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In this episode of Guides for Brides - The Wedding Podcast, Nikita gives all of her top tips and tricks when it comes to setting a budget and managing your wedding spend. Setting and allocating your wedding budget can be difficult but actually sticking to it can be even harder (especially with so much wedding inspiration out there). The typical wedding budget in the UK is often reported on and no set number comes up. Is it £30k? £50k? £15k? It seems to be a different figure in every article you read. The thing is, there really isn't a "right" amount for you to spend on your wedding, it is completely up to you and your partner. There are so many factors that come into setting your wedding budget and in this episode, Nikita recommends a list of things you need to think about for the overall budget and how you can prioritise each element to ensure you allocate the right spend for that part of your big day. When it comes to sticking to your wedding budget, Nikita spills her secrets so you can easily stay on track with your spending and gives our listeners some top money saving tips! Related articles and links for this episode Guides for Brides - Wedding Budget Calculator Guides for Brides Wedding Planner (includes checklist) Blog - How To Set A Wedding Budget Blog - How To Stick To Your Wedding Budget GFB Handout - Budget to cost-per-head calculator
In this episode of Guides for Brides - The Wedding Podcast, we get into an excellent discussion with Jennifer Patrice about how choosing a celebrant is a great way to ensure your ceremony is memorable for you and your guests. Having your wedding ceremony be unique to you is what every couple strives for. Celebrants are able to inject a bit of fun and emotion into the day, that gives couples a ceremony that isn't cookie cutter. The restrictions of a traditional and classic wedding are removed, allowing for complete creative freedom when it comes to planning the perfect ceremony. Jennifer explains the importance of telling the couple's love story and how crucial it is for couples to do thorough research into their future celebrant so their journey is portrayed in the way they have always envisioned. Topics such as LGBTQ+ and fusion weddings are discussed. Currently (May 2022), independent celebrants are unable to perform legally binding wedding ceremonies in England and Wales but there may be change on the horizon with the Law Commission's review of marriage laws which is hoped to bring the rules in line with Scotland and Northern Ireland. The review is due in July 2022. Related articles and links for this episode Jennifer Patrice - Celebrant  Find Celebrants near you  Blog: The Ultimate Guide to Celebrants and Celebrant-led Ceremonies Blog: A Conversation with a Celebrant 
Trailer: Season 3

Trailer: Season 3

2022-04-1201:08

We're back! Time flies and I can’t believe it’s been so long since we last sat down and had a chat. If you’re new here, welcome, my name’s Nikita from Guides for Brides, and whether you’re recently engaged, just hoping to be, or right in the midst of planning everyone’s welcome here. I will be joined by some fabulous expert guests this season talking all things wedding with you. New Season launching 6th May 2022.
In this episode of Guides for Brides - The Wedding Podcast, Amelia and Nikita are joined by Jo from Berwick Lodge to discuss elopements. Listen to this episode on a wide variety of popular podcast streaming outlets What’s covered in this podcast episode? This is the final episode in season two of Guides for Brides - The Wedding Podcast, and to cap it off we'll be discussing all things elopement! Elopements aren't the rushed wedding alternative you might imagine, in fact there are lots of reasons why you might choose to have one. Maybe you're always wanted something more intimate, maybe you'd prefer a smaller ceremony followed by a big reception or perhaps the pandemic has shifted your focus. Whatever the reason, elopements offer couples the perfect chance to have a cosy wedding which is every bit as special as a more traditional celebration. Nikita, Amelia and expert guest, Jo, discuss what an elopement is, whether it could be right for you and what you can do to make your elopement perfect. Listen to this episode now on a wide variety of popular podcast platforms. Related articles and links for this episode Berwick Lodge, Wedding Venue in Bristol Blog: Is an Elopement or a Minimony Right for You? Find Elopement Wedding Venues Blog: How to Plan a Micro Wedding Blog: 10 Amazing Elopement Wedding Ideas and Tips Want us to discuss something specific? If you would like us to explore a certain trend or topic in our Wedding Podcast please let us know by emailing info@guidesforbrides.co.uk. Pop the word “Podcast” in the subject line so that your message stands out.
