Tips & Tricks

Tips, advice and ideas from wedding planners, vendors and brides!!

Real advice from real people!

Take pictures before you say, “I do”

You’ll have more time to spend with your guests at the reception if you take your photos first! Even if you want to stick to not seeing your groom before you walk down the aisle, you can still get all of the other photos out of the way.

Guests Come First

Work out the approximate number of guests you will be inviting to the wedding before settling on a venue. This will ensure that the venue you choose can accommodate the number of guests you have. Imagine how disappointing it would be to find the venue of your dreams and then find out it only seats 80 people and you have 100 people on your list!

Ask and You Might Receive

Ask your vendors if they can throw in anything extra before you sign on the dotted line. Most vendors would rather give something extra and secure the reservation. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no!!

Be Organised

Decide on your system, I like a binder with dividers for each part of the wedding, compile all your correspondences with vendors, contracts, notes you make during meetings, and photos or tear sheets from magazines you want vendors to see. I also keep an electronic copy of everything on my computer.
Set up a special email address dedicated to your wedding, and store important vendor numbers in your mobile phone.

Greet Each Guest

It’s important to personally greet each and every guest at your wedding. This may seem really obvious, but it is surprising how quickly the day goes and you find you don’t get around to everyone. Once the reception is underway you will need to do your best to spend time with each person.

Keep Speeches Short

Speeches are an essential part of any wedding, but it’s important to ensure they don’t go on for too long. Keep the toast brief, no more than a few minutes per person, and have your MC prepared to make tasteful windups if necessary.

End of the reception

Before the wedding, designate someone to take home all your gifts and mementos after the reception and to close out any final vendor payments.

Change of outfit

If you’re changing out of your wedding gown before going to the hotel, you’ll need someone to take it home with them. You can delegate these responsibilities to a bridesmaid, family member, or wedding planner.

Eat something

Make sure you have something to eat in the morning, before the ceremony and at the reception. A low blood sugar can make you feel faint, sick, irritable and tired. Put someone in charge of ensuring you eat regularly throughout the day and have snacks on hand.

Stay hydrated

Although drinking a lot of water can result in more trips to the bathroom, it is essential to stay hydrated. Dehydration can result in headaches, weakness and dizziness and may make you feel cranky. Be sure to consume water throughout the day, especially if you are drinking alcohol!

Don’t sweat the small stuff

Stop, breathe and enjoy your day and being with all your family and friends. If something goes wrong, you are surrounded by people who are willing to help and support you.