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The moment the dust settles after popping the question or saying ‘yes’ – when all that hysterical euphoria starts to stop swirling with such ferocity – the excitement of planning a wedding starts to sink in. Most newly-engaged’s waltz into this process filled with excitement, anticipation and pure undulated joy but, a couple of weeks into it, the reality starts to become a little less perfect.

There are things on the wedding planning list that are nice to know. Things like where the good dress shops are, which planners did whose weddings and any tribute bands that are worth checking out on Youtube. Then there are things that you need to know; things that make the stress manageable, the choices less daunting and playing the role of conductor-slash-bride a bit easier to enjoy.

 

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  1. Know Your Numbers

Nothing is going to frustrate you more than picking a venue and then sending out invites, only to discover there isn’t enough space for all the added extras that make up a wedding – catering staff, band members, waiters and dance floor. The unwritten rule is: allow at least 25 square feet per guest. It may seem like a not now, but not when the party kicks off. Or- check with your dream venue, they’ll let you know how many guests they can accommodate comfortably.

  1. No Double-Booking

Before you swap your pencil for a pen and decide on a date, check all the possibilities of there being a crossover. Ask around your social circles to see if there is another wedding, check if there are any trade fairs, conference events, charity do’s, or anything else that could see people say no, traffic become a problem and hotels to be booked up.

  1. Don’t Underestimate Undergarments

This is the dress you will be wearing in every photo from your big day onwards – that photograph that family will always look at when they flick through albums – which is why you need to be fully prepared at the fitting. That is why you need to consider your undergarments. For a full list of advice, check out this list at www.loveandlavender.com. But, to sum it up, you need to think about the bra you will be wearing, whether you will wear Spanx on the day, and what sort of slip you will be wearing under your dress. It all matters, and it will all prevent you from having a mess meltdown on the big day when you try everything on.

  1. Vendors For Help

The people you hire do this full time. This is their living. Their calling in life. So, use them. Use one vendor to help you decide on another. When you have chosen a photographer, ask them to recommend a florist with excellent blooms, ask the venue’s manager if they remember any incredible bands that are worth speaking to, and ask any planner’s you meet about good caterer’s. Nothing beats a little bit of social proof. We were thrilled when our cake bakery had nothing but awesome things to say about or coordinator.

  1. Think About The Kids

If you are a conventionalist, then you’re plan is to get married, enjoy the honeymoon period and have kids, which is why you need to accept that some of your guests will have kids, and that is why you need to have a kid policy. It could be that you welcome kids with a hug and a smile knowing that kids are awesome; it could be you decide to have a zero child policy; you could only embrace the kids in your immediate family; or you could get a childcare service in. Whatever your choice, decide ahead of time so that you aren’t freaking out on the day wishing you had decided ahead of time.

I looked around the web for how to handle this delicate situation, and found what I think is the perfect wording for my wedding site:

While children are a joy and a blessing, we respectfully ask that this be an adult-only ceremony and reception, barring the few little ones who are in our wedding party. The Mayflower offers a babysitting service at $25 an hour with 4 hours minimum. Please give them a call at (202) 347-3000 to arrange.

This not only clearly sets my expectation, but offers a solution! (I also asked my SIL if, as a mommy, she found it appropriate. She said definitely and that Ryker will not be attending any other weddings with her but ours so she can have fun and let loose!)

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Everyone wants a magical, perfect wedding, but if you’re really honest with yourself, you also want your wedding to stand out. No one likes to admit that they want their wedding to be better than the one that they attended a few months ago, but it’s the truth, and it’s fairly understandable. Your wedding should be as unique as you are, so if you want yours to stand out, then have a read of the out-of-the-box ideas listed below.

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Avoid White

When you think of a wedding, the first thing that usually comes to mind is the white wedding dress. However, considering that white symbolizes innocence and purity, it might not necessarily apply to your relationship. If you want to stand out from the crowd, then skip the white wedding dress, and go for one of the many other colours available. You could even dress your bridesmaids in white, so you’ll really contrast.

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Fab Favors

Your favors are supposed to be your way of thanking your loved ones for attending your wedding. Youwant to be unique, so you can do something completely different. There are so many better ideas for favors, such as toys for the little ones, personalized bars or chocolate, wedding favours magnets, or even sunscreen if you’re having an outdoor wedding.

Guest Transportation

If your ceremony is a while away from your reception, then you’ll likely be transporting your guests between the venues. If this is the case, then why not make the journey fun and unique by choosing some really out-there transport. Black cabs, red double decker-buses, yellow school buses, or even hot air balloons are all options that you could consider and are all way more interesting than a boring wedding car or limousine.

