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Overcoming Tricky Wedding Planning Issues

7 February 2011

Negotiating makes me nervous – If this how you feel, you’re not alone. Finding the right team to fulfil your vision takes a bit of groundwork and while options are geat, too many can be overwhleming, so after researching your vendors, only meet with your top three and then be honest and up front with what you need.
There’s no sense in investigating suppliers with rates that’ll blow your budget, but you’ll have more room to negotiate if you explain how much you have to work with and ask for advice on how their service can fit your budget.

The parents are too invloved – Some parents, even with the best will in the world, get in the way rather than actually help out so set the boundaries from the beginning. Communication is key here. Discuss the level of involvement, assign tasks and pick your battles. If you let everyone feel like they’re contributing it will make your planning much easier.

Adults Only – Consider your reasons for wanting an adult only affair. Is it cost related, venue restrictions or because of burgeoning guest numbers? Is the style or location of your celebration unsuitable or unsafe for children? Or is it because you feel that little ones could be disruptive or steal the show? Once you've defined the rationale, clearly explain your decisions to those of your gests with children. Having a conversation is always better than simpy stating ‘no children’ on your invites.

Cant stand the pressure – Make a list of all the tasks you have to complete in order of priority. Note how long each will take and its deadline. Then, share the load. Delegation will make your life so much easier so don't feel rude about spreading out some of your tasks among family and bridesmaids. There’s no better or more appropriate time to ask for help. When it comes to doing things yourself, use your time wisely, take your laptop with you to work on the train or a diary to scribble notes when you’re out and about.

Seating plan problems – Before deciding where to seat guests wait for RSVPs to come in, then create a diagram to illustrate who knows who – everyone shoul have at least one familar face at their table if at all possible.

Family fued issues – You cant control who does or doesn't get along among your wedding guests but you can control how you handle it.
If you’re aware of any strife among family members, such as divorced parents, you and your fiance should discuss the issue prior to the big day and set some boundaries. It may also help to give a list of special insructions to your photographer.

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