Wedding planning check list….

Congratulations on your engagement. I bet you can’t stop looking at the beautiful ring you have just been given. I know I spent weeks looking at mine, 7 years on I still lust over it. So, planning your big day. I’m sure your head is full of amazing ideas of what you would like for your special day. It can be overwhelming ensuring you have everything you need and want in place ready for you wedding day.

Wedding Planning Check List

I have put together this easy to follow wedding planning check list. It doesn’t really matter what order you do things in, I have known people that are so excited about trying dresses on they have even bought ‘the one’ before setting the date. Sometimes you might need to be flexible on the date of your wedding as some venues are booked up a couple of years in advance, so make sure you have your venue sorted before confirming your date with other suppliers and sending out your save the date cards.

Wedding Planning check list…..

  • Set a budget
  • Set a date
  • Decide on either a church or civil ceremony
  • Book venue and church – if required
  • Sort out a guest lists for day time and evening guests.
  • Send out save the date cards
  • Decided on bridesmaids and grooms men.
  • Book a photographer
  • Book a cake maker
  • Arrange a florist
  • Choose a dress
  • Choose your bridesmaids dresses
  • Arrange mens suits
  • Choose wedding rings
  • Arrange any entertainment required – band, disco etc.
  • Book transport
  • Book a Honeymoon
  • Decide on menu and drink choices
  • Book your hair stylist
  • Order Invitations
  • Arrange Hen party – or get your hens to sort it.
  • Arrange Stag party – or get the best man to.
  • Buy gifts for the bridal party and the grooms men.
  • Mother of the bride and groom gifts
  • Father of the bride and groom gifts
  • Sort your seating plan
  • All of little extras, place cards, table favours, photo booth props, guest books etc

Wedding Planning Checklist

I hope you enjoy planning your big day. I loved planning all the details of my big day. Although I had booked a venue about 14 months before the wedding date I was a couple of weeks away from giving birth to our son. Which meant I didn’t have time to work on anything for another 7 months, after I got my parenting skills sorted and I could focus on the Wedding as well as my son. I planned and sorted everything else out in those 7 months. It can be stressful at times but worth it, when your dream wedding day all comes together.

Personalised Papercuts from Twenty Fingers

Are you looking for a unique wedding gift? Or a personalised gift for someone? Have you seen the papercut gifts from Twenty Fingers? Twenty Fingers is a family run business owned by Lana and Ivan, who have a passion for design and interiors. They specialise in laser cut paper floating frames, providing you with beautiful personalised framed gifts and items for your home.

Twenty Fingers

Twenty Fingers make the most stunning family trees, I wished I had traced my family tree back enough to have one of the large ones made. Going back through the generations of our family, makes for a beautiful treasure, it’s going on my to do list.

Personalised Papercuts with Twenty FingersI had previously bought a friend of mine a lovely family tree for her 30th birthday from another company, which comparing the two different items the quality and precision of the Twenty Fingers so very much better.

It took me a long time to decided which if their items I would like, but I went with the family tree, I added in our dogs, cat and some hearts. It was so easy to get the little extras added to my tree, I just asked for them in the comments section on the order form.

I decided to go with the ivory frame and ivory paper, there are so many different colours of paper and frames to choose from. I thought it would fit into any room in our house, plus when we move to our forever home it will match there as well.

The family tree’s start at £59.00 for the standard 10 x 12 inch, including the floating frame and delivery, it allows you to add up to 6 names. They are able to make these with up to 25 names on, the price increases to £84.00. Delivery was really quick, it arrived with me within 4 days of order, which makes them the perfect last minute gift.

Twenty Fingers Giveaway

Twenty Fingers are offering my lovely readers a beautiful wedding gift, one of their ‘Love Trees’ that is completely personalised for you. So it could be the perfect gift for a wedding you are attending or as a keepsake for your own wedding.

You can enter this fabulous giveaway worth £59 using the Rafflecopter below and leave me a lovely comment to say who you are going to have the frame made for. Don’t forget to tell me who you would like to gift this prize too or would you keep it for yourself?

 

*Thank you Twenty Fingers for sending me a out my beautiful family tree, as always thoughts and opinions are my own*

 

Rachel Bustin

 

Throwing a Great Gatsby inspired party?

When I think about movie inspired themes for Weddings or parties, there is nothing more glamorous then a 1920’s Great Gatsby inspired party.

The mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby’s and his lavish life style. Set in the era of jazz music, flapper culture, glitz and glam. The Great Gatsby is associated with the American dream, rising up through the social classes. To lead that dream life. Jay Gatsby became famous for the glamorous parties he held every weekend at his stunning mansion house.

Your Great Gatsby inspired party

Planning the perfect Great Gatsby inspired party is all about riches, glamour and jazz. Your party should be held in a fabulous grand venue. Invitations should mirror those geometric lines and gold accents of the art deco style. Getting those invitations out early us really important because no Great Gatsby party is complete  without stunning outfits.

The decor should be dazzling, gold chandeliers, table centre pieces full of flowers and feathers. Think pearls and crystals hanging from the ceilings, off railings, from the backs of chairs or even trees lining the drive to the venue. Canapés and champagne are a must have. Champagne would have been free flowing at any of Jay Gatsby’s parties.

Ladies should dress to impress with those slip dresses, beading, uneven hemlines, fringes and dropped waists. T-bar shoes for dancings, long pearl necklaces, drop necklaces. Headbands full of sparkles with feathers, a hair comb or a tiara or even a beautiful beaded skull caps all showing off that classic 1920’s glam. The men would wear tuxedos, smart suits, bow ties and brogues. It was as important for the men to stand out and the ladies.

The Cost of your party

Can you imagine how much it would cost today to have that lavish lifestyle of Jay Gatsby? Owning a mansion with the size and grandeur 40 acres of land, private beach, swimming pool in the very popular Long Island would today cost you an impressive £77,298,271. So a far amount out of my budget.

Jay’s iconic yellow Rolls Royce which was as memorable as his personality. In real terms the nearest you would get to owning one of these would be 1922 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost but that would today cost you £144,000 so not for everyones budget.

Not forgetting the cost of his famous fortnightly parties, champagne, food, jazz bands, decorations would today cost you around £255,000 per year and that’s just the basic costs.

I think my dreams to lead that Jay Gatsby lifestyle is well and truly put on hold, however that doesn’t mean I can’t have a one off Great Gatsby inspired party. If you could have a movie themed party what would it be?

*This post was made in collaboration with Chill Money.*