Wednesday, 19 January 2011


The second in our weekly Wedding Wednesday shout outs today. This one is very special, as its from the wonderful planner Louise, at Bow Occasions, whose wedding Ian and I will be shooting next year. Louise is actually offering a great discount on future bookings too!

Louise is giving her tip on planning your big day- over to Louise:

Firstly congratulations on your engagement. This is an extremely fun and exciting time and one which should be enjoyed and cherished. Unfortunately, the wedding planning process can easily be overshadowed with stress, be it from family pressures, finances or not knowing where to start.

So to help you along the way, I have put together some tips for those at the very early stages of the wedding planning process.

  1. Budget

There are so many fun parts of planning a wedding, from choosing the dress to cake tastings but there’s no point starting these without having an idea of the budget. After all, you don’t want to find your dream venue or dress only to then realise it doesn’t work financially.

I can tell you that this is probably going to be one of the toughest parts of planning your wedding so it’s worth getting it out of the way early. Then the fun begins…

  1. Guest list

Establishing a rough guest list works hand in hand with establishing your budget… after all, the more guests, the more you may need to budget. This is also a good thing to have when venue searching… You don’t want to find your dream venue and then realise that it won’t be big enough to accommodate your guests.

  1. Research

Research, research, research! Find out what YOU love. Find out what your FIANCE loves. Write down what is important to you and what isn’t. Look though magazines and blogs and save the ideas you love. Put them in a safe place, be it a scrapbook or a folder on your computer. It is so important to remember that this wedding is about you and your fiancĂ©. Your friends and family will have opinions but be true to yourself, if you don’t want a wedding cake, don’t have one. Don’t want a three course meal then don’t have one.

Optional: Hire a wedding planner

You may be under the impression that wedding planners are only for the rich and famous – wrong. Of course, wedding planners aren’t for everyone but hiring a wedding planner to assist with the whole planning process or even particular areas, is becoming more and more common. For example, Wedding Day Coordination is a great package that enables the bride and groom to relax on their wedding day. Your Wedding Planner will be there putting the finishing touches into place and will be the first port of call for suppliers, ensuring you can enjoy the day without any stress or worry.

About Bow Occasions

Bow Occasions is the brand name for Louise Angus, a wedding planner and event planner based in Kent. Bow Occasions specialises in creating unique and individual weddings and events. Louise loves weddings that are a little bit different, a bit quirky and fun.

From Full Wedding Planning & Design to Partial Planning to Wedding Day Coordination, Bow Occasions provides a wide range of wedding planning services. Bow Occasions is here to provide you with as much or as little help as you require by tailoring our wedding and event planning services to meet your needs.

Although based in Kent, Bow Occasions also covers London, Essex, Sussex and Surrey and is more than happy to travel further afield.

Special Offer

Bow Occasions is offering 10% off any wedding planning packages between now and 30th April. Just quote ‘modernphotographic’ when enquiring.

Contact details



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The lovely Louise wrote a blog about us last year... click here to see it!


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