Hello! My name is Sarah and I’m the founder of The Wedding A-List. It’s been many months in the making and I’m so excited to finally be able to share it with you. I wanted to use this, our first blog post, to tell you a bit more about The Wedding A-List and how we hope it will be of use to you in your wedding planning journey.
I had the idea for The Wedding A-List shortly after my own wedding in 2016. Like many women my age I was starting to feel frustrated in my career as a TV Producer. While I loved the creative challenges I wanted more control and flexibility, and was ready to start my own business. Having loved the year I spent planning my own wedding, I was also feeling a little sad about leaving the wonderful world of weddings behind. At the same time, many of my friends were getting engaged, and as someone who had been through it all already, they were coming to me and asking for help. There was so much choice on offer, and so many places to look for it, that they felt overwhelmed and anxious – rather than excited – about wedding planning.
All of these pieces came together one day as I was having a glass of prosecco with my husband, standing outside a pub in Borough Market in London. I suddenly realised that I could help people navigate the world of weddings. No-one I knew was using a traditional wedding planner – they were too expensive and the couples I knew felt that they had all the creative ideas and would be able to organised a wedding themselves – they just didn’t know where to start making their vision a reality, and they didn’t feel like they had time to do all the necessary research.
What you’re seeing today is the result of that prosecco fuelled epiphany. It’s a first port of call for busy modern couples. It would be wonderful to put everything else on hold and dedicate an entire year or two to wedding planning, but the reality is that most engaged couples have a huge range of responsibilities, whether it’s full-time careers, children, other caring responsibilities, home renovations, friendships, hobbies, volunteering. Real life has to carry on, and wedding planning has to fit into the gaps. It’s not surprising that most people spend around 970 hours planning a wedding – and that 300 of those hours are done on their employers’ time.
The world of weddings is amazing and full of incredible creatives, but it is vast. The wealth of options means that the most time-consuming task is the hours and hours of online research that goes into picking each and every supplier. It’s no wonder many couples find wedding planning a stressful chore rather than a blissful adventure!
The Wedding A-List exists to help you. We will do the legwork for you. Over the past year, we have compiled a comprehensive network of incredible suppliers all across the UK. We will provide you with a hand-picked, curated shortlist of suppliers we know you’ll love. They’re available on your chosen date, they’re in your budget and they can fulfil your creative brief to make your wedding vision a reality. All you have to do is pick your favourites and enjoy the fun parts of wedding planning!
In a nutshell, that’s it. We exist to help you. There is more than one way to get involved with The Wedding A-List though. We want to build a real community of like-minded brides and grooms – and there will be more exciting developments to come as we grow. But for now, here are all the ways you can get involved and become part of The Wedding A-List.
The Wedding A-List – As you’ll see from our Services page, we offer a range of wedding planning packages. So whether you just need help finding that one final supplier or you’re right at the beginning of wedding planning and need a hand knowing where to start, we can help you. We even help out with budgeting, scheduling and even using Pinterest without becoming totally swamped! Whatever you need help with, just let us know!
The Blog – This blog is your one-stop shop for gorgeous – but practical wedding advice and inspiration. We’ll be featuring fabulous suppliers around the country and loads of no-nonsense planning advice to really help you navigate the various issues that can come up where you’re planning a wedding, from picking the best value flowers to dealing with tricky relatives. If you read other wedding blogs, you may notice that we don’t feature ‘styled shoots’. Although these are beautiful, the cost of actually replicating the ideas showcased in them is often totally prohibitive. At The Wedding A-List we believe in sharing ideas and inspiration that you can actually use at your own wedding, without blowing the budget.
Real Weddings – Speaking of the blog, we will also be featuring loads of gorgeous real weddings. Many couples tell me that these are the single most useful place for wedding inspiration – and I certainly found that to be true when planning my own wedding. Please do consider submitting your own wedding – we’d love to see it! All the details about how to submit can be found here
Social Media – The Wedding A-List can be found on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest Give us a follow and please do join in the conversation – we’re building a community and we want you to be a part of it!
I really hope you love The Wedding A-List and that we can help you to plan your wedding without stress. One final thing, which really merits its own blog post so I will discuss properly another day – we are honoured to be working in aid of Solace Women's Aid. Here at The Wedding A-List we believe in love, respect and equality. Solace is an amazing charity which helps support over 11,000 survivors of domestic and sexual abuse every year. Money from every single sale of one of our wedding planning packages will go directly to Solace, to help them build safer lives and stronger futures for everyone.
We’re only at the very beginning of this adventure, and I’d love you to be involved. If you have any thoughts, questions or ideas you would like to share, please do leave me a comment here or on social media, or send me an email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to The Wedding A-List!
Photo credit : Jane Looker Photography