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Wedding Planning vs booking suppliers

Let’s clear up the definition of wedding planning

Having been in the wedding business for over 13 years, I hear the words wedding planning being bantered around excessively. On every corner there appears to be a wedding planner. Popular phrases are:

  • Wedding planning made easy
  • Wedding planning tips
  • Wedding planning ideas

And let’s not forget the many wedding suppliers who also claim that they offer wedding planning services. But the biggest phrase that makes me feel the most uncomfortable is something like this: “Find out how Jenny [insert another relevant name] planned her wedding for just £1,000 [insert another similar low figure]

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Let’s examine the meaning of the word ‘Planning’. The dictionary definition is: the act or process of making or carrying out plans

Now let’s examine the meaning of the work ‘Booking’. The dictionary definition is:  the arrangement that you make when you book something

If we look closely at both these definitions, planning does not have a monetary value. Planning is more about emotions, skills, knowledge, energy and time. While booking, especially when  relating it to whether you are trying to keep costs low, has everything to do with how much you are spending.

Please don’t misunderstand. When I work with my brides to plan their wedding I always start with their budget and what they are comfortable to spend, but it doesn’t end there. As I work with them to identify the suppliers to book, I am also exploring the ease of how all the pieces will fit together, asking the most important logistical questions and identifying the best solutions that will cause the least anxiety possible.

You see the wedding planning process for me is an extremely serious one. It’s not just a game of numbers. There is no end of cheap options available for weddings and you really don’t have to look very hard to find them. But what is not so easy to find is advice on how your day will come together.  Or how all those items that you managed to book (at low prices or otherwise), translate into your dream. Plus, who will stick the pieces together that don’t quite fit so that you and your family will glide through the day that you have been dreaming about for so long?

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That’s what wedding planning is all about. No amount of frantically trying to source suppliers in record time is going to make your day the awesomeness that it should be.

So the next time that you hear the words ‘plan your wedding for just [insert relevant low figure]’, be sure to recognise if you are just being informed about the cheapest suppliers and a range of DIY options.

I would love to hear your comments about your wedding planning journey. Please leave them below.

As well as wedding decor hire, PAB Events provides a range of Wedding Planning services. To find out more just click here

Be Fabulous For The Summer Well Being Fayre

1st April 2017 at The Kingsway Shopping Centre Newport

PAB Events Be Fabulous Well Being Event

 

PAB Events next Well Being event will be on 1st April 2017 concentrating on getting you ready for a fabulous Summer. Plus it’s free to attend!

The last Well Being event was held on 14th January 2017 and we want to continue the trend of staying healthy, happy and beautiful.

As well as lots of tips on healthy eating, treatments and relaxation, there will also be elements of beauty and image advice. This will be one of the best events to attend as we step out of winter and look forward to the Summer.

Exhibitors will be in the area outside Boswells Cafe

Pop in and chat to the range of suppliers providing lots of advice on how to shake off those winter blues!

If you would like to book a space to promote your healthy business email paula@pabevents.co.uk

 

Fabtatsic Wedding fayre at Kingsway Friars Walk Newport

25th Feb 2017

PAB Events wedding fayre Friars Walk Newport

Fabtastic Wedding Fayres like most events hosted by PAB Events, are all about thinking outside the box. Who says that a wedding fayre needs to take place at a wedding venue? Why not bring the wedding fayre out to the public?

After the success of the last fayre at Friars Walk Kingsway on 15th Oct 2016 and other fayres at Tesco Extra Spytty Newport, we are pleased to be hosting another one at the Kingsway Friars Walk location in Newport Town Centre. This next fayre will take place on 25th Feb 2017.

Wedding exhibitors will be on display in the center of the Kingsway Shopping centre right by the entrance which is the main access from the car park into the centre (opposite Boswells Cafe). Wedding cars will also be on display in John Frost Square. Couples will be treated to a range of suppliers providing everything needed to create their big day. There will be mock ups of decor options and much more. Look out for special offers too! Free entry. Open the public from 10am to 4.30pm

If you are a supplier and would like to promote your services at this event please get in touch by emailing info@pabevents.co.uk

2017 Wedding Trends

If you are planning a wedding you are probably doing copious amount of research to check out the latest trends. Here’s what we have noticed as being very popular this year!

Vintage style is showing no signs of going away

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Soft colours like ivory & dusky pink is hugely popular

PAB Events 2017 wedding trends

The must have accessory is the cream aisle runner

PAB Events 2017 wedding trends

Here’s a link to some other great trends we have found More 2017 wedding trends

Please leave a comment below and tell us about your wedding ideas

Martha’s Dancing Heart Annual Charity Ball

 

 

 

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28th January 2017 at Cardiff City Stadium

We are hugely honoured to be working on this ball again for Martha’s Dancing Heart.

Martha is a gorgeous little girl who has been receiving treatment from birth for what is affectionately call her ‘Dancing Heart’! The Children’s Heart Unit for Wales and the Neonatal Ward of UHW have been hugely instrumental in Martha’s care.

Proceeds from all the activities of Martha’s Dancing Heart Charity goes to raising funds for the heart unit

Click on this link to book your tickets  for what promises to be a fabulous start to the new year! Click here

Healthy Start Well Being Fayre 2017

14th January 2017 at The Kingsway Shopping Centre, Newport

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It’s time to shake off all that excessive eating over Christmas and bring back that spring in your step!

PAB Events is hosting a healthy start event on 14th January 2017 to kick off the new year and it’s free to attend!

Being healthy is one of the most important things to embrace as we go about our daily lives, because let’s face it, without our health, everything will grind to a halt. So what better plan to have than to take control of your healthy living habits by attending the 2017 Healthy start event at Kingsway Shopping Centre, Newport (Exhibitors will be in the area outside Boswells Cafe)

There will be a range of suppliers there with lots of advice on how to be your best self in 2017!

