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Post Brexit Wedding plans?

A destination wedding is no longer a dream for some couples. After all what’s not to love? For most it’s the guaranteed sunshine or the setting of your dreams, often a lot cheaper than in the UK. Plus, you’ll be surrounded by only your closest friends and family and won’t have to worry about the guest list looking like Beyoncé is having a bash.

Still, there are tricky hurdles that can all but put the brakes on an overseas wedding, namely, the exchange rate.

Post Brexit Wedding

Even if you find a great wedding organiser, or you decide to do everything else you could be facing language issues and deposit concerns all while trying to work out exactly how much it will cost you. Not to mention those expensive transfer fees when we’re talking about large sums of money.

Wedding planner Illy Goodhall saw how her brides would look longingly on at the beach bridal wear, but then be put off by the additional fees and organising. And with the help of her sister and expert in money exchanges Zsofia Foster, she has set up her own online exchange company.

Their new exchange platform, Wedding Forex, allows couples not just to lock in an exchange rate for 12-months, but for suppliers to use their details on an invoice, cutting out the middleman on most transactions.

Plus, your guests can use it too! With the news that overseas guests can find themselves spending £700 each, those bad conversion rates can really add up. Not to mention suppliers like florists, photographers and venues, who often find themselves shelling out over a £1000 a year to change currencies.

How does the platform benefit a wedding party?

Post Brexit Wedding

On average couples will spend £7,000 with local suppliers when planning a wedding abroad, which will be broken down into smaller payments to each supplier, incurring a number of transfer fees and variable exchange rates by banks or other third parties.

One of the reasons couples choose to get married abroad is to save on the cost of their wedding, but often some of this saving is lost in large transfer fees or unpredictable currency fluctuations – a la Brexit.

WeddingForex allows its clients to lock in an exchange rate and benefit from reduced transfer fees which could ultimately save them upwards of £1,000 on the overall cost of their wedding, not to mention a honeymoon or any additional travel requirements later in life.

They can also offer use of the service to their guests, for booking travel or accommodation, with guests spending an average of £700 to attend a destination wedding, savings could be significant for them too.

First-hand knowledge

27-year old Illy has built up a successful wedding planning business over the past four years, she created the business with a team who have first-hand understanding of the wedding planning process, something a bank or other foreign exchange might not appreciate.

Illy said,

“I got the bug to plan weddings when I had my own, but before that I had been happy working in the Foreign Exchange industry. When I realised that overseas weddings were on the rise within my own clientele, I began to understand the pitfalls that they faced with regards to sending money abroad. They either worried whether it was safe or didn’t realise they could lose out on transfer fees, often leading to more money being sent later down the line. It just seemed to click, and before long we launched a bespoke service just for the wedding industry.

The amount of interest we have had since launching in September has been phenomenal. We have ambassadors already in France and the UK and plan on rolling out the scheme across Europe and beyond. It is hugely exciting.”

So, what do you think? Would you use a dedicated wedding forex to make things easier? I’d love to find out.

 

*This is a collaborative post.*

How to Have a Fairytale Wedding

The number of factors that you have to think about when planning your perfect wedding can be overwhelming. From guest lists to dresses, it is easy to forget some of the basics.

Yet, from the menu to the décor, these simple ideas can help to transform your wedding from a day you’d rather forget to a fairytale. Here’s how to have the wedding of your dreams.

How to Have a Fairytale Wedding

Have a Delicious Menu

Everyone loves food at a wedding, and this can put pressure on the bride and groom to prepare the most impressive food possible. While some venues have in-house caterers that can provide a set menu, there are many that do not include these as part of the wedding package.

If you choose to hire a caterer, they can help you to plan your menu and adapt their skills to what you are looking for. When thinking about your menu, you might want to think about more unusual options, such as an ice cream bar or sweet station. You can prepare these within your party if you want to, ensuring that you have full control over the desert. Stations such as these allow your guests to grab a quick snack while on the move, enabling them to chat and interact with each other whilst they eat. This will give your reception a great atmosphere where guests can focus on enjoying themselves.

Common wedding food stations are:

  • A popcorn station
  • Grazing tables, such as an antipasti, fruit, breads and dips
  • S’mores
  • Milk and cookies

You might also want to consider non-traditional cake options such as a cheese wheel cake, not to be confused with cheesecake. Apart from the obvious health benefits, this alternative to fruitcake can be an attention-grabbing centrepiece, decorated with vines and grapes for a natural look.