Rent A Video Booth

Back in the day, photo booths were sure to give your wedding an air of uniqueness and were a really fun thing for your wedding guests to do. These days, they’re still fun, but they’re also incredibly common. Video booths, on the other hand, are a relatively new idea, and the fun clips that you get from them can be inserted into your wedding video and watched for years to come.

Take Dance Lessons

Most weddings involve the bride and groom having their first dance before anyone else is allowed on the dance floor. This is a lovely idea, and looks great on your wedding video, but isn’t very unique, especially if all you and your partner are doing is the waltz or even just swaying side to side. Instead of this, take some dance lessons, and kick it up a notch with a surprising routine. Anything out of the ordinary, like a street dance routine or a tango, is sure to get your wedding remembered.

Your wedding is the day that joins you and your partner together for the rest of your lives, so it’s important to make it special and unique. Hopefully, the tips above will give you some inspiration for your wedding.

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After saying your vows it’s time to party, and your wedding reception is all about the food and drink! Feeding your guests while they chat, mingle and have fun is all part of the fun of a wedding, and is an element you will definitely want to get right.

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Buffet

Cheap and cheerful crowd pleasers, you can’t go far wrong with a buffet. You could get caterers in to put this together for you, or simply make it yourself. You don’t need to best cooking skills to put together some buffet favourites- sandwiches, quiches, seasoned chicken. Check out sites like Pinterest for ideas. If you go down this route you can serve tasty food without breaking the bank, and since everything can be prepared in advance you don’t have to worry about food being served cold and getting timings right.

Three Course Meal

If you’re throwing a very traditional wedding, lining the banquet halls and having a three course meal could be the way to go. This will be the most expensive option but is also the most luxurious. You will choose the dishes your guests will be served before the wedding and they will receive a beautifully made starter, main course and dessert. Find out if your venue has catering options, otherwise you could book your own catering company to come in on the day. Make sure those with dietary requirements are covered, this could be vegans, vegetarians, gluten free or those with religious requirements with food. It’s worth going to a sample tasting before the wedding so you can pick out the dishes that you want to be served. Salmon, chicken and beef are all popular options but spend some time tasting and working out what fits your budget.

Food Stations

If you want a combination of the two styles above why not go with food stations? You get the casual buffet feel but you get to serve hot food so it’s on the more formal side. It’s also good if you’re having an autumn/ winter wedding and want to serve hot fare without the expensive of a formal dinner. There are all kinds of cuisines you could go for- from British roasts to Italian, curry stations, even a dessert station for afterwards. Guest queue up and are served their food before returning to their seats or can serve themselves, that way you save on costs for extra staff. These could contain things like big jars of sweets, cake pops, macarons, cupcakes. Displayed with balloons and flowers they look really impressive and are something that both adults and children alike will love.

Taster Menu

This isn’t the taster session you attend when you’re choosing the courses for your wedding food. With a taster menu your guests are served up to ten different mini courses- with complementing wine too if your budget can stretch further. Wedding taster menus can take a long time to get through all of the courses, so you could break them up with things like speeches and let them run through the evening. They’re a great choice if you have a bigger budget and your guests are foodies! It could be a mixture of different foods or all based on a theme, if the idea of the excites you it’s an interesting way to do your wedding food and something your guests might not have experienced before.

Hog Roast

Finally, a great choice for a sunny outdoor wedding would be a hog roast. Slow cooked pork with stuffing in rolls, these companies will also offer things like baked potatoes for the vegetarians. You can serve salads, corn and other things on the side too. It’s a casual, laid back and a great inexpensive way to serve a lot of guests. People can criticise hog roasts for being a little messy, but if you have outdoor seating you will be provided with plates and cutlery so it won’t be a problem. A hog roast makes a good daytime option too, something for your guests earlier on and then a buffet or sit down meal later on.

As with anything to do with your wedding day, the catering option you choose should be personal to you. Choose what fits your budget and the style and theme of your big day, don’t feel like things have to be done a certain way. It’s completely up to you.

What style of dining will you/ did you choose for your wedding day?

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I have to say- I adore my month-of wedding coordinator. Tabitha Roberts, aside from having one of my favorite names, is covering all the details on my big day that’ll drive me crazy. I opted to do day-of (really month-of) coordination which includes:

  • Orchestrating vendor walk through one month prior to wedding
  • Collaboration with vendors on floor plans, setup, and time lines
  • Being the point of contact for vendors and family on wedding day
  • Coordinating your rehearsal before the big day
  • Unlimited hours with our Coordinator and assistant on the wedding day

I didn’t really need a wedding planner, per say, but she’ll definitely been needed so I’m not running around like a chicken with my head cut off… at least more than I need to be.

