This week has been busy busy busy. We have been making final arrangements for Philippa and Billy who are getting married next month.  Ekkkk the final countdown begins.

Philippa asked the Wedding Dolls to help with the partial planning of her wedding when the stress of organising it, plus fitting in her job as a midwife, was getting a bit too much. With the wedding day now in sight and our couple still busy at work, there are lots of final details to arrange.

The style of the wedding is a vintage English Garden Party which will be held at Philippas’ sisters home, a stunning house which was originally an old hunting lodge. The garden is fantastic and the perfect place for the marquee where the reception will be held after a church ceremony close by.

All 80 guests have confirmed food choices directly to us over the last few weeks meaning the bride and groom have not had to deal with managing spreadsheets or missing orders!  All details were then confirmed to the caterers, Gastro Catering, and now the couple just need to work out their table plan and enjoy a wine tasting day in France. Perks of the job.

The floor plan has been finalised with marquee company, Carron Marquees, who have drawn this to scale so we can see exactly how it will look on the day. Getting a scaled drawing is really important so everyone is clear on the day where things need to go and no mistakes have been made with seating arrangements.

Last week we had a final site visit where we talked through details of the venue set up including lighting in the garden, toilets and parking arrangements. So glamorous!

In these last few weeks we have been in regular contact with Philippa, who calls us whenever she needs advice. Philippa says “some of the last-minute things I have talked to the Wedding Dolls about include hair trials, table planning and keeping the flower girls happy during the wedding breakfast. Nothing if not varied!

Jo has been fantastic and always has an answer to my questions as well as listening to some of my worries. I didn’t realise how stressful planning a wedding at home would be – it definitely seemed like an easy option at the time! But since Jo has been onboard everything has just started to fall into place and now I am really looking forward to the big day – especially knowing the Wedding Dolls will be there to make sure everything runs smoothly.”

With no rest for the wicked next week we will be finalising the photography brief, proofing the band and song list for print and confirming church seating arrangements. Plus we will be working out the three day set-up plan for the marquee and the decor, as well as doing all those last-minute bits of exciting wedding prep!

Happy planning x

Image Credit: Josh Spencer Photography

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