This week I'm delighted to introduce our guest blog contributor, Şenel Besim from Bride & Belle, a luxury wedding planner based in Suffolk. Şenel offers a calm, organised and logistical approach to wedding planning in London and Suffolk for timeless, luxurious and elegant weddings across the UK and in Europe.
Read on to hear about her business and how her expertise can alleviate many of the pressures that couples feel when planning their weddings.
Bride and Belle Luxury Weddings is a wedding planning company in London, offering a bespoke and luxury service, completely tailored to your needs. Working exclusively for you as your wedding planner, I can assist you with all aspects of your wedding from the creative side to managing the logistics. I am here to ensure you have an unforgettable day, full of lasting memories and a wedding that is truly and uniquely you. I do this by spending as much time as possible getting to know you and understand what it is that you want.
My clients know exactly what type of wedding they would like, but have very busy lives and often feel uncertain how to go about planning such a special, beautiful and memorable occasion. One of the key areas that my clients ask for my assistance in, is the coordination and management of their budget. I’ve put together three handy tips to stay on top of your wedding budget;
Decide what is important to you
Invest your money in the areas that matter most to you. It is your day, so do not feel as though you should spend money on something that just isn’t for you. If you and your partner are real foodies and love eating out, then why not invest in an amazing wedding caterer and work together to create a bespoke menu that will wow your guests. Many of my clients choose to work with some of London’s most prestigious wedding caterers, and often choose to bring a sommelier on board to ensure that the wine pairings match perfectly.
Get to know your suppliers
Invest time in the suppliers that you’re working with. This is the biggest and most important day of your life and probably the biggest event you will ever have to organise. Much of your wedding is in the hands of the suppliers you work with such as your wedding venue, your florist and your photographer, so choose carefully and invest wisely. Don’t be afraid to contact at least three or four suppliers in each category. Ask for examples of their work, testimonials from previous clients and a clear break down of what is included as part of their service. I have a network of experienced and reliable wedding suppliers in London, from cake designers to caterers, florists to photographers and will never recommend a supplier to you that I can’t personally vouch for.
Set up reminders so that you know when payments are due and use a spreadsheet to keep track of what suppliers need to be paid and when. Most suppliers will require a deposit in the initial stages and then the remainder of the deposit around 8 weeks before your wedding date. A wedding planner will be able to help you coordinate the administration for your wedding but if you are going it alone then don’t forget to stay organised and on top of payments.
Working exclusively for you as your wedding planner, I can assist you with all aspects of your wedding from the creative side to managing the logistics and your budget. I am here to ensure you have an unforgettable day, full of lasting memories and a wedding that is truly and uniquely you. I do this by spending as much time as possible getting to know you and understand what it is that you want.
Let’s start by getting to know each other. Tell me everything about you. Who you are, what is important to you and how you want your wedding day to feel. In return, I will translate your wedding vision into a reality. Spectacular surroundings, delicious food, good music and your love for one another.
You can also find me on Instagram @BrideandBelleweddings
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