Between being in two weddings without a coordinator start over and hour late and having one awesome coordinator actually sew myself and the other bridesmaids into our dresses when all of our zippers broke, I’ve seen how valuable the extra help can be. There is no getting away from the fact that an expert wedding planner can relieve some stress of planning your wedding. But let’s also not forget that the elimination of stress does cost some extra money. So as lovely as that might be, it isn’t always going to be a luxury that we can all afford. You may be on a budget that is pretty tight or like to plan an organize most things yourself. If so, then there are a few lessons we can learn from the professionals when it comes to planning a wedding.

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Give Yourself Plenty of Time

If you’re going to be doing it yourself, then you need to allow plenty of time to get things done. You’ll have your regular job to contend with, whereas planning your wedding would be the full-time job of a professional. Around eight months should be plenty, but a year can be the ideal time to get all of the plans in place.

Be Prepared To Negotiate

Your wedding is your wedding. But for wedding vendors, it is merely a transaction. So when it comes to planning, it can help to see things as a business transaction too. Which is why being savvy and negotiating can be a good way to get the best deal. If you don’t want certain elements that the photographer is offering, then ask for something else or just have the price reduced. Be prepared to negotiate so that you only end up with the things that you want.

Get Help When Needed

Some elements will need some professional help. So don’t be afraid to ask for it (just be prepared to negotiate when you do). Looking for a reception venue can often bring with it some wedding organizers to help plan things for the day. So work with them and make sure that they have a clear idea of how you want things to look and work on the day.

Spend Money Wisely

The cost of weddings can spiral out of control if you let it. So it is a good idea to plan carefully and spend wisely. It could be a good idea to get a specific wedding credit card that will allow you to earn cash back or air miles for your honeymoon, for example. You’re going to be spending the money anyway. So you may as well get some extras for your sending, right?

Read The Fine Print

A professional is going to be the person reading through the contracts all for you. Which is why you need to make sure that you are checking all of the fine print if you decide to go it alone. You might be signing away hidden costs or extras if you don’t check on this kind of thing. As has been said, your wedding is just a business transaction for vendors. So check the details of everything, including (even though it will be the last thing on your mind) things like cancellation policies.

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If you’re someone who likes to take an ethical and eco-conscious approach to life, you probably don’t want things to be any different when it comes to your wedding. Your big day can be just as ethical as anything in the rest of your life and still be magical too. You’re not the only couple who want an ethical wedding, so you’re sure to find lots of options for vendors, materials, and much more. To successfully plan an ethical wedding, you need to be ready to do some research and ask lots of questions. Keep the following points in mind to get started.

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Start with the Rings

The rings you choose are a symbol of your love. They’re one of the material things that will last beyond your wedding day, intended to be worn for your whole marriage. Whether you have an engagement ring or you go straight for the wedding bands, you should think about how and where they’re made. An ethical jewelry maker like Brilliant Earth can make sure you get rings that use ethical stones and metals. Some ethical stones are carefully sourced, some are second-hand, and others are made in labs. When you choose rings, remember to think about durability too.

Keep Things Small

One of the best ways to keep the impact of your wedding at a low is to have a small affair. While a big wedding might appeal to some, not everyone wants hundreds of guests. If you keep things small, you could find that it’s a lot less stressful to get everything sorted out. Of course, you might have some trouble narrowing down the guest list if you’re not sure who to invite. You might also have to be careful of people getting offended because they didn’t receive an invitation. But if you have a small wedding, you can reduce waste, energy use, and various other things to reduce the impact of the day.

Personally, this route is not for me. But I’m off-setting that by shopping small. A lot of things for my wedding are coming from Etsy shops, and my flowers are coming from a family-owned local business. This leads me to the next point…

Vet Your Vendors Carefully

Choosing your wedding vendors is something you’ll have to be careful about if you want an ethical wedding. One of the easiest ways to approach it is to look for vendors who advertise themselves as ethical. If they’re willing to say outright that their practices are ethical, they should be able to explain how. Hopefully, they go out of their way to conduct their business in an ethical way and ensure they can fulfill their promises.

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Choose Ethical Clothes, Materials and Supplies

When you’re finding supplies for your wedding, especially if you’ve chosen a more DIY route, you can be careful to select ethical materials too. Don’t forget to consider your outfits as well, especially your wedding dress. If you don’t want to rent a dress, you could consider wearing an upcycled dress or a secondhand one, or simply buying one you can wear again. Even your invites and other paper materials can be made from recycled paper and card.

An ethical wedding doesn’t need to be hard to do. If you know what you want, you can usually find it.

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