When we heard that top UK bridal designer Charlotte Balbier was about to tie the knot herself, we just had to get her on board to share her top planning tips with you!
I can hardly believe that after two years of planning and many ups and downs along the way, the final countdown has begun. Now you would think that being a bridal designer and a wedding expert, I would be super-organised and have it all under control, but – between you and me – I am just as stressed as all you fellow brides-to-be!
When we first got engaged, I was super-duper organised and booked our photographer, florist, videographer and not long after the venue. Feeling rather pleased with myself, I soon lost track of the wedding plans – running the Charlotte Balbier brand is more than a full-time job and does somewhat take over most of my life. I spend most of my time going from designing one collection to another, with trade shows, photoshoots, designer days and many other work commitments that leave me without much time for anything, let alone wedding planning!
This is where I made my first wedding mistake – I totally underestimated how hard and time-consuming it is to plan a wedding! After realising my mistake, I enlisted the help of the lovely lady behind London Bride, wedding planner extraordinaire Charley Beard. She helped me plan our perfect wedding, and stopped me from having too many wedding meltdowns along the way. So, to any brides-to-be reading this, do not delay – call in the experts and get yourself a wedding planner.
With not long until the wedding day, I have more or less everything planned and in place. The next few weeks are all about perfecting all the little special touches that can sometimes take just as long to do as the big things! If, like me, you’re a stickler for attention to detail, then you can relate to how every little aspect has to be planned to perfection.
One thing that is finished is the dress – well, I should say ‘dresses’, as I am having more than one! All my gowns were made to measure, so they fit perfectly – my Nana is just making a last-minute alteration to a detail on the first gown, and then I’m ready to make my way down the aisle!
Designing my own gown hasn’t been easy – in fact, it’s probably been one of the hardest things I’ve had to do. When designing a collection or for a bride or friend, you are that little bit removed, so it’s not so personal as when you’re designing for yourself. Thank goodness I had my mum, award-winning designer Amanda Wyatt on hand! She’s helped me design and fit my dream dresses – thanks Mum!
So that’s all the planning almost done, all the best suppliers in the business on board, and my dresses are absolutely gorgeous (if I do say so myself!) so it’s time to get married. Next time I write this blog I will be a Mrs – eeeekk!
Lots of love,