July 2017

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Here at The Wedding Lookbook we are able to offer our professional help and services to make your big day a small chore.

  1. Keep your guest list small- as much as you want to invite all your high school friends along to show off your new man they aren’t really worthan extra £800 in food and drink bills.

  2. Hold your ceremony and reception at the same venue- pick something that suits your day and evening needs.

  1. Don’t get married on a Saturday- venue prices inflate massively if you book for a Saturday, opt for a Friday or a Sunday instead and save smart.

  1. Book an off season wedding date- spring showers and autumn leaves make for pretty pictures too! You’ll also save a lot of money on venue costs and are more likely to get the date you want.

  1. Skip the open bar- Do you really want your Uncle Dave dancing on the tables? Offer drink tokens instead limiting each guest to 2 free drinks and the rest they much purchase themselves.

  1. Take your honeymoon a few months after- not only are weddings expensive, shelling out for a romantic getaway the week after isn’t idyllic, wait a few months before you go away, this way you can stretch out the honeymoon phase for a little bit longer.

  2. Chose a venue that doesn’t need much decor- minimalist is the way to go, chose a venue which is designed the way you like it already and then add some details that go a long way.

  1. Limit your bridesmaids- the more bridesmaids you have the more £££ you will spend, on dresses, hen do, favours etc.. keep your bridesmaids your most valued friends and family.

  2. Bulk buy your hotel rooms- if you’re planning on having your wedding far away then you will be expected to provide rooms for your guests to sleep in, bulk buying rooms will result in more discount.

  1. Suit hire- all the suits that are only going to be worn once, the scrunch tie, hankie and cufflinks. Considering suit hire could save you a fortune, ditch the hassle of dragging the groomsmen to M&S and opt for the easy suit hire. Especially for the little kids who grow whenever you turn your back.

Here at The Wedding Lookbook we offer services and packages to help you whatever your budget may be. With wedding dresses starting from £99, suits to hire, wedding decor, photography and many more services and products available we invite you to our open evening showcase being held on the first Wednesday of every month.

If you are unable to make them please call 01883 592 095 to book an in-store appointment and let us help plan your dream wedding.

We are a bridal store location in Surrey. We are local to Croydon, Oxted, Warlingham, Whyteleafe, Woldingham, Purley and a short distance from Kent.

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In order to ensure your dress fits like a dream, you’re going to need your measurements. Whether you’re having a dress made for you or having one altered to fit correct sizing is important. Getting measured by a professional will always be more accurate than measuring yourself, however if this is not possible then all you need is a fabric tape measure and a trusted friend or family member. Remember the more accurate the information the better your dress will fit.

First thing to remember is that you will not be wearing clothes under your dress! Try to take measurements in your underwear, if possible the same underwear you’re planning to wear on the day. You will need to measure the Bust, Waist, Hips, Hollow to Hem and if you are wearing a dress with sleeves the Arm Girth and Inside Sleeve. It’s a good idea to have your phone or a pen and piece of paper to hand in order to keep track.

Measurements Model

Bust– Your bust is not your bra size so don’t automatically go on what the measurement is in your bra.  Take the tape around your back and bring it across the fullest part of your bust which is across your nipples. Arms should ideally be down at your sides as they would be when wearing the dress. Make sure the tape is horizontal across your back.

Waist- Measure the smallest part of your waist, normally an inch or so above your belly button. Take the tape all the way around and back to the front to measure. Before noting the measurement while the tape is around your waist be sure to take a few deep breaths to ensure you’re not holding your stomach in. This will make sure you can breathe on the day!

Hips- The widest part of your lower body, measure across the hipbone usually about 7 inches below the waistline. Take the tape all the way around ensuring the tape is horizontal.

Hollow to Hem-  Take the tape and begin at the hollow of your neck and measure down to where you want the dress to end. And if you want a fuller skirt, measure out at an angle to allow for the full dress. If you can, wear the heels you will wear with your wedding dress if not wear ones of the same height.

