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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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Birthdays, engagements, friends reunions and every other big event happening this year deserve an amazing party. You and your friends need to celebrate in style and, if you’re organizing it yourself, you will want to make it the best party ever!

This isn’t going to be any old get together, everything has to be beautifully stylish with a fun twist. It might sound like a lot to ask, but dig out your thinking cap and read on for some clever little tips to make your day that extra bit special!

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The Venue

Finding the perfect venue is all about knowing what your needs will be. If you want to have a meal then obviously the food has to take center stage but if you are looking for more of a drinks and nibbles type of event, the space will make a real difference to the vibe you’re going for.

Make sure that you book way ahead of time. Venues, especially the most popular ones in town, will get booked up quickly. Actually, if you are hosting a Christmas party, you probably should have booked it last year! Give the venue a rough idea of the number of guests and what you are expecting and they will do the rest.

The Transport

If lots of you are going all together, you need to arrive in style. Rather than booking a fleet of cabs, why not consider a party bus? This way you and all your friends can start the party before you’ve even arrived. You can get party bus rentals at Bergen Limo here for up to 50 guests to travel together with music, lights and even reclining seats!

The Decoration

When you get to your venue, it’s always better to arrive with it already decorated specifically for you and your friends with a personal touch. Ask the venue if you can go earlier in the day to add some confetti, dress the chairs and inflate some balloons for later on. You could buy some decorations but if you’re feeling particularly creative, Martha Stewart has lots of ideas for cute designs to fit all themes. If you’re having a themed party, the decoration is your opportunity to go all out – 6ft inflatable palm tree anyone?

The Outfit

If you are having a themed party, you definitely need to give some thought to your outfit! You could go all out and buy something, but there are some crafty ways to accessorise what you already have to make an awesome improvised costume. The best part of any party is getting ready with your girlfriends and trying every possible combination in your wardrobe (and theirs!) so have fun and enjoy experimenting with different combinations together.

Getting together with friends is always going to mean a brilliant night out but when you add those extra details like transport and decoration, it really transforms the evening into something truly special. Once the organization is done, the party can start and you can have fun in style!

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In the same way no good story ever started with, “this one time I had a chicken caesar salad,” not successful brand ever good tongues wagging by just slipping into the fold. No. When you’re the new kid on the block, you need to make a splash like a brick landing in a tub of paint and that is done by hosting an event so epic people wouldn’t dare forget you. That is how to get whatever you are launching to skyrocket up and up, through the stratosphere and past the shooting stars that cross in the sky.

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It doesn’t matter whether you want to hold a pre-launch event or a launch event, whether it is for a book, a product, a fashion house, model agency, line of cashmere sweaters or a new line of apps that hop to take on Instagram, here are the three ingredients that will ensure your event is a total success:

Venue Is Very Important

Like very. Very-very. Where you decide to host your party is going to speak on behalf of your brand, it is going to etch a first impression into the minds of all those attending and make their hearts twitch with nerves and excitement. So, what we recommend you do is check out these event venues and then decide on which suits you and your brand. Weird, unique, professional, sleek, fun, serious, bonkers or experiential; whatever is going to mimic you best. Just make sure it offers that little thing called convenience because that is why will improve your chances of having a packed place; convenient for guests, clients and, most of all, journalists.

It’s All In The Day

Your gut instinct is no doubt telling you to throw this party on a Friday or Saturday but, unless you can be absolutely sure your event will be considered unmissable, you should ignore this instinct and pick a Wednesday. Most people that work in the media, most VIPs, and most guests would consider a launch party to be business, and so they would rather do this on a school night and leave their weekends free for personal pleasure. A Thursday could work, but they may be thinking about how tiredness could wreck their Friday night plans, while a Tuesday may see them hold back on the booze and you want them to have a good time. So, pick a Wednesday and make it too inviting not to have fun.

Your Invitation Is Powerful

First things first, you need to know who to invite. You need to invite people that are going to have sway, that are going to talk, that need to know about your launch. But don’t just drop them invite, build some rapport in the months prior so that they feel important. Next up, create a sense of exclusivity while also over-inviting. You want people to feel special but you also want there to be an army of people swanning about. Last up, make your invite too intriguing to ignore. Make your invite evoke curiosity. If you use a platform like Splash, you can even stick a password on it to drive home that feeling of exclusivity. Just make sure you send it in plenty of time and that it isn’t conflicting with anything else.

