- Whether you are holding your wedding in peak wedding season
- Whether you are having a local or destination wedding
- Whether you have a lot of out of town guests
- Whether you have a reserve list if some guests can’t make it
- Whether you want to personalise objects such as place names and bombonieres
- Whether you have sent out save the date cards
Most guests would expect to receive their wedding invite around eight weeks before the big day. This gives them plenty of notice and time to reply, book a babysitter, buy an outfit, and choose a gift. However, some of the above circumstances will mean that you need to send out invitations sooner.
- To exclude children, it is best to include an inner envelope with the wedding invitations and listing only those invited. Unfortunately, guests often ignore this and tend to “invite” their own guests, especially their own children. So, use word of mouth to spread the word as well.
- Be prepared for some to abide by these wishes and some not. Those who do just may feel as if you purposely excluded their children, resulting in hurt feelings.
First and foremost your wedding should always have a Plan B, no matter what the hiccup is. Many brides and grooms dream of an outdoor wedding, but they should always consider an indoor or sheltered alternative to avoid disappointment, should the worst come to the worst. You should also think about transport: perhaps the short walk to the venue from the ceremony will not seem so short in bad weather conditions. Your wedding day plans may include a drinks reception on a terrace overlooking beautiful gardens, but don’t forget to have an indoor plan with beautiful décor as a back-up.
It is always worth planning ahead to ensure that the weather won’t spoil your wedding day. Looking at the weather forecast might seem obvious, but to a busy bride just before her big day, that will be the last thing on her mind. Instead, it will be spray tans and last-minute dress fittings! Perhaps this should be left to the groom, an usher or your wedding planner/coordinator, but looking ahead at the weather forecast will help you prepare for even the wettest of weathers. It is better to be safe than sorry, especially when your wedding dress and make-up are at stake!
Now what? That is a question I am asked all the time. You can envision the wedding day you’ve always wanted but have no idea where to start. Speak to a wedding Planner who will put together a simple checklist for you to plan away!
Number One: Celebrate! You have already done that a bit I am sure! But really take the time to enjoy this wonderful moment in your life with the ones close to you.
Number Two: Select your Venues. Your wedding and Reception venues will book up the fastest, sometimes years in advance for city venues. So make sure you visit your top choices right away and book the ones that fit your personality and most importantly your budget.
Are you looking for a traditional romantic affair? Maybe you want a modern and edgy event? Determine what you and your fiancés vision is for your wedding day. If you need help determining your wedding day style consider hiring a wedding planner or wedding stylist to help you with the overall design and décor of your event. Your colour scheme for the wedding has the power to set the vibe – so choose wisely. Focusing on the colour theme early on is important to ensure that everything else obtained for the wedding is well coordinated and suited to the wedding as a whole. The colours are completely up to you but you will need to take into account where you’re getting married, and the formality or informality of your ceremony and reception.
The complexity or simplicity of colour schemes are another part of your decision and these will depend on your personal preferences, budget, and patience! Here are the top determining factors to selecting your hues. Consider the setting. Look at the colours used in your venue’s carpeting, drapery and decorations. If the site has strong colours, you’ll need to select a colour scheme that complements. If you already have your heart set on a certain colour, you may need to select a more neutrally decorated site but this needs to be sorted out very early on or you may miss out on a good location! However, keep an open mind about colours until you’ve chosen the venue, because the setting may well suggest the colour scheme for you.
Enlist your favourite bloom.
Enlist your favourite bloom. If sunflowers are your thing, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t make it into your décor scheme. Incorporate your predominant flower colour – either making it the dominant shade or using it as an accent – and it will all come together.
Consult the season.
Consult the season. Decorating is simple when Mother Nature is your guide, so let the natural colours of the season be your inspiration. That doesn’t mean that you’re stuck with prissy pastel decorations during spring or brown and orange during Autumn. Just make sure that the wedding colours you choose complement the blooms and foliage that are naturally available during that time of year. Remember the bridesmaids’ dresses. Remember the bridesmaids’ dresses. If you want your bridesmaids decked “head to toe” in your colour, you’ll need to make sure it’s an appealing and flattering shade to wear. You may need to accept variations in the shades to keep each bridesmaid happy, especially if it’s a colour that one or more of them are not happy to wear.
Are wedding favours necessary?
While wedding favours are not as crucial as say, the wedding cake, they are a wonderful way to thank your guests and give them a lasting memory of your wedding. A couple should definitely think about giving favours if their budget allows for them. Favours do not need to be extravagant or expensive…it really is the thought that counts. When choosing a favour, be original and pick a favour that is meaningful to you and your family. Or if you have a wedding theme, favours are a great way to complement your theme. Personalized favours are extremely popular because it is a fun way to add your personal stamp to the wedding day. You can also look to the favours you have received attending other recent weddings to gauge current trends and fashions and get ideas, but also definitely try to be unique with yours!