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What To Consider When Choosing the Perfect Wedding Venue

THE PERFECT VENUE

Finding your dream wedding venue is one of the most important decisions you will make after becoming engaged. You not only want it to reflect your style and personalities but also fit within your budget and allow you to celebrate your wedding the way you envision.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the seemingly endless options available, then this guide is for you! I’ve put together 7 tried-and-tested tips for how to choose the perfect wedding venue and make your decision-making process that little bit easier.

1. ESTABLISH A BUDGET

If you’re on a high with the prospect of finding your dream wedding venue, thinking about budget constraints might seem like a bit of a dampener. But it’s important to establish what you’re willing (or able) to spend from the get-go, so you aren’t looking at venues that are beyond your means and will see you in debt when you should be enjoying your newly-wed status.

So clearly establish what your budget is, as well as any “wiggle room” if the perfect venue happens to be that little bit more.

2. DETERMINE A LOCATION

For some brides, they’ve known for years where they want to get married while for others it’s determined by faith or cultural beliefs. Establishing where you want to get married will help to narrow down the myriad of choices as you search online.

Perhaps you’ve dreamt of a destination wedding* in Mexico or you’re planning a cultural celebration at a temple. Maybe you want to say “I do” surrounded by the vineyards of the Napa Valley. Once you can envision what your dream wedding looks like, your chances of finding the perfect venue are much higher.

* If you’re planning a destination wedding, then it’s not just the venue you need to consider but also accommodation for your guests. Make sure there’s adequate accommodation available (and you’re giving your guests plenty of notice to make bookings) or consider providing transportation from a nearby town or city.

3. ESTIMATE YOUR ATTENDANCE

Knowing roughly who you want to invite to your wedding is important in finding your perfect venue, as there’s no point in booking an intimate garden space if you end up having 300+ guests attending. On the flip side, a chandelier-filled ballroom designed for 400 will probably feel a bit sparse if it’s just you and your closest family and friends.

When searching for your dream wedding venue, carefully check its capacity and any flexible arrangements they have for larger or smaller wedding parties. If you’re worried that your wedding guests are going to be sitting on top of one another with no room for a dance floor, it’s a clear sign that the venue’s not right for you.

4. BE SOCIAL MEDIA SAVVY

In this day and age, we have a wealth of information at our fingertips and it’s no exception when it comes to finding wedding venues. Not only do most venues have their own social media accounts where you can browse photos of previous weddings that have taken place, but they’ll usually credit photographers who have worked there.

Most of these photographers will have their own blogs that might dish out a little more information about the venue, as well as showcase gorgeous portraits and candid moments. This allows you to glimpse a little behind-the-scenes, as well as see the details chosen by other couples and how they’ve made the space their own.

5. DOCUMENT YOUR VENUE SEARCH

Once you’ve narrowed down your options, consider viewing a few wedding venues before making your final decision. Keep in mind that it’s easy for this to become one big blur and your recollections of important details will likely get lost. So don’t be shy to take photos along the way or a notebook to jot down important features you notice.

If you’re nutting it out between two venues, it’s recollections like these that will help you identify “the one” for your dream wedding day.

6. START PLANNING AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE

It probably goes without saying that most couples don’t leave their wedding venue booking to the last minute. As a result, some wedding venues book out years in advance, particularly during peak periods or around the holidays.

So it’s important that you get in early if you are set on a particular date or prepare to be flexible once you’ve found your perfect wedding venue. The further you plan ahead (and secure the booking), the more likely you are to book the venue you want, when you want!

7. UNDERSTAND VENUE RULES AND REQUIREMENTS

The perfect wedding venue doesn’t just come down to the aesthetic, location or atmosphere. Sometimes it’s about what you are allowed to do there that makes it ideal.

If you’ve got your heart set on doing DIY decorations, there’s no point looking at wedding venues that have strict policies about design. Or if you’re intent on having a sparkler send-off, you can immediately cross off all those venues that won’t allow them.

