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Special Ways to Keep Your Wedding Guests Happy

When planning a wedding, it is easy to get swept up in making sure everything is perfect for the couple tying the knot. But there are some simple ways you can make sure you keep your wedding guests happy on your big day.

They don’t cost a lot, and won’t add hours of extra planning on your part, but these 10 simple ideas will keep your wedding guests happy.

Give plenty of notice
Weddings are a big deal and if you are having a destination wedding, or inviting guests from interstate or overseas, they will need a lot of notice of your impending nuptials so they can make the necessary arrangements to ensure they can attend.

Traditionally, invitations go out three months before a wedding, but you might like to extend that out further by sending out Save the Date cards or magnets.

This will give guests plenty of time to know when your big day is, without putting the pressure on you to have all of the details locked in.

Set up a website
More and more couples are setting up wedding websites because it’s an easy way to keep all of your guests up to date on the latest arrangements for your wedding.

Easy Weddings has an easy-to-use wedding website tool, where you can list travel details, maps, contact details and other information to keep your guests informed all the way through your planning, right up to the big day.

Location, location
If you are planning an outdoor wedding in the summer or spring, it’s nice to look for a location that provides some shade for your guests.

If your ideal location doesn’t offer that, consider hiring a gazebo or marquee for them to sit or stand under, or provide parasols for guests to provide some relief from the sun.

Beating the heat
If the temperatures are on their way up around your wedding date, plan ahead by arranging portable fans, extra shade and/or bottles of water for your guests.

If you are having an outdoor wedding, perhaps even provide a large pump bottle of sunscreen towards the back of the ceremony or reception set-up and get your celebrant or MC to inform guests that it is available – you don’t want your guests to get sunburn!

This will help them to enjoy your big day without worrying about melting in the process.

Warming it up

Similarly, if you plan to host an outdoor affair in the autumn or winter, when temperatures drop, you can consider offering a basket with shawls or blankets for guests who might feel the cold a little more than others, and umbrellas in case of a downpour.

These can be especially handy for elderly guests or children, who will be appreciative of the extra thought you have put into it.

You could also plan for a coffee, tea and hot chocolate station to be available for people to warm up their hands and bodies while waiting.

This bites
If you are planning a ceremony near a waterway or on dusk, consider providing mosquito repellent or burning citronella candles to combat pesky blood suckers from feasting on your guests.

The wheels on the bus
If your ceremony and reception are at a different location, consider booking a bus or other transport service to get your guests from A to B.

This doesn’t mean you have to provide stretch limos for everyone. Look at local bus companies who might offer charter services and if you wish to decorate them to match your wedding, you can go for it, but guests will just be grateful you have given them one less thing to think about.

Remember if you take guests away from their cars, also charter a service to take them back to their vehicles at the end of the reception.

For when nature calls
It might be the furthest thing from your mind, but it pays to take notice of the bathroom situation if you are thinking of a more natural location.

If your guests have to walk for more than a few hundred meters to get to a single-stall toilet, you may want to consider bringing in temporary bathrooms.

You don’t have to go for the building site bright yellow option, there are classier styles available.

Show the way
If you are not providing transport for your guests, share as much information as you can to help them get to your venue and then back to their hotels safely.

This can be done by creating a personalised Easy Weddings website, or you can add the details on a map with the invitations.

Getting home
Sometimes guests can have way too much fun and perhaps drink one too many vinos during the reception.

Find out in advance which taxi companies operate in the area around the reception and collect their number or even business cards and have them readily accessible to guests at the reception so they can call a taxi and get back home or to their accommodation safely.

Survive Wedding Week

There is just seven more sleeps until your big day and while you may be finding it hard to sleep, we want to make sure it is because you are super-excited and not because you are super-stressed.

Here are some tips you can use to help you to survive wedding week:

Refer to your to do list
Because you are an organised person, you would have some semblance of a checklist going to keep track of everything.

Revisit this, or if you haven’t managed to jot everything down yet, create one here (it’s never too late!)

This will help you to see if there are any glaringly obvious things you may have forgotten to do, such as confirm the time your caterer needs to begin serving meals.

If you haven’t already got time off, you may need to consider taking a few days, or even the week off depending on how much you have left to do.

Finalise your wedding itinerary
You may have been building a broad picture over the past few months, but now is the time to nail things down. Do not plan everything down to the last minute, as unexpected things can and do come up, so some flexibility will give you peace of mind.

If you don’t have a planner, you can get tips from your photographer or other vendors because they’ve probably done this umpteen times and can give you some ideas of how long to allocate for each portion of your ceremony and reception.

If you do this at the beginning of your final week, you will have time to give copies to all of your vendors as well as family and the bridal party so they know where they need to be and when.

Try on your dress

Sneak away from you partner for an hour to try on your wedding dress to make sure it fits perfectly and doesn’t need any last-minute alterations.

There have been some cases where brides have simply picked up their dress and left it in the bag until the day of their wedding only to find pins still in it – don’t let that be you!

Break in your shoes
The worst part of being in heels all day long is being in brand new heels all day long.

Start wearing your beautiful wedding shoes around the house and give your feet extra breathing space by wearing a thick pair of socks and aiming a hair dryer at the tighter spots.

