The first bit of this video shows some great wedding day hacks.
It may not be that common in New Zealand, because a lot of Kiwis are DIY when it comes to wedding planning, however if you don’t want to worry then how do you go about finding the best New Zealand wedding planners?
If you want the perfect wedding, yet don’t want to deal with all the stress, details and responsibility, or just don’t have the time to organise the wedding yourself, then a wedding planner can eliminate all that stress for you.
You, as the bride (or groom) can control how much you want the planner to do. Wedding planners or sometimes called day coordinators can organise all the vendors, book them and then coordinate on the day of the wedding so you don’t have to be bothered when the flowers arrive, where the ceremony should be set up, whether there’s going to be a knife to cut the cake. The planner will arrange all of the small details that you haven’t even thought of and pre-empt any problems or challenges faced.
Wedding Planners are also called wedding consultants or coordinators, wedding planners are the bride’s right hand down to every detail in the ceremony and reception. She can be there the moment after the ring is on the finger to the last guest at the reception. The bride has the choice to give as much or as little responsibility to the planner as she desires.
But how do you know if you should hire a wedding planner? Here are a few examples where a wedding planner can help:
1. The wedding planner alleviates stress for the bride, yet keeps the bride involved so that she knows the details on how her day will be.
2. Your wedding planner will have contacts and may be able to get you a special deal with suppliers. They will know your budget, and stick to how much you want to spend on each area of your wedding.
3. A wedding planner will be flexible to create the wedding of your dreams, but also assist you with what may be better options for you to consider.
4. If you are from another country, hiring a wedding planner will give you the inside knowledge on the area and be able to work with suppliers in current time zones.
5. When choosing a wedding planner, ask them what their type of wedding would be to see if you share a similar style. Ask to see examples of their work so you can view previous weddings they have coordinated.
A Google search will get you all your local wedding planners in your area.
Are you looking for cheap bridesmaid’s dresses?
Wedding planning can be stressful. Organising all the details for the wedding, choosing bridesmaids and then picking out the dresses for them. Bridesmaids dresses can be expensive. Work out your budget for them.
First decide on the theme and colour palette for your wedding. Make sure that the bridesmaids dresses will match with the groomsmen’s chosen colour palette. It can be very hard to buy bridesmaids dresses in a particular colour and then not be able to find the right shade for the groomsmen.
Shop around for end of season deals, they may be last year’s colours, but perfect for your wedding theme.Make sure the style of the dress suits all your bridesmaids. Some of your girls may be shorter or taller and not suit a particular style. Narrow down the styles you like and then take the girls along to try out and decide on their perfect option.
They don’t all have to match either. You could go with bridesmaid’s dresses that don’t match at all. Or decide to put the girls all in jumpsuits. You have a lot of choice.
If you are ordering off Wish or Aliexpress, make sure you check reviews to save yourself a lot of heartache and look at the photos from customers who have previously purchased. Make sure you also allow plenty of time for shipping. Sometimes the couriers can take a lot longer than expected.
To help you start, some online shops can be found here
WEDDING TIPS & ADVICE
Choosing the perfect wedding venue is no easy task, with so many great New Zealand wedding venues. You need to make sure it is adequate for your wedding style and choice. For example is there enough room for your number of guests, ample room to socialise and room for your food options also does it have a dance floor? That is, if you are having a dance.
Larger hotels can be a great option if you want everything all in the one location. Usually you meet with a wedding coordinator for the hotel, who will coordinate your wedding arrangements. Your guests can also stay at the hotel, so there won’t be any hassle arranging different accommodation.
If your wedding is going to be in the ‘wedding season’ make sure you book your venue well in advance. Some popular choices can book out a year or even two years before your date. Set your budget and also have an idea of wedding guest numbers. If you are seeking to reduce costs for your wedding and you aren’t too fussed on the date, check if your wedding venue has any special deals over the winter season.
You will have to make a deposit to secure your wedding venue. Usually this is non-refundable. Make sure you get a contract or an email confirming everything in writing and understand what you are signing. Make sure your venue knows your arrival time and check whether they have a closing time. I’ve heard of couples, who have been kicked out of venues (and they didn’t know there was a closing time) when the party was still going.
Smaller weddings can be held at places such as at home, a museum, a botanical garden, or a park. A great tip is to delegate someone in your family who knows both sides to act as a wedding coordinator for the day. If there are any issues on the day, all suppliers can go to the wedding coordinator, rather than interrupting the couple. It is useful if your delegated wedding coordinator meets with all the suppliers too, when you meet them so they can have an overview of the services and the day and ask any questions that the couple may not have thought of.
Think about these things. Where will dining and dancing take place? Where will the guest book be located? Is there a secure area for wedding gifts? Is there a space for any band/musician/dj? Are there sufficient electrical plugs for the DJ? Your photographer will want to know about the lighting of the venue and where the wedding party photos are to be taken place. Where will the cake be positioned? Are you having a flower wall? If you are having an outdoor marquee, is the marquee secured for all types of weather.
From a photography perspective, keep in mind the level of natural light available at your wedding venue. Natural light will provide “airy” and romantic, whereas an indoor location with no windows (or at night) will require a flash, more shadows/highlights, and just a different aesthetic.
So often, brides don't think about how their wedding dress hanger will look in photos. Here's an idea of how to make your wedding dress hanger look pretty.
Click here to see further instructions from the Knot on how to make a pretty hanger.