This page is packed full of useful tips and articles to help you plan your perfect wedding with ease. They have all been contributed by Bristol Wedding Planner Stephanie Allison from Sweet & Pretty Weddings and Candy Buffets Don't forget to also visit the inpiration page for lots of Steph's stylish theme ideas as well as great local venues and real local weddings.

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Contingency and Planning Tips
  • Make sure that you have good quality wedding insurance as the £50 you spend will be invaluable if anything goes wrong or you have to cancel at short notice
  • Have a wet weather plan for photos and drinks receptions
  • Buy some large golf umbrellas just in case
  • Visit your venue 6 weeks before and reconfirm with all of your suppliers
  • Go to Wedding Fairs to meet lots of suppliers in person
Budget and Money Saving Tips
  • Expensive Weddings are not always the best - spend your money wisely and you can have an amazing day from anywhere between £5000 and £10000
  • If your budget is smaller, limit your numbers as you will need to allow about £50 per guest to pay for food and drinks
  • Keeping your bridal party small will also help your budget as Bridesmaids can cost £200 each
  • You can make lots of things yourself to keep costs down from invitation to favours, cakes and decorations
  • Large floral displays are expensive but tea lights, rose petals, floating candles, hurricane lamps or big round helium balloons can look just as effective at a fraction of the cost
  • Use talented friends to sing, play instruments or make cakes
  • Don't scrimp on photography, food quality or entertainment as you may regret it afterwards
Inspiration and Ideas
  • Wedding magazines and blogs can be a great source of inspiration.
  • Photographers blogs are a good place to see real weddings in local venues and can provide great inspiration
  • Wedding forums like You and Your Wedding, Wedding Ideas and Hitched allow you to chat to other Brides and share ideas
  • Wedding Fairs allow you to meet lots of suppliers and sample their products. The large ones often have fashion shows to give you dress ideas

Helpful Planning Articles: Read some fantasic planning tips in these useful articles

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Ask a Bristol Wedding Planner: Unusual local venue ideas

Ask a Bristol Wedding Planner: Managing a £10,000 budget

Ask a Bristol Wedding Planner: Making weddings fun for guests

Planning a wedding come rain or shine

10 Top Wedding Budget Tips

Managing a Smaller Budget: The Guest List

Venue and Theme Ideas: Don't forget to also visit the Venues  & Inpiration Page for lots of great local wedding venue and theme ideas.

About Sweet & Pretty

Bristol based Sweet & Pretty offer a range of fabulous wedding and party planning services and yummy candy buffet hire that your guests will love. Sweet & Pretty can design your wedding or party, working with the cream of the South West's Wedding Industry to make your dream of a stunning vintage, rustic or whimsical event a reality. From creating mood boards or coordinating suppliers, styling your venue or fully planning your event, Sweet & Pretty can plan your truly perfect occassion. Key areas covered by all services include Bristol, Bath, Somerset, Gloucestershire and the South West.

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