Establish in your own mind whether you’re willing to be flexible and work within a venue’s restrictions or if you want the freedom to live out your wildest wedding day dreams and find a venue that will let you stretch your wings.

An amazing experience – thank you Kraig, Chris and the team!

You definitely created the experience we wanted and made everything so easy from set up, picking the layout to tunes. Nothing was too difficult. On the day the dance floor was always packed – we (and all of the wedding party) had an amazing time – I think the pictures prove!

Thank you for being part of our special day!”

IAN & FELICITY

What to Consider Before Picking a Wedding Date

YOUR WEDDING DATE

Planning to say “I do”? Picking a date for your wedding might not be as simple as you think, with a myriad of elements to keep in mind. Not only do you want the perfect weather but you might have your heart set on a particular venue and want those closest to you to be able to attend. If you’re wondering what to consider before picking a wedding date, this article has you covered.

From the season to your budget and photographer availability, here are 10 things to consider before picking a wedding date.

1. SEASON

Depending on where you live, the season and its prevailing weather conditions could have a big impact on the style of wedding you can have. For example, you probably aren’t going to get away with a beach wedding during the middle of winter in the northern United States, and if you’re dreaming of a garden ceremony surrounded by blooming flowers, then spring is probably going to be preferable.

Couples who are planning a destination wedding in a tropical locale need to keep in mind that the “wet” or “hurricane” season can quickly transform that paradise into a less-than-desirable scene. So carefully establish the style of wedding you want, then narrow it down to the most favourable season.

2. HOLIDAYS

Linked in with the seasons are holiday periods, which may work in (or against) your favour. There’s a strong chance that family and friends will have time off work, but they also might have other travel plans already locked in that will prevent them from being able to attend your wedding.

On the flip side, if you’re set on a particular holiday theme, such as a Christmas wedding, then deciding on a date in December will be much easier to pin down.

3. HONEYMOON

If you want to head off on a honeymoon straight after your wedding, then you need to ensure you can get plenty of time off work to embark on your travel plans. You should also ensure it’s a suitable time to visit wherever you’re planning on going and that the weather conditions will allow you to do the activities you want.

For example, an island vacation in the Maldives isn’t going to be ideal at the height of the monsoon in June. Or if you’re planning a romantic escape to Paris, the drizzly depths of winter might not be exactly what you envisioned.

4. BUDGET

The time of year and even the day of the week you want to get married can have a big impact on your budget, with venues often charging their highest rates on a Saturday when they’re most in demand. Getting married on a Friday or Sunday will probably save you quite a bit or even mid-week if you give your guests plenty of notice to get time off work.

Keep in mind that the summer months also tend to be the most popular time to get married, so it’s likely you’ll pay more for a venue during this period than you might at other times of the year.

5. TIMELINE

Never underestimate how much planning goes into a wedding and give yourself plenty of time to get things just right, without it being one big stress. Take into account both you and your partner’s work schedules, as well as any personal commitments you have.

On average, a wedding takes about a year to plan but it can be done in a lot less time with the help of a skilled wedding planner.

6. VENUE AVAILABILITY

If you’ve got your heart set on a particular wedding venue, then you might have to work around their availability when setting your wedding date. Many of the most popular wedding venues will book out a year or two in advance, so you may need to be flexible if you’re determined to wed there. Contacting the venue will help you narrow down dates before you can factor in other considerations.

7. PHOTOGRAPHER AVAILABILITY

Likewise, if you really want to work with a particular photographer, then you might need to plan your wedding date around their availability. Get in touch with them as soon as you have a potential date in mind to see if they’re free, then establish a few alternative dates if you’re willing to be flexible.

If not, ask if they have recommendations for other wedding photographers in the area with a similar style for you to consider.

8. AVOID OTHER WEDDING DATES

If a close friend or family member has just announced their special day, try not to plan yours right on top or (in the worst case scenario) compete for the same day. If mutual wedding guests are flying in from out of state, they might need a couple of weeks in between wedding dates to be able to make the journey again. So always keep this in mind to ensure everyone you want to be at your wedding can be.

