Wedding Tips and Insider Insights

Wedding Tips and Insider Insights

•Thinking about having a greeting line-up? However long you imagine it will take, it’s usually best to double that anticipated amount of time.

•Grooms – if you know your emotions are usually close to the surface, stick to the script and try to avoid champagne beforehand if you can!

•First dance nerves?  Ever considered a dance lesson.  It’s well worth it, it may surprise your guests and you’ll also have moves for life!

•Catering budget limited? Why not go for a slightly less traditional wedding cake that can also be your pudding too.

•Music matters – it underpins your service’s spirituality.  For guidance with inspiring wedding service music and also for help finding singers and musicians please visit www.pollymay.com to contact Polly.

•Photographer search – best to ask to see examples of entire weddings, not just highlights of many.

•Confetti cones – great for portion control, so ALL your guests get to throw some!

•We take months to plan these magical hours – please get in touch for wedding planner recommendations if you are considering one.

•Ensure your ushers add value & are tasked with specific duties.  Delegate wedding responsibilities, it’s not just a free lunch ticket.

•Speeches – want to have a record but you’re not having a videographer? Ask your DJ about an audio recording via your mic.

•A confident Master of Ceremonies – an honour to be asked – adds humour and also helps things run smoothly.

•Readers – a lovely privilege but it’s worth thinking about their ability to deliver as well as their mateship status.

•Ask your DJ for a playlist a month before and it’s good to request first 3 songs after the first dance to get everyone on the dance floor.

•Delegate responsibilities – family and friends also want to help and you deserve to enjoy a worry free day.

•Timings – worry not – they can often be fairly fluid on the actual day.  The only thing that usually happens right on time is the arrival of the bride and she’s traditionally a few minutes late.

•Why not sit and enjoy your favourite piece of music, rather than signing the register during it.

•Consider your group photograph combinations list and its importance versus enjoying your reception.

•Wedding videography – ask if you can view roughcut and feed in one round of amends before it’s final.

•Save the date cards – good for weddings occurring on during bank holiday weekends and overseas weddings too.

•A dedicated wedding information website works particularly well for overseas guests and for large weddings too.

•Presents – try to be as organised as possible if you’re planning on present distribution during your speeches, this process rarely runs smoothly.

•Photographer’s pre-wedding day recce is always a good idea if possible. Not sure if this guy did one:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciqSdgLh_1w  (Preview)  

•It’s worth investing in a professional choir if you can, they lead, carry and inspire the congregation.

•Champagne and empty stomachs – it’s also worth really investing in canapes if your reception is going to be 2 hours.

•Well-meaning mates offering to photograph your wedding – a gifted-amateur is likely to struggle with the wide variety of demands associated with covering a wedding.

•Bestman’s speech – remember who your audience is, maintaining a witty but non-smutty pitch is sometimes forgotten.

•Limited florist budget – I have heard of wedding couples sharing these costs with another wedding couple at the same church that day.

•Microphone and speeches – more than 80 guests – I’d recommend it and great for tackling any nerves.

•If you have any must-have shots – let your photographer know beforehand.  I always request this.

•Struggling with your wedding supplier search – please do get in touch if you need any recommendations.

•A Master of Ceremonies or toastmaster will ensure speeches run more smoothly.

•Wedding fireworks – never cheap but always add magic to the day.

•Routemaster buses – a fun and memorable investment in the occasion.

•Team group photos of family and friends don’t have to be dull – ask your photographer for ideas.

•Brides to-be having a make-up artist a dress rehearsal provides peace of mind on the day.

•Devil is in the detail – it’s always good to have a smart pen for the signing of the register shot.

•Marriage certificates – less leverage these days but will still help with plane/hotel/honeymoon upgrades!

•Chaps  – avoid a wedding haircut just two days before – I often see grooms with too severe a chop.

•Group photos at the church often slow things down and are almost always better done during the reception.

•Dancefloor fillers – a fun idea to welcome wedding track requests via e-mail on your wedding info. sheet. I’ve also seen this encouraged with invitation RSVP’s.

•Look rested for your big day – Nytol or a tried & tested equivalent might be a good idea.

•A 5 minute warning before speeches is appreciated – what Americans call a comfort break!

•Caterers work very hard but make sure that you finalise in writing all the details, especially staff numbers. I have been at weddings where a lack of serving staff have made the meal’s duration an hour longer than envisaged!

•Will your wedding cake-maker deliver? I’ve read about wedding cakes delivered by courier, arriving in a damaged state & also one cake being left next to a hot radiator by a courier in a hurry!

•Pocket sized orders of service often work well, as do day/timing schedules for ushers.

•Brides Magazine’s article on honeymoon booking pitfalls – http://www.brides.com/blogs/aisle-say/2014/07/honeymoon-booking-tips.html