Tiara’s Tips

Indonesia Tatler Weddings - - TIPS -

The lively, friendly and prac­ti­cal Tiara Josodirdjo is the founder of Tiara Josodirdjo & As­so­ci­ates, a wed­ding plan­ning mecca that has a rep­u­ta­tion span­ning over three decades.

If ever you wanted to say “I do”, Tiara and her team can help with the “do” part. Plan­ning the en­tire wed­ding from con­cept to ac­tu­al­ity is their forte, as her ser­vice is the only one that can pro­vide you with a com­plete pro­duc­tion team that can cater to your ev­ery need. Dewald Haynes sat down with her to talk about her top tips for any blush­ing bride to be to make her day truly mem­o­rable.

Have an open mind and an open wal­let

Ev­ery bride and groom should re­al­ize that bud­get is of the ut­most im­por­tance. If you want the best, you need to be will­ing to part with your money and not to try and cut corners as a bud­get is what makes or breaks a wed­ding.

Have a big heart for com­pro­mise

Your wed­ding day sets the foun­da­tion for your en­tire mar­riage. Re­mem­ber to com­pro­mise and not to be self­ish about ev­ery­thing, as wed­ding is about fam­ily. Lis­ten to the ex­pec­ta­tions of your in laws, your own fam­ily and of your spouse and try where pos­si­ble to com­pro­mise.

Find pro­fes­sion­als that you feel a con­nec­tion with

There is a dif­fer­ence be­tween a wed­ding or­ga­nizer and a wed­ding plan­ner, where an or­ga­nizer might just fol­low in­struc­tions blindly - a plan­ner will ac­tu­ally ad­vise you on the best op­tions. The most im­por­tant as­pect of hir­ing a wed­ding plan­ner is to make sure you have chem­istry and un­der­stand each other. A friend­ship would form nat­u­rally if the chem­istry is there and it would be easy to trust your pro­fes­sional wed­ding plan­ner. Word of mouth, backed up by a rep­utable port­fo­lio, is the best way to con­nect with the pro­fes­sional help you need.

Have a clear vi­sion

A wed­ding is never a case of “copy paste” Each wed­ding is unique and should re­flect your taste, ideas and vi­sion. It is im­por­tant to have a clear vi­sion about what you want your wed­ding to be like: Should it be el­e­gant or in­for­mal, a large re­cep­tion or in­ti­mate af­fair? Your wed­ding is your day, make sure it has your mark on it to en­sure a one of a kind ex­pe­ri­ence.

Get a proper con­cept

A wed­ding plan­ner and pro­duc­tion team can help you to take your vi­sion and sketch itonto pa­per. The next step would be to have it il­lus­trated by an artist and fi­nally pro­duce a 3D mockup to en­sure the au­then­tic­ity of the con­cept.

Re­hearse your wed­ding

It is vi­tal to know where you need to stand, and what you need to do. The ac­tual day can be very over­whelm­ing so it is im­por­tant to know be­fore hand what you need to do. It is also a great idea to have a re­hearsal din­ner with fam­ily and friends to help break the ice and make the day more easy-go­ing.

Give your­self enough time

You will need be­tween eight months and one year to plan your wed­ding day. This gives you enough time to change and re­con­sider each de­tail. The bet­ter you plan your day the more mem­o­rable your wed­ding will be.

Re­spect your cul­ture

It is im­por­tant to set­tle mat­ters of cul­ture be­fore your wed­ding day, to de­cide how tra­di­tional or how mod­ern your wed­ding will be and how to cater to all the needs of your new cul­ture, should you de­cide to fol­low your spouse. A pro­fes­sional wed­ding plan­ner could ad­vice you on all the eti­quette to fol­low in this re­gard.

A wed­ding is not wed­ding with­out some cri­sis

On the day of your wed­ding all you need to do is eat, smile and en­joy the day. Noth­ing will ever run smoothly, but in the com­fort­able hands of your wed­ding plan­ner luck­ily the prob­lems will not be yours to solve.

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