Top tips for Cotswold brides!
Every bride dreams of their perfect wedding day, and with so much to organise, we asked a handpicked selection of Cotswold bridal suppliers to share their top tips with you...
Lisa from the Pure White Wedding Company... "Remember it is your special day, if you are not using a wedding planner to manage your day and take away the stress then always delegate. Ask other members of the wedding party to help - assign them all specific jobs - draw up a timeline so everyone knows exactly what is going on and who needs to do what. And most importantly, enjoy - leave your watch at home and be swept away by the excitement of it all. Your wedding day really is the most special, wonderful day ever!".
Rachel Brierley-Jones of The Cotswold Wedding Planner... "Something I tell all my brides is not to underestimate the emotional roller coaster that planning their wedding can become. A wedding is a huge event in a bride and groom's life and it involves a lot of decisions, often expensive ones, that need to be made in a short space of time. I invariably find that as the date approaches brides feel anxious, excited, nervous and elated all at the same time. I strongly recommend that you cover off as much of the planning as you can as early as possible in the process so that you can sit back and relax in the final countdown."
Charlotte from Stuart Holmes... "Make sure you book a hair trial well in advance of your big day, essential for your hairdresser to get to know your hair type and advise you on the best style to suit your tiara and veil (don't forget to bring those with you!). That way you can be sure your hair will look at it's most beautiful! Stuart Holmes offer a free 15 minute wedding hair consultation and you can also book a dedicated hair trial with one of our stylists.
Katie Nightingale, wedding coordinator at The Dormy, a luxury 4-star hotel near Broadway, says... "Most wedding venues are willing to talk about shaping an event around your budget. It's always good to approach the venue and tell them your budget, rather than just look at packages on-line, nowadays everything is bespoke and tailored to the couple's requirements. We all have different ideas of what makes the 'perfect' wedding. If you are imaginative about what you'd like to achieve on your wedding day, we will always do the best we can with the budget we are given. A good venue will shape the event to the couple, not the other way around."
Maria Willcox, owner of Sorori Design Florists says... "Your wedding flowers are a special part of your day, helping link the wedding theme & colours together. Using seasonal flowers is a good tip, not only does this keep the cost down but also is lovely to look back on in years to come when you reminisce about your happy day!!"
Rachel from The White Collection says... "Not only are all brides special, but they are all different, and so must keep that in mind when shopping for their wedding dress. A truly premium designer bridal boutique should be able to, not only offer made to measure gowns, but add that little something extra to ensure that every bride's wedding dress is completely unique to her, making it the perfect dress that she always dreamed of."
Emma from The Bridal Room in Broadway... "Think about purchasing a sample gown. If the shop doesn't have a sample sale on but you have found your dream dress – it is always worth asking the shop if they would consider selling you their sample, most shops like to keep their stock fresh and so may want to replace a sample every now and then, this may mean a little discount for you and the knowledge you wont have to wait for your dress to come in."
Ramsey from Village Brides... "When browsing for wedding dresses don't be too hasty with deciding what you think will look good on you from trawling through bridal gowns on the hangers. You'll be quite surprised how different the dresses will look once tried on. Even though you may have a design or style in mind before you go into the shop be adventurous and try on a couple of other styles, it may surprise you! Don't be swayed by what the staff or your friends accompanying you may persuade you to try on as at the end of the day only you will be walking down the aisle in the dress you finally decide on."
Charlie from House of Istria... "Don't forget the importance of your accessories! Your hair accessory compliments your hairstyle, your dress, and your wedding theme, as well as finishing your entire outfit; and of course, a fabulous hair accessory looks wonderful in photographs...
Your accessory choice reflects your personality and style as much as your dress and wedding theme do. So why settle for a run-of-the-mill, old fashioned tiara or plain comb? For luxurious, bohemian hair accessories made by hand in the Cotswolds, our accessories are also stocked at The White Rose boutique in Chipping Campden."
Nicola from Glen Mitchell Photography... "Our top tip for brides & grooms is to have an engagement shoot with their photographer before the wedding day. This will not only give you the opportunity to get to know your photographer but help you relax in front of the camera and reduce nerves before the day, allowing you to enjoy the moments and focus on what's important - each other!
With thanks to the following Cotswold wedding suppliers:Pure White Wedding Company - T: 07825 559013
The Cotswold Wedding Planner - T: 07852 220 040
Stuart Holmes Hair and Beauty Spa - T: 01242 220 001
The Dormy - T: 01386 852711
Sorori Designs - T:07775 437348
The Bridal Room in Broadway - T: 01386 859 070
The White Collection - T: 01451 830 319