Top FAQ’s every bride wants to know when planning her wedding
The ‘love of your life’ proposed, you made it Instagram and Facebook official, your great aunt in Norway and all your Nordic cousins have called to congratulate you and tell you they’re coming to the wedding, although you didn’t plan on inviting all of them. Now begins the journey towards your new life as a wife, which entails wedding planning, whether it’s you and your groom doing the work or a wedding planner. Here’s a list of FAQ’s we’ve compiled based on the most common questions the brides (and grooms) we’ve worked with in the past have needed answers to.
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2. How will I know who the right wedding planner is for me and my wedding?
Been to a wedding that you loved from beginning to end? Ask the couple who their wedding planner was and make contact. Speak to your friends and their friends about recommendations; everyone has been to an unforgettable wedding at some stage. Once you have your list of wedding planners, call them up and plan a time to meet with each of them. Make a list of relevant questions like – how many weddings you plan a year, what are the types of budgets you work with etc. Chances are you’ll feel the vibe between you and them and know instinctively who to go with. If after the second name on your list, you and your groom have decided that ‘you’ve found the one’ then don’t bother calling the others, just go with your gut. Chemistry is important in the dynamic between planner and couple.
I am creative and l have quite strong ideas about how I want my wedding to look – will a planner be beneficial to me?
Definitely, while most clients think that blue-sky thinking is a planner’s dream it’s often their biggest nightmare as there are just far too many options or possibilities. The more particular you are the better as it makes the process much more streamlined and efficient. When you do come to a decision with your planner, whether it’s the colour palette for the bridal bouquet or the choice of welcome drink, just be sure that’s what you want and try to avoid changing your mind as much as possible, it will make the whole process more efficient and most of all memorable, in a good way.
I’m not creative, so how will I know what style I want my wedding to be?
Your best bet here is going online. Pinterest is the best resource for wedding inspiration and covers more wedding related topics than you can imagine. Create a board and start pinning, from the pins you like, you can click through to the websites that they’re from and find even more inspiration. When you see an image and it gives you goosebumps then pin it. Come back to your board the next day and begin editing or refining your chosen pins even more. If you go for a wedding planner, get them on board from these early stages as they can help refine your style, the look and overall vibe of the day.
We are looking to have a destination wedding abroad. What do I need to consider?
The wisest decision when getting married in a foreign country is to find a wedding venue that also offers accommodation, for family and friends. Chances are the place you choose for your nuptials would be somewhere you’ve visited before so make a list of your favourite locations, neighbourhoods and venues at that destination and rope in the likes of Google to help find wedding venues. Find out whether the venue has an events planner that you can hire to help with organizing and if they don’t perhaps they could recommend a planner or organizer in the area that you could contact. Just make sure they speak the same language as you, both literally and figuratively, before booking them. A local planner will be invaluable as they are likely to know a lot of suppliers in the area.
Where do I begin when searching for my venue?
First decide what type of wedding you’d like to have; one out in nature, in the city, at a restaurant or at a wedding venue, for example. Once you’ve decided then start researching online and perhaps spend a few weeks visiting different ones before making the final decision. Also, if you’ve been to a wedding or event at a venue that you really loved, book an appointment to visit it with your partner.
Is it possible to use the same area within the venue for the ceremony, reception and evening party?
Most definitely, the great thing about this is that it actually can be a budget saver as well as preventing a logistical nightmare of getting your guests from one venue to the next. Bear in mind that although the location for each part of the evening would essentially be in the same venue, a good idea would be to hold each aspect of the wedding in a different area of the venue. So for example if it’s a country wedding on a farm, perhaps the ceremony could take place in the garden and the reception and party in the barn or farmhouse. Or if it’s at a city restaurant, perhaps the ceremony could happen on the roof of the building and the reception and party in the restaurant. Reason being is that tables need to be set when the food is ready to be served and moving them around and setting them in between is a bit of a crowd-spoiler.
8. What about our budget? How do you manage it when things start going over?
Budget planning is part of the role of your wedding planner. Once your budget has been agreed we will research suppliers and provide you with options that are tailored to your budget. During your regular meetings with your wedding planner the budgets will always be discussed so that you are all kept up to date and will be able to keep track of your financial position. When things start reaching the maximum of your budget allocation we will let you know that you have to either forego the 10 000 red roses in favour of Prosecco cocktails, or keep the roses and simply have sparkling wine as the welcome drink.
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