Advice & Learning COVID-19 Weddings

Booking wedding suppliers during lockdown

There is no question that anyone planning a wedding in the last 18 months deserves a medal. However if you are anything like myself and got engaged recently (Congratulations!) then you are just starting your wedding planning journey and who knows how the next 12 months is going to turn out. When it comes to booking your wedding suppliers during lockdown you might be feeling a little overwhelmed, deflated and lost on where to start.

I know from personal experience that it’s difficult to start planning for your wedding day when you aren’t able to visit any venues or meet your suppliers in person. It is entirely possible though to start planning your wedding day in the virtual world, and enjoy the process. A lot of the research can be done with your laptop on your lap, and a glass of wine in hand with the latest Netflix binge on in the background.

I’ve popped together some advice and a few encouraging words for anyone booking suppliers during lockdown. I hope it helps and don’t forget to get in touch with me if you have any questions or would just like to chat.

Booking a WEDDING venue

Venues are likely to be handling postponements from 2020 and early 2021 weddings that are moving into late 2021 and 2022 dates. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t enquire with them, especially if you are hoping for a peak season summer wedding – you need to find a venue soon.

It’s not going to be the same as seeing the wedding venue in person, however attending online virtual tours is a good way to shortlist potential venues. You’ll get a good feel of the venue and whether it’s going to suit your style as well as having the opportunity to ask venue staff any questions. 

Do your supplier research

Booking your wedding suppliers during lockdown might require a bit more research than before to help you feel confident in your choices. The bonus is that you probably have so much more time to immerse yourself into it. It’s so much fun to discover new, interesting suppliers and also getting to know who you are booking to be part of your day really well.

If you aren’t sure where to start your search, there are lots of tools at your fingertips for finding a variety of professional suppliers in your area. Instagram is a great tool, you can use the search function to find specific suppliers by location and hashtags. You can also search via the style of wedding you are hoping to create for example “Wedding Planner Surrey” or “documentary photographer uk.” You can also use Pinterest to find not only inspiration but also suppliers. Make sure to check out all your suppliers websites, social media profiles and google reviews.


Don’t be afraid to jump on a call with a supplier. Lots of wedding suppliers will be offering free, no obligation discovery calls and these are great opportunities to meet the person you are considering working with. If you’ve done your research and have been silently stalking them for a week or two then why not reach out and have a chat. The only way you’ll truly find out if that person is right for you and your wedding day is by meeting them. We aren’t able to catch up over a coffee at the moment but a video call can really go a long way.  

(P.S. You can book in a 30 minute chat with me here! )


If you are feeling unsure about spending a large sum of money with a supplier when the world still feels a bit topsy turvy then ask them if they have a payment plan option to help you spread the costs and feel more secure. It’s also important to ask about their COVID-19 / postponement policies. I’m not saying it’s going to happen, all fingers crossed but you really never know. Booking a supplier you love and are happy with their terms and conditions is important. 


The clue is in the name but Wedding Planners, plan multiple weddings all year around. We really are the experts in the wedding industry. If you are anything like me then you are hoping to only get married once, meaning that most people only plan a wedding once. With this in mind how are you meant to know who the best cake maker in your town is? Or where to hire gold cutlery from at the best price? The wedding industry is vast, and as fun as it is planning a wedding sometime you can get a bit lost.

If you aren’t in a position to hire a wedding planner to help with planning your entire wedding then have a look at one to one consulting options. Speaking to a well-connected, industry professional will help you to book suppliers with confidence, especially when the world feels a little bit unpredictable. 

I offer bespoke in depth virtual wedding planning services or shorter 1:1 Q&A consultations which are easily accessible. You can also ask me about payment plans, and i’ll send you my wedding planning templates for free.

I hope this quick read has helped you with your next steps and you feel more confident in booking your wedding suppliers during lockdown. Book in a call, email me or DM me on instagram to chat more about how I can help you on your wedding day.

Emma x



Advice & Learning Inspiration

Practical wedding planning advice for COVID-19

I’m a wedding planner and also a recently engaged bride to be planning my own wedding during a pandemic. With both of those things in mind, I’ve taken some time out this week to write some practical planning advice for a post COVID-19 wedding.

I was lucky enough to be swept away on a romantic birthday weekend for a proposal from my long term partner mid-way through 2020, and it was just perfect. We loved every minute of the weekend, when we got back we excitedly started talking about our wedding plans before remembering we were living in a pandemic! 

So I set up a pinterest board and said I’d wait until the new year before starting to plan (as surely we’d wake up on Jan 1st to a new world.)

January has rolled around now and I’ll admit to feeling deflated about the whole thing. It wasn’t until I sat down to write this blog post that I realised I haven’t been taking my own advice. So instead of focusing on the activities and decisions that we can’t plan or do, let’s as brides planning through a pandemic get on and enjoy the things we can. 