In this episode of Guides for Brides – The Wedding Podcast, Nikita and Amelia are joined by Colette from CJ Beauty & Co to reveal some expert secrets for bridal beauty. The episode includes hair and makeup hacks, tips on how to choose beauty suppliers for your big day, and advice on booking them in plenty of time!What’s discussed in this episode?It’s important to get bridal beauty right. After all, getting your hair and makeup spot-on for your big day can really make your whole look pop! There’s a lot to think about, from making sure that your hair works with your veil, to picking the makeup style which helps you to look and feel your absolute best.Colette has tips on how to make those key decisions, as well as advice on hair and makeup trials, how to choose your beauty suppliers, and when you need to book them by. Plus, she also reveals some top-secret expert tips which will help you in your day-to-day beauty regimen!Related articles and links for this episodeCJ Beauty & Co’s Guides for Brides ListingFind Bridal Hair and Makeup Suppliers Near YouBlog: Let’s talk about Bridal Looks for 2021 with CJ Beauty & CoBlog: Your Wedding Hair TrialBlog: Your Wedding Makeup TrialWant us to discuss something specific? If you would like us to explore a certain trend or topic in our Wedding Podcast please let us know by emailing info@guidesforbrides.co.uk. Pop the word “Podcast” in the subject line so that your message stands out.
In this episode of Guides for Brides – The Wedding Podcast, Nikita and Amelia are joined by Cecile from NameSwitch to run through all the options when it comes to choosing your married name. There are also helpful tips on how to get your documents changed, what to do if you’re feeling overwhelmed about changing your name, as well as an exclusive offer for Guides for Brides’ podcast listeners!What’s discussed in this episode?Choosing your married name might seem as simple as the traditional switch from ‘Miss’ to ‘Mrs’, but there’s a lot more to it than that! In this episode, Cecile takes us through the many options available to both brides and grooms when it comes to picking a married name.Whether you’re looking for something more modern, something a bit different or something which sticks to traditions, there are lots of different choices when it comes to picking your new name! Cecile also gives us some useful advice on making sure all your important documents are changed, what to do if switching your name feels like it’s too much work, as well as how to manage both a personal and a professional identity.Can NameSwitch help me change to my married name?Absolutely! You can get in touch with the team at NameSwitch to help you choose the right option, plan your name change and notify all the relevant businesses and authorities.They’ve also got an exclusive offer for Guides for Brides podcast listeners! You can use the codes below to get a 10% discount on many of their packages.On their Digital Packages, use GFBDIGITAL. For Print Packages, use the code GFBPRINT. On their new Deed Poll Premium Print Package, get 10% off with GFBDEEDPOLL.Related articles and links for this episodeNameSwitchBlog: Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Double-Barrelled SurnamesBlog: Let’s Talk About Deciding on Your Married SurnameBlog: Changes to Marriage Certificates and Registrations in England and WalesWant us to discuss something specific? If you would like us to explore a certain trend or topic in our Wedding Podcast please let us know by emailing info@guidesforbrides.co.uk. Pop the word “Podcast” in the subject line so that your message stands out.
In this episode of Guides for Brides – The Wedding Podcast, Nikita and Amelia are joined by husband and wife team, Sam and Steve Photography, to discuss everything you need to know about finding and choosing your wedding photographer.What’s discussed in this episode?Finding and booking a wedding photographer is an important part of your big day. After all, you want to be able to look at those photos with a smile for the rest of your life! So, how can you make sure you choose the right photographer?We asked Sam and Steve, a husband and wife team whose expertise in wedding photography comes from more than a decade of covering celebrations of all sizes and styles. They've also won two Guides for Brides Customer Service Awards, including one at our most recent ceremony in April 2021. Full of fascinating insights and funny stories, this episode will guide you through the different styles of wedding photography, when to make your booking, and features top tips on how to choose the right photographer for your special day.Listen to this episode now on your favourite listening platform.Related articles and links for this episodeSam and Steve Photography - Guides for Brides ListingThe Sam and Steve Wedding and Photography PodcastBlog: Top Tips for Live Streaming a Wedding with Sam and Steve PhotographyBlog: The Ultimate Guide to Wedding PhotographyBlog: 15 Questions to Ask Your Wedding PhotographerWant us to discuss something specific? If you would like us to explore a certain trend or topic in our Wedding Podcast please let us know by emailing info@guidesforbrides.co.uk. Pop the word “Podcast” in the subject line so that your message stands out.
