Weddings and events - finding the right planner

Organising your special day, or even just an important function, can sometimes seem like a daunting task. Weddings and events planning has become an industry and there are many people who have made a career of planning weddings and events. However, finding the right person to arrange a wedding or important event could be a challenge. Here are some tips to finding the right person to arrange your special day:

  • Do your homework

Visit as many planners’ websites as possible and look at photographs of events that he/she have organised. If the style of the events does not appeal to you, you most likely do not share the same aesthetical vision and the person might not be the right fit.

  • Prepare for your first meeting

Being well prepared for your first meeting with a prospective planner will save you a lot of time and possibly heartache in the long run. Have magazine clippings, photographs or other examples of your vision ready so that your prospective planner knows exactly what to expect and can quote for his/her services accordingly.

  • Ask for references

Ask prospective planners for references. When following up with past clients, ask them whether your prospective planner stuck to the budget, whether he/she was easy to work with and how well he/she interpreted the client’s ideas.

  • Have a contract

Having a contract protects both you and the planner of your wedding or event. Aspects that should be covered in the contract include the budget, hiring of vendors, scope of work and how emergencies will be dealt with.

  • Listen to your gut

Trust your gut feeling. If it doesn’t feel “right”, the person is probably not for you. As you will be spending a lot of time with your planner, it must be someone you get along with.

By following these guidelines, you could take the sting out of finding the right planner for your wedding or event. However, problems may still occur and that is why communicating regularly with your wedding or event planner is crucial. Trust your planner, but make sure that he/she sticks to the budget and timetable of the event.

Planning my Wedding Event

When you think of an event you don’t usually think of a wedding, but a wedding is an event. When you are planning a wedding event and you are reading this article, you are probably planning it for the first time.

A wedding event is one the biggest events you will plan. If you are like me not a wedding planner this would most probably be the first time you need to plan a wedding event. Where do we start, what do we need, what needs to happen and when? These are some of the questions that will come up when you are trying to plan a wedding event.

You’ll most probably think the dress is the place to start, but it is actually not, even though it is important. Start at the beginning, who are we going to invite? The best guideline we used was not inviting anyone that hasn’t made contact with us within the last six months. This may be the list that will cause the most stress in your relationship. Keep that in mind when talking about this with your partner.

Now that is done, get a venue and start with a list of everything you are going to need. Make a wedding event board on Pinterest and start pinning everything you want to use for your wedding event. Start to think about people who are going to help you make these things. Always remember that you as the bride do not want to stress more than you have to, get reliable people.

It is very important to pace yourself in the process of planning a wedding event as it will most probably be the most exciting thing you have planned until now. Take the list of things you want to use or make for your big day and start making time lines, without cutting off your throat.

Planning a wedding event you will be under pressure and there will be goals you will have to meet. Stay calm in every situation, do not become bride-zilla and mess up years’ worth of friendship, because of one event. You have the right to a say, but the way you say it will make a huge difference. Happy wedding event planning!

Last minute checklist for your big day

Everything is organised and you know exactly what goes where. Now your mind is playing tricks on you, you forgot this, or you should remember this. You are starting to get a little anxious with all the excitement.

You need a last minute check list to keep yourself sane and keep everything you worked so hard for together. You shouldn’t feel bad if you double check everything if you ask the same people the same questions more than once.

First you need to double check whom needs to be paid. You don’t want to stand in front of the altar still wondering who needs to be paid. This will also help to keep your wedding budget accurate.

With that in mind make sure that your vendors know exactly what to deliver where. Never assume that they will know where you want things be delivered. You can also get someone to help you organise this, this will take the pressure of off you.

Make a very specific list of what you want to take on honeymoon. Pack your bags a few days before and then you don’t have to worry about them. Ask your love to give you some tips for what type of clothes to pack. Try to mix and match then you don’t have to pack a lot of stuff.

Last minute checklist also in tale that you double all the wedding items that needs be taken to the venue on the day. Get a trusted friend or bridesmaid to help you getting to things to and from the church and venue.

Name the tunes you want to hear at the reception.

Talk to your photographer and videographer to make sure they know exactly what look and feel you want. See them together if you have both. This will make them comfortable working together. You can also make a schedule to make sure that everyone knows exactly what will happen and when.

Plan a day where you go through everything. Schedule a rehearsal to make sure everything will go down smoothly on the day.

When you have double check your last minute checklist, get someone who trust to go through everything with you. This way you will eliminate any mishaps.

Getting a wedding photographer

Getting a wedding photographer is either at the top or at the bottom of your list. There’s no grey area here. You either like good photos or you are at a place where it really doesn’t matter to you.

I hope this article will help you decide. For us personally it was easy, we loved photos and we wanted good photos for our big day.

The most important part of getting a wedding photographer is getting someone who can take good photos of you. You need to find a style you like. Then you must do enough research about the photographer to make sure that he or she is what you are looking for.

Take a good look at photos they have taken, go through their portfolio together and make sure you as a couple you have the same expectations. It is also good to talk to people who have already made use of their services.

It is good to meet up with them, either do an engagement shoot or something smaller to make sure that the photographer will be able to capture what you want. This will also give you an idea of the timelines the person sets and keeps to and the quality of the photographers work.

Now if you think it’s not a good idea to spend so much money on a wedding photographer. Think of all the money you are already spending on everything and the amount of time you are putting into this day. Now you have no one to capture it all. What will your children and grandchildren see of this day? You will never be able to show anybody your beautiful dress in detail, any of your table decoration and your first kiss will be lost as well.

Getting a wedding photographer is maybe one of the most important decisions you will have to make.

Beauty treatments for your big day

You have the venue and the dress you now need to get ready for your big day. This is the day that you want to look your best in every aspect of the word. You will definitely spend a few Rands on beauty treatments. The question is where to start.

I’ll say start at your hair treatment, because hair can take some time to look good. If your hair is damaged it is good to start with a few hair masks. You can get them at your hairdresser. She will probably be able to tell you what you need to do for your specific kind of hair. Hair is one of the first things people will see, because your dad will remove your vail and the emphasis will be on your hair. Healthy hair will make it easy for you to almost have any hairstyle you can think of for the big day.

The second thing you should start thinking about is your skin. Skin is one of the things that will automatically come right with contraception pills, but not in all cases. It is good to get a product that works for you skin and stick to this specific product. Skin is very sensitive and should be handled with care. Skin treatment for me is one of the things I don’t just do for my big day; I see it as an investment for my old age. You should spend money on your skin; it is the one organ everybody sees.

After you have all the above, it’s good to start looking for a good make-up artist or maybe ask one of your bridesmaids to go on a make-up course to help on the big day. Make-up is one of things I personally think should be natural on big occasions, because the photos will last forever. Go for a test and see what looks good on your face. Watch a few YouTube Videos for inspiration. Experiment with ideas.

If you have that sorted you are almost set for you big day. Hair removal is one of the biggest beauty treatments ladies think about when getting married. You will have to decide what will work for you, waxing, laser hair removal or just shaving. If waxing and laser is one of the options you are interested in. You will have to start with the treatment a few months before the wedding. You will have to talk to a beauticianist to get more information about the types of products available. Part of the hair removal treatment is also getting rid of hair down there; you will have to be careful, because the skin is sensitive. Do not apply anything in areas if you are not sure the product was tested and given to you by a professional.

I think that is the most important beauty treatments you will have to worry about. It sounds like a few, but when you start you will realise that it becomes more than just a treatment, it will have to become a habit or a life style for you to get the effect you’ll need for your big day.