Diary of a Real Bride | Riley & Grey’s custom-made wedding websites
Diary of a Real Bride
This month, our real bride diary contributor Barbaranne Heaton has found a little gem – Riley & Grey’s custom-made wedding websites. Read on to find out more …
It has been full on wedding planning crazy in the ‘Heatham’ household this last month. Ha! If you believe that you’ll believe anything. I’m beginning to think I could possibly be in the running for lamest bride ever! The wedding season in Dubai is wrapping up a little so things are starting to get slightly less manic at work. I know everyone dreads the summer months due to the soaring temps, but this year I’m actually relishing it as, while work is a little quieter, I’m going to throw myself into wedding planning bliss. (I’m not saying that with gritted teeth, I promise.)
I don’t know why I’m complaining though. With the job I do, I have access to an amazing fount of knowledge when it comes to nuptial negotiations. I have a whole new understanding and respect for my clients. Planning a wedding really is a full-time job; I don’t care what anyone says.
So I’ve managed to tick a few things off the ever-expanding list this month. Don’t fall off your chairs, but I even set up a wedding website. I know!! Crazy, huh? I wouldn’t be too impressed though – it’s yet to have any of the lovely and exciting info uploaded to it. Must add that to my list.
If you’re like me, the thought of having to put a wedding website together is about as enjoyable as running a marathon. The task of just searching for a good, classy-looking one filled me with dread. This is where knowing lots of lovely brides came in handy. One of my clients, who’s getting married in Italy next month, gave me some very sound advice. She has been my oracle when it comes to things like this. So here’s a little wedding nugget for you: Riley & Grey.
They have the most gorgeous and uber-trendy templates for you to choose from. You’re sure to find one that fits in well with your theme or reflects you as a couple. It couldn’t be easier to insert the info – you just need the time! It is a paid site, but I personally thought it was worth it. Another pearl of wisdom, sign up for a year. They give you quite a discount compared to the monthly or six-monthly rate. Then, on top of that, just Google search promo codes for them – I tried quite a few out before one worked and managed to get another 50 per cent off the already discounted price. Cha…ching! Every little bit helps!
When you’re having a destination wedding, it’s really important that people can access information and it can also reduce some of the correspondence going through you when it comes to booking. My favourite part of the site was the online RSVP. Because let’s be honest, the postal service out here isn’t renowned for its fast and efficient service. The guests would turn up before the RSVPs did!
We’ve actually been over to the venue a couple of times this month. It’s visitor season, as you well know, so we’ve been taking our nearest and dearest to have a look round. I had the pleasure of my Mum and Thom’s Mum staying with me for a week at the beginning of April so we took them over to Saadiyat to do a food tasting. They were not disappointed and loved the place as much as we do. In fact, I love it more and more every time we go, so I know in my heart it’s the right venue for us. My personal wedding planner, Martin Robinson of Saadiyat Golf Teaching Pro fame, was on hand to drive us around the course, as we took in all the oohs and squeals of delight from the two mammas. How could you not be impressed? Baby gazelles were at every corner we turned.
Ok, enough from me, until next month. You never know, I may amaze you and have most of my jobs ticked off!
x B x
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