Enjoy your engagement! COVID-19 doesn’t have to stop your fun.

Now this is a biggy, and I will be the first to admit that because I couldn’t have an engagement party or show my ring off to every passer-by that I moved past the engagement phase pretty quick.  I’m sad about that, and I don’t want you to be sad about it!  If your very recently engaged and really need something to look forward to, then plan that summer party (maybe keep it small though!)

Claire Graham Photography

Think ahead and book your wedding suppliers

If I had a crystal ball then I would say that 2022 and 2023 are going to be BUSY for weddings, which means confirming your favourite supplier on your wedding date might be trickier than usual. Wonderful engagements still happen every day, but more couples will be pushing their wedding dates into the next few years rather than late 2021, plus postponed weddings will make key dates very busy indeed. 

Prioritise suppliers that you really HAVE to have – this way you aren’t committing money to lots of different suppliers, when it feels really far away still but your securing the ones that you really must have. 

Megan Daisy Photography and Anna Lewis Cake Design

Try not to become overwhelmed with wedding planning

If your Instagram feed is anything like mine then it’s full of wonderful wedding suppliers and inspiration, it’s also easy to sit on Pinterest for hours scrolling mindlessly. You end up overwhelmed, thinking you must have everything you’ve seen online at your wedding with no idea how to implement it.

Or during this time especially you know what you want to book, but you’re worried about it being the wrong time to confirm.  Set days or hours that are fun planning time, relaxing with wine on a Sunday is usually my go to. Use this time to research a specific supplier and make approaches to some of your favourites before moving on to another supplier the next week.  

Megan Daisy Photography at Botley Hill Barn

Keep your planning timeline flexible and practical

I’m a planner, which means I have wedding planning timelines professionally and my own personal one and I like to stick with the plan as much as possible.

But recognising that this isn’t a normal year and that you can’t control everything right now will help to alleviate pressure. If you aren’t able to do venue site visits, menu tastings or hair & make-up trials then rearrange to a later date and focus on the things you can do. The planning experience doesn’t need to be any less enjoyable, just look at practical options. Lots of wedding cake companies with post you a cake box tasting, there are now letterbox wine tastings, and your future self will love you if you create a wedding website and write your gift list. 

Hannah Duffy Photography, Kalm Kitchen at Millbridge Court

Stay on track and keep focused during wedding planning.

Through all of the up’s and down’s we are experiencing right now it’s going to be easy to lose sight of your goals. Start with a really good styling and design concept, keep a good record of your budget and refer back to these regularly. Every time you feel a bit lost, start researching a new supplier or lose hope look back at these tools, refocus your mind and remember how awesome your day is going to be when you get there! 

If you need some help staying on track with your wedding planning and some practical wedding planning advice during COVID-19 then why not take a look at my services and contact me to book your free consultation call?

Advice & Learning Inspiration Wedding Flowers

Your guide to wedding bouquets and personal flowers

The first in our ‘Floral Fortnight’ series with Sue from Bramble and Belle is an important topic and one of my favourites. Read on for a guide to wedding bouquets and personal flowers that will help you find your style and speak to your florist.

The moment the bouquet arrives and is delivered to the bride is one of the best! As the most photographed floral pieces at your wedding it’s got to be pretty special. We’ll be talking through colours and styles to consider for your bouquet and of course Sue’s best tips. Let’s dive in!

Choosing wedding flower colours

First off, remember that your florist is your best person for advice on where to start with choosing colours for your bouquet and types of flowers. They know what complimentary colours are going to look the best and what is going to be in season on your wedding day. Plus your flower colours should work with your overall wedding colour palette, if you need help putting together your own bespoke, comprehensive wedding design then take a look at how I can help you do this.

Let’s start with deciding on the colours for your wedding bouquet or your personal flowers throughout the day. You might have already chosen your colour palette so it’s a good idea to bring this and a mood board to the meeting with your florist. When I’m styling and creating a colour palette I take inspiration from lots of places including the venue but I also always consider the flowers that are going to be available and recommended by the florist.

You should think about how the colours are going to look in photos, darker colours like burgundy can become black in the camera. By adding different shades and steps through the colour wheel they can blend nicely.

Wedding bouquet styles

Hand tied bouquet; these are very popular and on trend at the moment, you might be thinking they are too loose and wild for you but there is a huge scale to choose from and they can be tight and formal right through to completely loose.

Front facing hand tied bouquet with a definite front and flatter back. | Suzy Elizabeth Photography

Shower bouquet: traditionally these wedding bouquets are fully wired and structured in a teardrop shape with a handle underneath. They need to be created by a skilled florist as each flower in individually wired and once it’s in place there isn’t any going back. A bouquet like this is going to take your florist time and skill so they can cost more but the overall effect is quite beautiful.

