Weddings are naturally all about pomp, ceremony, flair and fantasy. But there’s also a very critical and practical side to them as well. It is this very practicality that can be both a sanity saver as well as a budget saver for many couples.
Here are a few practical wedding planning ideas:
• Groom’s boutonniere
The boutonniere should be made in duplicate. During the course of the ceremony and reception the boutonniere will take a bit of bruising from constant hugs and kisses for the groom. As a result, it may appear less than pristine for formal photo shoots and for video footage. Therefore, having a replacement will come in handy.
• Wedding cake
Always avoid moving the wedding cake yourself or moving the table onto which the wedding cake has already been placed. This is risky for obvious reasons. A better idea is to confirm and re-confirm with your cake designer exactly where the cake will be placed and when (day and time). And, of course, have your cake table decorated beforehand.
• Rental requirements
Measure the area where you require the rentals. This is especially necessary for tent, chair and table rentals. Once you have these measurements, the rental company can assist you with the approximate number of items that your space can comfortably accommodate.
They may also be able to suggest alternatives, eg round tables instead of rectangular, or a mix of both. Before the delivery of the rentals, ensure that your area is clean and organised so that there are no delays with set-up time.
• Site visit
Take a note pad and pen as well as a digital camera with you on your first visit to your venue. This way you can jot down the “good and the bad” you see, hear or smell at the site, You can snap some photos so that you can view them later on and discuss them with your fiancé(e).
It is also a good idea if your wedding co-ordinator can accompany you on your site visit as well, you can certainly benefit from their knowledge of the venue and their rapport with the staff there.
• Shoe shopping
It is better to shop for shoes later in the day since feet tend to swell as the day progresses. When buying your shoe, something to consider is the height of your groom (particularly if you are taller than him).
In a case like that, you may want to consider a shorter heel or dressy flats. If you’re getting married outdoors, consider having a wedge-heeled shoe to prevent you from sinking into the ground. Other good options for outdoor weddings are dressy sandals, ballet flats or peep-toe pumps with chunky heels.
• Focus on strategic areas
Use most of your décor budget in areas where the photographer and videographer will focus the most on, such as the stage, the cake table, the reception area, individual tables and the dance floor.