In this episode of Guides for Brides – The Wedding Podcast, Nikita and Amelia discuss wedding music, the options you have available to you and trigger your wedding song inspiration.What’s discussed in this episode?In this episode, Nikita and Amelia run through 5 common queries we get about wedding music. They discuss budgeting for wedding music, how to choose what you will have at each moment of your wedding day and finding the right DJ / band or musician.To give you some inspiration and help trigger your thoughts on the kind of music you want for each part of the wedding, they also pulled some song ideas and suggestions that are ideal for each moment of the day, from ceremony to the first dance.Related articles and links for this episodeGuides for Brides Wedding Music ListingsGuides for Brides Wedding DJ / Disco ListingsBlog: 5 Different Wedding Band Styles to Choose FromBlog: Ideas for Wedding Music and HymnsBlog: 50 Amazing First Dance Songs for 2021 CouplesWant us to discuss something specific? If you would like us to explore a certain trend or topic in our Wedding Podcast please let us know by emailing info@guidesforbrides.co.uk. Pop the word “Podcast” in the subject line so that your message stands out.
In this episode of Guides for Brides - The Wedding Podcast, Nikita and Amelia are joined by Heidi Ellert from Speechy to discuss writing and delivering the perfect wedding speech.What’s discussed in this episode?We can all recall wedding speeches, the good ones, bad ones, and the awkward ones particularly stick in your mind. So, to help you avoid writing and delivering a bad (or awkward) wedding speech, we asked the experts. Heidi and the team at Speechy are expert comedy writers. Between them, they’ve ghostwritten for some household names of comedy, directed shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, and written for some of your favourite comedy shows on BBC, Channel 4, and Sky. It’s safe to say, they know their comedy and wedding speeches are known for their comedic elements.This episode is full to the brim with tips for writing and delivering great wedding speeches, from comedy tips to wedding speech etiquette and advice for giving your speech. So, if you are writing a wedding speech for your own wedding or a loved one’s, this is a great episode for you to listen to.Related articles and links for this episodeSpeechy - Guides for Brides ListingBlog: Top 5 Wedding Speech Mistakes You Should AvoidBlog: Mother of the Bride Speeches - Officially “A Thing”Blog: Speeches - Making a Big Impact at Small WeddingsWant us to discuss something specific? If you would like us to explore a certain trend or topic in our Wedding Podcast please let us know by emailing info@guidesforbrides.co.uk. Pop the word “Podcast” in the subject line so that your message stands out.
In this episode of Guides for Brides - The Wedding Podcast, Nikita and Amelia are discussing a hotly requested topic: Bridesmaids. Specifically, how to solve bridesmaid dilemmas.What’s covered in this podcast episode?Nikita and Amelia look at effective ways to manage your team of bridesmaids and how to resolve the common dilemmas and disagreements that may arise during the planning process.They also look at ways that you can manage your bridesmaids’ expectations when it comes to finances and their responsibilities within the bridal party and avoid any conflicts and issues that may come up.This episode was based on our Bridesmaid Survival Guide which is designed for couples to give to their Bridesmaids to avoid conflict and help them to support you as effectively as possible.Related articles and links for this episodeGuides for Brides - Bridesmaid Survival GuideBlog: 10 Bridesmaid Looks Perfect for Different Wedding Themes from CoastBlog: Find your Perfect Wedding Party Looks with P.S. Online StylingBlog: What are a Bridesmaid’s Duties?Find Boutiques for Bridesmaids DressesWant us to discuss something specific? If you would like us to explore a certain trend or topic in our Wedding Podcast please let us know by emailing info@guidesforbrides.co.uk. Pop the word “Podcast” in the subject line so that your message stands out.
