Top Tips for Brides To Be; Organisation, Food and Fun

For some, you’re already amidst the tulle, flowers, place cards and vows of the wedding world. And for most first wedding planners, it’s hard to know where to start. Here are a few tips and tricks to keep you on track!

Organisation

The first and most important piece of advice we can give is to try and be as organised as you can!

Create a time line for every action you need to take or decision you need to make, and stick to it! Or create a weekly to-do list – check off one thing a day or a couple things a week to help lighten the load.
If you really struggle with keeping organised, perhaps think about hiring a planner! They’re worth more than you will realise at the start, but by the end you will be so grateful to have their help!

Priorities

It’s really important to sit down with your fiancé and discuss what is really important to both of you about the day (apart from the “I do’s” and kissing of the bride!)

Some topics to talk about include; flowers, decor, ceremony locations, food, atmosphere, dancing and music.
Discuss the things you don’t necessarily need, your wants and your absolutely must-haves! Keep these in mind throughout your decision-making process.

Food

Tip – never skimp on the food!

Food is one of the biggest elements of your wedding that you and your guests are likely to remember. No one wants to go away hungry or be left looking at an ordinary meal.
Choose a menu that represents you – if you love doughnuts, have a doughnut tower for dessert or if you love seafood (or live by the sea) incorporate that into your canapés or entree.

Guests 

When it comes down to the money, guests are sometimes the first thing to go. Some helpful questions to ask yourself when choosing who to axe –
Have you seen them in the last 12 months?
Are they a close friend or family member?
Would not having them there on your special day really impact your happiness on the day?
Are they a guilt-invite? (Potentially someone who invited you to their wedding, and you feel you must do the same…)

Set clear rules that you must follow for your whole guest list!

Flowers

There are so many ways to get the most out of your flowers and your budget for them!

If you’re tight on your budget with flowers, that’s okay! Ask your florist for more local, in-season blooms or look at using plenty of greenery, and using your favourite florals as an accent.

There are also so many times where those beautiful table flowers get thrown in the bin, simply because you, your bridesmaids and mum have already picked up 10 bunches. Hey, if you want your house to look like a florist in the days after, great – they’ll smell and look beautiful for days!
However, have you thought of sending a bunch home with each of your guests? This has become really popular and it’s so easy. Just speak with your florist as sometimes they provide a “Bouquet Tying” service or you can set up your own station with scissors, string and a little sign asking them to take a bunch. You guests will enjoy them in the days to come!

Time

Be realistic with your time.

If it’s down to the last month or two and you are unsure that you can finish everything on your own, don’t be afraid to ask for help. You will be surrounded by a tonne of people who will jump at the chance to help! Designate any important jobs for yourself or anyone you truly trust, and hand off any small jobs such as picking up favours from the store, tying bows around all of your napkins or cutting place cards or menus.

You will feel so much better afterwards for asking for help!

Fun

Just have fun!

It’s the biggest day, where you show everyone you love just how much you want to be with your special someone!
You also have to be okay with the fact that not every single little detail is going to go right to the very strict plan that you had in mind. Sometimes a place card is missing, a zip breaks or a vendor is running late.

You just have to remember not to stress the little stuff, and take it all in your stride! Plus – there’ll be tonnes of photos of you, and you should be smiling, laughing, hugging or kissing in every one!

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