Tips for Arranging Your Wedding


Being engaged is a fun, romantic and exciting time, especially when you st art to arrange the wedding. But not everyone is good at wedding organisation or, especially if they have never done it before. There is a lot to manage, including arranging wedding gifts and everything else to go along with it and it may become overwhelming at times, so here are some tips to help you.

  • When choosing dates for the wedding, consult your calendar to ensure you don’t choose a date that is a public holiday, or when there is a large charity event on in your local area. These things will mean hotels and venues get booked up well ahead of time – and some of your potential guests may not make the wedding if they are involved.
  • If you are planning a marquee reception, don’t choose the hottest or coldest months for the wedding. You and your guests need to feel comfortable, not sweaty or shivering.
  • If you are on a strict budget, you can save by cutting the guest list. Most of the reception costs go on wining and dining guests. You can also invite single friends without adding in a partner whom you may not have met. But make sure they can sit with someone they know.
  • Before you sign the contract with the venue is the best time to ask for more time. They will be eager to get the contract signed so may agree. Once it is a done deal, this is not so likely. You also need to ask if there are any restrictions in place.

  • Keep all your wedding details together in a 3-ring binder so you’ll know where to look whenever you need something. This includes receipts, phone numbers, contracts and lists. Phone numbers should also be entered into your mobile phone so you can make use of travel time to organise things.
  • Think carefully about what you want and ask the vendors if they can give you that for your budget. You may want a late night snack to replace the entree or something different with the photography.
  • Expect to get a cut on the price of a reception that is not on a Saturday. Ask if they don’t tell you.
  • Not everyone will be able to attend the wedding. For the best attendance rate, have it in a central place where there is plenty of accommodation. Overseas or out in the bush may sound romantic, but many people won’t be able to attend.
  • While the reception venue usually has speakers and mic the wedding venue may not. Guests like to hear the vows being said, so you may need to hire a sound system for those at the back.
  • Feeling overwhelmed? Keep it simple. You don’t really have to have hand-painted signs or bake special biscuits for the guests.