DON’T HOLD THE WEDDING CEREMONY TOO EARLY On your wedding day don’t hold the wedding ceremony too
early. You will end up having to provide for everyone twice if you do.
Guests won’t have had time for a proper meal at lunchtime and arrive at
the ceremony or wedding reception very hungry and this will probably
mean starting the wedding breakfast around 4.30 when most people are not
used to eating and then you will have to provide another meal in the
evening. It also means that you have to provide alcohol; or guests will
be drinking alcohol for a much longer time. This can lead to extra
expense and other unwanted alcohol related problems! We usually suggest
between 3 & 4 as the best time for the ceremony.
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE MORE THAN 100 GUESTS.
If you want a good party in the evening with music and dancing
it’s a good idea to have more than 100 guests. If you have numbers less
than this - once you have taken away the ones that have to leave early,
the older ones that don’t want to or can’t join in and others that would
rather just sit and chat - it can leave the atmosphere on the dance
floor a little lacking.
CHOOSE YOUR ENTERTAINMENT CAREFULLY
Ceilidthbands are fun for a short while but people
soon get tired of having to follow instructions for any length of time.
At the end of what can be a long day guests often just want to relax,
chat and get up to dance when they feel like it. We have found discos or
other types of good band are invariably more popular with most people.
IT’S A GOOD IDEA TO KEEP THE MENU
When planning your menu keep things simple. A simple menu made from
quality ingredients served nicely is generally much better than a poorly
executed sophisticated menu.
DECIDE ON WHO PAYS.
Decide from the outset who is going to pay for what. Make a list of
everything you’ll need to buy or hire and check off which things you’re
paying for, what your parents are paying for, what the groom’s family is
buying. There will also be things that pop up unexpectedly. Ask yourself
who is going to pay for any extras. It may seem hard but it’s well worth
sorting all these issues out in advance to save any problems and
misunderstandings later on.
IT’S A BAD IDEA TO HAVE YOUR WEDDING ON A
SATURDAY IF YOU NEED TO KEEP DOWN COSTS.
If you’re trying to keep costs down, plan to have your wedding on any
other day than Saturday. Venues and other service providers are at a
premium on Saturdays, but often offer discounts on other days. The same
goes for the time of year. It is far easier to get a bargain in the off
season/winter and you will have the pick of the suppliers. Most won’t be
so heavily booked
PLAN YOUR BUDGET.
Before you start any planning whatsoever, make sure you know your
exact budget. It’s not fun to make big plans and then have to cancel
them because you can’t afford them. Starting your planning with a budget
can save you a lot of heartache later.
There is no specific price range that ensures success. You can spend
tens of thousands and still have a disaster if you haven’t planned
ALLOW OTHERS TO DICTATE PRIORITIES.
Remember, it is YOUR wedding. There may be others who want to plan
your day for you and think they know what is best. But also tryto remember that there will be compromises to be made. So give
a little but at the same time if you have you heart set on something
remember it is your day!
ON YOUR HONEYMOON IMMEDIATELY.
It’s not a great idea to go on honeymoon straight away. You may both
be stressed and tired from a long run up to the big day. A long journey
or flight is not a good idea when you are already exhausted. Take a
couple of days off at home to chill out, take stock and get yourselves
ready for a honeymoon on which you can really relax and enjoy yourself.
It is true that nothing guarantees success, but a lack of planning can
lead to great disappointment and upsets. The further ahead you plan the
more options you will have. Write it all down and keep a clear check
list of what you need to do. Make sure you have contingency plans and be
ready for possible hitches. Try to plan how you will deal with and
overcome any surprises should they happen.
If a number of relatives and friends have to travel from far away,
book some local hotels and B&B’s in the area before they all get booked
CONTRACT IN WRITING WITH SUPPLIERS.
Arrange proper contracts with your suppliers - bands, DJ, florists,
caterers etc. Make sure you have everything in writing from your
suppliers and give them in return written confirmation. Make yourself
aware of any additional costs that could be charged for such things as
accommodation, travelling and meals; and ensure the details are in the
CHECK ON POTENTIAL TRAFFIC JAMS.
Check locally to see if any sporting or other major event in your area
may cause traffic problems near your wedding reception or whether a
holiday period may make air travel or transportation difficult for
people getting to locations on time.
ARRANGE FOR A VERY TIGHT AND EFFICIENT SCHEDULE
When negotiating for wedding photography, tell your photographer that
you want a very tight and efficient schedule for picture taking.
Concentrate on photos. Put into the printed schedule when and where the
photo sessions are to take place before and after the ceremony. Appeal
firmly to the wedding party and relatives you want in the photos to go
immediately to these locations so that you don't waste precious time
trying to round up everybody scattered all over the property. Your other
guests will be waiting patiently for the photography to be finished.
Also, remember that your caterer is depending on you keeping to schedule
so the meal will not be spoilt.
BEST OF WEDDING RECEPTION IDEAS: INVOLVE THE GROOM!
Involve the Groom in at least some of the planning!
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