Nikita and Amelia are joined by Beaulieu-Taylor Harris to discuss wedding celebrants and celebrant-led ceremonies.What’s covered in this podcast episode?In this episode of Guides for Brides – The Wedding Podcast, Nikita and Amelia are joined by Beaulieu of Beautifully Taylored Ceremonies to discuss wedding celebrants and celebrant-led ceremonies. A celebrant is a professionally trained officiant who performs formal ceremonies such as weddings (or funerals or naming ceremonies). Their ceremonies are tailored to their clients wants and needs and can be totally personal to you as a couple.As a celebrant herself, Beaulieu covers the different options couples have when it comes to planning their ceremony along with discussing how a celebrant can be the couple’s perfect choice for lots of different situations. Beaulieu also gives couples considering a celebrant-led ceremony her tips for planning their ceremony, their mini-ceremonies and how to work with your celebrant to create the perfect wedding service for you and your partner.Related articles and links for this episodeBeautifully Taylored Ceremonies Guides for Brides ListingBeaulieu’s demonstration of a Sand CeremonyThe Ultimate Guide to Celebrants and Celebrant-led CeremoniesBlog: Alternative Wedding Ceremony TraditionsFind the perfect celebrant for you on Guides for BridesWant us to discuss something specific? If you would like us to explore a certain trend or topic in our Wedding Podcast please let us know by emailing info@guidesforbrides.co.uk. Pop the word “Podcast” in the subject line so that your message stands out.
In this episode of Guides for Brides – The Wedding Podcast, Amelia and Nikita bust the myths about wedding gift lists.What’s covered in this podcast episode?This episode of Guides for Brides – The Wedding Podcast was inspired by a question from one of our listeners. Nikita and Amelia discuss wedding gift lists, identify common myths about them and answer some of your questions.Using results from one of our Instagram ‘Friday Thoughts’ sessions, Nikita and Amelia look at some of the responses and polls from our followers, understanding your views on wedding gift lists. They then bust some of the common myths about gift lists and discuss the benefits of having one.Don’t forget, as part of our partnership with Prezola, you can use the code GFBPREZ when setting up your gift list for an early wedding present! You’ll receive a £50 credit to spend on products on Prezola. You will qualify once your guests spend £200 on products on your gift list. Terms and conditions apply.Related articles and links for this episodeGift list suppliersPrezola Wedding Gift List websiteBlog: Busting Myths Around Wedding Gift ListsBlog: How to Use your Wedding Gift List to Save the PlanetWant us to discuss something specific? If you would like us to explore a certain trend or topic in our Wedding Podcast please let us know by emailing info@guidesforbrides.co.uk. Pop the word “Podcast” in the subject line so that your message stands out.
In this episode of Guides for Brides - The Wedding Podcast, Amelia and Nikita are joined by Fran from Farnham Castle to discuss historical wedding venues. What’s covered in this podcast episode? This episode is the first in our new season of Guides for Brides - The Wedding Podcast. In this new season, we will be having more focused discussions and are beginning with a focus on Historic Wedding Venues. Maybe you are considering a historic wedding venue for your special day or maybe you aren’t sure about where you’ll tie the knot. If you are starting to research and consider wedding venues, this episode is for you. Historic wedding venues come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, styles and ages. Nikita, Amelia and expert guest, Fran, discuss historic wedding venues, whether you need to be a lover of history to choose one and what identifies a venue as historic. They also discuss the most common questions and preconceptions couples may have about a historic wedding venue. Related articles and links for this episode Farnham Castle, Historic Wedding Venue in Surrey  Blog: Amazing Historic Wedding Venues Across the UK  Guides for Brides Venue Finder  Blog: 5 Castle Wedding Venue Tips  Blog: Bridgerton Inspired Wedding Ideas  Want us to discuss something specific? If you would like us to explore a certain trend or topic in our Wedding Podcast please let us know by emailing info@guidesforbrides.co.uk. Pop the word “Podcast” in the subject line so that your message stands out.
In this episode of Guides for Brides - The Wedding Podcast, Nikita and Amelia discuss wedding stationery and look at the key elements that you’ll want to consider for before, on and after the wedding when you are choosing your wedding stationery suite. There are just so many options out there and while we do focus on the more traditional, physical stationery, we do give a nod to the digital options you can choose from where it’s relevant.  By the end of this episode, you’ll be ready to start researching and choosing your wedding stationery and know where it fits into your wedding timeline. You'll know what information you should include on a wedding invitation and you’ll also feel ready to speak to a professional stationer about your wants and needs when it comes to this element of your wedding. Related articles and links for this episode Find a Professional Wedding Stationer Guides for Brides Wedding Websites A Brief Guide to Wedding Stationery Blog: What are Change the Date Cards? Blog: What's in the Order of Service for a Wedding? We have opened the floor for podcast episode suggestions. So, if you would like us to discuss a specific topic or explore a certain trend, please let us know by emailing info@guidesforbrides.co.uk. Pop the word “Podcast” in the subject line so that your message stands out.
