When we got engaged back in January, I didn’t really know where to start with the planning side of things. OK, so I knew that the first thing we needed to do was to book the registry office and the venue, because these things can get booked up pretty darn quick, but after that, I didn’t really know what was next on the list. I did some Googling and was overwhelmed by the amount of information that was available. The main problem was, it all said different things. There were articles and forums, discussions and arguments. I didn’t know what was right and what was wrong.
Amongst my Googling (of which there has been a lot), I discovered the Show The Bride blog which is full of fabulous articles that are full of super helpful information and ideas for every bride to be. And now, Lordine, the creator of the five year old blog, has launched her first ever e-product – a downloadable PDF guide to organising your wedding costing £9.99. It has come from her love of planning her own wedding, combined with the amount of questions she has been asked over the years!
Lordine very kindly sent me a copy for the purpose of writing this post and I have found it to be super helpful in finding out exactly what I need to do and when I need to be doing it.
I must confess at the start that I am slightly ahead of the planning game, because I booked the venue more than two years in advance – but that’s because I was once an event manager and I know how hard it can be to secure the venue you want.
The STB Wedding Planner opens with a 36 point checklist, starting at 18 months before the wedding and working down to 12 months, 6 months, 3 months, 1 month, 1 week and on the day. It is really helpful to see what should be happening by what point, and I gave myself bonus points for already having booked the wedding!
With pointers on when to start trying on wedding dresses, when to buy THE dress, when to send save the dates and when to start looking at cakes, the checklist is a really good breakdown of all the bits of planning that you know has to happen, when you just aren’t sure when it should happen.
The planner then moves onto a budget planner, which is basically a run through of everything will you need to spend out on for the wedding and the rough prices that you should be looking at. Seeing these costs written down by someone else is really handy to see what we need to be saving, and the sort of minimum and maximum we will be spending.
The next section is full of cost saving tips which all us brides need. Planning a wedding is an expensive thing, and so any pointers as to where we can save our pennies is welcome. With things like alternative flowers, ways to save on the cake and what sort of music costs less, I hugely like this section of the planner!
The final section is a table planner guide. Not only does it go through who should sit where and what to do in the case of divorced parents/people who don’t like each other, Lordine has also included three seating plan examples, one for 60 guests, one for 80 and one for 100. It was really helpful to see how it can be laid out for each number of guests, because as yet, we don’t know how many we will be having!
And that takes you to the end of the planner. It really is super helpful to have it all written down in one place. There is a lot of information that would probably be available on good old Google, but it would be spread among different sites and that’s just paperwork overload. With this, I am printing it all out and popping it in my wedding folder to refer to throughout the whole planning process.
I was very kindly sent a complimentary downloadable copy of the STB Wedding Planner for the purpose of this review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.