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October 2016

Spotlight on Suppliers-Feature on our Blog to Showcase your Wedding Business!

Feature on our blog!

We are looking for 10 wedding suppliers from different professions to feature in our ‘Spotlight on Suppliers’ blog brought to you by www.weddingbideasy.co.uk to promote wedding businesses in the UK!

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-Simply fill in our question and answers form
-Proof read the final article before it is published

For your time, you will get:
-1 year FREE gold package on our website worth £99.99
-Free promotion of your business on the blog with links to your social media and website
-Pictures on the blog to showcase examples of your work

-Please email info@weddingbideasy.co.uk if you would like to take part



Top Tips on How to Raise Cash for your Dream Wedding!

With the average wedding in the UK costing in excess of £20,000, you have to be extremely fortunate to have this kind of money going spare. Many couples spend years saving for their wedding. I spoke to a couple at a wedding fayre recently who had been engaged for 18 years so that they could have the wedding of their dreams!

We have put together a few tips that are unlikely to cover the whole cost of your wedding but will certainly go some way in supporting you to reach your target so that your dream wedding is in sight!

  1. Budget! Firstly, be very clear on your wedding budget and stick to it. Work out exactly what you can afford and what exactly this will cover. We would never advise taking out a loan or getting into debt. It is unlikely that you will be able to have everything you have ever wanted at your wedding unless you are one of those celebs than can afford a ‘flower wall’ that cost more than most family homes in the UK! However, raising extra cash can give you a bit of flexibility on the extra special items that you have always dreamt of.
  1. Sell Sell Sell! One persons’ junk is another persons’ treasure! When we were getting married, I managed to raise almost £500 simply by selling unwanted items in my house. I went through each room systematically and put everything in a pile in our living room. I then took pictures of each individual item and sold it on eBay, www.gumtree.com and www.preloved.co.uk. Facebook has just launched its online marketplace so selling to local people is becoming increasingly more easy to do. It’s really important to take great pictures as the research shows this makes all the difference in how much your item will sell for. Anything that didn’t sell online, I took to the local car boot sale. Prices for sellers at car boot sales can vary, usually between £4.00 and £12.00 so make sure to check sellers’ fees first. In addition, make sure you know the value of what you are selling so you don’t give your items away at a fraction of what they are worth.                                     bric-a-brac

And don’t forget, anything sells. Clothes, shoes, toys, books, furniture, kitchen items, even old, empty perfume bottles. We even sold half a used tin of paint on eBay!

  1. Use your Skills-Are you particularly skilled at something or do you have an expertise that you could sell? Several people I know have put their skills to use by offering their services on sites such as Gumtree. Are you good at writing CV’s? Do your friends always come to you for help with their job application forms? Put your advert out there, you never know! Do you have a degree or an expertise in a particular area of study or education? Lots of people are currently using tutoring, either in person or online as a way to supplement their income. You don’t have to be a qualified teacher currently to be able to offer tutoring services but need to have a high level of experience or knowledge in a particular subject. Sites such as www.tutora.co.uk and the www.thetutorpages.com are a good place to start.
  1. Combine your goals– Lots of brides and grooms often want to lose weight and tone up before the big day. Instead of paying large gym membership fees, why not get fit whilst getting paid for it! Brisk walks or jogging are a great way to shed the pounds and could be combined with a flyer distribution job. Ask around at your local shops, takeaway shops in particular are often looking for workers, or look online for job adverts in your local area. An hour exercise while getting paid is a win win situation!
  1. Get creative! Have you always wanted to show your artistic side but haven’t had a chance to since school Art classes? Well here’s your chance! The market to upcycle furniture is huge and can be extremely profitable. Car boot sales, second-hand shops and online sites are a great place to pick up old furniture to upcycle. Simply sand the item down and repaint to create a beautiful new piece of shabby chic furniture. There’s a huge profit margin to be had if it’s done well. Old furniture can be picked up for very little or often even free. I managed to purchase our table and 6 chairs for 99p on eBay, being the only bidder. I spent £40.00 on materials for the upcycling process and now have a dining set that could sell for in excess of £300. There are lots of online tutorials on how to upcycle. It can be time consuming but definitely worth it to make a bit of extra cash.

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  1. Rent your driveway or Garage-Parking, especially in big cities can be a nightmare with cost of parking in public carparks often costing an absolute fortune. People are often desperate to park close to a train or tube station or near to their work place. Many people are choosing to utilise their driveway or garage to earn a few extra pounds. You can hire it out on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. If you live near a theatre, football stadium or large events venue then lucky you as your parking spot will be worth even more on event nights! Check out sites such as yourparkingspace.co.uk or www.justpark.com. Be sure to check if your council has any restrictions or regulations with this.
  1. Are you lucky enough to have a spare room? Lots of families supplement their income by renting out their spare room on a temporary basis. If you have a while to go before your big day, this could be a great addition to your budget. By signing up to the Rent a Room scheme, not only do you enjoy the extra income from the rent, but also up to £7,500 a year is free from tax according to moneyadviceservice.org.uk. Letting a room to Foreign students is also a good option when considering your spare room options. If you have time spare to teach English and support the student with their learning there is extra income to be had. Check out what is available in your local area. If you are renting, then ensure your landlord consents before you proceed with this option.