In this episode of Guides for Brides – The Wedding Podcast, Nikita and Amelia are joined by the wonderful Ellie Sanderson to discuss the basics of shopping for your bridal wear along with an insight into the new world of virtual bridal appointments. What’s covered in this podcast episode? In this episode, Nikita, Amelia and Ellie Sanderson discuss all the basics of shopping for your wedding attire. From where to start with your research, to how to know which bridal store is right for you and the appointment itself. They also discuss top tips for preparing for your bridal wear appointment, along with what to expect from an appointment in person and virtually. By the end of this episode, you’ll be ready to book your bridal wear appointment, whether it will go ahead virtually or in person. You’ll also know how to prepare for your appointment and all the research you should do before you start shopping. Request an appointment with Ellie Sanderson either at one of her stores in Woodstock or Beaconsfield or virtually. Also follow Ellie on Instagram for all sorts of bridal inspiration. Related articles and links for this episode Essential Guide to Bridal Wear Find Bridal Boutiques Near You Ellie Sanderson: Woodstock Boutique Ellie Sanderson: Beaconsfield Boutique Shopping for your Wedding Dress During COVID The Ultimate Guide to Wedding Lingerie 10 Amazing Designers Who Make Wedding Dresses Right Here in the UK We have opened the floor for podcast episode suggestions. So, if you would like us to discuss a specific topic or explore a certain trend, please let us know by emailing info@guidesforbrides.co.uk. Pop the word “Podcast” in the subject line so that your message stands out.
In this episode of Guides for Brides - The Wedding Podcast, Nikita and Amelia discuss a general timeline of planning a wedding and advise on how you can plan out your planning. They also cover the key suppliers you will likely need for your wedding and when is best to book them.What’s covered in this podcast episode?We look at the key suppliers that you’ll need to consider for your wedding, along with a general wedding planning timeline and how you and your partner can effectively work out what you need to do and when. If you’re struggling to know who to book and when, and wanting to be more organised with your wedding planning to keep up with key tasks effectively. This episode is for you!By the end of this episode, you and your partner will feel confident about planning out your wedding planning, no matter what timeline you are working with. You’ll also be ready to consider your key wedding suppliers and have a good understanding of when you should book them.Related articles and links for this episodeHow to Plan your Wedding PlanningGuides for Brides Supplier ListingsGuides for Brides Wedding Venue FinderGovernment Information on WeddingsGuides for Brides Ultimate GuidesInformation on Wedding InsuranceWe are now opening the floor for podcast episode suggestions, so, if you would like Nikita and Amelia to discuss a specific topic or would like them to explore a certain trend, please let us know by emailing info@guidesforbrides.co.uk. Pop the word “Podcast” in the subject line so that your message stands out.
