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Today we are doing a final run through of the schedule for the wedding of Philippa and Billy – we just can’t wait to see this lovely couple get married tomorrow!

We have tied up all the loose ends this week including giving out the FINAL schedule! The schedule is so important in the planning process as it gives everyone a clear guideline as to what is happening and when. It’s been revised over the last week to take account of changes in suppliers needs especially because of the bad weather and the rain expected at the weekend.

If you are doing your own wedding schedule start your timings the evening before the big day and go right up to the end of the reception. This will give you a good idea of when everything is going to happen and all the different jobs that need to be done.  It’s your wedding day and you shouldn’t have to think about anything other than making it the most memorable day of your life. If you make sure everyone knows what they are doing and when there shouldn’t be any confusion and the day should run smoothly. You might need a wet weather contingency just like Philippa and Billy so think about all the things that might upset your plans and how you might need to deal with these on the day.

Philippa and Billy are having their wedding reception in a marquee in the family garden.  They want a relaxed garden party feel and for them to achieve this we are managing the day for them.  There will be lots of setting up to do, a host of suppliers passing through the house and the morning will fly by! We will make sure our schedule keeps Philippa and Billy relaxed so they won’t have to worry about a thing.

A schedule doesn’t mean you have to run your day with Sergeant-Major precision yelling “you boy” to anyone that stops moving for five minutes but it will just help with making sure you’ve allotted enough time for:

a) getting you and your bridesmaids ready (always longer than you think!!)

b) getting to the church on time – an oldy but a goody

c) making sure your caterers can serve dinner as anticipated (no soggy veg in sight!)

d) your band/entertainment know when to start and stop!

Take heed of what your wedding suppliers tell you about timings and think about including ‘clearing up’ after the reception in your schedule if your venue isn’t taking care of this for you.

If you would like to attend one of our wedding planning workshops to get help with your wedding schedule then drop us an email.

Look out on Sunday for a little sneak into Philippa and Billy’s big day.

Happy scheduling!

Joanne x

This week has been eventful at Wedding Dolls HQ. Good news is that we are full steam ahead with the final planning of our first wedding of 2012 next Saturday. Philippa and Billy are a fantastic couple and we can’t wait to see all the plans come together next week. See their English Country Wedding inspiration board for a sneak peek of what’s to come.

 

In the run up to the big day there are always last-minute nerves which Joanne tackled in our series of wedding planning lessons: The Fear Factor. If you have the wedding jitters it might just help!

We have also featured a great supplier with the spotlight on Irene & Jenny, who make beautiful jewellery from your most valued pieces. There was also a spot of shopping when we found six of the best high street hotpants for your honeymoon wardrobe.

However it’s not been plain sailing this week as I managed to make a bit of a mess of my hand when a pot broke whilst I was washing up. A trip to the hospital and an operation later I discovered I’d cut through two tendons which puts me in a hand splint for 8 weeks at least. Not good. It’s made me realise just how many things become impossible when you only have one hand such as shoelaces and ponytails. Just when I was getting the hang of my bun ring as well! See our Buns & Roses Wedding Hair post. Typing is also a slow process and there was major panic and hyperventilating last night when it dawned on me that I couldn’t use the corkscrew…..

However all things considered I was lucky it wasn’t worse and for me it’s only temporary. I will however look on in new-found wonder at all those people with disabilities, who simply just get on with life and make things better for others along the way. Amazing.

Enjoy your Sunday and be careful with that washing up!

Emma x

P.S. Look out this week for our final countdown planning post, a spotlight on two fabulous Kent wedding suppliers and our quick guide to vintage weddings.