Transport Fit for Royalty

Riding in style can be one of the most exciting moments of your wedding and make you feel as if you are straight out of a Disney film. If you want to go down the traditional route, a wedding limo might be the best option for you. Limousines can add an extra sense of sophistication to your special day, and they also make a great photo opportunity.

Taking a once-in-a-lifetime trip in a limo also has practicalities such as being able to take you wherever you need to go quickly, and with a GPS. If this sounds like your perfect wedding transport, Allure Limousines is a luxury stretch limo and car hire company that you can trust to get you to the wedding on time, with a service that considers your individual needs before every proposal.

Décor to Die for

When it comes to wedding décor, simplicity is key. For the perfect fairytale wedding, you should aim for a neutral colour scheme such as cream or gold, which will help add elegance to your venue. Your décor, however, should be seamless, and it should suit your overall theme.

Popular ways to decorate your wedding include:

  • Blossom trees
  • Rustic stacked crates
  • Old bottles as vases
  • Greenery garlands

When decorating your venue, you can add interest to your décor by adding hangings and flowers from the ceiling or using decorated table lamps or candles. If you really want to recreate your favourite fairytale, you may even choose chandeliers as your centrepieces, transporting you straight into a Hans Christian Anderson tale.

5 Great Reasons Why Overseas Weddings Are Better

If organising a wedding is on the cards for you then potential venues and locations might seem practically endless. But why stick with just the UK?

Whether your reasons are romance, a holiday for the whole family or just picture-perfect wedding photos, the overseas wedding is certainly gaining in popularity. So why are overseas weddings the best? I asked destinations wedding expert Michelle Jacobs from Elegante by Michelle J, who has been helping brides organise weddings in the UK and Italy for over 20 years. She explains exactly why Italy will always be her favourite overseas wedding destination.

5 Great Reasons Why Overseas Weddings Are Better

So much to offer

From the ceremony itself to the food and entertainment, when it comes to planning a wedding the last thing you want is to feel limited. For Michelle, she finds Italian weddings are often so popular because there are more opportunities to get exactly what you want. She says: “Italy has so much to offer – from spectacular scenery and the opportunity for an outdoor wedding ceremony and reception to fantastic food. Brides tell me they want their guests to leave saying it was not just the best wedding ever – but the food was brilliant. Far too often poor food is a complaint of the traditional English wedding. And of course, Italy is the most romantic country in the world so why not cement your love there.

Bringing guests together

With destination weddings come overnight stays and even excursions, Michelle believes this can lead to a bond that your guests will never forget. She says: “A destination wedding brings your guests together over the course of 2 or 3 days, rather than just for the wedding day itself; guests connect in a way that they would not generally do at a local wedding, and it really does show in the atmosphere on the wedding day itself.  The vibe is palpable, guests have formed bonds and friendships simply by being present at this special occasion and this leads to a wonderful and momentous celebration. By being together over more than one day it gives the bride and groom the opportunity to spend quality time with all of their guests, rather than just the couple of minutes per person that they would get if they were getting married at home.”

Local wedding traditions

There’s a reason why destination weddings in Italy in particular are increasing. Michelle thinks homegrown customs create a magical experience that will be unique to the couple. She says: “The opportunity to incorporate local wedding traditions (such as the spectacular Italian MilleFoglie wedding cake) as well as your own traditions is often something my brides tell me is important. But equally you can get away with leaving out those traditions which are not important to you, so the choice really is yours.”

Stunning photos and great venues

In the UK, couples often think that they are stuck between a church or a civil ceremony, but there are plenty of other destinations to declare your love for each other. Michelle knows a few! She says, “From desolate beaches to Shakespearian balconies, there are lots of opportunities available as wedding rules vary from country to country. In Italy, with its ornate town halls and gorgeous churches your photographer will really be spoiled for great shots. Plus, with a wedding overseas you’ve got more chance of predicting the weather than in the rainy/cloudy/drizzly UK!”

Control

With a UK wedding it becomes very easy for additional voices to make themselves heard. But with an overseas wedding there’s no pressure to invite Aunt Val’s cousin once removed, it’s the people that matter to you most who can join you. Michelle says, “Lots of people think that an overseas wedding is running away, but it’s actually you taking back control. People will soon respect your wishes when they know that there is a lot of planning that goes in to the big day, but when you’re local it gets all too easy to take on everyone’s opinion, which can be incredibly overwhelming for any bride.”

There you have it, an expert’s views, just 5 of the reasons why an overseas wedding, and Italy in particular, is best.