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!!