9. FRIENDS/FRIEND COMMITMENTS

It’s also important to check that your planned wedding date isn’t going to clash with commitments of close family and friends and prevent them from attending. If you’ve got close friends (or bridal party members) who are pregnant, try not to plan your special day around their due date.

Also, check if any family members have work/personal commitments that they just can’t get out of, such as a conference that will be taking them out of state or a big birthday celebration.

10. HEALTH CONSIDERATIONS

If you have close family or friends who are suffering from health concerns, this may encourage you to bring forward your wedding date to ensure they can attend. Perhaps you have elderly grandparents or a close friend who’s battling cancer. If their future is not certain, you may want to be flexible with your wedding date to accommodate them.

An amazing experience – thank you Kraig, Chris and the team!

You definitely created the experience we wanted and made everything so easy from set up, picking the layout to tunes. Nothing was too difficult. On the day the dance floor was always packed – we (and all of the wedding party) had an amazing time – I think the pictures prove!

Thank you for being part of our special day!”

IAN & FELICITY

Types of Music to Play at Your Wedding

WEDDING MUSIC

The soundtrack to your wedding is just as important as all the details you select and will play a central role in creating the atmosphere you want to achieve. It’s not just about the song you select to walk down the aisle but the music that accompanies your recessional, your reception grand entrance and the one that’s sure to get all your guests on the dance floor.

To help in planning your wedding, we’ve put together a handy guide of the best music to play on your special day to make it an unforgettable event.

1. THE PRE-CEREMONY MUSIC

This is the music that’s played as your guests are arriving at your ceremony and finding their seats. While it sets the mood for the entire day, it shouldn’t be too intrusive as guests will likely be chatting with friends and moving about the space. Perhaps you hire a string quartet to play live or have some light classical music in the background to create a warm and inviting atmosphere.

2. THE PROCESSIONAL SONG

This is the song that’s played as you make your big entrance, following your flower girls and bridesmaids down the aisle. Chances are you already have a song in mind that exemplifies your relationship and how you feel about your fiancee. There are really no rules about the type of music you should play, from traditional ballads to contemporary tracks or “your” song as a couple.

3. THE RECESSIONAL

The recessional song marks the end of the ceremony as you and your newly-wed partner walk back down the aisle to be congratulated by family and friends. This is usually a more upbeat song than the processional and tells your wedding guests that it’s time to celebrate.

4. THE SIGNING OF THE REGISTER

You may be signing your register before or after the recessional as guests begin to mingle for cocktail hour. Either way, plan to play a few songs that span the 5 to 10 minutes it usually takes to sign the register or have a solo artist or group perform. Whether it’s taking place before or after your recessional will probably influence the type of music you choose, with something livelier recommended if the official formalities are already over.

5. COCKTAIL HOUR

Even if you’re busy having couple and bridal party portraits taken, you want to have some music playing while your guests enjoy cocktail hour. This is a great opportunity to play some of your favourite songs that might not necessarily be dance floor material.

6. THE GRAND ENTRANCE

As well as being your grand entrance, this is also your bridal party’s moment to shine as you introduce them to your wedding guests at the start of the reception. Most couples opt for something upbeat here so their bridesmaids and groomsmen can dance their way into the room. Consider a track that’s “of your generation” that your entire bridal party will know and will set the tone for the party to follow.

7. THE FIRST DANCE

The music you play during your first dance as a couple may be one of the biggest musical decisions you have to make on your special day. Something imbued with romance is a given. But also consider the lyrics and check that they’re appropriate for what your new union represents and the life you want together as husband and wife.

A lot of songs that pull on the emotional heart strings are about heartbreak over relationships that went wrong – not the best start for a newly-wed couple!