In this episode of Guides for Brides - The Wedding Podcast, Nikita and Amelia are joined by the wonderful wedding venue owner, Samantha Wordie-Gilchrist. Together, they discuss everything you need to do, know and consider when searching for and booking your wedding venue. What’s covered in this podcast episode? Finding and booking your wedding venue is the most important task in your initial planning stages. A lot of your future wedding decisions and supplier bookings will rely on you securing your venue and subsequently, confirming the wedding date. Nikita, Amelia and Sam discuss the process of booking your wedding venue and everything you need to do and think about during the process. As always, this episode is filled with lots of detail, so, to help you with your venue search, we have created a downloadable checklist to help you ensure you don’t miss something important.  Download the checklist By the end of this episode, you will be ready to find your dream wedding venue. You will know what you’ll need to research and consider before you start your venue search, how to shortlist your favourites and the general process of booking the venue. Thanks so much to Sam for being such a brilliant guest on this episode of Guides for Brides - The Wedding Podcast. You can follow Sam’s wedding planning instagram (@theweddingplanninghub) and learn more about the McArthur Group Venues below: The Ravenswood, West Sussex Highley Manor, West Sussex Rushpool Hall, North Yorkshire Hackness Grange, North Yorkshire Crowcombe Court, Somerset Related articles and links for this episode Choosing your Wedding Venue Downloadable Wedding Venue Checklist How to Decide on Your Wedding Budget Guides for Brides Wedding Venue Finder
The Wedding Guest List

The Wedding Guest List

2021-01-0830:071

In this episode of Guides for Brides - The Wedding Podcast, Nikita and Amelia discuss the wedding guest list, along with how and when to approach it.What’s covered in this podcast episode?It’s one of the most important wedding admin (or wedmin) tasks to get sorted early on in your planning. Having at least an approximate understanding of who you will invite to your big day is key to knowing what you need from a venue or supplier and will help ensure you get accurate quotes.This episode is filled with lots of detail, so here’s a quick run-down on what was covered:Writing the big list and how to approach itWorking out your budget per head for venue and cateringPrioritising the guests on the big listThe A-list, B-list and C-listWhat to do when you’ve found your venueWhen and how to make a decision on who will be invitedDo you invite children to your wedding?What to do when you want to invite someone on a whimBy the end of listening to this episode, you’ll know why it’s so important to get your guest list written up early on in your wedding planning. You’ll feel confident about writing your guest list and ready to tackle it!Related articles and links for this episode:How to Write your Wedding Guest ListHow to Decide on Your Wedding BudgetHow to Use the Guides for Brides Wedding Budget CalculatorFind your Wedding Venue
In the second episode of Guides for Brides - The Wedding Podcast, Nikita and Amelia discuss a difficult, but important, wedding decision - who is going to be in your wedding party? What is covered in this podcast episode? We run through who we consider to be in the wedding party, how to choose those key roles, how to manage those people’s expectations of their role and avoid upsetting those who can’t be in the wedding party.  During our discussion, we defined the wedding party as those who have a key role in your wedding. This includes those who have a specific job and potentially an additional cost (both time and money). Key roles discussed include: The wedding couple Both of your parents The person walking you down the aisle The groomsmen / bridesmaids Ushers Any children who will have some involvement in your wedding By the end of this episode, you will know what your key considerations are when it comes to choosing your bridesmaids, groomsmen, people of honour and others who are involved in your wedding. You'll also learn how to approach the idea of children being involved in your big day and deal with the disappointment of those who potentially can't get as involved as they may have hoped to. We provide you with some great ideas for asking people to be in your wedding along with knowing how to manage the expectations of those involved. Related articles for this episode Your Wedding Party Duties The Bride & Groom's Parents What are a Bridesmaid's Duties? How To Propose to your Bridesmaids The Groom, Best Man, Groomsmen, Ushers and Pageboys
Engaged: Now What?

Engaged: Now What?

2021-01-0829:291

Congratulations to all you newly engaged couples out there! In this very first episode of Guides for Brides - The Wedding Podcast, Nikita and Amelia discuss what you need to know and do when you first get engaged, from telling your family members to what you’ll need to consider first in your initial wedding planning stages. What's covered in this episode? This episode covers the initial moments of being engaged and planning a wedding and how to approach them. We discuss: Enjoying your engagement bubble and the celebrations that follow Key considerations and decisions you and your partner should discuss before your wedding planning starts When, where and how to start planning your wedding Tasks that need to get ticked off your list in your first months of wedding planning Where to find inspiration (links below for this too) After listening to this episode and our discussions, we hope that couples will feel prepared to start planning and more confident about where to start. This is one of life's major events, so we hope you will find this episode useful, especially if you've never planned or assisted someone in planning a wedding before! Where can I find inspiration? As mentioned in the podcast, there are lots of places you can go to find inspiration for your wedding. Here are some places we discussed: Pinterest  Real Weddings Blogs Podcasts Styled shoots Venue Listings on Guides for Brides Supplier Listings on Guides for Brides Related articles for this episode: Just Engaged? 7 Steps to Wedding Planning Success How to Decide on Your Wedding Budget How To Use The Guides for Brides Budget Calculator How To Start Wedding Planning During a Pandemic Please note: this episode was recorded before the lockdown in England (5th January 2020)
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