My Wedding - - PLANNING -

1. Give yourself plenty of time to plan your wed­ding. Un­less you’re a su­per­star, don’t try and or­gan­ise it in a mat­ter of weeks. Have fun! 2. Or­ches­trate things care­fully for the big day it­self. Any­thing more than 15 min­utes off sched­ule and things get a lit­tle crazy for ev­ery­one. If the venue doesn’t pro­vide a co­or­di­na­tor, hire one just for the day. Do re­mem­ber that per­fec­tion isn’t ev­ery­thing. Some of the best mo­ments hap­pen through un­con­trolled events tak­ing place. Em­brace the un­ex­pected. 3. There’s only so much you can do – pri­ori­tise and del­e­gate! You won’t please ev­ery­one, so don’t try – it’s your day! 4. Plan travel times. Traf­fic at 4pm on a Satur­day is dif­fer­ent to 4pm mid-week. 5. When it comes to hair and makeup, en­sure the bride gets un­der­way first. If things get a lit­tle crazy, it is far bet­ter to rush the maids than the bride! 6. Do you have a wet weather al­ter­na­tive? Let’s be hon­est, New Zealand’s weather can be fickle and you don’t want to be caught short. Dis­cuss your op­tions with your plan­ner or the venue co­or­di­na­tor well in ad­vance. 7. Take time out for yourself the day be­fore the wed­ding – read a book, have a mas­sage, per­haps en­joy a pic­nic with your loved one. If you haven’t or­gan­ised some­thing by this stage, for­get it! If you’ve cho­sen your wed­ding sup­pli­ers care­fully, per­haps us­ing guar­an­teed pro­fes­sion­als like The Wed­ding As­so­ciates, then you should be able to re­lax know­ing that they’ll take care of things on the day. 8. And that leads into our next tip – re­mem­ber to en­joy the day. It will fly by in a whirl other­wise. 9. Many cou­ples choose to have their first look at each other in pri­vate. It al­lows you to take a deep breath, en­joy the mo­ment to­gether and re­ally feel the emo­tion of the day. 10. And (fi­nally) re­mem­ber to eat… all that bub­bly on an empty tummy is not a good idea!

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