 

We would love to hear any other advice that can be given to engaged couples on how to raise some extra cash for their special day, especially if it has worked for you so if you have any ideas then feel free to share them. Don’t forget it is essential that you check out how any extra income affects your benefits or the taxes that you pay and whether there are any regulations surrounding selling/extra income. Check out the www.gov.uk pages for any laws surrounding extra income.

 

Happy wedding planning!

www.weddingbideasy.co.uk



8 top tips on how to choose reputable wedding suppliers

Planning a wedding and choosing which wedding supplier to go with is a big task, with finances often being a big issue to consider. The cheapest option may sometimes end up costing you the most in the long run. If it looks too good to be true, it quite possibly is!

I often see posts on Facebook wedding groups from engaged couples who have been ‘scammed’ or let down by wedding suppliers either close to or even hours before their special day. I’ve read stories of suppliers that haven’t delivered what was promised, leaving a wedding in ruins. When a company has let down a significant number of brides and grooms, it can even make the news causing panic, anguish and unnecessary stress during the wedding planning process. This is a bride and grooms’ worst nightmare!

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The majority of suppliers do not come under the ‘scamming umbrella’. They are extremely hardworking businesses that go above and beyond for every single bride they work with, treating each job as if it were their own wedding.

So how do engaged couples tell the difference between the good and the bad? We have put together some top tips to help you safely book suppliers, identify the wedding suppliers that are going to help make your day magical and those that should be approached with caution.

  1. Do your research! Once you have found a potential supplier you would like to work with, make sure you google them at the very least. Have they got a website? Have they got social media? Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram? Are their Facebook reviews switched on? If yes, make sure you actually read them. If Facebook reviews have been turned off, you may need to question why. A reputable business should address any negative reviews or comments on their Facebook wall, not hide them. Do they have reviews online? Is there social media active?
  1. Meet the suppliers face to face. Where possible, we thoroughly recommend meeting suppliers face to face. Have they got an office where you can meet them? Lots of small businesses won’t have as they work from home but meeting at your own home is still beneficial as it will give you an idea of the sort of supplier you are working with. This is vital when booking suppliers such as photographers where it is so important to have a rapport/ connection.
  1. Ask suppliers for references. All suppliers should be able to provide you with references or testimonials from previous work they have done. Even brand new businesses should be able to provide references from jobs they have assisted on or work they have completed during their training. Follow up references where possible.
  1. Always get a contract drawn up. This is vital! If the supplier doesn’t have a contract, it’s probably a warning sign. Make sure you thoroughly read through your contract so you know what the business is and isn’t accountable for should something go wrong. Have a second person look over it for you. Make sure you raise any questions in writing direct to the business if there is anything you are not clear on. Make sure you keep all the paperwork safe.
  1. How do they want you to pay? If a supplier is insisting that you can only pay via cash or bank transfer, it should ring alarm bells. PayPal is perfect for paying your deposit and remaining balance as you can raise a dispute if a problem arises. However, bear in mind that PayPal has time limits for this so if you are booking suppliers far in advance, wedding, steps 4 and 6 will be crucial. In addition, make sure you make a business payment for goods and services not a personal payment through friends and family. You are not covered with the latter through PayPal. I have heard stories from brides that have been pushed by businesses to pay via friends and family so the business doesn’t incur PayPal fees, only to find weeks down the line that the supplier has done a runner and the bride can’t make a claim. Any reputable business should incorporate the PayPal fees into their pricing structure. Always, get a receipt.
  1. Wedding insurance. This is so important to ensure that you are covered for all eventualities. As with any other insurance, make sure you check your level of cover, check what your excess is and read through the policy small print. Wedding insurance will give you piece of mind. Ensure you shop around as there is a huge variation in costing and level of cover between different insurers.
  1. Ask questions! Reputable suppliers should run their business legally at the very least and will always be open to answering any questions you have. Ask if the supplier is registered with HMRC, ask if the supplier is insured, ask for additional contact details, (business address and telephone number), How long have they been trading, how many weddings have they done, what training have they done to make them an expert in their industry. Ask anything you need to know. After all, it is your wedding and you need to feel as relaxed as possible on your big day.
  1. Look carefully at the suppliers Images. Are they using stock photos they have pulled off the internet or are they showcasing their actual work? If they are using stock photos, ask to see examples of their actual work.

Of course nobody can predict the future and even the most reputable companies sometimes face issues beyond their control. However, these companies will go to the ends of the earth to ensure your big day is not disrupted. By following the above steps, we hope that any risk is minimised drastically so that your big day can run as smoothly and stress free as possible.

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