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Tips For Planning A Successful Wedding

1 December 2010

Remember Your Guests
Your family and friends will have gone to some expense to enjoy your nuptials with you so ensure that you show your appreciation and include them. Out-of-town guests will benefit from a welcome basket or at the very least supply them with an itinerary. Guests who come to another city for a weekend for only one event will want to see more of you and share in your wedding events. Inviting them to your rehearsal dinner or a post-wedding brunch is a very kind and generous gesture.

Fabulous Decor
Pay attention to lines, textures and silhouettes. How do they make you feel? Implement elements such as flowers, candles, seashells, etc. Find out from your venue what type of restrictions you are working under i.e. no open flame, etc. If you can stretch the budget, do invest in some props to go with your theme or a lighting and staging company to help bring it all together.

Get Personal
Being unique definitely sets you apart in the minds of your guests. Step out of the ordinary with personal vows and toasts. Celebrate who you both are by incorporating ethnic and family traditions or perhaps display pictures as centerpieces.

Don’t Skip the Cocktail Hour
While you're off having all those fabulous photos taken, your guests are left at your reception site awaiting your arrival. Be generous and have sumptuous treats to greet them. Create an environment conducive to mingling and conversation with soft music playing in the background. Opt for Jazz classics, songs that make people feel like they are at something important. It also adds a sense of refinement to your event with butlered drinks being passed. It makes your guests feel important. Here is a chance to incorporate your personality by having a signature drink passed and available at the bar. Put up a little sign in a silver plated frame explaining the significance. Your guests will feel included and also get the chance to try something new!

Don’t Skimp on Food!
Good food and drinks make the party so even if your budget is limited, it's best not to have 300 guests fighting over nibbles and dips at your reception. The reception (including food) should take a big chunk out of your budget and it should show. If your choices and funds are tight, ask your caterer what they can do to help you out.

Whatever you choose a band or a DJ, make sure that they mesh with you and your personality. You also want them to reflect the overall theme and formality of the group (for example, no harpist at a country western wedding). Ensure music is playing through their breaks. Dead silence will definitely murder the fun at your party.

Get Help
It is always fun to meet someone who wants to hear about your wedding. Get your creative juices flowing, take advantage of vendor discounts and learn secrets of the industry by enlisting the help of a professional wedding planner. Everyone will have a job to do at your wedding. Yours will be to be the bride and to enjoy the first few hours of married life with your family and friends. While you may think you can handle an emergency during your wedding, more likely you cannot. Definitely enlist the help of a wedding planner to take on the stresses and organising that you can do without.


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