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Take the stress out of wedding preps
Remember ladies, weddings are meant to be fun! Take the stress out of your wedding plans with a few simple steps to have you well on the way to wedding perfection. Alyssa Ho, wedding planner, stylist and invitation designer at Giant Invitations helps you get organised and tackle the key steps for a streamlined day.
12 months until the Big Day
In the first instance it’s important to establish exactly which type of wedding best reflects you and your partner. Do you want a traditional event, or something more bohemian? A simple, intimate gathering, or a full blown gala? Beach wedding or Church? Who will be in your bridal party? What is your budget? Pin down your partner and write a list of your priorities for the day, and which you would consider to be ‘extras’ if budget allows. It helps to look at bridal magazines and idea boards such as pinterest to get an idea of the wedding style that suits you perfectly.
The venue will set the tone of your whole wedding and this will need to be secured well in advance, so take the time to research what will suit your event best. If the venue is not catering it’s imperative to decide on a menu and book a caterer. Enjoy sampling tasters and cakes before the wedding diet starts!
8 months to go!
With only 8 months until the life-changing event, everyone will be asking about…The Dress. Arguably more important than choosing the groom, your wedding dress is probably something you have been imagining since you were a little girl. Good news is the choice is limitless. Whether you choose something timeless and classic, or modern and funky make sure you leave enough time for dressmaker fittings. Decide upon your colour scheme and if you’re having bridesmaids, match up the dresses to the scheme, or complimentary colours to create a fabulous photo album, and tie in the floristry, invites, cake and décor. Make-up and hair is so important, make sure you design your hair and makeup concept with your chosen professional and have a few trials so you can be sure you are happy with it.
Choose your photographer and videographer and research Wedding Invitations to ensure there is plenty of time to create one that reflects your unique day.
4 months and feels like forever…
Make sure your invitations are ordered and sent out. Create a spreadsheet of guests and how they have responded so that you can keep track of numbers. Please keep in mind, bookings for your transport in between venues may need to be done up to four months before the wedding, but at this point you should be finalising the booking confirmation. Put together the little things so you don’t have to stress with a couple of weeks to go: wedding favours and final accessories. Don’t forget to finalise your vows and start rehearsing them; this isn’t something you want to leave until the night before. If you want speeches, it’s time to let the relevant parties know!
Go wild on your plans for table settings and how you want your wedding dinner to look. Whatever your personal style, rustic, classic or modern, flowers and candles are always a good idea, and go a long way in creating ambiance.
4 weeks-its really happening!
Pin down responsible members of your bridal party and give them specific tasks so that you will not be dealing with things on the day. Put them in charge of things like asking guests to write in the wedding book. Have a running sheet of the day that you can pass to your bridal party or close family members with timings and important phone numbers, such as that of the wedding car driver! Don’t forget to let your hair down for some well-deserved celebrations too.
1 week to go
Time to bring together all the small things for the big day. Finalise who’s sitting next to who and pass the final numbers onto the venue and caterers to ensure everyone is accommodated for. Spend this time running around picking up any special orders and packing the gifts for your bridal party. Remember to drink plenty of water and be well rested.
Now, perhaps the most important step of all: You’re finally getting married, enjoy the day and embrace every single moment.