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.