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Friday, 15 May 2015

LIFESTYLE: Five tips for planning your alternative wedding

This time two years ago I was in the final days of planning one of the best days of my life.

It is one of the hardest and most fulfilling things I have ever done, and 100% worth the hard work and effort. For me, my wedding day has been one of the best days of my life. I loved every minute of the day - apart from being slightly ill in the morning.

I thought I would share some of my tips for planning a wedding, just before wedding season really kicks off. Plus a share of a couple of my favourite wedding blogs/bloggers.




1. Pinterest will keep you organised
Probably my favourite tool when it came to planning my wedding - I just wish I had found it sooner in some respects. Creating your wedding boards and updating them becomes highly addictive, but is so useful, especially if you are doing lots of it yourself and handmade. You can also create private boards so no one can see your colour schemes or ideas.

2. Read alternative blogs
My two go-to blogs when planning my wedding was Rock N Roll Bride (obviously) and Off Beat Bride. Both of these showcase some of the very best in alternative weddings, including handmade/DIY.

rock n roll bride

http://offbeatbride.com/


3. Follow your heart
Make your wedding about you. Nothing you do can be wrong. It is my biggest piece of advice. We had an Alice in Wonderland theme to our wedding, and although I loved it and it was beautiful, there is a small part of me that wishes we had stuck with our original idea of a tattoo lovers theme. If I did it all again I would definitely do that instead. If you want a steampunk/goth/superhero wedding, have one. If you want taxidermy as a centre piece - do it - I wish I had! You'll have some lovely pieces round your home afterwards to remind you of your big day!

4. Don't rule anything out
This particularly applies to the ceremony and the wedding dress. In a previous job I worked as a sales consultant at a bridal boutique and my advice to all brides-to-be is to try everything at lease once. You never know what you might love, and dresses can look totally different on you then they do in the hanger. And have fun with it! You are hopefully only go to do it once, so you may as well enjoy it and make the most of it - how often do you get to wear big pretty dresses!?!

5. Plan early
We were engaged for two years before we got married and started planning fairly quickly. Even if it was only mind-maps and lists (I love a good list). Ensuring we planned early made the last couple of months so much easier and stress-free - no Bridezilla here!

Have you gotten married recently?
What are your tips for planning a wedding?

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