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Having a wedding is a monumental occasion, it’s binding you and your partner for the rest of your days and solidifies your relationship with them! Because of its emotional importance, you’re going to want to make sure you have it in the right location for you, but what are your options?

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Church

The classic option, but also one of the best for a reason! A church is a brilliant place to get married, regardless of whether you are religious or not. Churches are where marriages originated from in the west, so by getting married in a church you’re going to be getting married in the place where it all began, giving it a traditional feeling if that’s what you’re after. Some churches are also fantastic pieces of architecture, so if you’re getting married in a very old and well kept church you can expect to see people in awe of the building itself and not just because of you! Churches too are often one of the easiest venues to get a hold of because of how many there are dotted around the country, but this does mean that for some of the nicer ones you will have to wait a while, so keep this in mind before you commit!

Banquet Hall

One of the lesser seen venues for a wedding, but still one of the best and perhaps the most unique setting for a wedding. A banquet hall is a big, long hall that has big, long tables to accompany it! Similar to churches, these halls are often very old and are steeped in heritage, however there are modern ones available for you to pick from. These are good because you can get a wedding that feels very personal as there is only going to be one room, perfect for those of you who want a very powerful wedding!

Outdoors

This is becoming an increasingly popular choice amongst people that don’t want to spend too much but still want a wedding to remember! Having an outdoor wedding reception is one of the best things to do in the 21st century. It’s not something that has really been done before, and the effects of it are fantastic. By being not enclosed by walls and glass, you’re truly exposed to the elements and this can be a real crowd pleaser if the weather goes your way! There is nothing quite as enjoyable as having a wedding that is outside in the sun, so have a look at the different places you can do this!

All of these venues are great choices, if you want a tradition and awe inspiring wedding then have it in a big church, if you’re after a powerful and personal wedding then have it in a banquet hall or if you’re after something that exposes you to the outside world, then have it outside! Music is a very important part of a wedding and is something you need to keep in mind, so read this to figure out what your perfect playlist will be!

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Your wedding day will be the most amazing day of your life. The months or years of planning leading up to that date will be the most stressful time of your life. It’s not that you don’t want to plan your wedding; it’s that you want to plan it to the finest of details but it’s nearly impossible to get everything to look and feel exactly the way in which you envision things in your head. Of course, that doesn’t mean you should give up (not that you were going to give up anyway). The point is that you won’t need to compromise as much as you think if you just plan ahead. Here’s the ultimate wedding guide for the pragmatic bride.

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The guest list.

This needs to be at the top of your ‘To Do’ list. Whether you have a couple of months or a couple of years to go before the big day, it’s vital that you invite the guests to the big day. Leaving the invites until the last minute could spell out total disaster because it’s almost certain that a noticeable portion of the guests will have prior plans on the date you mention. You want the table plan to be sorted early on, so it’s important that you know who is attending. Avoid disappointment and invite guests as early as possible to make sure people have a mark against your date on their calendars; you don’t want anybody to book a holiday or fail to book off work on your big day, especially if they’re close family or other important people in your life.

The dresses.

Obviously, your dress is the most important element of this big day, as you’re the bride. You’ll want to ensure this is all sorted well in advance because it can be quite a time-consuming process; if you leave dress-shopping until the last minute then you might find yourself settling for a style about which you aren’t completely happy. On top of this, the theme of your wedding is probably on your mind, and you want to be sure that your bridesmaids also have dresses which look amazing. Everything has to look perfect in the photographs.

The venue.

The place in which you get married and hold the reception, whether those are one and the same place, can make or break a wedding. The setting has to fit in with the theme of the wedding; you may have a traditional wedding in mind or something a little off-the-wall and adventurous. Colors, patterns, and floral arrangements all need to feel well-placed for the ceremony to look right. You could check out options such as this wedding venue, a social work club, for a sophisticated lounge that could create a classy vibe on your big day. It doesn’t matter what you go for; the important thing is that the venue can work around the rest of your plans for your wedding in terms of decor, the number of guests, and the general theme.

The budget.

Whilst you’ll want to sort this out before you pay for everything, make sure you have a detailed plan of the venue, dresses, photographers, and all other materials or staff that you’ll need to pay for on your big day before you make any purchases. This is why you should do your planning months and months in advance. You want to have an idea of how much all of that will cost and then make some changes if your budget needs to be stretched to cover things. You don’t want to spend a dime until you know that you can afford it all. Get an idea of every last detail before you make any decisions.

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