Planning a wedding is fun, but it is also a big challenge, so a word of advice coming from an experienced professional is very useful. Aly Damant, Brisbane Mariott’s wedding planner has helped many couples celebrate their special day, and she has some great wedding planning tips which she shared with us…
Her first tip is to start with the boring stuff! “When a couple is first engaged it can quickly become overwhelming. Weddings are such an amazing celebration that your imagination is truly the limit – that’s why your first step should be deciding on your budget and guest list”, said Aly. Once you sort out the basics, you are ready to move on to the creative elements of wedding planning and start thinking about the venue, theme and décor.
According to Aly, it is crucial to stick to your wedding budget. Start with your guest list and make sure to invite people that you really want at your wedding. “If you haven’t seen a person in a while and have no intention of seeing them, don’t feel pressured to invite them. The other important trick to sticking to your budget is to decide on one key element that is important to you – will you splurge on a photographer to ensure all your memories are captured beautifully or do you want an amazing four-piece band that will ensure your reception has an amazing dance floor? If you are on a tight budget, think about what items are not timely or expensive, and look after them yourself – like flowers or wedding favours”, she said.
Thirdly, she suggets to M.O.D.I.F.Y. rather than D.I.Y. Personalisation was a huge trend in 2015 and it will remain to be dominant in 2016, but Aly suggests that you can replace “Do It Yourself” approach with a “Make Others Do It For You” approach. “Not all couples want the stress that comes with tackling the smaller details yourself”, she says. “If you are easily overwhelmed or extremely busy, I would definitely suggest a M.O.D.I.F.Y. wedding”.
Finally, Aly reminds you not to lose sight of what’s important! “If I could only give brides one piece of advice, I would simply say that you need to remember who the day is all about”, she said. Remember that this day will pass very quickly and you should focus on having fun! “Couples always try to think about their guests and please them, but that is my job”, Aly said.
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