Five Top Tips

You’ve ar­ranged the foun­da­tion for a fun- filled day, it’s now time to set the scene, and bring your dream wed­ding to life. Con­ti­nen­tal Event Hire (con­ti­nen­taleven­thire. co. nz) share its ad­vice on ev­ery­thing you need to con­sider for your de­tails and deco

New Zealand Weddings Planner - - Editor’s Letter -

01. GET IN FIRST

As with most things in the wed­ding plan­ning process, it’s ben­e­fi­cial for both you and your ven­dors if you can lock them in as early as pos­si­ble. This means am­ple time to work to­gether to cre­ate the look you’ve en­vi­sioned for your day, or nut out any prob­lems that may arise.

02. DON’T GO CRAZY UN­TIL YOU HAVE THE ES­SEN­TIALS COV­ERED

It’s easy to get caught up in the ro­man­ti­cism of a flower wall or a fairy light ceil­ing, but don’t blow your bud­get un­til you have the es­sen­tials cov­ered. Is a gen­er­a­tor needed for all your ad­di­tional light­ing? Are there bath­room fa­cil­i­ties on­site, or will you need to hire trans­portable ameni­ties for the day? All of these are es­sen­tials, and your guests are far more likely to no­tice the 15-minute bath­room queue than the im­mac­u­late flo­ral ar­range­ments.

03. CHOOSE THE RIGHT WORDS

To en­sure you have a co­he­sive look and feel to your day, be pre­pared with a few key words and colours on hand to show your ven­dors. If you’ve opted to hire a mar­quee, for ex­am­ple, your key­words may help your hireage com­pany nar­row down whether they’ll give you op­tions for their white, silk-lined mar­quees, or their mar­quees with trans­par­ent walls.

04. PICK YOUR TACTIC

Choos­ing to hire or buy dé­cor usu­ally comes down to your bud­get, and how much you’ll need. Pur­chas­ing dec­o­ra­tions can get ex­pen­sive, so keep your eyes peeled for sales, op shop and Trademe finds, or ask friends and fam­ily. If you won’t keep many or any of the dec­o­ra­tions, or you’re short on time, hir­ing dé­cor or en­list­ing the help of a wed­ding stylist may be your best op­tion.

05. MAP IT OUT

When dish­ing out lo­ca­tion info to your guests, don’t for­get your ven­dors. The last thing you need is your florist miss­ing the turn off for that hid­den road, push­ing you half an hour be­hind sched­ule. If your ven­dor hasn’t been to the venue, fill them in on any po­ten­tial ob­sta­cles. For ex­am­ple, a nar­row al­ley­way could prove dif­fi­cult for a truck car­ry­ing hired fur­ni­ture to drive through. Let ven­dors know all these de­tails. W

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