Kjerstin’s fully wired bouquet | Joab Smith Photography
Fully wired bouquet with roses

If a formal cascade bouquet isn’t quite you or in your price range then it is possible to create a similar style and shape with a cascade bouquet that is hand tied. The piece is created using an armature and chicken wire, which makes this type of bouquet more flexible. A hand tied cascade bouquet has more movement than the traditional shower, it’s still elegant but less formal and more natural. It’s best to leave the choice of florals to the florist for this one though so that they can carefully create the exact look you want.

Elisabeth & Michael | Simon Stewart Photography

Don’t scrimp on your wedding bouquet, it’ll be the most photographed floral piece of the entire day.

Sue’s bouquet tip

What flowers should you have in your wedding bouquet

You might have a favourite flower and know that it’s going to be in season at the perfect time of your wedding day, if so then make sure to mention it to your florist. This way they can plan the bouquet around it. Lot’s of flowers can now be bought out of season but this might cost more if they need to be imported from Europe.

If you don’t have any must have types of flowers in mind then it’s always better to let your florist decide. Your florist is the expert and will have your best interests in mind. Nearer the time of your wedding, when they are buying the flowers it’s best to have flexibility so that they can purchase the best flowers in the current market. Florists with the flexibility to choose flowers nearer the time will also be able to choose flowers that are in season, with a good head size and quality that is going to withstand the summer heat.

What’s on trend in wedding bouquets and personal flowers?

I’m not really one to recommend going with a trend, just because it’s in fashion now. If it’s not really YOU then don’t do it. But it can be interesting to see what is on trend, see if you like it and take inspiration.

Natural cascades are being requested a lot at the moment. Moving away from the rules is becoming popular, loose and mixed with different flowers. Garden style is particularly sympathetic to the loose bouquet styles and means your florist can choose british flowers.

Should you consider your dress when choosing a wedding bouquet?

You might consider the details on your dress because a large bouquet might hide the details like sequins and lace. It’s also a good idea to consider your size and choose a proportional size bouquet.

As a florist Sue isn’t sure that you should or should not choose a bouquet just because of your wedding dress. Don’t compromise on what you really want.

Cornwell Manor | Suzy Elizabeth Photography

A quick note on personal flowers

Bridesmaids bouquets should be smaller versions of the bridal bouquet. This will create continuity making for cohesive pictures. Practically it also helps with buying the same flowers making it cheaper for you.

Buttonholes are created using the same or similar flowers as the bouquet, but you can get creative with bold statements such as a large floral single stem. It’s also a nice idea to create a slightly larger, different or more special buttonhole for the Groom.

I hope that this has helped you feel confident about meeting up with your florist and choosing your bouquet style. There really isn’t anything to be worried about, the only problem is there is too much choice! Really trust in your florist, take their advice and make sure you choose what you love.

If you have any more questions about bouquets or personal flowers then feel free to book a 30 minute discovery call with me, email me, or drop me a message on instagram. You can also find expert advice from Sue HERE.

Emma x



Advice & Learning

Four things to think about before setting your wedding budget


Talk about your guest list. Guests = Money. The more guests you have the bigger the venue you’ll need and also the more you money you are going to need to spend on catering and place settings. Having a rough idea of the size of wedding you are planning will help you with all of my other budgeting tips, help you plan and keep you focused on the viability of venues and suppliers. 


The next one will link with guest numbers but thinking about whether you’d like to keep it simple or extravagant will help you budget. Would you love floral meadows down the aisle, a harpist and a sit down meal or are you thinking of a beautiful town hall wedding with a great restaurant afterwards. Is this going to be a big affair or an elopement? 

The Cherry Barn by Lucie MLT Photography


Decide on the location you would like. If you’ve decided to elope then you might want a destination location, or perhaps you’d like a marquee wedding or English country garden in a country house. If your numbers are smaller then you can think about intimate and interesting locations. 

Millbridge Court by Hannah Duffy Photography


Talk through your visions and what you think is going to make a wonderful wedding! Is it live music? Or great food, maybe it’s an open bar or fabulous florals? Create a short list of your top 3 priorities, these will be the things you are willing to spend more of your budget on to create your perfect day. It’ll help you to make decisions when faced with a this or that scenario. 

Balcombe Place by Claire Graham Photography

Once I have this type of information from my couples I have a pretty good idea of where they want to spend their money and can create a very rough first budget. Securing a venue is always the first place to start with any wedding plan. The venue will set the date, the location, the adjustment of guest numbers that might need to be made. It will also help to decide on how much décor and florals you are going to need as well as what the catering options are.  

Here is my rough visual guide of where to allocation your wedding budget. I always create a bespoke budget for my couples as it will change depending on the venue. If you are planning a marquee wedding then you need to budget for bringing in chairs, tables, catering tents and so much more. Alternatively if flowers are going to be the most important part of the day for you then you might want to consider spending less elsewhere.  

If you’d like to talk about your wedding budget then please drop me a message! I’d love to hear from you.

Emma x

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