Our Real Bride Lisa
Posted on 26 June 2014
Dear Sam and Team.
I would like to pass on a huge thank you to the staff at Samantha Wynne, for my beautiful dress I wore for my wedding on 22nd March. The dress was perfect! It was comfortable, elegant with beautiful lace and it fit dreamily. It was exactly what I wanted, and I'm so glad I found it in your store, after 6 weeks of stressful looking!
I cant thank you enough for all the hard work and effort that everyone put in to making it happen. I cant speak highly enough of how happy I am.
Many thanks, Lisa. xx
Lisa's Guest Blog Post Things I wish I had have known 12 Months before the Big Day.
I can’t believe how fast it has been from getting engaged and to now being Husband and Wife. Working fulltime in hands on career, meant planning our wedding had to be well organised. We married at Leeuwin Estate, Margaret River, which is were we first started our chef apprenticeships together over 8 ½ years ago. I had only 9 months to plan our wedding after travelling, America and Canada for 7 months. So it is possible to organise in less time.
- Set a ‘Realistic’ budget, which is really hard, as everyone I know seems to have gone over. Although do some research on prices first. The easiest way I found to cut costs and meet our budget was to cut our wedding list. It is so hard to make an invite list, (with family, relatives, friends, friends partners) but if you take 20 people off the list, just think of 20 less invitations, 20 less favours, 20 less for alcohol, dinner and flower centerpieces. Also working out your guest list will help with choosing your venue.
- Book the most important things to you first. I booked my Photographer, Celebrant and Venue.
- Make a spreadsheet/wedding file to keep track of my costs or things you need to do, book or organise. Work out things you don’t need or can save money on. For us we had a friend’s car we could borrow, so that meant I could put more money towards other important things. Also keep all contracts/receipts for reference of payment. All the bills are hard to keep track of with deposits etc. A paper trail will make it easier to deal with. Additionally keeping numbers and times on a list or schedule made my life so much easier. Also going through each section of the day to double check you haven’t missed anything, may help.
- Choosing “The Dress’, I recommend not doing it alone and choosing your mum or a couple of people close in your life to help. After the 10th Dress you try on, they all start to feel the same. Unless you find “The One”.
- After we released the date, we saved accommodation (20 rooms in one hotel) under our name for guests who had to travel. They allow you to hold rooms with a deposit for a certain amount of time. This saved the stress of some guests not knowing where to stay.
- We also decided ‘adults only’ and dress code being ‘formal’. This may help with questions later down the track if you have already decided earlier.
- Considering weather conditions is another tip. My husband and I focused on making our reception indoors, as with the cold Margaret river nights it was essential.
- We worked with our photographer around the times on sunset, as we wanted to catch some afternoon and evening light in the photos.
- DIY - The little things are the fun things, we made wooden signs together, wooden test tube holders for our flowers, chalkboards, seating charts, a wishing well, name tags, favours and we put together all the invitations and decorations together ourselves. You don’t have to do any of this, but these are the things I loved about making our wedding different from anyone else’s and saving a few dollars.
- All the hard work you put in to the wedding will pay off. We cant speak highly enough of all our suppliers. Being a Margaret River wedding, and now living in Perth my husband and I had to use some referrals from other suppliers, which made it easier because they had worked together before.
- Surround yourself with positive people. It is really hard when everyone has an opinion. Our family and friends helped in arranging lots of little bits and pieces. With one of my beautiful bridesmaids being a florist and the other bridesmaid organizing the bridesmaid dresses. My mum running around picking things up and my sister helping with the final touches on the reception venue. Take any help you can get, one less thing to do or think about, I was very grateful.
- Everything happens in the last two weeks. Finalising payments, organising your final dress fitting, picking up of the wedding dress, rings & suits etc. So you need to factor that in as well.
Remember it’s one of the most amazing days in your life. Make the most of it, because the day goes by so fast. I know its hard not to at times, but try not to stress. For us it was about the little touches making it our day to remember, in the location where we met, with beautiful friends and family with good food and wine.