Do you deserve a break?

Friday, 18 December 2015 09:47


Most of us have seen a L’Oreal advert for beauty products. At the of each advert the celebrity declares “Because you’re worth it”. The implication is of course that you deserve to use such a great product because you too, are valuable. We laugh at the adverts and most of us don’t think twice about buying shampoo or moisturizer whether it’s L’Oreal or another brand. Unfortunately, although we think we are worth it when it comes to hair products the same does not always apply when it comes to taking time for ourselves.


In the lead up to Christmas it is common to feel overwhelmed with work, social engagements, family commitments and all the shopping and preparation that comes with them. We put pressure on ourselves to make everything wonderful and end up feeling tired and stressed. Often our solution is to work even harder to try and get yet more done. Overdoing things however can end up making us both ill and miserable. Difficult as it can be, what we actually need to do is let go of the need to control everything and take time to enjoy the festivities more!


This can be beneficial not simply on a physical level but emotionally too. Taking time to see appreciate friends or family you have not seen for a while, having some “you time” and slowing down a bit is good means less stress and arguments too! It can also help us see why other people need time off too.


Here at Spanish Wedding Planner it has been another rewarding and exhilarating year. We have loved each and everyone of the 2015 weddings we’ve organised and are already looking forward to an exciting and busy 2016. Before throwing ourselves into 2016 however we too need to recharge our batteries and spend time with our families. We are practising what we preach therefore and closing our offices between 18th December and 6th January for a proper holiday. We think we are worth it, and that you are too - so go on, enjoy the time off and return refreshed for 2016!

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and 2016 from all of us at Spanish Wedding Planner!


Are you inadvertently sabotaging your own wedding?

Wednesday, 02 December 2015 00:00

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In this digital age of internet and social media, information is more accessible than ever. A touch of your phone and you can find restaurants in Hong Kong, turn the lights on at home, call your partner or “Facebook” a friend.  Therefore, when it comes to your Wedding day, it’s no surprise that there’s a huge amount of information about destinations, venues and suppliers out there too. While that makes for amazing opportunities to find places and people that would have been impossible just ten years ago it does bring its own challenges if you are planning your wedding day. With all the information out there it can be tempting to think you don’t need a planner - especially if you are the organised type. However, as the saying goes “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing”.

While the internet can give you information on suppliers and venues, unsurprisingly that information has been uploaded by the supplier or venue themselves, meaning that it can be biased or incomplete. Without an unbiased opinion - such as that of a wedding planner, it can be hard to spot potential difficulties or problems.

As planners, one of the most common problems we see is couples getting into trouble, not with the quality of the services themselves but because of their lack of knowledge of how all the pieces of their wedding day fit together. You may have found a fantastic band to play, and then DJ on through the night. That’s brilliant - BUT if you haven’t considered when the band will sound check, spoken to your venue about noise restrictions or found out if the band are licenced to play at that venue you can be in for a nasty surprise.

Health and safety inspectors can, and do, issue hefty fines to venues and suppliers who fail to comply with licensing laws or employment regulations and if you fall foul of these it can mean big fines or legal difficulties. A good planner will have already thought of this and will check in advance which vendors can work at your venue. The choice she gives you may therefore seem smaller than all the options you find for yourself on the internet but there is a reason for that.

Equally the choices of vendor your planner gives you are not only guided by venue and employment regulations but by more complex considerations. Just as in all areas of life, not everyone involved in weddings sees eye to eye all the time. If a vendor or venue has had issues with another in the past your wedding planner may suggest a different vendor to avoid difficulties. Like a wise school teacher your planner knows who to keep apart and who can “sit together” vendor-wise at your wedding! She also knows those who work well together and create a “wedding dream team”.  

Thus although the internet is a fantastic tool for brides, be wary of using it to replace your planner. Just as picking an outfit for an interview blindfolded can be a hit or miss affair, booking wedding vendors without a planner can result in a “thrown together” feel to your Big Day rather than a stunning success.



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