8. THE PARENTAL DANCES

Some couples opt to follow their first dance with parental dances as the bride takes to the floor with her dad and the groom dances with his mum. Consider choosing a song that is significant to the relationship you have with your parents and reflects the overall feel of the moment.

Are you just going to slow dance or perhaps you’re preparing a choreographed hip hop routine to surprise your family and friends?

9. GETTING THE PARTY STARTED

When it’s time to get everyone on the dance floor, you want your DJ playing tunes that are guaranteed crowd favourites and that everyone can connect with. While you might be thinking about the latest pop hits, don’t forget about your older wedding guests who might need some 60’s rock or Motown tracks to lure them onto the floor.

Chat with your DJ about his or her recommendations for guaranteed party starters. It’s when making decisions like these that their experience is invaluable.

10. LINE DANCE NUMBERS

Whether you want to include line dance numbers as icebreakers in your reception set-list is up to you. But it can be a great way to get less confident family and friends up on the dance floor. The Cupid Shuffle and Cha Cha Slide are both crowd favourites that will appeal to all ages.

11. INCLUDE BALLADS

Ballads can come as a welcome relief after high-intensity dance numbers and may also encourage some of your older guests onto the dance floor. It’s best to program ballads in pairs so that once a couple has made it onto the dance floor in the middle of the song, they can stay for another before the upbeat tunes kick back in.

12. DISCUSS SET-LIST WITH YOUR DJ

At the end of the day, your wedding is your special day and should include all the music you love. But remember that your wedding DJ brings with them years of professional experience and you shouldn’t overlook that when programming your set-list. Be sure to listen to their suggestions and take onboard any feedback they may have about music choices, particularly if you want a full dance floor!

It’s also important to discuss with them how they will handle guest requests on the night while ensuring your reception has the atmosphere you envisioned.

An amazing experience – thank you Kraig, Chris and the team!

You definitely created the experience we wanted and made everything so easy from set up, picking the layout to tunes. Nothing was too difficult. On the day the dance floor was always packed – we (and all of the wedding party) had an amazing time – I think the pictures prove!

Thank you for being part of our special day!”

IAN & FELICITY

How To Hire The Perfect Wedding DJ

THE WEDDING DJ

When it comes to planning your wedding reception, there are few vendors more crucial to creating an incredible atmosphere than the DJ. If you’ve decided that you want a DJ (rather than a live band), it’s time to start looking for a professional who knows how to entertain. 

Providing the soundtrack to a wedding reception is much more than just playing song after song (otherwise you could just create an iTunes playlist). It’s also about being an expert in mixing, blending and (most importantly) reading the crowd. So to help you find a DJ who will have all your wedding guests on the dance floor, here are eight questions to ask before hiring them.

1. ARE YOU A FULL TIME WEDDING DJ?

There’s a big difference between a friend who dabbles in DJ-ing and a full-time professional who’s an expert in their craft. They’ll understand what it takes to perform in front of large groups of people and have the technical know-how to execute a reception flawlessly. Ask the DJ how many weddings they’ve worked and whether they have experience in other types of events, such as birthday parties and corporate functions.

2. HOW DO YOU CUSTOMISE MUSIC FOR EACH COUPLE?

Everybody’s musical tastes are different and chances are what you love won’t be exactly the same as what your DJ loves. It’s important they tailor their playlist to suit your preferences and vision for the day while still being able to get a crowd energised. Check that the DJ is willing to accept a list of tracks you really want to be played….as well as those you don’t!

3. HOW DO YOU GET THE PARTY STARTED?

For most couples, the ceremonial proceedings of their wedding day are followed by a great big party where everyone lets loose on the dance floor. Perhaps you have a few songs in mind that you know you want to dance to. But it’s also worth tapping into the expertise of a wedding DJ regarding songs that always get the party started. Ask if they have any recordings of their wedding performances so you can see how they read the crowd and build up the energy throughout the night.

