This morning I went to Longridge in Marlow the home of Marlow FM (www.marlowfm.co.uk) a community based radio station.
Alison Crook the presenter of Mid-Morning Matters invited me alongside co-presenter Mary Flavelle to talk about ‘wedding trends’ and give some tips as a local Wedding Planner.
One of the important points I highlighted as, did the earlier guest speaker from John Lewis that ‘wedding insurance’ doesn’t have to cost the earth and for the cost of two bottles of champagne it can give you ‘peace of mind’ and ease the general stress related to planning your wedding. Wedding Insurance is available through your bank, and most High Street shops and insurance brokers but I have to say that John Lewis do rank very highly.
Then, we also talked about the trends with moving away from the traditional wedding on a Saturday and how the earlier days of the week were becoming popular as realistically only 52 Saturday’s in the year. Churches are opening their doors to weddings any day of the week however, don’t take it for granted and check first as not all of them will be able to accommodate you. Also, you need to check with some venues (usually the black canvas style venues) if opting for a Civil Ceremony that they have a licence for every day of the week. My only advice, when couples ask about a mid-week wedding is that you have to consider whether the guests can take time off work so, for example if you live and work in London but decide to get married in a Scottish Castle will they all come?
My summarising comment was to remember that a wedding is about ‘you’ the couple and that the wedding should be an extension of your personalities and something that you enjoy. People come along to your wedding to be part of the celebration and to see you both joined together on your journey of life together and so don’t worry too much about all the other elements just keep it real and within your set budget as you don’t want to start married life in debt. So, during the day take a step out and look in and savour the moments, and don’t skimp on the keepsakes i.e. photographs as you don’t get a dress rehearsal.
Thank you, Alison and Mary for having me on your show this morning it was great fun.
And, anyone who lives in the Marlow area and doesn’t listen, it is a great community station so, do check out the website (www.marlowfm.co.uk) and see all the different ways of getting involved whether its speaking on the airwaves or, sponsorship or even advertising opportunities.
Lastly, I would just like to wish Alison and Steve congratulations for your 20th wedding anniversary on Saturday and I hope your beach party is a success, fingers crossed the weather holds out. And, enjoy letting off the heart Chinese Lanterns over the sea.