from the edi­tor

My Wedding - - FROM THE EDITOR -

By the time you are read­ing this, we’ll hope­fully be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing some of the great sum­mer weather that our lit­tle slice of God­zone is known for. Those in­volved in the wed­ding in­dus­try will be flat out work­ing on wed­dings and func­tions over the peak of the wed­ding sea­son which just hap­pens to co­in­cide with the busy hol­i­day sea­son. Most of you will be tak­ing well-earned breaks, head­ing off on an­nual hol­i­days or ro­man­tic hon­ey­moons.

The “silly sea­son”, as we fondly re­fer to it, is cer­tainly a manic time with par­ties, func­tions, wed­dings and fam­ily fes­tiv­i­ties. For the first time in years, once we put this is­sue to print, we won’t be en­joy­ing a lit­tle down­time and crack­ing open a few bot­tles of chilled bub­bly. We’re mov­ing! Whilst ex­cit­ing, a shift of both of­fice premises and our home means we’re cur­rently look­ing at card­board boxes, bub­ble wrap, pack­ing tape and la­bels from sun­rise to well into the wee hours.

What has this taught me? That or­gan­i­sa­tion is key! I have lists and more lists, some di­min­ish­ing, oth­ers grow­ing ever longer as I think of new things I need to tick off the list. Plan­ning a wed­ding is much like plan­ning a move … start with the most im­por­tant things like your venue – we bought new premises. Then, when you have your “set­tle­ment” date in hand, the finer de­tails can be put into place. In your case, it will be your theme, then the dress, suits, flow­ers, cater­ing etc. In my case, it was phones, faxes, movers, in­sur­ance.

A plan­ning diary or place to keep your lists safe is a must. Even if you have a wed­ding plan­ner or co­or­di­na­tor as­sist­ing you, you still want to keep your own records, wish lists, mood boards and menus. Hubby and I both have lists, and we chat daily about what’s been ticked off and what’s been added.

Be or­gan­ised, be thor­ough, be metic­u­lous. As with a move, a wed­ding is a multi-faceted af­fair. The smaller de­tails can slip through the cracks if you don’t write it down and even­tu­ally mark it as “done”.

On the whole, how­ever, I think you have the bet­ter deal. Even if some­thing does get left off the list, you’ll still spend a won­der­ful day, mar­ry­ing the one you love with all your heart, amidst friends and fam­ily who care about you. In my case, if the phone or power doesn’t get con­nected …. I hate to think!!

Be happy!

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