Your wedding day is not just another party. There is so much that goes into organising this one special day. From working in events management organising weddings for hundreds of brides, I’ve compiled my best 9 tips to help you through the planning process
1 Be realistic
It’s important to sit down with your partner and look at how much you can afford to spend on your wedding. Everyone has a budget, and once you know this you can begin planning realistically.
2 Get organized
Create a wedding folder so that you can keep track of the planning. It should hold all documentation, receipts, calendars, and quotes. You should also include in it:
- Contact details of everyone involved in the wedding planning. Include all suppliers such as florists, decorators, celebrant, photographers, and also family member responsible for any tasks.
- You budget – It’s very important to keep note every time you purchase something so you can stick to your budget.
- Checklist of everything you need to do or need to buy. Write things down as they come to you to avoid forgetting!
- Timeline for the ceremony and reception. Also ensure that the MC has this in the lead up to the day.
- Playlist for the DJ. Make sure you have a mixture of songs – not just ones that you like, but also song which will the guests up and dancing.
- Menu and beverage List – Ask the venue to send through the menu. Make sure this is current on your wedding day as it may change by the time it’s your wedding if you have booked well in advance.
- Reception venue information including floor and seating plans and any special dietary requirements for guests.
Write down everything you have imagined for your big day to help guide your planning. It can also help you minimise some stress as it’ll be out of your mind and in black and white – ready to be ticked off as you go!
4 Location, location, location
Consider the logistics for the wedding day. Make sure that your ceremony, photo, and reception venues are not too far apart. You’ll want to make the day as simple and easy as possible for yourself and for guests. Remember that travel time can eat into photo and celebration time.
Before meeting with your suppliers write down your questions and take a pen and paper with you. It’s so easy to forget when you get there, and you might need to make important notes. Also remember to always read the terms and conditions of any contract so you don’t get caught out on the day. For example, your florist’s fine print might stipulate they only deliver and do not set up – so be careful!
6 Keep true to yourself
Pick colours and themes that mirror your personality. If you know you like a certain colour or style then lock this in. Now might not be the best time to stray from what you like, or go overboard with crazy themes and experiments. You’ll risk being disappointed about the end result on the day.
Make a shot list for your photographer and videographer. Also advise them of any special locations you’d like to shoot in. Don’t forget to ask them for suggestions too!
8 Get help
If you need help it’s best to hire a wedding stylist or decorator to prepare the table set up, move furniture, and greet suppliers on the day. Check with your venue if they supply this service as many do. I recommend avoiding asking friends as you run the risk of feelings getting hurt when the pressure is on.
Remember to enjoy and relax! I have seen brides get caught up with all the drama and forget to cherish their special day. It’s important to be in the moment and remember the one beside you!
If you have any extra questions or tips you’d like to share, comment below!