Top Wedding Tips for brides, grooms

Top Wedding Tips for brides, grooms

Wedding Tips

Wedding Tips

Wedding Tips

Wedding Tips

Wedding ideas

Wedding ideas

WEDDING TIPS

Tip # 1: Consider your guests

Get a grip on the approximate number of guests you’ll invite before settling on a venue. This will ensure there’s ample space for your crew. As a rule of thumb, allow for 25 to 30 square feet per guest. That may seem like a lot, but it’s not if you count the space you’ll need for the tables, bustling waiters, the band and a dance floor.

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Wedding Tips

Wedding ideas

WEDDING TIPS

Tip # 1: Consider your guests

Get a grip on the approximate number of guests you’ll invite before settling on a venue. This will ensure there’s ample space for your crew. As a rule of thumb, allow for 25 to 30 square feet per guest. That may seem like a lot, but it’s not if you count the space you’ll need for the tables, bustling waiters, the band and a dance floor.

Chances are your parents and future in-laws have a few of guests to invite to your wedding. But figuring out where to put them can feel like a nightmare. You can use a fancy wedding seating chart and use google doc which will help you organize your wedding tables and let you share it with family members, who can make their own changes or additions. Instead of a Google Sheet you can also just use a Google Doc and list out the tables like this, which looks simple but works, especially since your parents can easily delete or add names that way without altering anything.

Table 1:
Maurice
Brian
Angela
Charles
Lynn
Jaiden
Phyllis
Martin
Irene
Mercy

Tip #2: Practice with your shoes around the house before the big day

Breaking in your shoes on your wedding day does not sound like the most comfortable idea, nor does slipping down the aisle in your un-scuffed heels. Try wearing your wedding shoes once a day around the house in the weeks leading up to your wedding to get them ready for the big day.

Be a smart person and buy a cute pair of wedding flats to wear once the dancing begins. Because believe me, walking in heels the whole day will leave your feet sore later on. It’s also smart to think about buying some inexpensive flip-flops to offer to guests as wedding favors.

Tip #3: Investigate Wedding Blackout Dates

Know ahead of time if your wedding date falls on the same day as a trade conference, charity walk, or other local event that could affect traffic and hotel room availability. You can check the calendar beforehand or look at the newspapers in the announcements section for any upcoming major events that can affect your wedding day.

Tip #4: Heed the weather

Heed the weather and other potential annoyances. Guests have been known to skip out early from hotter-than-hot tent weddings and improperly heated cold loft receptions. Bugs (gnats, and mosquitos) also swarm in certain areas during certain seasons. Consider renting pest control tanks to alleviate the problem or including bug repellent in guests’ gift bags. And if you want a sunset ceremony, make sure you know when to say your vows by checking the weather forecast.

Tip #5: Provide Accurate Driving Directions

Make sure guests know where they’re going. As easy as online map programs are to use, sometimes the directions are wrong or there’s a quicker, less traffic-prone route to take. Ask your ceremony and reception sites for printouts or digital copies of recommended driving directions and even test out the routes yourself. Then include the best directions on your wedding website or email them to your guests to print out if they would like.

Tip #6: Classify Your Cash

Wedding budgets are all about balance. Start your budget planning by making a checklist of the crucial details, like the music, your wedding gown, the invitations, the flowers and the photographer, and assign a number to each, one being the most important and three being the least. Invest your money in all your number ones and cut corners on your number threes. Note that everything can’t fall into the number one category. For example, if a designer gown and fabulous food are what really matter, you may have to choose simple invitations and smaller floral arrangements.

Tip #7: Help Guests Pay Attention

Make sure your guests can both see and hear from their seats. If people are seated farther than 15 rows back from your ceremony altar or podium, consider renting a mic and a riser. This could range anywhere from Kshs 5,000 to Kshs 10,000, depending on the equipment used. You’ll need to coordinate the delivery and setup with your ceremony space, so put your wedding planner or best man in charge of this task.

Tip #8: Be Realistic With Your Time

When it comes down to the last month of your planning and when you are particularly hurried, look at your mile long to-do list and cut three things. Yes, cut three things. Not crucial things that you just don’t feel like doing, such as picking a processional song or confirming final details with all of your vendors. Eliminate only the over-the-top tasks like hand-painting “Just Married” signs, or baking cookies for all of the welcome bags. Cross them off and make a pledge not to think about them again.

Compiled by Stephanie Odhiambo, stephieodhiambo@gmail.com

 

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