Round-Up: Advice from the Professionals


Advice From the Professionals

I thought it was about time I did a round-up of some of the best Hints Tips and Advice from Professionals that have been featured on the blog. One of the aims of Say I Do On A Budget is to provide real advice that will actually help you plan your wedding with ease irrelevant of how big or small your budget might be.

Occasionally the help and advice that is presented with the blog posts isn’t simply from humble little me, but is actually from industry professionals who really know what they’re talking about. Some of the best advice that has been featured on the blog over the past couple years is highlighted below. If you like the sound of the snippets below then pop over to their sites or click the link to the full post to read more.

Wedding Stationary: Advice from the Professionals

Say I Do On A Budget has featured a lot of wedding stationary professionals who have kindly provided advice and tips to help you.

In September 2015 Suzanne from ‘Paper Tree Design‘ along with Rosie from ‘Little Vixen Designs‘ provided their pearls of wisdom on how to save money on your invitations in a post entitled Invites For Less.
Their professional industry experience meant they were able to provide advice such as:
“Using someone local can cave you money on postage if you decide to collect your order” – from Suzanne: Paper Tree Design
and
“Check the size, weight and thickness of your invitations if you’re posting them. Postage can shoot right up even if you’re slightly over the limit.”
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Post Wedding Change


Post Wedding Hair Change

Over the past 10 years I’ve had blonde highlights streaked through my hair, a thick slab of red, I’ve had some of my hair dyed blue. I’ve gone pretty close to black and had my hair dip dyed in 2012. Ignoring the colour though I’ve pretty much had the same hair style for over 10 years. Sometimes I had it all one length, and other times I’ve had layers cut in, but for the past 10 years my hair has been around a certain length – somewhere between middle of the shoulder blade and bra strap.


Up until recently if anyone asked I always said I was growing it. I wanted to see how long I could grow it. The truth is, I couldn’t grow it anywhere near as long as I’d like. I imagined my hair being like Taylor Swift’s hair in 2010; but the longer it got the more of an annoyance it became. Like many brides I wanted to keep it long for the wedding, so there was no way I was contemplating having the chop until after my wedding at least.

The longer my hair got the more I found myself just putting it up in a messy bun, rather than having it down because when it was down it had a tendency to fall in front of my face, in a cousin-it fashion any time I tilted my head even slightly downwards.

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Pink Wedding Venues


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As you all know from my post on 30th September, I have the honour of providing guest blog contributions to the awesome Pink Wedding Venues who supply the LGBT community with dependable wedding planning help and advice. Here is an exert from my most recent contribution… 

Our “Guest Blogger” – Hazel from “IDOONABUDGET” has, very kindly, shared some ideas on what to do regarding your surnames once you’ve “tied the knot” – who’s name do you choose? Do you keep your own surname? Take that of your partner? Have a read below for some great ideas – we LOVE the idea of “Meshing” – sounds like fun trying to make up a name!

Have you thought about what you and your partner are going to do with your surnames upon getting married? 

Among the numerous traditions surrounding marriage one of the big ones is the bride renouncing her last name and taking her husbands. But how does this translate to same-sex weddings? Especially as increasing numbers of heterosexual women are choosing not to take their husbands name and more heterosexual men are opting to take their wives name or double barrel with her. 

What should you do with your last name when you get married?

Even though it may be customary for same sex couples to keep their own surnames, there are many other options available that may be perfect for you. The truth is the same options are available to same sex couples as to heterosexual couples when getting married. Whether you decide to keep your own names, both change or have just one of you change your name, there is no right or wrong, just what is right for you….

To read more click here.

Favourites From The Archives


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IDoOnABudget has been running for 4 years now, although I feel the blog only really started to come into its own in February 2015.

The realisation of how long I have been writing IDoOnABudget has made me think about all the support I have received from all you readers and followers. This blog would be a mere diary if it wasn’t for all of you, so thank you, and I hope you continue to enjoy reading the posts. I have been lucky to meet some amazing wedding industry professionals this year, some of whom have contributed to the blog with their pearls of wisdom & others whose products I loved so much I couldn’t help but share them with you.

For all these reasons and more I’ve shared below some of my favourite posts from across these past 4 years.

December 2011
First Things First

My first ever blog post! This post goes over how you can determine what your wedding budget is when you are first engaged and how you should go about your initial planning if you are on a tight budget. This post really shows not only far the blog has come but also how much I’ve improved as a blogger. 

March 2012
Fantastically Priced Suppliers 

This post was me sharing some wedding suppliers I have used when I was planning a wedding that I thought were not only very budget friendly but also gave superb customer service.

March 2012
CRAFTY WEEKEND


In 2012 my sister and I made 5 button holes, 2 wrist corsages and 1 bouquet using woollen pom poms. This is the biggest wedding DIY I’ve ever undertaken (to date) and couldn’t be more proud of what we achieved.

 

April 2012
DIY Bunting Making

A step-by-step guide to how my sister and I created a lot of bunting from scratch. From creating the triangle template to sewing each triangle onto the line to create the bunting. We even layered lace fabric over normal fabric to create the desired effect. I will be having another go at making bunting in 2016 I hope.

