bridal makeup londonI’ve been wanting to do a write-up for a while now which gives an insight from our real brides into their experiences on their wedding day. When I talk to my previous brides they often mention details of their wedding and how fabulous it all was however quite a few of them also use the expressions “Had I known…”, “I shouldn’t have worried about…” or “I definitely would have done something differently…”

I therefore thought it would be useful for our brides-to-be to read about previous brides’ experiences that they kindly offered to share. Please read on and hopefully you’ll pick up some useful tips for your wedding planning:

Maxine…

If you were to organise your wedding day again, knowing what you know now, what would be the things that you’d change or do differently?

I wouldn’t be so hung up on pleasing our parents. My husband’s family made things a little difficult for us throughout our engagement and at one stage we almost called the wedding off and eloped! We didn’t because of the upset it would have caused my family. Sadly their behaviour continued on the day itself.

I would also make sure that all our suppliers knew EXACTLY what we wanted. We had a couple of minor hiccups on the day which were easily remedied because we booked people we trusted. Our venue was a disappointment though as they didn’t follow our instructions.

What 3 things were the most important to get right to ensure you had the best day ever?

We wanted to make sure that nobody’s glass ever ran dry and it didn’t! We’d thought that we massively over-estimated and had a huge contingency of booze but apparently our friends and my family were thirstier than we realised…! Buy more if you’re not sure!

Don’t scrimp on what is important to you and if you really want something, have it. I had always wanted a Hollywood wave hairstyle as I think it’s incredibly glamorous and timeless and I have never felt more amazing than when Kasia styled my hair. Once my sensational makeup and red Ruby Woo lipstick was added, I KNEW that I was going to blow my husband away!

Finally, all I wanted was to be married to my love. We knew that despite everything, if the day finished with us being Mr and Mrs, it would have been spot on!

Rosalind…

If you were to organise your wedding day again, knowing what you know now, what would be the things that you’d change or do differently?

bridal makeup londonI wouldn’t have worried about the weather.
We had some really rainy days in the weeks leading up to our wedding, and I couldn’t help thinking that our guests wouldn’t enjoy the day as much if it were to pour down. I really needn’t have worried: guests are there to celebrate your marriage and enjoy the feeling of love and warmth – it doesn’t matter if the weather isn’t great. Although we were actually very lucky with the weather on our day, we did experience the occasional shower, and it didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits. If anything, it helped to keep everyone in one place!

My advice to any brides-to-be is to not worry about the weather. Be prepared, yes, but know that come rain or shine, you’ll have an amazing day.

What 3 things were the most important to get right to ensure you had the best day ever?

1) Good hair and makeup! Like every bride, I wanted to look my absolute best on my wedding day, and thanks to Kristina and Kasia, I did! I felt really beautiful when my hair and makeup was finished which was a great start to the day, and it helped me feel more confident in front of our photographers as well.

2) My husband and I had both said that the marriage ceremony was the part of the day we we looking forward to the most. For this reason, we chose to have a videographer capture the ceremony as well as our official photographers. Looking back, we are so glad we did this – being able to watch our marriage in such detail is wonderful, especially as there are little things you forget after the day is over. If you’re considering hiring a videographer, we’d definitely recommend it – it’s worth the extra cost for the wonderful memories you get on film, which are priceless.

3) The seating plan was very important to us. We made the decision to sit friends with friends, as we felt that our guests would feel most relaxed this way. In the cases where we did have to place strangers on the same table, we made sure that those people had similar interests to one another. We had really great feedback from our guests on the seating plan, and the photos are proof that everyone had a really great time on their tables!

Adele…

If you were to organise your wedding day again, knowing what you know now, what would be the things that you’d change or do differently?

bridal makeup londonIf I were to do anything differently:

1) I would have put someone on hair and makeup duty for me throughout the day. I was having such a fun time I didn’t apply my lovely lipstick enough!

2) I would have had a slightly longer drinks reception to ensure there was time for me to relax, have some more bubbles and enjoy the moment. We chose to have a 75 minute reception, 90 – 120 would have been even better!

3) I would have arranged to preserve or dry my beautiful bouquet. We went on honeymoon the next day so I forgot to consider this! I would have loved to have made a beautiful picture with the pressed flowers or filled a frame with them.

4) I would remind myself that despite all of the hard work and planning that you do, the day may still not go to plan. That’s OK and just go with the flow, it’s one of the best days of your life so enjoy it to the max!

What 3 things were the most important to get right to ensure you had the best day ever?

1) Hair and makeup were so so important to me. I wanted to look my best and feel good about myself so this was THE most important thing to personally get right. I searched online for a long time to find the right team and researched the hairstyles and makeup looks that would suit me, my dress and the overall style of venue.

2) Entertainment. Particularly the evening band and lighting were important to me as we wanted to have a wedding that reflected our personalities and allowed us and our guests to have fun! We had musical entertainment throughout the day to keep the fun vibes flowing.

3) The ceremony. It’s important to ensure you have the right ceremony for you. We chose to have a Humanist ceremony to give us flexibility in the content and it’s length. We loved our ceremony as it was written for us; which meant it was so personal, emotional and humorous!

4) Food and drinks. I’m quite a foodie so the standard of our food and drink was really important to me. We thought long and hard about this; carefully choosing the canapés, menus and organising our wines and cocktails. We wanted our guests to be happy and have full stomachs all day!

5) Flowers. The flowers were our main decoration and colour for the day and I had a very clear vision in mind. Seeing the amazing arrangements that our florist created just blew my mind away. The day just wouldn’t have been the same without them!

Sarah…

If you were to organise your wedding day again, knowing what you know now, what would be the things that you’d change or do differently?

bridal makeup londonThis is a difficult question. As wedding vendors ourselves we’ve seen so many weddings and took every bit of advice we were given seriously. We centred the day entirely around ourselves and chose things that we really wanted, even if they didn’t entirely fit with the “theme”. I used Pinterest for inspiration but kept it at arm’s length as it could’ve got silly and somewhat theatrical. We chose flowers that I absolutely adored, a band that we both loved and I let myself fall in love with the style of dress that I never wanted, and then didn’t worry about it getting dirty/destroyed on the day at all. We made sure our dog was there and spent plenty of time together during the day. Nope, wouldn’t change a thing.

What 3 things were the most important to get right to ensure you had the best day ever?

1) Hair and make up. I’m a worrier, and I know that if I wasn’t happy with how I looked, I’d spend all day fussing over myself. I’m not particularly vain but I wanted to look good and really feel it too. The last thing I wanted to be doing is asking for pocket mirrors to check if my skin had gone shiny.

2) Choosing the right vendors. Most of our decisions were really easy but some were really difficult. We chose vendors that we “clicked” with. Vendors that we felt comfortable with and whom we trusted to have our best interests in their heart on what was such an important day for us.

3) Shoes and underwear! If they’re really uncomfortable your mind will wander elsewhere all day.

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