4. WILL YOU PLAY SONG REQUESTS OF WEDDING GUESTS?

There’s always someone in the crowd who approaches the DJ and asks for their favourite party track. But whether that song corresponds with what you’ve envisioned for your wedding day is another thing altogether. Ask the DJ how they handle these situations, which is something an experienced professional will be able to navigate while keeping both parties happy.

5. WHAT SOUND EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE?

High-quality sound equipment will make a big impact on the dance floor experience at your wedding and can be the difference between muffled or overly-loud music and perfectly crisp sound. Don’t be afraid to ask what equipment your DJ uses and whether they bring backup equipment in case of any technical issues.

6. HAVE YOU DJ’D AT OUR VENUE BEFORE?

Every room has its own acoustics, which means DJ-ing at one venue can be a completely different experience from playing at another. Some DJs are skilled enough to get the sound perfect in any space but finding someone who’s already worked at your venue is always a plus.

Alternatively, you can ask if they’re willing to visit the venue before your wedding day to become acquainted with the room’s acoustics. It’s also worth checking what time they will arrive before the reception and how long the setup usually takes.

7. DO YOU OFFER ANY OTHER SERVICES?

Aside from providing a soundtrack to your reception and perhaps an MC service, some DJs will also offer lighting and video screens to enhance the occasion. Screens can be used to play photos from your blossoming relationship while lighting will add an extra special touch to the dance floor. Some venues will already come equipped with these features, so don’t be pressured to sign up (and pay) for something you don’t really need.

8. CAN I HEAR SOME EXAMPLES OF YOUR WORK?

DJ-ing is far more than just playing song after song but requires the skillful mixing and blending of different tracks. The last thing you want is awkward silences between songs or an overly long track that guests aren’t responding to…just because the DJ doesn’t know how to seamlessly transition to a new one.

Listening to examples of their previous work is a good way of determining whether your money will be well spent on a professional who’s an expert of their craft.

An amazing experience – thank you Kraig, Chris and the team!

You definitely created the experience we wanted and made everything so easy from set up, picking the layout to tunes. Nothing was too difficult. On the day the dance floor was always packed – we (and all of the wedding party) had an amazing time – I think the pictures prove!

Thank you for being part of our special day!”

IAN & FELICITY

What To Look For Before Booking a Photo Booth Company For Your Wedding

Hiring a photo booth company for your wedding has become incredibly popular. Not only will they entertain guests during “downtime” but they create plenty of fun photos to help remember your special day.

While you might think that one photo booth company is the same as the next, this couldn’t be further from the truth. They vary widely in terms of reliability, professionalism, and photo quality, which could be the difference between a highly memorable addition to your wedding and a total money-wasting experience.

In this article, we’ll share with you 7 things to consider before booking a photo booth company for your wedding so you can get the best bang for your buck.

1. PRICE

Firstly, you need to establish a realistic budget that you’re willing to spend on a photo booth company for your wedding, then look for packages within that price range. A standard photo booth package will probably include a set number of hours, delivery and assembly, plus a variety of backdrops and props. It will probably also include unlimited prints for the duration of your wedding and digital copies of the photos.

The more expensive the photo booth is, the more add-ons it will probably have, such as an attendant, guest book facilities, and music. If the rate seems too good to be true, it probably is, with sub-par quality images or additional costs for what would normally be included in a standard package. Carefully check what is and isn’t included, then go with a company that offers a complete yet affordable package within your price range.

2. PHOTO BOOTH TYPES

A photo booth is a photo booth, right? Wrong! There are a whole variety of different types available, which range in size, theme, and design. Enclosed photo booths are a fun option for vintage-themed weddings if you want a touch of nostalgia for those days when you and your besties crammed into a photo booth at the local shopping mall.

Open-air photo booths are usually bigger and can handle a greater capacity of people, with the option to decorate them to suit your wedding day theme. It’s also possible to hire an Insta photo booth where guests take pictures on their phones and can post them directly to social media with your unique wedding day hashtag.

3.DOES IT COME WITH AN ATTENDANT? 