If you would like to book a space to promote your healthy business email paula@pabevents.co.uk

Fabtastic Wedding Fayre at Kingsway Friars Walk Newport

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Wedding Fayre at Kings way Friars Walk Newport

Fabtastic Wedding Fayres like most events hosted by PAB Events, are all about thinking outside the box. Who says that a wedding fayre needs to take place at a wedding venue? Why not bring the wedding fayre out to the public?

After the success of other fayres at Tesco Extra Spytty Newport, we are pleased to be hosting one at the new Kingsway Friars Walk location in Newport Town Centre. The fayre will take place on 15th Oct 2016.

Wedding exhibitors will be on display in the center of the Kingsway Shopping centre right by the entrance which is the main access from the car park into the centre (opposite Boswells Cafe). Wedding cars will also be on display in John Frost Square. Couples will be treated to a range of suppliers providing everything needed to create their big day. There will be mock ups of decor options and much more. Look out for special offers too! Free entry. Open the public from 10am to 4.30pm

If you are a supplier and would like to promote your services at this event please get in touch by emailing info@pabevents.co.uk

2016 Bride? Just Breathe

If 2016 is your wedding year, you will be starting to understand the importance of gathering together everything you have booked to create a meaningful and amazing wedding day. 

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Planning vs booking

It is about this time that the excitement of having booked all your suppliers becomes a distant memory and all you can think about is whether everyone will do what they are supposed to do on the day. That’s the difference between planning and booking. If you have been doing lots of booking up until now, you might be feeling a little overwhelmed; especially when people keep mentioning things you never thought of!

My advice? Breathe. If you haven’t booked someone to manage your day like the PAB Events Wedding Day Coordination Service, it’s time to roll your sleeves up follow my top tips to creating the day of your dreams.

Contact all your suppliers

Chances are that you booked your wedding suppliers some time ago, so it’s important to connect and discuss everything you have booked to ensure nothing has been missed

Pay all your outstanding invoices

Most wedding suppliers want to be paid at least a month before the wedding date so make sure you have this covered. If there are any slight changes closer to your day, be sure to tell your supplier about it and pay any additional amounts

Tell your venue about everything you have booked

The last thing you want is for that amazing candy cart, or giant love letters you booked to be turned away on the day because the venue didn’t plan a space for it. Chances are that everything you would like can be accommodated, but you will need to communicate the details in plenty of time.

Give clear instructions

Never assume anything. If there is a particular way you would like something done, displayed or handled, put it in writing and have it agreed. The earlier you do this the better. This will ensure you can make alternative arrangements it your wishes can’t be granted.

Don’t try to do everything yourself

The temptation is always there to be involved in every aspect of your day, especially if you have the opportunity to set things up the day before your wedding. Just because you have space the day before your wedding, it doesn’t mean you have to fill it with activities and stress. If you plan in advance you can hand over the responsibility to family and friends or an expert. Then all you need to do during the run up to your day is to relax and prepare YOU.

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I would love to hear how you are feeling during the build up to your wedding. Just leave your comments below

 

Wedding Promotional Event At Canada Lake Lodge, Creigiau, Cardiff

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Wedding Promotional Evening at Canada Lake Lodge

The next Wedding Promotional evening to be will be held at Canada Lake & Lodge. The event will be hosted by Canada Lake Lodge in association with their catering partners, Spiro’s The Fine Dining Caterers on the evening of 16th September 2015. The evening starts at 5pm and ends at 8pm.

At this event you will get the opportunity to meet and spend quality time with some of the top wedding suppliers in South Wales, all qualified to make your wedding special!

On arrival couples will be treated to a drinks reception and canapes while browsing the services on offer. There will be mock ups of various decor ideas, special offers and entertainment.

PAB Events will be there with brand new ideas and great offers.

If you are planning your wedding this is not to be missed!

All enquiries contact Canada Lake Lodge on 02920 89 2090   or email enquiries@canadalodgeandlake.co.uk

 

Trying to reduce wedding venue costs?

‘Help! How can I reduce the cost of my venue?

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Since starting my series of blogs relating to wedding costs, I have had some great feedback from brides to be who have been trying to keep control of mounting costs. My main aim is to help future brides create their dream day at an affordable price. So let me share with you one of the most common dilemmas brides have and my typical response.

Bride’s Dilemma:

I got engaged 3 months ago and my wedding will be in June 2017. I know June will be a popular month for venues but I have always dreamed of a summer wedding. Lots of people kept telling me that I had to start looking at venues now, as the best ones get booked up. The problem is that I am being told that I have to pay more for my venue than the current rate, as it is in 2 years time. The rates are quite high at the moment so I am worried that I won’t be able to afford it when I have to pay the balance. Help!

My response:

I understand your problem. It is a common one. But I must say that you are absolutely right to be venue hunting now. Here’s my advice:

  • Talk to the venue to see if you can lock into today’s prices by booking now. Even if they are unable to give you the current price, they may be able to offer you a discount if you book within the next few weeks.
  • Consider having your wedding day on a week day as opposed to a weekend. Most venues have reduced costs for weekday weddings. I know you may think this will be difficult for your guests but with such substantial notice, you’ll be surprised at how flexible guests can be. I am currently working on a number of weekday weddings where there has been little or no impact on the guest list
  • If you book now, there should be no reason why you can’t start paying towards your venue straight away. Paying small amounts between now and your wedding day, will cushion the blow when the final balance is due.

Feel free to share your comments below on my advice. I would love to know your thoughts!

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