Wedding Planner | 5 minutes with Jessie Thomson

Planning a wedding for many bride-to-be can be an enjoyable experience however some find the process to stressful and with so many choices to make before the big day, an extra pair of hands can be invaluable. This week Wedding and Events planner, Jessie Thomson reveals the role of a wedding planner, current trends and her individual approach to the wedding market .

What is your philosophy for wedding planning?

Fully understand my clients in order to create a vision for their big day which reflects the couple’s own personality and style, develop a realistic budget that reflects the couple’s own priorities, and ensure that everything and anything is done to make sure the process runs as smoothly as possible right up until the guests are dancing the night away.


Which themes / colours / style of weddings will be popular 2012 / 2013?

I’m seeing a lot more weddings with very simple yet pretty decor, with lots of white paired with subtle green and beige. It’s timeless and can look stunning at pretty much any venue. On the flip side, I’m also seeing weddings with more bold colour schemes… rather than sticking to say, purple or pink, couples want a mix of bright wild flowers and multi-coloured bunting. While vintage is still proving to be popular, I think we’re going to be seeing less of the tea cups and afternoon tea style weddings. Think more upcycled and flea market chic!

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The cost of wedding photography

I have decided to write this blog post because so many brides approach me with no idea of the price of wedding photography. It is a well known fact that many brides underestimate the price of wedding photography and are left confused by what they want or need from a wedding photographer. It is also true many brides and grooms expect to find a top wedding pho­tog­ra­pher for £1000. However, the average spend on wedding photography is £1500 and wedding photographers can charge up to £2000 and still be considered middle of the market. So what are you actually paying for? Is £2000 expensive for wed­ding photography? Let’s take a closer look at what are you paying for and the common misconceptions among many brides.

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Harlequin Cakes | 5 minutes with Zoe Chuter

Choosing a wedding cake is probably one of the most enjoyable things about planning your wedding day, but it can take time to find the perfect style and just the right person to create it. This week, bespoke cake maker, Zoe Chuter reveals the current trends and her individual approach to the wedding market .

What is your business philosophy?

To sleep, to dream, to eat – CAKE! I absolutely love my job. When I am commissioned to create someone’s wedding cake I get such a buzz! Being part of making their day so special is a real honour and something I can’t help but feel passionate about! From the very first consultation to the finished cake, each stage is just as important as the last, and it all goes towards providing a memorable and enjoyable experience for the happy couple.

What are the trends for cake design and flavours in 2012?

This year has seen a huge explosion of feminine romance. Soft vintage colours such as blush pink, mint green, duck egg blue and classic cream are all very popular, along with lots of lace, pearls and pretty brooches. The ultimate in elegance!

The traditional fruit cake was once king but it is very rarely requested these days. It’s having to make way for flavoured cakes such as chocolate fudge, moist vanilla sponge and zesty lemon drizzle cake – quite often a different flavour for every tier!

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‘Appy ever after | Top 5 wedding apps

An iphone is the perfect accessory to help keep brides-to-be organised and on track when planning their big day. Here is a round up of my favourite apps available from the iTunes store.

iWedding Deluxe – Best for little miss organised

This wedding planner app will not only keep you organised but guide and inspire you throughout the whole process of planning your wedding. All the vital information is at your fingertips including your to-do-list, your budget, the guest list and RSVP’s, plus all your notes. It even integrations with Social Networks such as Twitter and Facebook, so you can share your ideas with your groom and bridal party. £5.99 - from the iTunes store but worth every penny!

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The National Wedding Show | 2012

Tickets for The National Wedding Show 2012 are on sale now!

The UK’s largest wedding spectacular, The National Wedding Show is already gearing up for the Spring show, taking place on 16 – 18 March 2012 at The NEC, Birmingham.

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Bridal hair and makeup | 5 minutes with Gemma Sutton

A bride’s hair and makeup is an essential part of making a bride feel beautiful and confident in front of the camera on her big day. It also plays a major factor in creating the overall look and style the bride wants to achieve to complement her dress. This week, makeup and hair stylist, Gemma Sutton reveals the trends for 2012, beauty tips and her advice to bride-to-be.

Could you tell me a little bit about your career history?

I am an internationally acclaimed makeup and hair stylist Fashion/Beauty/Bridal, with over 10 years of freelance experience to my name. My work has enabled me to travel the world and work with a number of well established photographers, models and celebrities. Due to the success and increased demand with all areas of Makeup & Hair artistry, I have now got elite team of fully qualified and insured professional artists, all based in London-Surrey.

What are the bridal hair trends for 2012?

The classic, couture undo’s are still a strong trend and a fantastic alternative to the more undone styles. This is a more traditional look; the hair is parted and swept beautifully over the forehead, giving any bride a softer frame to the face.

Next year there will still be a lot of brides wanting a half up half down looks, for brides who just can’t decide on hair up or down, still taking the hair softly off the face, a classic elegance to any bridal look. Tumbling curls over the shoulders adds to the softness with a vintage boho feel if people want to achieve this particular style.

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Why book an engagement portrait ?

Here are four reasons why you should consider an engagement portrait before your big day.

Try before You Buy: On your big day it is essential you feel at ease around your photographer and they fit in amongst your guest.  An engagement portrait session is the perfect opportunity to test the waters, see the way in which they work and the results the photographer can produce.  You can then make an informed decision about the quality of their work and if you want to make the bigger investment of that particular photographer shooting your wedding.

Put your mind at ease: A one to one session is a great opportunity to voice any insecurities you have and for the photographer to work with you to over come these before the big day.  You could even practise some poses so you feel confident on the day just to do them and allow the photographer to capture natural moments.

It’s all about you: The point of this session is that it is all about you and your partners love.  There is no right or wrong way to dress or particular way to act, just be yourself.  If you have a hobby together then incorporate this into the shoot or if you have a special place, then go to that location.  It is good to be different and to feel your photographs are a true reflection of your lifestyle. 
Have fun and laugh lots: This is the time to let go and experiment in front of the camera in preparation for the big day.  If you want to pull a funny face or say something that will make your partner cry with laughter then do it.  If one of you is camera shy then embrace this opportunity to practice and loosen up.  There should be no pressure or expectations from each other, just be you, have fun and let the photographer do the hard work.

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Pre-wedding posing tips

Being a photographer I can say that I have heard it all. From “I hate having my picture taken” to “I can’t smile naturally”, but it doesn’t have to be this way and having your photograph taken can be fun. It is my job to get the best out of your personalities and to make you shine in your wedding photographs. However, here are a few top tips to get you ready for the camera on your big day.

1. Be conscious about how you want to look in your wedding photographs and then relax. If you are determined to look your best and natural then no matter what, you probably will. Just relax and ensure you feel comfortable around your photographer.

2. Be yourself-and have some fun. Everyone at the wedding is there because they love you in their own way, and you have no need not to let your true self shine out even if you know a camera in around. Portrayinghow you feel and happiness will make you look natural in candid photographs so just be you and let me do all the hard work.

3. Be fit, well-rested, well-hydrated, take care of your skin, and do not let yourself go hungry and cranky.  Preparation is the key.

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