Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Wedding Wednesday

Another round of suppliers, resources, blogs and websites that I have found invaluable throughout my wedding planning journey

I used to walk into newsagents and shops and casually browse at lifestyle magazines, flick through Cosmopolitan or Ideal Home, whilst eyeing up the glossy covers of the wedding section.  It was silly to be picking those up whilst I didn't have a ring on my finger.  So at the earliest opportunity after Has got down on one knees, I picked up a copy of the first wedding related magazine I could lay my hands on.
I used to spend an absolute fortune on wedding magazines and have quite the collection at home.  My overall favourite has to be Wedding Ideas Magazine.  It comes in handbag size and is packed with real weddings, ideas, advice, beautiful themes, accessories and dresses.  It soon became the only magazine I would buy every month.  I joined the forums and spent ages reading about how other brides were planning their day.  What I like about this magazine is not only is it a great price (£2.99) but it isn't filled with things that are out of reach.  It is aimed at the average bride who doesn't have a never-ending budget like some bridal magazines.  You'll still find it packed full of lovelies but for everything that is on the higher end of the budget scale there will be a bargainous alternative 

Whilst their website maybe a bit clunky you really can't complain about the price.  I have ordered all our pocket folds and extra paper from PDA Card and Craft and I can't find a single bad thing to say about them. Their prices make it cheaper for brides to DIY their own invitations and the quality of the card is great for the price.  You might see a slight difference if you held it up next to a more expensive option but your guests will never know.  I searched high and low for pocket fold cards so I could make our invitations myself, I found using  PDA Card and Craft I would save at least half of what I was expecting to pay.

Our Invitations

After seeing a handful of photographers we didn't click with I was beginning to get a little frustrated.  I spent hours online trying to find a photographer who would deliver exactly what we wanted.  I found Deborah Stott and loved what I saw and asked her for a sample of her work.  She sent us a brochure with prices and a DVD with photos from a wedding she had not long done.  We met the lovely Deborah for a chat and she was so interested in our wedding.  She wanted to know every little detail and it didn't seem at all false.  I loved that she took so much interest and shortly after we confirmed her for our wedding day.  Deborah is based in Trentham, Stoke on Trent but is available to travel throughout the UK.

Know of an amazing blog or website that has offered you with invaluable advice or inspiration throughout your planning? Or are you a supplier who believe your service is tip top? If you want to be featured on Wedding Wednesday please send me an email.

1 comment:

  1. I used PDA for all my stationery too; they have been great.

    I got the swatch pack ages ago to look at the colours and some you def couldnt tell the diffence between other expensive stuff.

    They were the only place that had the exact colour I wanted after the paper mill got rid of the card colour I had used for our save the date cards.


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