A sense of hu­mour helps

Wedding plan­ner Tara Tasco on re­hearsal din­ners, speeches and pick­ing the right plan­ner for you.

The Coast - Halifax Weddings Guide - - Expert Advice -

Are there any tips you can of­fer some­one who is try­ing to find the right wedding plan­ner?

The best advice we can of­fer cou­ples is to meet with any prospec­tive wedding plan­ners in per­son. You will find out what ser­vices they spe­cial­ize in, whether they’re as ex­cited as you about your wedding day vi­sion and whether you think you can work with that in­di­vid­ual or com­pany. En­sure your wedding plan­ner takes their busi­ness se­ri­ously: Do they have any rel­e­vant cer­ti­fi­ca­tions and/or train­ing? Are they a reg­is­tered busi­ness? Do they have li­a­bil­ity in­surance?

What are the nec­es­sary ba­sics that go into plan­ning the per­fect wedding?

Com­mu­ni­cat­ing and in­volv­ing your fi­ance in the plan­ning process, fig­ur­ing out your top three must-haves for the big day, and set­ting a day and your bud­get. Be flex­i­ble, have a sense of hu­mour and re­lax.

What do I need to know about re­hearsal din­ners?

Re­hearsal din­ners are a won­der­ful way to thank all of those lovely folks —the wedding party and their sig­nif­i­cant others, the cou­ple’s par­ents and the of­fi­ciant—who stood by you dur­ing the process lead­ing up to your big day. The din­ners are tra­di­tion­ally hosted by the groom’s par­ents, although many modern cou­ples opt to cover this cost them­selves. The din­ners can be as ca­sual as a fam­ily bar­be­cue and as for­mal as re­serv­ing a restau­rant. There are no spe­cific eti­quette rules, but it’s al­ways good to be clear on who’s pay­ing for the din­ner, and who should be on the in­vi­ta­tion list.

How can I make sure speeches don’t go on and on?

As far as the speeches go, of­ten the par­ents of the cou­ple and other guests in at­ten­dance will want to toast the bride and groom. It’s al­ways nice for the bride or groom to re­cip­ro­cate by say­ing thank you—some­thing short and sweet works. If you an­tic­i­pate a guest may be a lit­tle long-winded in their toast to you, it may be a good idea to des­ig­nate a cer­tain amount of time to the giv­ing of toasts.

—in­ter­view by Michelle Cameron

TOPHER & RAE STU­DIOS

If ta­ble-dancing is one of your wedding day must-haves, go ahead and make it hap­pen.

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