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Laura has 12 Expert tips that will actually make planning your wedding a pleasant experience
It's almost wedding planning season again: a time for flowers, beautiful dresses, and elaborate cakes. But there's also the potential for massive stress. If you're a bride-to-be, here are 12 top tips from industry experts to help make the process a bit easier.
1. Start early. Late planning will drastically reduce the options. This could result in a second best venue, and far from a dream wedding. We recommend you start thinking at least 12 months ahead.
3. Get organised. To do this, create a master document with supplier names, contact numbers, and other important details. Not only will you feel in complete control during the planning stages, you can hand it over to one of your trusted bridesmaids on the day!
2. Make the planning fun. With so much to think of, planning a wedding can be really stressful. It's easy to forget to enjoy the journey. We encourage our couples to make a celebration out of as many planning events as possible. For instance, if you're having a dress fitting, meet with your entourage for lovely afternoon tea afterwards.
4. When looking for that special unique venue, ask yourself two questions - What kind of wedding do you want? And how many guests do you want to invite? Only once you know the answers to these questions should you start researching possible venues.
5. Take notes. It may feel a bit like being back in school, but taking notes when visiting venues or other suppliers is a quick reference if you have questions later. You're bound to forget a lot of the details by the time you get home.
6. Make a menu you would enjoy. Many future brides and grooms worry about the wedding menu and guest’s preferences or dietary requirements. We always advise couples to choose a menu they would like to eat and pick out their own favourite dishes. We’ll look after the rest!
7. Avoid cake collapse. We have heard some real horror stories about the cake collapsing just before or during a wedding! To avoid this, have your cake supplier oversee the set-up of the wedding cake. Then try not to move the cake after it's been arranged.
8. Be smart with your budget. 'If budgets are tight, I would always advise clients to spend a bit less on elements such as wedding cars or gifts, but to get the reception looking right. That's where you and your guests will be spending most of your time.
9. Think about the lighting. This is crucial to creating the right mood. Uplights and candles are relatively low-cost ways of introducing colour into your theme. Don't forget to think of outside lighting too – outdoor lanterns are really cheap and look amazing.
10. Relax before the big day. It's easy to get swept up in stress surrounding a wedding. The solution? Treat yourself to a little luxury. If you're in a hotel with a spa, we recommend going for a leisurely swim or massage the night before. It will leave you feeling refreshed and will help you get a good night's sleep.
11. Consider themed thongs as a favour. This is our favourite! Ladies can kick off their shoes and dance the night away without the agony of high heels. Plus they last for years after the wedding, meaning they'll bring back fond memories.
12. Make it about you and your partner. This is a special day, meant to celebrate a future together with the person you love. Experts stress the need to keep the day personal. As an added bonus, guests love attending weddings that are individual and will be pleasantly surprised by any unusual or quirky adaptions.
OUR TOP 5 VENUES FOR YOUR WEDDING
Australian National Maritime Museum
Australian Technology Park
National Art School - Cell Block
Prince Henry Centre
To talk about ways to create your dream wedding day, contact Laura on 9209 4810 or email@example.com