Running with the butterfly theme - A stunning alternative cake

The last thing you want before your big day is to be stressed and worrying about whether things are going to go smoothly or not. Instead we suggest you hire a wedding planner as venues and suppliers love them and it’s a fact that they can get the best rates as well as recommend areas where you can make some big savings.  Wedding Planners can organise all aspects of your day for you, enabling you and your husband to be to sit back and relax – it really is about making it perfect and realising your dreams.

Current trends within the wedding industry have changed dramatically; you can still have all the traditional aspects but add in personal twists. For wedding cakes it is now more cost effective to have a big cake – yes, we know that cup cakes are pretty and have been wildly popular but they are seriously labour intensive and hence will cost you more. Alternative catering will also reduce your spending; chose options such as a buffet, barbecue, canapés and a hog roast – we promise they are all cheaper than a sit down meal.

Antique bird cages make the perfect centre pieces, they can be spray painted to coordinate with your colour theme and flowers can be placed inside for added effect. Another idea would be to hire vases in – companies like us have masses of vase varieties for hire (think fish bowls, giant martini vases and mirrored cubes) it means you get what you want but for a fraction of the cost!

Favours for guests no longer need to be a small bag of sugared almonds, which frankly no one ever ate, you can now choose from a huge selection of things to fit with your theme, such as cookies, sparklers or candles. Fun wedding photos alongside the classic moments will have you laughing in years to come. And instead of the traditional guestbook you can either get a caricature done of the bride and groom where guests sign the edges or a Polaroid camera for guests to take a photo of themselves to stick next to their messages. Both work and both are original! If you are having children at your wedding hiring a crèche or giving them goodie bags will help to keep them occupied; we also like bubble machines, roaming entertainers,  face painters and table magicians.

Butterfly detailing is set to be hot this year! Whether you want a paradise theme or peaches and cream you can get them in a huge range of colours for different aspects for your wedding from place settings, cakes and invitations.

For you and your fiancé taking dancing lessons prior to the big day will ensure that your first dance as husband and wife will be one to cherish and remember forever, we have some great teachers available to if it’s a bit of Latin fever or a more traditional waltz then let us know.

Final bit of advice is to make sure you put everything that has anything to do with the big day away a day or two before the wedding and have a relaxing evening together just the two of you.