Dress Devine – How to find ‘The one’

Finally it’s time!  The part you’ve been waiting for!  Date set – tick, venue booked – tick….it’s totally acceptable to start looking for the dream dress, even if it is over a year away till the big day.  In fact most of my dress suppliers urge me to encourage my brides to go as early as possible to start trying dresses on; “Anything between 14-9 months, prior to the wedding,” they command.  Anything less is achievable too, but don’t hang about too long.

So, off you go, what you waiting for?  Too daunting?  Overwhelmed?  Too much choice?  Where to start? No idea of what looks good on you?  Need to get to your ‘ideal’ shape before anything?  Ah yes, it’s all of the above, right?

We all need to start somewhere, and there’s no time like the present to even just get a few ideas going…. if you can’t bring your self to go into a bridal shop with a parent, friend or wedding planner to strip down to your undies, just yet, check out some ideas online or visit my Pinterest page https://uk.pinterest.com/tash1980/events-by-natasha/

If you’re raring to go….pace yourself and keep your expectations low,  it’s likely to take more than the first dress you try on and the first shop go into.  Be aware some bridal shops and boutiques may charge for your appointment, especially over the weekend.

It can be an enduring process of trying on these dresses and very frustrating, keep in mind, it’s an average of trying 15 dresses, yep no typo, FIFTEEN, …so it might be less for some and more for others.   I tell my brides that it’s how you feel in a dress that’s important; lots of dresses can suit you and suit your figure, but it’s more about it suiting your personality.  As soon as you find THE dress, you’ll know what I mean! Promise!

Contact Natasha now for your event enquiries; 07974027773, info@eventsbynatasha.co.uk

 

 

Blowout on a budget

Wouldn’t we all love to win the lottery?  How many conversations have you had which go into the finer details of what you would do with your jackpot winnings?  Personally, it’s the multiple holiday homes (apart from my two base homes in London and Beverly Hills to be precise).  Alas, that will never be something I can rely on happening anytime soon! Anyway, enough about me – let’s talk about you and your event; more precisely about your budget for the event.

Since we aren’t all lucky enough to have unlimited funds (must check that lottery ticket!), back to the spreadsheet we go.  So, where do we start?  Venue? Band? Flowers? Food? Dress? It’s all such a fuzz….  Let’s deal with one thing at a time.  Clear the mind.  What’s the MOST important part of the wedding for you?  If it’s the music, assign more of your budget to that and spend less on the lighting, cars and flowers.  Or if you want to spend more on your dress , don’t spend on a large, take over the table (so I can’t see anyone opposite me, (not always a bad thing)!) table arrangement.

So let’s get down to business.  I find with most Jewish weddings you are looking at bringing Kosher caterers in to your venue, which more often than not will cost more than the hire of the venue (this is another blog in itself…something to look forward to!).  This is going to be your largest expense – sorry caterers…..we love you but you are kinda pricey.  So let’s start there, they all tend to be around the same price per head, some slightly more, some slightly less, however; some offer packages which is always a good way of negotiating and keeping your costs down.  From there you can start to prioritise each supplier, allowing you to allocate your wedding planning budget efficiently.

For further advice on planning your budget and ways to save on wedding spending; contact Natasha on 07974027773; info@eventsbynatasha.co.uk