For this month's guest post we've teamed up with the LA-loving, London-living Liverpudlian, Ashleigh - founder of wedding planning business, Pink Palms. Inspired by the pink skies, relaxed vibe and palm trees of LA, alongside her background in interior design, this is one boss babe who knows how to pull a wedding theme together. And, alongside it all, she was also previously a cardiothoracic critical care nurse, so there's no way this gal will crack under any kind of wedding-related pressure. Read on to discover her top tips on nailing that wedding plan...
Image credit (above): Rebecca Carpenter Photography
#1 First Up: Stay Positive!
It is so important right now to stay as positive as possible - it's been stressful and it's ok to feel stressed for a short period of time, but after a little while the stress takes over in the long term. The best thing to do is to stay creative and inspired, so you keep your engagement as fun and positive as possible.
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#2 How to manage your planning
This is a big planning tip: dump every single wedding to-do item down in a notebook, get it out of your brain and on to paper. This is the start of taking control over your wedding planning, not it controlling you! Then, once you have everything downloaded from your brain - chunk them together. What I mean by that is, any of those tasks that relate to each other - they could be for the rehearsal dinner, or related to your dress (scheduling fittings, alterations) or your hen do, group those to-do's together and make it one neat category. So, for your hen do category for example, you'll have a list of to-do's and then be able to see what you can get your hens to help you out with!
This is also a great way of getting your partner involved, you can either give them a whole category, or they can take on specific to-do lists. The point is, you don't have to do it all by yourself! And, by seeing it category by category, it's much easier to see where you need help. You'll do this a few times throughout your planning, as wedding planning comes in waves - so when you feel those to-do's starting to pile up in your head again, you know it's time to sit down and start a new list!
#3 Wedding design
Think of your wedding design as a whole! This is the biggest mistake couples make, they think about individual elements of the day separately from each other. If you think about your venue, florals, dress, make-up, hair etc. as one whole design, you'll create something with so much impact! And, it costs no more, it's just being a little bit clearer in the beginning on how you want your day to feel and what you want to create and COMMIT to your vision!
#4 Venue visits
It's so hard when visiting your venue, to know what it will look like on the day when it's full with people. The thing I always say to my clients is, look above eye level. Any details at your venue below eye level you won't see or notice, because there will be people in the way. So, if you're planning on a floral installation or really cool decor concept, make sure it's something you can see wherever you are in the room.
#5 Use Colour!
Go for it! SO many people hold back on their wedding day, and what we end up with is a bunch of weddings that all look the same. We're all individuals right? So why do we have weddings that all look the same?! Make it modern, trendy and everything you want it to be and don't be worried about what other people might think or say (yes, I mean your Mum!)
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