Our Marketing girl, Vicky is getting hitched to her fiance, John in the summer of 2014. With wedding season in full bloom, follow her monthly blog posts on wedding planning, dress buying and general wedding stress.
Before I agreed to write this blog, I decided to do a bit of market research on my married and soon to be married friends. The results were unanimous- planning a wedding is hard work, you have to be super organised and no one gets it 100% right. Regardless, it is one of the best days of your life and all the small things that will get you in a panic and stop you sleeping at night really won’t matter in the end.
So, in this blog I am going to be completly honest about my wedding planning experience and give future brides (and grooms)-to-be as many tips as I can from my own personal experience.http://www.bohomoth.com/?p=27200
So, lets get straight into it. Things got off to a slow start but now we’ve got the momentum going, its all ticking along nicely ….
After the ‘will you marry me’ and engagement party, I was quite happy wearing my shiny new ring and telling people about my fiancé. People would ask me, ‘when’s the wedding?’ and I would reply, ‘oh, next year sometime.’ It was only when next year came (and we were nearly half way through it) that I realised if we were going to get married anytime soon, we would actually have to start planning!
This mini panic was in May. We are now in July and I can happily say that the wedding planning is well underway and that we now have a date, venue and wedding stationery.
We always knew we wanted to get married in Ibiza, after spending many summers there and falling in love with the glorious sunshine, stunning beaches and chilled vibe which we thought would be an amazing back drop for our wedding. We thought we knew the island pretty well but soon realised that looking for a wedding venue abroad is nothing like looking for a holiday, so the pre-research began!
After browsing the Internet for hours and hours on end, we were able to shortlist 7 venues that we thought would be a perfect setting for our relaxed wedding in Ibiza.
Tip List 1: Finding a venue online
- Google is and will always be your best friend! Search for every combination of words you can think of that describe your perfect wedding and slowly start building a list of potential venues. This may seem a bit crazy but it works!
- You would be amazed at how many chat rooms and forums there are with people talking about and sharing their experiences of exactly what you are searching for – so find them! Try http://www.islandbrides.com/forum/ for Caribbean inspiration, or http://forums.confetti.co.uk/ for general planning help.
- Search for reviews. It’s all very well the venue telling you how amazing and perfect their place is for your needs, but listen to the people that have actually held their wedding there. Your much more likely to get an honest answer out of people who don’t make any money from the venues themselves!
- Finally (and without a doubt, the most important tip of all), make sure you go and see the place in person. Photo’s uploaded online can only do a place so much justice and wedding venues pay photographers thousands of pounds to take and edit beautiful, flattering images of their buildings.
So with this in mind, me and my fiance flew out to Ibiza at the begining of July to view 7 venues we’d fallen in love with online. And the unanimous conclusion was this: wedding venue hunting is tough! See the websites below for three of the stunning venues we viewed:
If we had chosen from images alone, the beautiful hotel nestled in the mountains with stunning panoramic views over looking the beach would have been a no brainer! However, when we went walked into the final venue on our list, it was the feeling we both got that sold it to us. We stepped in and instantly pictured all our family and friends dotted around, celebrating our wedding day with us and it just fitted the bill perfectly. Scurrying back to our hotel room, we made an instant grab for the phone, called our beloved wedding planner and booked the date (July 3rd 2014 in case you were wondering!).
Next on our list.. the Stationery