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All out Party!

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It's all about the party! You're only going to do this once right? So you want to do it properly. Invite everyone you know for an all out extravaganza! Amazing food, lots of alcohol, a day, (and night) you will remember forever!


The most important thing is a day to remember that you can share with all of your family and friends. Ideally at a venue that can provide a sit down meal and a fully stocked bar. You would love for your nearest and dearest to be able to stay at the venue with you, so maybe a country house or a hotel would be a good option.





PARTY You want to be able to hold your wedding in one location, get ready, get married and party all in the same place. A good menu is important to you as you as you love food and going out for a nice meal is something you do often. A large space to dance and a killer band and/or DJ are must haves as well as being able to carry the party on late into the night.

EXTRAVAGANT You only plan on doing this once and you have been dreaming of this day and saving up for years so plan on having exactly what you want. The wedding of your dreams that you and your guests will remember for years to come.

FRIENDS It is important to you that you spend your day with all of your family and friends, after all they are all special to you and you don't want to leave anyone out. And you want them all to have a good time from granny, to your 18 year old nephew, to your crazy work friends, so accomodating everyones needs is also a must.


1. Secure your Budget 

The most important place to start with any wedding, no matter how big or how small, is the budget. This should always be your starting point. There is no point in deciding what your dream day involves if it's going to be completely out of your price range and leave you paying off a mountain of debt for the next 5-10 years. Not a great way to start married life together. A well thought out budget gives you the anchor from which to start planning your day.

I have put together a budget template spreadsheet to help you get your finances sorted from the start. And you can download it for FREE below! All you need to do is fill in your total budget figure and it works out the rest for you!

2. Avoid Inspiration overwhelm 

There is so much amazing wedding inspiration out there, whether it's Pinterest, Instagram or any of the amazing wedding blogs and magazines. However, when starting out on your wedding journey this can get quite overwhelming and confusing. You end up with hundreds of beautiful images that you have saved, but they don't all go together and you definitely can't include everything in your day, so how do you hone in on the inspiration that you really want, that you will end up using for your day?

Well my advise to start with, is to have only two places you save this info, for example you may have a Pinterest board and a folder on your computer where you save screenshots and downloaded photos. If you have things saved in too many places you will lose track of what you have and end up even more confused. 

Secondly I would say to keep revisiting your collection and delete anything that you no longer love and anything that doesn't fit in with the overall look and feel. You will be planning your wedding for between 6 and 24 months, over that time your ideals and dreams will change, so something you loved the idea of the week you got engaged you may no longer feel the same about when it comes to booking in your stylist or florist or hiring your props for example. And you don't want to be giving your suppliers inspo pics you no longer care for.

3. Consider the Environment


My third action for the start of your journey is to think about the environment. You may not think that just one day matters, but when you consider how many weddings take place around the world, every week throughout the year. An estimated 2.5 million in the US alone during 2022 and the UK will be close behind. Then when you consider that the average UK wedding produces 14.5 tons of CO2, your one day becomes a little more significant in terms of the effect on the environment. It would take 84 new trees being planted to offset 14.5 tons of CO2.

There are many quick and easy ways to make your wedding instantly more sustainable. For example holding your ceremony and reception at the same venue rather than all of your guests travelling between venues. Choosing a summer wedding instead of a winter wedding as there will be less heating and lighting needed for your event. Choosing local suppliers and local produce to cut down on transport and travel or having a meat free menu for your wedding breakfast. These are just a few ideas, there are many more helpful tips and ideas over on my blog. So why not take a look? There is a link below.


Hey there 👋 I’m Samantha Withey, founder and chief designer at Willow and Rust Weddings, a successful sustainable wedding planning and styling business. I have helped many couples to achieve their dream day and now i'm here to help you!


I offer a range of products and services to help you on your wedding journey from Full Planning or Full Styling, to On the Day Coordination or simply helpful tips and advice to get you started.


Your wedding dreams can 100% be a reality – however, it can also be confusing when you’re starting out.

BUT that's where I can help....

1. Take a look at my blog! There is lots of helpful info and inspiration on there to help you get started. And I post new articles all the time so there is always plenty to keep you going!


2. Take a look at my Instagram page Full of beautiful Inspiration to get your creative juices flowing.

3. Book a call  See how I can help you and take the stress out of planning and Styling your dream wedding.


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