When you’re browsing photo booth companies for your wedding, you’ll see that most come with an attendant who operates the equipment and is in charge of assembling and dismantling it. It’s possible to find operator-free photo booths if you’re wanting to save a little money, but it’s important that you find one with easy-to-operate equipment that your guests can use.

To be honest, however, it’s better to find an affordable package that includes an attendant as they will be able to handle all of the technical logistics, such as replacing the print media when required and printing off extra copies on request. They’ll also help to encourage guests to use the photo booth and get playful with all of the provided props.

4. PROPS

Speaking of props, it’s these accessories that really set a photo booth apart from the images your professional photographer will capture throughout the day. A good photo company will have a wide range of backdrops and props that you can select from to compliment your wedding day theme. From oversized glasses to playful signs and silly hats, browse the props that each company offers until you find one that inspires you. It may be possible to add your own props if there are special mementos you want to include or request custom backdrops for a surcharge.

5. IMAGE QUALITY 

If you go with a budget photo booth company for your wedding, chances are the images will be taken with a cheap camera (even a webcam or tablet) that produces low-quality results. Always check the company’s sample photos to ensure that they are up to standard and don’t be misled by stock photos that are sometimes used to promote companies offering too-good-to-be-true rates.

You want to be sure that the images on their websites are actual photos taken in their booths so you know what you’re getting for your money.

6. PRINT OPTIONS

One of the best things about having a photo booth at your wedding is the instantaneous prints, which provide a great souvenir for your guests to take home. Most photo booth rentals will print two strips per session (one for the couple and one for the guests) but you may be able to request additional prints if you want to create a guest photo book. 

It’s a good idea to find a photo booth with fast-printing services so your guests aren’t left hanging around waiting for their photos when they could be on the dance floor. Most photo booths will offer print strips in a range of designs so you can find one to match your wedding stationery. Additional services that may be offered include videos and GIFs, as well as digital copies of all the photos for you to keep.

7. REPUTATION AND REVIEWS 

Perhaps the most important thing to consider before booking a photo booth company for your wedding is their reputation and online reviews. Ask for recommendations from friends who’ve recently wed or browse the reviews on the social media pages of any companies you’re considering. It’s here that you’ll discover whether they’re reliable (or prone to cancel at the last minute) and how easy they were to work with. If their reviews have been hidden, that’s a red flag that they’re probably not a good choice. And if they’re coming from people living abroad,there’s a high chance they’ve been “bought”.

With a little research, a clear understanding of what’s included, and a whole lot of flair, a photo booth at your wedding will be a decision you won’t regret!

“An amazing experience – thank you Kraig, Chris and the team!

You definitely created the experience we wanted and made everything so easy from set up, picking the layout to tunes. Nothing was too difficult. On the day the dance floor was always packed – we (and all of the wedding party) had an amazing time – I think the pictures prove!

Thank you for being part of our special day!”

IAN & FELICITY

9 Reasons For Having A Photo Booth At Your Wedding

If you’ve ever attended a wedding with a photo booth, you’ll know how much fun they can be. But with your budget already stretched to the max, you might be wondering whether having a photo booth at your wedding is an investment you should be making.

In the age of social media, selfies, and instant images, a photo booth can be the difference between people talking and posting about your wedding in the days after….or not. They also provide a fun distraction once the official ceremony proceedings are over in a way that all ages can enjoy.

In this article, we’ll break down 9 reasons why you should have a photo booth at your wedding – from the photo gifts you can create to the nostalgic touch they’ll add to your reception.

1. THEY’RE GREAT ICE BREAKERS!

Some of your wedding guests are going to know each other while others aren’t. So what better way to break the ice as everyone loosens up during cocktail hour than with a photo booth at your wedding. It’s an immediate talking point and an opportunity for guests to mingle with one another, without having to resort to small talk with things like “what do you do?” or “how do you know the couple?”

