We get some quick-fire planning advice from Steven Cesarano, Doltone House group wedding manager and specialist. What advice do you have for couples planning a wedding? There seems to be a lot of “dos” and a lot of lists, but I have some “don’ts” when it comes to planning a wedding. Many couples pre-plan the wedding by setting a date before they make enquiries. But what if by setting the date first, they are ruling out the top options — not just for venues but for stationery, flowers, photographers? Or they might have found a good deal for a honeymoon, but you can go on a holiday any time. You will only get married once. It is a very unique experience and it’s best to approach it with a more open and flexible mind. I also really recommend that you make sure you align yourself with the right people. What trends have you noticed in weddings recently? The biggest trend at the moment is just how aware modern couples are of the market and what is available. People are full of ideas now. Trends come down to your taste and how adventurous you are. Should the theme or venue come first? In my opinion, selecting the venue is top of the list. From there, you are going to get a sense of the natural features available for theming and you can form partnerships to create whatever magical ideas you have in mind. Every couple wants to tell their story so before you look at what’s out there in the market, look within yourself. You are the most unique aspect of the wedding. Draw from who you are.