REAL LIFE WEDDING PLANNING !

Posted on May 28, 2017 by Admin under Wedding Day

¬†REAL LIFE WEDDING PLANNING ūüėČ

 

When the deed has been carried out and the wedding proposal is official, the planning begins.

In 2016 on Thursday the 29th September NLC PHOTOGRAPHY had the absolute  privilege of undertaking the wedding of Garry & Jamini Wright. This was a wedding that we had be looking forward to do for so many reason. Firstly , the couple were truly fantastic people and had been an absolute pleasure to deal with from the very beginning.

Having had a background in the motor trade I first met Jamini via the telephone at the head office call centre of a major vehicle manufacturer  where she had been a first class customer service team member and although we conversed for several years over the phone I had never actually met Jamini in person. At the time I had been running my photography business alongside my full time job and Jamini had always said that when she married Garry, she would love for me to photograph their wedding.

As happens with many people Jamini left  her job for pastures new and I ultimately I left my previous profession to undertake my wedding photography business  full time.

Jamini was true to her word,  when one day I received contact from them asking If I wanted the job which of course I was more than happy to do.

The wedding itself would be a mixture of Indian and British culture which really appealed to me.

 

 

 

Jamini had always been a very well organised person and her wedding planning was no exception. I think that Garry would be the first to let Jamini take pretty much all of the organisational credit. The wedding was just so well organised from start to finish.

It is for this reason that I have asked Jamini to share her experience with everyone which she was really happy to do, no surprise there ¬†ūüôā

I think that organisation is the key and everything then seems to slip into place,  removing so much stress from the actual day and from a selfish point of view my job as a photographer so much nicer.

 

Advice about wedding planning

I asked Jamii a series of questions and she has kindly responded :o)

 

  • When was your wedding day? Thursday 29th September 2016
  • What was your favorite detail of planning your wedding day? ¬†– Ohhh this is a hard one, there were lots of favourites, the best was the instant attraction of the venue and Bollywood Vibes dancers, ohh and all of the flowers and my bouquet with Jennifer from Yours Truly¬†Flowers ¬† – Oh my gosh, I keep coming back to this question, arranging the invitations and all of the stationary with the best lady in the industry for this with Jan from Bespoke Wedding Favours
  • How did you pick your wedding colors? I didn’t want a white wedding dress due to the Indian/English fusion, I couldn’t find the right wedding dress, all I knew was that I didn’t want it white and it needed to be a mix of English bridal gown and Indian Bridal outfit. Then a friend of mine gave me her “extra” wedding dress that she never wore, this was red and gold, the perfect Indian traditional colours in an English style wedding gown, and the colours just came from that
  • How would you describe your wedding (i.e. Country, Rustic, Urban, etc.) English/Indian fusion, both of our cultures, family, friends and most favourite things coming together, completely unique but at the same time elegant¬†
  • Where did you find the most wedding inspiration that was helpful in planning your event? Definitely Facebook and Google searches. Wedding fairs too.¬†
  • What site helped you the most in planning your event? Facebook – “Wedding Find it, Buy it” and “My big fat Indian wedding”
  • What magazine helped you find inspiration the most? Asiana Wedding
  • Did you have an event planner? If yes, please give us a review so we can post this for other brides. Nope – all DIY
  • Who was your…
    • Photographer: Nigel and Sue Coomber NLC PHOTOGRAPHY
    • DJ: Martin Brew MCB disco
    • Videographer: NA
    • Rental Company: Men’s suites from Dickies in Crawley, the chair cover covers and sashes from¬†
    • Venue: Frensham Pond Hotel – One of my most favourite places
    • Reception Venue: Frensham Pond Hotel
    • Event Planner: Me
    • Event Designer: Me
  • If your event was DIY…
    • Can you share with us what inspired you and how you made some of the items from your special day? The venue itself, our hobbies and interests, my Indian culture, family members who are no longer with us
    • What are some tips you have for anyone currently planning their wedding day?
    • Start planning asap, does not matter if you have 2 years or 6 months to your day, the sooner you start planning the better.
    • Have a separate email address just for wedding stuff, provide only this email address to your enquiries, quotes and vendors.
    • Keep paper copies of everything and a paper diary.
    • Arranging meetings that involve bridesmaids and groomsmen, well in advance, this way if dates need to be changed for what ever reason you can rearrange in good time.
    • Have folders with labels dividers for each element of the wedding ¬†– easy and quick access to paperwork when liaising with vendors.
    • Once vendors finalised, create a list of all vendors – Names, addresses, phone numbers, what involvement they have and times of arrival.
    • Get a couple of clip boards. Once everything is finalised, take paper copies and organise on clipboards – vendors list, table plan, whose arriving with what and when, timeline of the day etc. Arrange a final meeting with all bridesmaids and groomsmen a week or so before the day, go through everything with them one final time.
    • Create a spreadsheet of vendors for finances – total amount, departing paid and when, remaining left to pay and when, tick off and clear as and when.
    • Contact all vendors a week before hand for final confirmations. Aim for a target date to get everything arranged and finalised by, I went for 4 weeks before the big day.
    • If friends are helping put with this like packing gift bags etc, put these dates in the diary well in advance and finalise.
    • Try to stick to finalised dates as much as possible, especially if on a short time scale.

If you have any questions relating to this blog, then please feel free to contact me.

Lastly and most importantly,  I would like to thank Jamini for helping out with the information for this blog post.

This wedding was undoubtedly one of or the very best weddings that I have ever photographed. It was indeed an absolute pleasure.

 

 

You are both STARS :o)

 

Best wishes

Nigel & Sue

 


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