Wedding photo booths are also an easy way to distract your guests as your ceremony venue is being “flipped” or final details are being added to your reception space

2. THEY’RE EASY ENTERTAINMENT

A photo booth will serve as great entertainment throughout the night, offering guests a break from the dance floor and giving them something to do during wedding “down” time. While you’re busy having portraits and family formals taken following the ceremony, your guests can spend their time being goofy while taking crazy photos for you to enjoy later.

Time flies when you’re having fun, so rather than have your wedding guests standing awkwardly waiting for your grand entrance, keep them entertained with a fun photo booth.

3. THEY PROVIDE MORE PHOTOS

A photo booth at your wedding means you’ll instantly have more photos from your special day, aside from what your professional photographer is capturing and shots taken by family and friends throughout the day.

Most photo booths have the ability to print out multiple copies of the pics, so your guests can take home a keepsake in addition to what you get. You can also opt to create a photo guestbook from snaps taken at the booth, filled with memories of you and your closest having the time of your life.

4. THEY’RE GREAT FOR ALL AGES 

From newborn babies to elderly grandparents, everyone can get in on the fun of taking pics in the photo booth. It’s something that brings everyone together, even those guests who don’t have the courage to get up on the dance floor.

Once it’s set up and ready to go, it will keep all ages entertained throughout the night while offering something material for guests to take home from your special day.

5. THEY ADD A TOUCH OF NOSTALGIA

In the 21st century, almost everyone carries around a smartphone with a camera that can document each moment of every day. But in times gone by, you had to squeeze into a photo booth with your best friends to capture an instant photo of you together or visit a professional photography studio.

A wedding photo booth offers a touch of nostalgia but with a whole lot of modern style and fun props thrown into the mix.

6. THEY DELIVER HIGH QUALITY SNAPS 

While you might think that a photo booth delivers average images, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Modern wedding photo booths utilise the latest technology and professional studio equipment to offer high-quality photos and stunning prints.

The images captured at your booth can also be uploaded directly to your wedding day social media albums for everyone to enjoy in the wake of the event.

7. THEME YOUR PHOTO BOOTH!

If you’ve got a theme planned for your wedding, you can customise your photo booth with props to match it. Perhaps you’re having a Christmas-inspired event or you’ve selected specific colours in your decor and designs.Just let your wedding photo booth supplier know and they’ll do what they can to get your prints to match!

8. CREATE UNIQUE PHOTO GIFTS 

Looking for a unique gift to give your wedding guests? Why not offer an empty key ring or photo frame that they can add their photo booth pic to later. It’s something special that will help them to remember the day by and just how much fun they had celebrating your union. Don’t forget to leave a note with the gift so they know it’s intended for their photo booth shot!

9. YOU’LL HAVE EARLY PHOTO MEMORIES

While your professional wedding photos may take weeks to be ready, your photo booth pics are almost instantaneous. This means your guests can post them to their social media channels the very next day, raving about how much fun they had celebrating your wedding.

It’s a great way to keep your wedding day momentum going until your professional pics are available.

“An amazing experience – thank you Kraig, Chris and the team!

You definitely created the experience we wanted and made everything so easy from set up, picking the layout to tunes. Nothing was too difficult. On the day the dance floor was always packed – we (and all of the wedding party) had an amazing time – I think the pictures prove!

Thank you for being part of our special day!”

IAN & FELICITY

6 Tips To Help You Plan Your Wedding During These Uncertain Times

PLANNING YOUR WEDDING

Trying to plan your wedding amid the coronavirus pandemic? Here are 6 tips to getting through these uncertain times.

Across the world, couples have been given no choice but to put their wedding days on hold as governments enforce restrictions on social gatherings. While it’s undoubtedly disappointing for couples who have spent the last few months planning their dream wedding day, the decision is understandable in terms of keeping everyone safe and saving lives. 

But if you are trying to plan your wedding, how do you move forward when the future feels so uncertain? In this article, we’ll share with you some of our top tips for responding to the current crisis and ensuring you aren’t financially (or emotionally) drained when your big day does eventually arrive.

