Your Planning Starts Here…..
After distributing over 500,000 copies of The Wedding Guide UK magazine in almost 20 years, publisher Liz Clark is widely recognized as one of the most well-known and best loved characters in the UK wedding industry today.
Recently, a broken ankle gave her the time of enforced inactivity to finally do something about a brilliant idea which had been milling around at the back of her brain for the past few years. Now there was no excuse but to get on and put together a compilation of all the wedding planning advice she has gathered together over this time.
“What took me so long? I knew it was a great idea and when I finally got delivery of my beautiful new book everyone agreed with me too.
Planning your wedding is the best, most exciting thing you will ever do in your whole life. It is a fabulous time but can also been stressful if you don’t know where to start. Well you do now! I created this book especially for YOU. You can use the book as a journal to record your plans and hopes. It will help you to visualise your fabulous wedding and the life you have ahead of you with the person of your dreams. It is packed full of advice and beautiful pictures to inspire you. You will even see pictures from a real vintage wedding – Tim & I got married in 1975 so it is great to look back and see the hair and fashion from over 40 years ago (it was the ‘70s after all).
So, (cue the drum roll) I am delighted to announce the safe arrival of the newest addition to our wedding planning family, Your Planning Starts Here… which is literally the beginners guide to planning your wedding (or refresher course if you have done it before). For only £9.99 + P&P you can order a copy now and we will send it in the post for you straight away.
Anyway, don’t just take my word for it, here is a lovely letter I got from a bride to be when I asked her to let me know what she thought of the book after she had received her copy!”
‘Firstly, I think it’s totally fab – and I really wish I had had it from day 1!! There are so many pointers I would have been able to make use of – I really struggled with not having the first idea how to pick a make-up artist early on and trying to save money on some areas where I wish I hadn’t – such as photographer. If I’d have had this guide when I started out I would have felt a lot more confident in knowing how to go about planning the big day!
It is laid out and styled beautifully – the fonts and page layouts are really romantic and soft but still really clear, readable and user-friendly and I really love your soft warm colour palette. The notes pages are so brilliant for jotting down ideas and thoughts as you go along.
I really love the feature at the beginning on finding your dream gown – I didn’t even know colour analysts existed but I would love to visit one for advice on make-up etc. so that was such a helpful hint. I also still haven’t sorted my lingerie so really appreciated that advice section – I think comfy during the day and gorgeous at night will be the way to go for me! Hahaha! As I mentioned, I could have really used the make-up artist advice early on – it is something I found really tricky so that will really help brides like me.
I ADORED the ‘Bride and Doom’ feature!! I have a long-term health condition myself. I have suffered from CFS since I was eight and one of the most serious considerations for my day was whether I would be able to fit a nap or rest in at some point. I have never seen a feature on being a bride with health issues before and there must be a lot of us so it really made me smile and gave me confidence that I am not on my own and despite health issues can still have the perfect day for us! Thank you for such a lovely inclusion – I really, really did appreciate it.
I also really liked the ‘Home or Away’ feature and the honest advice. Similarly, with the ‘capture the laughter’ feature, we are a couple who didn’t plan in a videographer and having read the article we have decided to think a little more about it. It is such a lovely way to capture the moving moment of the wedding on video but with all the other costs it was a low priority for us. If we can scramble together some more pennies we may well add it on.
I really appreciated the ‘how should the day flow’, the ‘receiving line’, ‘the seating plan’ and ‘wedding customs and traditions’ sections – there are so many elements to think about and often nobody really knows what event should happen when or how to structure things. Also, you often don’t realise these are things that we needed to be thinking about – so having it laid out really helped us figure out how to structure the day! Now we just have to decide whether speeches should be before or after the meal!
I completely adored the sections on the first dance and the wedding music – they were full of vital snippets of advice you just might otherwise not know – like any readings and songs must not have a religious element if you are having a civil ceremony. The suggested readings are fab for couples who might not be very into poetry or classical literature and may not know where to start! I also found the legal sections on changing your name and wills etc. really informative.
The honeymoon planning sections and ideas are great for us as we still need to arrange ours – I really loved the ‘couple up’ on destination ideas as we would like to do that and I was really excited to enter the Thailand Honeymoon competition.
What I like most about the guide is that is its full of helpful, frank and very much needed advice about issues which can be a real worry and things you may not know you need to think about: like when to do the speeches and how you go about arranging evening entertainment. It really encourages brides (and grooms) to know it is okay to ask the hard questions about cost and how things can be improved or made to better suit their individual needs. It is brilliantly easy to read and user friendly and I would 100% recommend it to my friends who are newly engaged!’ AP
“Finally, my advice to you is take a deep breath and enjoy yourself. And as someone told Tim & I on our wedding day, ‘Get angry slowly, there’s plenty of time’ Try it – it works!”
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With much love, Liz Clark x
The Wedding Guide UK
and Your Planning Starts Here.