your own, friction can arise very swiftly!
Make sure you lay down the law TO EVERYONE, which topics are up for discussion and the decisions that you are making on your own. Be true to yourself and you'll never go wrong.
#3 RULE ~ Ensure that you get on with each supplier you intend to hire.
You will be in contact for months before and you will have to deal with some of them during your actual wedding day. You need to feel a level of trust and compatibility with the businesses that you deal with so that any bumps along the road don't inflate into a huge unnecessary drama that may ruin your whole experience. Developing a mutually respectful relationship with your suppliers is the key to a flawless event.
Thanks for sticking with us for our first blog post of the series and we're so wrapped to have you!
We hope you have taken away something useful and feel free to leave any comments or suggestions below, to help other brides on their planning journey :)