The next two measurements are only required if you are planning on wearing a dress with sleeves;

Arm Girth- Measure around the largest part of your upper arm, make sure the tape isn’t tight otherwise sleeve won’t be very comfortable.

Inside Sleeve- Begin the measuring tape from your armpit along a straight arm to your wrist.

Remember it is always better to round the number’s up and have the dress a little big (don’t suck in as every woman does when trying on dresses it will give you unreliable measurements and you might get disappointed if the dress turns up and its too small). Also ladies, some of you may be thinking of losing weight for the wedding but don’t take this into account when measuring. To take the dress in is easier than taking it out, not to mention cheaper.

If you’re still not 100% sure where to measure use the above picture to get a basic idea of where to measure on your body.

Please don’t forget wedding dress sizes run smaller than everyday high street sizes. The number on the dress bears no relation to beautiful you look or how happy you feel. If you plan on buying a dress using UK sizes, knowing your measurements will help you and your dress consultant decide which size will be suitable for you to try on.

Hopefully we have provided you with some helpful guidance, and wish you the best of luck 🙂

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How to plan a wedding on a small budget

Are you engaged and looking forward to organising your own wedding but don’t know where to start? Look no further! Planning a wedding while hard work can be fun too for the engaged couple who can end up with a wedding they have created from scratch. However, it is no small feat. Here are a few tips that can help you to not only organise a kickass wedding but also, save money on your wedding.

Start with a Vision

Do you want a ballroom wedding, garden wedding, beach affair or one at a castle? The key to getting the wedding you desire is to have a vision for what you want your wedding to be. You can combine your own ideas with ideas sourced from Pinterest, bridal magazines and the advice of former brides. This vision board will help you come up with a to-do list when planning your wedding to ensure you don’t forget the tasks that are of vital performance.

Make a Budget

It does not matter how much money you are willing to spend, a budget sis of vital performance and helps you save money on your wedding. Most people have achieved great results when organising a wedding on a small budget by sticking to the budget throughout the planning process.

Venue and Guests

If you are going for a small budget wedding, then make sure you keep your guest numbers down. This is the same if you want a small intimate affair. The key is to be realistic about who you want to celebrate your wedding with and prioritise. Choosing a venue can also be a hurdle to cross when at the initial stages. Depending on what king of wedding you want to have, come up with several options and choose the best one. While you shouldn’t be hasty enough to pay for the venue you think is perfect just in case your plans are thrown into disarray, you should also not take long to settle on your venue as you may find it is already booked for the days you wish to have your wedding. There are many venues in Surrey though you may want a romantic wedding at a different remote location.

Hire a Professional

It can be a wedding planner to provide guidance on the nitty gritties involved but ultimately, you are the planner. This is great is you are planning a wedding with a small budget. If you are looking for a wedding planner in Surrey, The Wedding Lookbook offers amazing services at affordable rates and a variety of packages.

We can help you in the planning process reducing the amount of stress and hence allowing you to enjoy your engagement and wedding without having to always be straightening out some detail or other and feeling anxious about it all.

Wedding LookBook is a one-stop Wedding Shop for brides and grooms, offering stunning bridal dresses, Men’s suit hire, wedding photography, Wedding videography, flowers, wedding cakes, makeup and hair, creative wedding design, and Wedding packages. We have creative an intimate and inviting shop that accommodates different types of wedding services for busy brides, to enable all their wedding planning to be done under one roof. The Wedding LookBook can help with all aspects of planning a wedding at competitive prices, ranging from inexpensive, off the peg wedding dresses starting from just £99, to high-end services like bespoke wedding planning. There are three different packages on offer to suit all wedding budgets starting at £2999, that cover the most integral parts of any wedding, such as the photography, cake, flowers, make-up, wedding decor on the day and wedding rings. Bride and Groom can pick a package or select parts of each package they would like to use with their wedding budget in mind.