The first 12 weeks… and returning to work.

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Dominic is 12 weeks old now… I can’t believe how fast the time has gone. It seems only a week ago that we were bringing this tiny baby home from hospital and now he is wearing 3 – 6 month clothing, chatting and smiling constantly and discovering new parts of the world every day. The latest is his hands… he loves his hands.

 

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I had always planned to return to work when Dominic was 3 months old and that time has come! I have been working on and off since Dominic was about 2 weeks old, replying to enquiries, dealing with press requests etc… However now he is a little bigger and even though he sleeps less, he is more than happy laying on his play mat or sitting in his bouncer next to me in the office playing with his toys and chatting away to himself whilst I work. I am so lucky that I am able to work from home whilst doing what I love and looking after my son. I won’t be working every day from 9 – 5 as we have baby groups to go to and cuddle and playtime to be had however I will be logging on a lot more during the day and also catching up in the evenings when he is in bed. Luckily wedding planning is flexible in that a lot of couples work Monday – Friday during the day so scheduling meetings, telephone calls and Skype conversations for after 6.30pm is perfect.

 

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I still have some availability left for weddings this year so do get in touch, if you are looking for a Wedding Day Coordinator or Wedding Stylist to help with your big day.

Louise x

Alternative Guest Book Ideas

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A question I am often asked by my couples, friends and family is whether there are any alternatives to the traditional guest book. Traditional guest books are lovely however are quite often put away after the wedding rarely to be seen again. The good news is that there are so many alternative guest book options available to couples these days and I have done a round up of my favourite alternative guest books below. The great thing about these guest books is that they can be kept on display therefore acting as a lovely constant reminder of your special day.

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Credits: From Left to Right >> Oak Blocks Guest Book | Fingerprints Guest Book by Pepper & Joy | Drop Top Guest Book | Photo Canvas Guest Book | Heart Puzzle Guest Book | Engagement Shoot Photo Book | Plank Guest Book

Are you having an alternative guest book for your wedding? I’d love to hear what you are going for.

Louise x

Newly Engaged! What’s next?

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Wedding Planning Advice - Newly Engaged? What's Next?

As a wedding planner and event designer, I work with a vast range of couples and one of the reasons they hire a wedding planner is because they are so overwhelmed by all the information out there in wedding magazines and wedding blogs and not to mention Pinterest, that they simply need someone experienced to guide them along the way.

Wedding planners don’t need to be exclusively for those with big wedding budgets. In fact, you will find that most wedding planners offer a bespoke service depending on your individual needs. However, I know that hiring a wedding planner does not suit everyone therefore without wanting to give away ALL my secrets and do myself out of business, I am introducing a new series on the blog which will offer wedding planning advice for all aspects of planning a wedding starting with today’s post… Newly Engaged? What’s Next?

I know, I know you’re probably thinking not another wedding blog offering wedding planning advice… I really do hope you find this series helpful.

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Once engaged, you may be wondering what’s next? Don’t worry – you’re not alone. There are so many timelines and guides out there that it is common to feel overwhelmed at first, however, it’s much easier when you know where to start.

Figure out whats important

Figure out what’s important to you.

Yes it really is that simple. I promise that once you have worked out the most important things to you, everything will start to feel a lot less overwhelming and in turn you will start to feel a lot more positive about the fun journey ahead of you. From here you will find planning your timeline and most importantly your budget a lot easier.

Remember, it’s YOUR wedding.

Despite what you may read in magazines or online, there really are no hard rules on how to plan a wedding. Yes guides and timelines are helpful but they are just that… guides. So please don’t worry if the timeline tells you to book the florist before buying your dress because in your eyes, these may be the wrong way round in order of importance, if at all. Just remember, it’s your wedding!!

And finally…

ENJOY. If time allows, take your time and enjoy the wedding planning process. Wedding planning should be fun, not stressful.

STAY ORGANISED. Lists and spreadsheets whilst not being the most exciting part of planning a wedding are essential in keeping on track and will make everything a lot easier.

DON’T GO IT ALONE. Ask friends and family to help and remember that your wedding party are there to help you along the way. Alternatively look into hiring a wedding planner to help with your plans. I promise that we aren’t as expensive as you may think and the time you save in searching for suppliers or filling in yet another boring spreadsheet is more time to be spent with your precious fiancé. Surely that must be worth it!

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In the next post in this series, I will be focusing on wedding budgets.

Louise
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