Following on from my last post, here is the part 2 of the list every bride needs when planning her own wedding.
Rehearsal – you and your bridal party should do a walk through of the ceremony, don’t forget that your attendants are probably nervous and need some guidance. Test the length of the music and discuss logistical requirements with your venue or church.
Night Before – Where are you staying the night before? Where is the groom staying? Are your attendants staying with you or meeting up with you one the day?
Ceremony – Venue, decor (aisle runner, aisle markers, archway or altar, seating, registry table), celebrant or religious official, vows, rings, music (at least three main tracks – processional, signing the register and recessional). Do you need ushers, a ring cushion, bubbles or confetti, a fancy feather pen to sign the register?
Photography – Where are you going and who are you taking? Usually a photographer will take your big family photos at the ceremony venue and then whisk the bridal party away somewhere special for an hour or two. Make a list of the shots you want in advance to save time and make sure no-one misses out. Decide in advance if the flower girl and page boy are old enough to go with the bridal party or if they will too much supervision.
Guest Entertainment – what do the guests do while you are having photos taken? Do they go home for a few hours to relax, is the pre-dinner drinks and canapes service long enough, or do you organise some special entertainment or games to keep them occupied? For example, if you are holding your wedding at a golf club, you might consider arranging for the guests to play mini golf or lawn games while they wait.
Reception Venue – This is a big decision to make. Before making a decision consider – distance from ceremony, overall look/theme, size of the room, food and drinks, price, styling (if you don’t like what they offer you can bring in a stylist to customise the look).
Reception Entertainment – DJ or Live Band? Will you put on a show (cultural dances are a great option)? Do you need a dance floor? What about fireworks? How can you personalise the party and get the guests involved?
Cake – The sky is the limit when designing your dream cake, just make sure you get to taste it first.
Dance Lessons – Your first dance as a married couple is a very special moment but can be just as nerve racking as saying your vows in front of a hundred people. Consider taking a few dance lessons together to make you both more confident and squeeze in some romantic couple time before the wedding.
Final Tips – There is so much more involved in making your wedding special, so please don’t forget to take some time to find those things that show off how amazing your relationship is. While you do have to think about what your guests will expect and what they will enjoy, in my experience, guests love a wedding that lets them see a little bit more about what makes you such a great couple. So if you love sports, throw in some reference to your favourite game, if you love books, use them in your decor. There is no such thing as a traditional wedding! All you need to do is say “I do” and the rest is up to you!