We all know how hard it is planning a wedding and obviously it won’t always go according to plan but heres a few tips and tricks I put together to show you how stress free your wedding can actually be!
Put someone in charge
Many couples think they can do all of the planning on their own, and that’s completely fine- up until the day of the wedding. If you can hire someone to handle the details on the actual day, it alleviates so much stress. You should be a guest at your wedding, not the staff.
Attend bridal shows and expos early on in your engagement.
There’s no better way to get inspired with new and unique ideas than by seeing them firsthand.Plus, you’ll be entered into competitions where you could score a free honeymoon, gown or more! Just create a wedding-only email address beforehand so that you don’t get inundated with messages while you’re at work.
The Wedding Expo is a great expo to attend! – 10th & 11th June 2017 @CTICC , Johannesburg 11th & 12th March 2017/ 26th & 27th August @Ticket Pro Dome & Durban 5th & 6th August 2017 @Moses Mabhida Stadium
Book Your Service Providers at least 12 Months in Advance
Do not procrastinate where this is concerned! Photographers & Venues are normally booked out at least a year in advance so as soon as you know he/she is “the one” and you are now engaged to be married, BOOK THOSE SERVICE PROVIDERS. I’ve created a “Partners” Tab on my website for those of you who are still looking for Make Up Artist, Dr’s, Personal Trainers, Florists,etc
Appoint a Family Member/Friend in charge of the “Family Photos”
Designate someone ahead of time, a family member or close friend who is familiar with everyone and—even more important—isn’t shy, to get people together. We really don’t want to waste most of your time at the reception with getting everyone together.
Book as many services as you can with a single vendor.
For example, if your venue or caterer offers lighting, rentals and invitations, you can potentially score a big discount for packaging them together, rather than hiring different vendors to execute each element. You also have more room to negotiate.
Consider having a trial your hair and makeup.
It serves as a great visual, allowing you to see how you will look on your wedding day. Allowing you to play around with eye and lip colours before hand to see what will suit you best.
Pack a bag of goodies and have them distributed to all of the children in attendance (before the ceremony begins)
Items like crayons and a coloring pad, a container of bubbles, and a yo-yo or toy car — anything that’s small and quiet — to keep them entertained and out of adults’ hair.
Feed the band at the same time that guests are eating.
You don’t want to kill the vibe by making your guests wait for them to finish before they can get back on stage to perform! Same goes for the Photographers, Videographers, Any other service provider helping you on your wedding day.
Pack an emergency beauty kit.
Pack two if you must!! You don’t want to be without items that could save you in the event of a beauty emergency. At a minimum, stash the following supplies in a carrying case that a bridesmaid or trusted friend can keep track of:
- Tissues and cotton balls
- Bobby pins and safety pins
- Breath spray or strips
- Dental floss
- Deodorant wipes or spray
- Doubles of all your wedding-day makeup: lipstick, lip liner, mascara, blush, eyeshadow, etc.
- Translucent powder
- Band-Aids and blister pads
- Clear nail polish to stop a run in your hose
- Three pairs of spare hose
- Blotting sheets for oily skin
- Chalk or talcum powder to cover stains
- Small bottle of club soda to treat stains
- Double-sided fabric tape
- Needles pre-threaded with clear fishing line for sewing emergencies
Tell guests that the officiant requested no photo-taking during the processional.
No one wants 50 camera phones waving around in their face or flashes going off in every direction during such an intimate moment. If you say that the couple or planner requested this, no one will listen, but guests tend to adhere to rules better if you name someone more official.
Make Free time
Go for a massage, manicure, pedicure a week before the wedding day! This will help you relax and unwind.
Wedding Checklist for you to save and print 🙂 Enjoy!