1. KEEP THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE

Yes, it’s incredibly frustrating that your wedding can’t go ahead as planned. But with the entire world in the same boat and most people confined to isolation, remember that you are not alone. Once the social distancing restrictions are lifted, you are going to be able to celebrate your special day and everyone’s likely to be even more excited about it after months of no parties. 

So try to keep things positive and in perspective. You now have a little more time to plan your wedding and make it absolutely perfect, particularly if you’re taking time off work and need something to fill your days. Most importantly, you have your health and your loved ones around you, which is what really matters.

2. COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR VENDORS

All of your wedding vendors are in the same boat and completely understand what you’re going through. They want to do whatever they can to work with couples at the moment and most will be flexible when it comes to re-booking. So reach out to them to discuss booking a date later in 2020 or 2021, depending on when you are thinking about rescheduling. 

Each vendor may be handling paid deposits differently, so talk with them directly about what will happen if you have to postpone your wedding date. If your wedding date is nine months away or more, they might be willing to return the deposits in full. However, if your wedding is only in a couple of months and work has already been done by the vendor, you might (unfortunately) have to bear some of the costs. 

In the current climate, most vendors will be noting the flexibility of postponing dates into their contracts. So if you’re yet to make a final decision about your florist/DJ/wedding photographer, check with them first about what their policy is.

3. HIRE A WEDDING PLANNER

Wedding planners can be invaluable in negotiating all the tricky logistics of executing an incredible day and if there ever was a time to hire one, it’s now! They’re experts in handling things when they go a little awry and will take charge of re-booking vendors and finding new ones if some aren’t available on your rescheduled date. 

If you already have a contract with a wedding planner, the additional planning requirements may be outside of what was already agreed, so check in with them regarding this. You wouldn’t expect to plan two events for the price of one, so don’t be surprised if additional fees are required.

4. SCRUTINIZE YOUR WEDDING INSURANCE POLICY 

If you’ve taken out wedding insurance (or are considering doing so), carefully read the fine print to see if cancelation due to the COVID-19 pandemic is covered. Many contracts don’t cover for a force majeure, so don’t be surprised if your insurance won’t payout. 

Couples still shopping for wedding insurance should do their research, but remember, the broader the range of situations that are covered, the more expensive the policy is probably going to be. With the global situation right now, some wedding insurance providers may state upfront whether you will be covered for cancelations if the current pandemic drags on into next year.

5. START SHOPPING ONLINE FOR YOUR WEDDING DRESS

With many bricks and mortar stores now closed (including bridal boutiques), you may be forced to go online to find your wedding dress. If you’re having it custom-made, carefully check what the lead times for manufacture currently are, with some dressmakers and garment factories not working at all. 

The good news? With so much time to browse designs and find silhouettes you love, you’re less likely to impulse buy and make a purchase you regret later.

6. MOVE FORWARD WITH A POSITIVE OUTLOOK 

It’s incredibly difficult to be planning your wedding at the moment with all of the uncertainty in the world. So rather than trying to control things you can’t, commit to what is most important – locking down to stay healthy and protecting those around you. Be safe in the knowledge that in the future, you’re going to marry the love of your life….you might just have to wait a little longer than you initially expected.

After you’ve negotiated with your vendors and accept the situation you are in, turn your attention to looking after yourself. Planning a wedding is always going to involve some level of stress and be highly emotional. So do what you can to counter that – meditate, find a new hobby and stay physically fit so that you’re in the best shape to tackle the ups and downs that may lie ahead.

“An amazing experience – thank you Kraig, Chris and the team!

You definitely created the experience we wanted and made everything so easy from set up, picking the layout to tunes. Nothing was too difficult. On the day the dance floor was always packed – we (and all of the wedding party) had an amazing time – I think the pictures prove!

Thank you for being part of our special day!”

IAN & FELICITY