Planning your ideal wedding in 2023

Wedding planning can be both an exciting and stressful time for couples. With so many details to consider and plan for, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. However, with a little bit of planning and preparation, your wedding day can go off without a hitch. Here are a few tips to help ensure that your wedding day runs as smoothly as possible.

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  1. Create a detailed plan and schedule

One of the most important things you can do to ensure a smooth wedding day, is to create a detailed plan and schedule. Unless you’ve chosen a simple elopement, I’d suggest to start planning your wedding at least a year in advance, if not more. This will give you enough time to book your venue, vendors, and wedding party, and to plan all the details of your special day. Once you have your wedding date and venue booked, create a detailed schedule of your wedding day. This should include the start and end times, as well as the location of each event. Make sure to include time for hair and makeup, photos, and any other activities that you have planned. A detailed schedule will help you stay organised, and ensure that everything runs on time. Sites such as Easy Weddings have some great planning tools to get you started.

  1. Hire a wedding planner (optional)

A wedding planner can be a lifesaver when it comes to ensuring a smooth wedding day. A wedding planner can help you plan and organise your wedding, as well as coordinate all the vendors and wedding party. They can also help you create a detailed schedule, and make sure everything runs on time. A wedding planner can also handle any issues that may arise on your wedding day, so you can focus on enjoying your special day.

  1. Choose the right vendors

Choosing the right vendors is essential to ensuring a smooth wedding. Research vendors thoroughly and make sure they have a good reputation and positive reviews from past couples. Also, make sure to read their contracts and ask questions to ensure that you understand their services and what you should expect from them. It’s also important to have a clear understanding of their arrival time, setup and pack down times, and any other important details that may be relevant to your wedding day schedule. You can find some of my personally recommended vendors here: Wedding Industry Suppliers

  1. Communicate with your vendors

Clear communication is crucial when it comes to ensuring a smooth wedding day. Make sure to communicate with your vendors well in advance of your wedding, and provide them with the full schedule of the day. This will help them to plan and prepare for their part, and ensure that everything runs smoothly. Professional wedding vendors will have done this hundreds of times, and can often also provide you with some great advice and tips that you may not have even thought of. 

  1. Have a back-up plan

Even with the best planning, things can go differently on your wedding day. Be prepared for unexpected events by having a back-up plan in place. For example, if the weather is bad, have a plan for an indoor ceremony or reception. Or if your DJ doesn’t show up, have a back-up plan for music. Having a back-up plan in place will give you peace of mind, and ensure that your wedding day goes as smoothly as possible. As a marriage celebrant, I have a few trusted colleagues who can step in at a moment’s notice, should anything stop me from attending and officiating your wedding.

  1. Set realistic expectations

Wedding planning can be stressful and overwhelming, and it’s easy to get caught up in trying to make everything perfect. However, it’s important to remember that no wedding is perfect, and that it’s the small imperfections that make your special day unique and memorable. Set realistic expectations for yourself and your wedding party, and remember that it’s the love and the company of your loved ones that makes your wedding day special.

  1. Take care of yourself

Lastly, it’s important to take care of yourself during the wedding planning process. Make sure to get enough sleep and exercise, and eat healthy foods. Also, make time for yourself and your loved ones to de-stress and relax, by delegating what you can. This will help you to stay calm and focused on your wedding day, and ensure that it goes as smoothly as possible.

In conclusion, planning ahead, creating a detailed schedule, hiring the right vendors and communicating with them, having a back-up plan and setting realistic expectations are essential to ensuring a smooth wedding day. Remember to enjoy the planning process and take time to appreciate the little moments. Your wedding day will be one of the most memorable days of your life, and you want to make sure it’s as perfect as it can be.

I love all things wedding related and it would be a pleasure to help with your special day, so if you are looking for more that just your average marriage celebrant, feel free to contact me and let’s start planning.

Natasha Hill
Natasha Hill Brisbane Marriage Celebrant