The Brides Collective Wedding Planning Guide

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Does the thought of planning your wedding send you into a spin? Don't panic - we take you through planning your honeymoon, picking a photographer, and deciding on hair and makeup...



Fabulous flowers: When deciding on your wedding flowers, be sure to find out what is in season at the time of your wedding. This will narrow down your search and avoid any disappointment if you set your heart on a particular flower only to find you can’t have it. When meeting with your florist, come prepared with pictures of bouquets you prefer — this will give them a stronger idea of what you like and expect. It is also helpful, if you can, to bring a swatch of material from your wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses so your florist can match the colours perfectly. Finally, be sure to check if your florist will deliver to you on the day of your wedding or if you need to make arrangements to have the flowers picked up.

Planning the ideal getaway: Planning your honeymoon should be the fun part of organising your wedding. Choose a location suitable to your travel styles, whether that’s adventure and trekking or relaxation and five-star resorts. If travel details such as flight and accommodation bookings don’t interest you, consider having a trusted travel agent make all the arrangements, or perhaps make this your partner’s job. A growing trend is to have the hubby-to-be organise a surprise honeymoon for his bride. If you are comfortable entrusting this task to your man, cross it off your list of things to do and let him run with it.

Delegate tasks if necessary. If you are really struggling to manage all the tasks involved in planning your wedding, consider utilising your bridesmaids to help with small tasks such as researching possible hair and makeup artists and providing you with a shortlist or simply just leaving the entire hens’ night in their hands — let them surprise you!

Finding a photographer: It’s important to find a photographer that suits your style. Whether you prefer candid and casual or formal and posed, be sure to do your research. Most photographers provide examples on their websites where you will be able to gauge their style. Your photos are the only thing left once your big day is over and you want to be able to look back on the day with pride and joy. Some couples opt for a trial run with their photographer by doing an engagement shoot. This is a perfect opportunity to sample their style and perhaps test any possible photography locations.

Booking your hair and makeup artist: This is not a task to be taken lightly. Start researching early, as good makeup artists get booked out months in advance. Be sure to have as many trials as possible until you find an artist that understands your style. However, at the same time be realistic. You may have found a hairstyle you love but that doesn’t mean it will translate to your own face shape or hair type. Allow for tweaks that will make the style suit you. You will also need to keep in mind the timing of your day and allow two hours between when your hair and makeup finish to the start of the ceremony. This allows a time cushion just in case things don’t go according to plan and will also give you some extra time with your photographer.

Be sure to find a photographer that helps you relax, allowing your personality to shine through in your photos and capturing the joy of your day.

Putting together your gift registry list: These days finding a gift registry is a pretty easy task. David Jones and Myer offer couples an easy-to-use scanner; you only need to move that magic wand over your desired items and — click — it’s added to your list. Alternatively, many more retailers are now offering the option of creating your gift registry list online. If you already have everything you need, you may consider setting up a wishing well where guests can make cash contributions to your new life together.

Designing your invitations: When deciding on your wedding stationery, it’s important to keep in mind that the style and colour should reflect the theme of your day. If you want to make the invitations yourself, you can find all the help you need at specialist paper shops. Invitations should be sent to guests at least six to eight weeks prior to your wedding.

Ordering the wedding bands: Be sure to find a weddingband that blends well with your engagement ring. It may be tempting to opt for more bling, but you don’t want it to detract from your engagement ring.

Splurge on “the trio” if you can: great dress, great hair and makeup and a great photographer. If you know you look good, your confidence will radiate.

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