Five Top Tips

Plan­ning a wed­ding is no easy feat, but the pro­fes­sion­als at Liquor King ( lk. co. nz) want to help make the process as smooth as pos­si­ble. Ex­perts at cre­at­ing and cater­ing for un­for­get­table events on a daily ba­sis, here the team shares its best in­sights.

New Zealand Weddings Planner - - Editor’s Letter -

01. WATCH FOR HID­DEN COSTS

Al­ways read the fine print be­fore sign­ing ven­dor con­tracts, and come pre­pared with ques­tions about what the quote cov­ers. For ex­am­ple, there’s bound to be a bro­ken glass or two. Keep this in mind when hir­ing glass­ware, un­der­stand­ing how much it’ll cost to cover.

02. THINK AHEAD

Con­sider ways you can make life eas­ier for your­self fur­ther into plan­ning. For in­stance, when you’re send­ing out in­vi­ta­tions, in­sert an ad­di­tional line ask­ing guests to in­form you of any di­etary re­quire­ments – you (and your cater­ers!) will be ever- grate­ful.

03. MIND THE GAP

While you and the bridal party are off tak­ing pho­tos post- cer­e­mony, make sure your guests are oc­cu­pied dur­ing that gap be­fore the re­cep­tion be­gins. Pro­vid­ing nib­bles and drinks is a given, but you could also con­sider hir­ing a photo booth or set­ting up lawn games for a bit of fun. If your date is set for a sum­mer cel­e­bra­tion, en­sure there’s plenty of shady spots avail­able for guests to keep cool in.

04. FIND SMART WAYS TO SAVE

Cater­ing is one of the big­gest costs, but by bring­ing your own booze you can save your­self some se­ri­ous coin. If you’ve cho­sen to take this route, it’s best to start plan­ning three to six months ahead of the day. Wait un­til you have a firm idea of guest num­bers so you can cal­cu­late how many peo­ple you need to cater for. You also need to think about keep­ing your drinks cool and trans­port­ing them to the venue; chiller trail­ers are an easy and cost- ef­fi­cient way to do this. It’s ad­vis­able to se­cure your chiller trailer with Liquor King early, as they get booked out fast. While BYO is a great cost- cut­ting so­lu­tion, some venues charge high cork­age fees, so check what this might add to your bill be­fore mak­ing any fi­nal venue de­ci­sions.

05. SEAT­ING PLANS

A seat­ing plan is a great way of nav­i­gat­ing tricky ten­sions be­tween guests, or group­ing like-minded peo­ple to­gether to en­sure every­one has fun. How­ever, cre­at­ing a seat­ing plan can be a time­con­sum­ing as­pect of plan­ning. So if you don’t feel the need for one, ditch it, and let guests go with the flow on the day. W

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