Meet Alice. Alice Hope. Alice is getting married to Ben and I am their photographer for their big day. They are getting married one of the hottest dates available – 23rd May 2020. I could have booked this date over 10 times now! It’s not just about photography, of course; have a read on to find out a bit about Alice and Ben and how they are planning their day NOW so that they get exactly what they want…with NO stress..


A Real Life Journey To Booking Your Wedding Suppliers – by Alice

“First things first. We had been together for 9 years when we got engaged in March 2017 so I’m not ashamed to say I had already started planning! It was going to happen eventually right?! So, we already had a good idea of the kind of wedding we wanted, so when it finally happened I was chomping at the bit to start putting my dreams into reality!


We started off by looking at wedding venues and we knew we wanted a church wedding so that was settled pretty quick. The first venue we looked at was Spring Cottage in Rivington and we just fell in love with it. After visiting another venue we knew we had to go with Spring Cottage! We are in the middle of the woods surrounded by trees and wild flowers (that’s why we chose that time of year) and my aim is to fully embrace the woodland theme throughout my decorations from colours of bridesmaid dresses to moss on the tables!


It was March 2018 when we were in a position to book the venue. Time was flying and a whole year having already passed since we were engaged. 


We’d been going to wedding fairs within that time and in that same March I found my amazing photographer!! We made it official in mid April 2018 – almost 2 years before the wedding! In fact we wanted to book Andy before we had finalised the venue so Andy kept the date open and man am I glad!!


We have pretty much steam rolled through what we believe to be the MOST IMPORTANT. So far we have a venue, the church, an amazing photographer, ….and of course MY DRESS! (It’s a secret of course away from those pretty close to me) but that was booked just last month!


Next it was flowers, decoration and colour scheme and some entertainment for the night do. We are lucky in the fact that my aunty is our florist, my dad works in the car industry and can get his hands on a rather beautiful sage green land rover defender (so looks like I’m sorted 😝) and the guy we have in mind for the entertainment is a friend of my dads also!


The make up artist has been booked Bridesmaid dresses have been ordered and  – we’re trying to do all five girls at once!! There’s nothing less glamorous than herding five girls around for fitting…..but they’ll look amazing!


We’re just looking at the cars and have just under 18 months left of planning so we aren’t too concerned at the moment. The next thing for us will be a DJ, menu choices and night time food. We are having Pig and thankfully Ben knows a guy! Grooms suits but let’s face it that’s going to be the week before (actually not joking). Then Invites but I am going to give that a go myself. CAKE! Probably lots more little stuff well I sincerely hope so can you imagine missing off something major?! I’m not too worried just yet.


Also when I refer to us as a WE that is of course a very royal WE. Ben is just going to turn up, hopefully in a suit!


I truly can’t wait to see everything come together and marry my bestest friend! And everything will be captured by our photographer, Andy….!”


..And I can’t wait to be there with them. As I chat to Alice every now and then before the big day I get the sense that she’s loving picking and choosing all the things that will make her perfect day and it’s being done with zero stress and all totally chilled. That’s because she’s getting everything done in good time and getting pick of what she wants – or ‘putting her dreams into reality’ as she says!

Ask any supplier, especially the key ones, and they will tell you how 2020 has been booking incredibly fast. It has been for more than a year and Alice is testament to that. Alice’s day kicks off the first holiday half term of a new decade year – 2020. And that’s it, too – it sounds fab! “When did you get married?”…” In 2020!”. Think of the dates 10/10/2020 & 02/02/20 (I’m booked on these as well!) – people like to think of their day in the minutest of details and these dates just have a ring to them…forgive the pun.

In just a month from now couples wake up from Christmas and realise their wedding is “this year” or “next year” – another year on from when it was planned. Couple this with all the romantics who get engaged over the festive period and you see why it’s the busiest time at wedding fairs and bookings for suppliers for this very reason! So the popular dates of 2019 and 2020 will be at a premium at those first fairs in January.

So, if you are looking at 2020 for your wedding – and especially 2019! – now’s the time to book all the things that will make your date as perfect as Alice’s will be. There’s still hope if you start now…


A Summary of When To Book Your Wedding Suppliers

Got engaged 28-03-17 (3 years before the wedding!)

Booked Venue & Church – 2 years to go

Booked Photographer – 2 years to go

Bought Dress – 20 months

Flowers, Decor, Colour Scheme – Collecting as we go along; almost there! (My living room is full)

Entertainer/Band – 18 months

Bridesmaids Dresses – 18 months

Cars – 12 months

DJ & Entertainment  – 12 months

Food – 8 months

Groom’s Suits – Sometime in 2020 probably (he thinks he’s go along like he’s dressed right now…)

Cake – 6 months



Get married 23-05-20 (Yay!!)