Wedding Dreams and Nightmares: Brides Talk About Their Wedding Experience
Planning a wedding is every little girl’s’ dream, but doing it on your own as an adult can absolutely lead to disaster. So having a Wedding Planner is easier and a help for everyone involved, especially in a huge city like London. There are so many opportunities, places to see, products to try that it can be quite of a hassle. For that reason, delegating these tasks to a London Wedding Planner can be a huge help.
At the same time, costs associated with weddings can quickly outgrow their initial budgets, especially when you’re left to make all of the decisions without professional guidance. We talked with four brides about their wedding experiences in the UK’s capital. Everyone knows about “The Knowledge” possessed by London’s black cabbies. As each of these ladies found out, having a local, wedding planner London with their own “Knowledge” can be just as important, resulting in the weddings of their dreams without breaking the bank (unlike the black cabs!).
Taylor 24, Marketing Consultant
When my husband finally popped the question, I was ecstatic, it wasn’t until after all of the well-wishes for our engagement had come through that I started to panic. People asked me what our plan was, if we had a venue, when to expect invitations… It was so overwhelming. My husband is British, so of course we had to have the wedding in London, I think my mom was probably the worst. She was so excited that she immediately launched into a miles-long list about all of the tiny details that we had to think of and decide on. [My husband] was actually the one that suggested we look into getting a wedding planner. At first my parents, who went the traditional route and payed for the wedding, balked at the idea. They were afraid it would add a bunch of cost onto the ceremony, but after doing some research on London wedding planners, I found out it was actually cheaper to hire a wedding planner. They just know where to go and what to say to get the right things at the right prices. It was also really reassuring for me that my big day was in the hands of someone who has navigated these waters thousands of times. The wedding? It was an absolute fairy tale. [Our planner] made everything absolutely perfect. I remember at one point we had a bit of a snag with our caterer, the beef we ordered came as pork, which caused a few problems, but honestly- I didn’t have to deal with the issue at all. I didn’t even know until after the wedding. My dress was gorgeous and everyone had such a great time. We had exactly what we wanted with almost no stress at all. My husband is a genius!
Jenny 28, Bank Cashier
I was a bit stroppy as a bride, yea [laughs]. I don’t think I was full blown Bridezilla, but I wanted everything to be perfect. My husband and I planned out the whole wedding ourselves. About a month before our date I was shattered. I was so stressed that even making small choices about the wedding was difficult. I just started saying yes to anything that was put in front of me, just to get it over with. I started slagging off a bunch of the small traditions, just because I couldn’t be bothered. My mum almost had a fit. My maid of honour was a legend. She connected me with a wedding PA at the last minute, and it smoothed out everything on the day of. We got in contact with our PA with about four weeks to go, and she helped get us on track and handled all of the details on the day before and the day of the wedding, which allowed me to relax, drink, and be merry, instead of being on my mobile the whole time. The day before was such a huge help, because after my hen do…. let’s just say I was in no position to answer any questions. I didn’t have to worry about the table decor or where my uncle Mick would sit and who he might offend. I think the only thing I might do over is having someone else plan it from the get-go.
Abi 32, Customer Service Representative
I do a bunch of work with the hospitality industry, so I knew instantly that I didn’t want to plan my wedding myself. My husband and I actually met at a hospitality conference, a few years before he finally rocked up and asked me to marry him. We looked at quite a few different packages and decided to go with [a planner] that essentially just planned and coordinated all of the administration type stuff. I was too excited to get to plan and design the aesthetics to be bothered with the more dry aspects. [Laughs] Half of my flowers had to be changed and we got rained on, proper British weather, but I still wouldn’t change a thing. The planner we used was really clever with finding and booking us venues that fit with what we needed and also what was within our pretty limited budget. She was even able to coordinate all of the transportation for the wedding party between the chapel and the reception hall, which was something I didn’t even think about. There were so many details that I hadn’t thought about, looking back, I think it would have been an absolute nightmare, so many things would have been left out or forgotten. [Our planner] really went above and beyond. At one point, I realized I had forgotten our guestbook- she ended up sending someone to get it from my home, which was about 10 miles from our wedding venue!
Reena 26, Interior Decorator
My family is Hindu, so it was really important that we had a very traditional wedding. There are a lot of specific things you have to do that go along with our weddings, they tend to be a bit more boisterous and symbolic than your typical wedding. There’s a lot of small details that need to be observed, because if they’re not performed correctly, then you are not married in the eyes of the Indian community. My mum knew all of the things that had to be involved, but I wanted some more modern additions and we don’t always see eye to eye, so it was just easier to use a wedding planner as a good mediator. A lot of the particulars were arranged by my mum, to make sure they were done correctly. The wedding planner worked with my mum to find ways to incorporate my wants into all of the necessities. It was really nice to feel like I had someone on my side and to help me get through all of the chaos. Our planner even joined in on my henna night, she became so close to me. I’m so glad we had her. It was a really great experience.