It i always a good idea to pack an extra pair of shoes you can slip into while having your photos taken or for after the first dance – there’s nothing worse than trying to look happy and poised while your feet are hurting. You want your wedding shoes to look amazing, but you don’t have to wear them all day. You can even wear flats or go barefoot if you want to!

Drop off items where they are needed
If you are doing a lot of DIY, make sure you drop off items like your sign-in book, candles, menus, table numbers etc off to the venues where they need to be.

If your bridal party are helping, organise a date in advance for you all to meet and set up the room, but if you are lucky enough to have helpers, place the items into boxes or containers with specific instructions for them to follow so there is no confusion about what goes where.

Also give your venue coordinator a list of things that needs to be returned after your celebration so nothing gets thrown out by accident.

Rehearsal dinner
If you are going to have a rehearsal dinner, it is a good idea not to have it the night before your wedding. Try getting everyone together two or three nights before instead.

Don’t be afraid to delegate
No matter how hands-on of a bride you want to be, it is impossible for you to be in more than one place at a time and when it comes to your final seven days, a lot will need to be finalised.

Tap into your wonderful bridal party, other close friends and family members and see who is willing to run an errand for you. If you spread the love across many people, no one will be burnt out before your wedding.

It can be a good idea to designate a “second in command” who knows just as much about the wedding as you do. It could be your maid of honor or your mother, but their job is to field some of the questions in the final week so you are not being bombarded from all directions. It also helps to put their contact details on your wedding website so that no one bothers you on your big day.

Make final payments
With your to do list, you will know who needs to be paid and when. A lot of this will be happening in the final week before the big day, so to avoid missing any important payments to vendors, you should consider paying them before the due date or setting up an automatic electronic transfer payment, so then it’s done and you are ready to go.

Try to make time for out of town guests
They may have traveled a fair way to see you, so if you are planning to be whisked away immediately after the wedding on a honeymoon, you might want to schedule in a fun activity or two to share with the guests you may not have connected with for a while.

This might be a good opportunity to introduce them to other guests so that they have some contacts on the day of the wedding.

Take care of yourself

Eat healthy, get rest – no matter how pumped you are starting to get – and make sure you don’t overdo it.

Get away from the hustle and bustle of preparations to go for a run, take a yoga class, read a book or another decompressing activity that you enjoy.

You could indulge in a pampering session with your wedding VIPs, your fiance or even solo and get a relaxing massage, a spray tan or your nails done.

History would dictate it is best to get spray tans and hair treatments done earlier in the week to allow time for corrections if needed. You do not want to have tan coming off on your stunning white dress or any hair mishaps.

Remember why you are celebrating
With all of the time, effort and possibly even tears, you have put into this wedding, try not to let it all get to you on the home stretch.

Remember why you are doing all of this and how the most important thing is that you will be married to the love of your life at the end of this week.

Reach out to your support networks if you feel snowed under and make sure you soak up and enjoy every last minute of this week before you start the next chapter of your relationship and your life.

Information About Alternatives to Walking Down the Aisle

What’s great about weddings now is that there are no hard and fast rules as to what you should and shouldn’t do – and walking down the aisle is no exception. Here are some aisle alternatives that you’ll love.

Giving away
Choosing someone to walk you down the aisle can be an emotionally-charged decision, especially if a parent has died, you were raised by someone other than your parents or you simply don’t have a relationship with your parents.

Similarly, if your parents were divorced and re-married when you were young, you might find yourself with a choice of two potential ‘fathers’ hoping to be chosen.

It is important to remember that at the end of the day, you will be married to the one you love and once the day is over, it will no longer seem so relevant who walked you to get there.

That said, if you want to consider other alternatives to the traditional father give-away, you could ask your mum, grandparent, sibling, best friend or even take your pet with you.

To open up your horizons, you can start to think about the ritual as being a person of support rather than someone who is giving you away.

Take your love instead
If you choose to forego the third party accompaniment, a lot of couples are also choosing to walk down the aisle together, arm in arm, to signify that they are starting this new journey together as equals.

Alternatives to this include walking down the aisle one after the other, or meeting your partner halfway down the aisle and walking the remainder together.

But if the very thought of walking down any sort of aisle give you the chills, there are alternatives for that as well.

Change the shape
Circle ceremonies are becoming more and more popular.

Here, there ceremony is designed with seating in a circle or spiral, so you and your partner can walk through the spiral to get to the center, where you will be married.

It’s one of the aisle alternatives that has become popular because this way, all guests find it easier to see the ceremony and it creates a more intimate setting.

Alternatively, you can have guests gather in a circle and leave two spots for you and your partner, which you will fill when the ceremony starts.

It really creates a community feel for your wedding, but won’t work too well if you are expecting hundreds of guests.

Backstage
Another aisle alternative is to keep the ceremony space closed off and out of view of guests so you, your partner, and wedding party can be at the front of the ceremony space.

When the guests enter the room, they become the ones to walk down the aisle to join you and your partner.

Bridal party walk
In the spirit of togetherness, why not get everyone to make the walk together?

You can start a line close to the ceremony space and walk in together, with the wedding party at the front.

The guests can either then take seats or gather in a group around the couple.

There are plenty of options and creative ways that you can do away with the aisle walk if you don’t feel like it’s something that suits your personality or the style of wedding you wish to have.