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9 Helpful tips to plan your big day

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.

3 Visualise

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.

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5 Questions

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!

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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.

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7 Pictures

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.

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9 Relax

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!

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If you have any extra questions or tips you’d like to share, comment below!

Comments

  1. Claire says:

    Some good tips but needs a proofread.

  2. Catherine says:

    I have no problem with the content of the website – everyone is entitled to their view point, and yours is yours.
    You will always get backlash, so don’t worry about it. Water off a duck’s back 🙂
    What I would suggest though is grabbing an editor. There are quite a few grammar issues, which I know is a turn off for a lot of the pedants out there (like myself – a self-confessed grammar-nazi).
    I would be happy to read over articles etc before you post them to check for things like that. I think it would help with the professionalism you are trying to portray. Just some constructive criticism, rather than blind ignorence.

    • Hi Catherine,
      Hope you’re having a lovely weekend so far!
      Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog and provide feedback – I always love to hear how I can improve, I really appreciate you taking the time to share your opinion and will definitely take your constructive criticism on board in future posts.
      Louise xx

    • Can't spell either says:

      Oh dear, a self-confessed grammar nazi who spells ignorance “ignorence”. How ignorant.

      Well done Louise on the website. Best of luck to you.

  3. jen says:

    I think ur blog is fine how it is: i read lots of them and no one i know cares so much about the grammar , editing etc…more the content / vibe….there’s a market for everyone xx

  4. Talia says:

    Hey Louise,
    Great tips overall. The whole article made me feel very nostalgic for my own wedding, planning a wedding is such as amazing experience.
    As far as keeping a folder, I agree that everything needs to be organised but I kept all my details online. Everything is digital these days and by keeping all suppliers etc. in something like google docs I could share it with my partner and he could also access it any time. I could also share it all with my mum and my sister who lived far away and they could easily be involved (this kind of family involvement may not be for everyone though!).
    Just my 2 cents on what worked for me.

    Keep up the great articles
    Talia
    DrShopCook

  5. Kate says:

    Enjoyed the wedding ideas. Your style of writing is fine and simple. I prefer blogs like this Louise, than the hippy ones I’ve been reading that make no sense and call themselves ‘life coaches’. Keep doing what your doing, you motivate me with your enthusiasm for detail. Hope your enjoying Perth.
    Take care 🙂
    Kate xx

  6. Steph says:

    Hi Louise
    Congratulations on your blog, the photography is beautiful. I agree with others about the spelling and punctuation/grammar issues. I think you should have someone proof read your work before it goes online as I feel it will affect the messages you are trying to portray. For example ”Write down everything you had image for your big day” should be “everything you had imagined”.

    • Hi Steph,
      Thank you for the beautiful message – I really appreciate you taking the time to read my blog 🙂
      I love hearing feedback so thank you, I am always looking to improve!
      Much Love Louise xx

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