*** here’s some great planning advice…enjoy!  ~Dave~

With less than a month to go before her own wedding, Opsh co-founder Jennie Mc Ginn is sharing her bridal prep… check out part 1 here!

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There’s always an element of a wedding that you’re drawn towards. For some couples, it’s the wedding food; for others, it’s the music, or the venue, or the time of year, or the honeymoon. For me, it’s the jam jars. Yes. Jam jars.

Wedding jam jars, wedding pompoms, wedding ribbons, wedding invitations. The frills, you might say. That’s me, all frills and no substance. But with the whole idea of Pinterest-friendly weddings, crafted wedding and alternative wedding styles exploding as an industry, it can be EXHAUSTING trying to be quirky, cool and personal with your wedding decorations. Here’s what I’ve learned:

1. Get a wedding planner

For realises. They’re not as expensive as you think and they can save you a wrinkle load of stress. I’m working with Natasha Mann from Honeydew Events and her service incorporates catering and wedding planning. Genius. The relationship works like this – I say “I want PINK. I want GOLD. I want FLAMINGOES. I want LIVE ILLUSTRATIONS. I want ELECTRIC PICNIC! Oh, and I don’t have a very big budget.” Natasha then translates all this into something that actually makes sense, where people are fed and watered and not just sitting on hay-bales, surrounded by pink plastic flamingos and wishing they’d brought a GODMAN Snickers with them.

2. Get a wedding planner

Can’t emphasise the point enough.

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Pink to make the boys wink! By Confetti Systems

3. Stick to your vision. Even if your vision changes on a daily basis.

So, in an earlier post, I referred to how new all this wedding malarkey felt to me. I had never thought about a ring, a dress, a venue… and that equally applied to a “theme” for my wedding. Since we have gotten engaged, I’ve thought about a “Retro-Toy” theme, a “Super-Hero” theme, a “Beautiful and the Damned” theme and finally, a rather vague “Graphic Design” theme. I wanted to get married in a warehouse, at home, the grounds of IMMA, a boat, a boutique camping grounda country house, and I wanted to elope. I can be as confused, as fair-weather and as determined as I like. It’s my wedding, and I’ll cry if I want to. But seriously though, be true to yourself; you will get push-back, unsolicited opinions and lots of “Oh really? That sounds… interesting”. Ignore it all, and do what you want – you’re paying for it.

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Jam jars. By moi. 

4. Invitations

We were initially going to scrap invitations as a cost-saving measure and at the last minute, I had a change of heart. Wedding invitations are just lovely mementos. I had mine done by illustrator Brian Coldrick and the results were just amazing. We’ll have them forever.

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My wedding invitation! 

5. Parents love to be roped in.

I’m the first to get married, and my parents were initially… bemused… at my ideas on theme and wedding décor. But I’m bull-headed and for the most part, stuck to my (pink) guns. In the final run-up to the wedding, my Dad is thrilled to have discovered spray-paint and my Mother is coming at me with more suggestions than I can keep up with.

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My Dad did this! 

6. Keep everything.

From the minute you get engaged, keep jam jars, cinema stubs, cards, presents, wrapping paper. If you’re a true DIY maven, you’ll draw inspiration from everything and probably end up making a tent out of wrapping paper that will be featured on Elle Wedding.

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Gorgeous stationery from Shindigpaperie

7. Have an auld practice.

So we all know about #pinterestfails right? Sometimes it’s just not that easy to make a chandelier out of pipe-cleaners. Have a practice first. Get your bridesmaids involved, round up some goods from Tiger and the Art & Hobby Shop, have some bubbles and get crafting. It’s actually quite relaxing and a lovely way to wile away the afternoon.

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Looking HAWT and getting crafty…

8. Think logistics.

I’m definitely more of a “big vision” and “blue-sky” thinker. I like to shout out ideas and see them take shape in my mind. But my fiancé is more of a logical brain and likes to find out details – and more importantly – how much? I’m trying to convince him that anything we use will come home with us and make up part of our interiors. He points out that we live in a poky, one-bed flat that is bursting at the seams with (my) clothes and (my) magazines.  So, for everything you want incorporated into your day, just try and strategise how it’s getting down, who’s responsible and how it will get back.

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Liberty London masterclass in floral clashing

9. Think budget

See above. You might really, really, really want a six-foot glitter encrusted flamingo. But can you afford it?

10. Have fun!!

And breathe.

 

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