February 2015
Proposal!

The story of how my H2B proposed to me

June 2015
Hen Do Planning

 

The Oxford Hen Party I planned for my colleague andwpid-imag0978.jpg friend. This post tells you all about the items I ordered to make her Hen Do awesome and where I ordered everything from. The first Hen Party I had planned – I really learnt how difficult planning a hen do can be.
I loved planning the Hen Party and really enjoyed sharing the planning with all of you.

 

July 2015
Hen & Stag Party Ideas

Here are my favourite ideas for Hen & Stag party activities. I wonder if any of these appeal to you?

September 2015
Invites for Less

This is one of my favourite blog posts because I teamed up with Rosie at Little Vixen Designs and Suzanne at Paper Tree Design to provide you with loads of hints and tips on how you can have bespoke professionally made wedding stationary while keeping within whatever budget you have set.

Can’t see your favourite post anymore? Or looking for a post on something and can’t find it? You can search key words in my posts by using the search at the top right of the page.
SearchBarBlogEnter your chosen search words (E.G. dress, alternative, autumn, white etc) and any posts that refer to the keyword will be shown.

I’d love to know which posts are your favourite, so let me know by commenting, tweeting me or posting onto the Facebook page.

Dreaming of Wedding Nightmare


For the past couple of months I’ve been having the same dream at least once a week.

The dreams play out slightly differently but the same things always happen.

I dream it is my wedding day and I’ve woken up late so have very little time to get ready. Last night I dreamt I didn’t wake up on my wedding day until 11AM! I then realise that there is no wedding cake as I never ordered it. The registrar never got booked in properly so the hotel wedding Coordinator has to marry us with vows printed off the internet. Sometimes the Groomsmen don’t have the suits they should do, or my dress doesn’t fit me. I try not to panic or to worry that things aren’t going to plan or that big wedding items have been completely forgotten.

One of my BMs runs out in one of the dreams to try and get some decorations as we have no table centrepieces and in another dream we can no longer use the venue we had booked and have to beg another venue to let us use them and then relocate the whole wedding somewhere else only a few hours before I’m meant to say “I Do”.

You may be thinking “don’t worry these dreams are normal, all Bride-to-be’s have dream like this” – but I’m still over 11 months away!! It’s not like I wake up screaming, crying or in a cold sweat but it does make me constantly think I need to create a wedding planning checklist. Not just pull one off the internet, but create one that is personal the wedding the H2B and I are planning.

If I’m having these dreams now, what will I be dreaming about in 6/9/10 months time?

I’ve just got to hope that as more gets organised and booked that the bad dreams of the wedding falling apart or nothing going to plan will stop.

Have you had these dreams? When did they start?

Find me Guest Blogging For…


You can now find me guest blogging for Pink Wedding Venues with brand new posts not seen on IDoOnABudget. I am really proud to be working with pinkweddingvenues.co.uk who help same-sex couples find the perfect wedding or civil partnership venue.

The mission of Pink Wedding Venues is to ensure pinkvenuethat all LGBT couples have the most positive and comprehensive resource
for choosing their wedding venue or civil partnership venue by featuring every UK venue who welcomes the LGBT community.

As a strong believer in marriage and as an LGBT ally I couldn’t be happier to be guest blogging for pinkweddingvenues.co.uk.

My first blog contribution was published on 16th September with my next post due to be published within the next couple of weeks.

[…] It is a very exciting time for the LGBT community right now. Same sex marriage became legal in England and Wales in March 2014 (same-sex marriage in Scotland took effect from December 2014) then we all celebrated as the US passed their same-sex marriage equality law in June 2015. Why am I telling you what you already know?

The reason I find all this very exciting is because it means the decisions you make now could be traditions that are followed by future couples. The wedding traditions same-sex couples follow were set out for them 100’s of years ago, such as the Bride being walked down the aisle by her father. You may decide to walk down the aisle together, or to walk down the aisle one after the other, or to throw the isle out of the equation all together. Imagine the choice you make now is written in LGBT wedding planning books in a couple hundred years. What could be more thrilling than that?With this in mind, there are a lot of decisions for the same-sex couple to make when planning their wedding day which the heterosexual couple may not have to make. Which traditions, if any, do you follow, and which do you do differently? For me, the ceremony IS the wedding, the rest is just the “fluff”; enjoyable, beautiful fluff! Because the ceremony is when you become married, and therefore the most important part of the whole day, I am completely obsessed with ways to create a more memorable and personal ceremony. The ultimate way to do this (IMO) is with a Time Capsule […]

To read the rest of my first blog contribution for Pink Wedding Venues click here.

Find me Guest Blogging for…


I am really pleased to say that I have partnered up with Affordable Wedding Show – the only national wedding show that recognises the need of UK couples to achieve a fairy tale wedding at an affordable price – An ethos dear to my heart.

You can now find me guest blogging for affordableweddingshow.co.uk with brand new blog posts not seen on idoonabudget once every month.

My first blog contribution was published on September 8th, with a new blog due to be published within the next couple of months.

To see my first blog contribution for Affordable Wedding Show click here.

Tickets to the show in March 2016 are just £7.50 when booking in advance!