The entertainment options are infinite, all you need is imagination. From the traditional band to Tarot reading… Why not a dance class or have everyone jumping on a trampoline? Think about what you like doing together and start from there.
A good DJ will understand the guests and adapt the musical choices to the audience in front of them. However, if there are songs that should really be played, make a list beforehand and give it to them. This way they’ll also understand what’s your style.
Depending on the type of reception you want, you have 4 options: 1) welcome them with open arms; 2) choose an adults-only wedding; 3) only include children from the immediate family; 4) hire a service to look after and entertain the children, usually in a separate room.
It’s not a rule, but you should expect 30% of the people you invite not to be present. This will always depend on the location of the wedding, the number of guests that are from afar and on the time of the year, since it might coincide with previously booked holidays.
Give your guests at least 15 days between receiving the invitation and the deadline for replying. Sending a sealed envelope with the invitation or allowing replies via email might help getting faster replies. A week before confirming the final guest numbers to the suppliers, call the people who are still in doubt (this is the time to ask the godmother or another friend/family member for help).
Traditionally, that role is taken by the father of the bride, but any significant person can do that. You can even go alone or have two people walking you. The most important thing is that this isn’t a last minute decision and that you have an open dialogue with your family so there aren’t any surprises.
If there are children from a previous marriage, they should be the first ones to know about the engagement. Avoid sharing the news on social networks before telling your parents, grandparents, and closest friends and family.
Put first aid material, deodorant, tampons, stain remover, comfortable shoes and whatever else you remember in your “kit”. Ask your godmother, mother or friend to keep it and always have it available.
Too much perfume might make you feel sick and attract bugs!
If what can’t be missing are photographs of the couple that could be seen in magazines, it might be a good idea to schedule the ceremony in order to be available to that moment the photographers call “Golden hour”. Find out at what time the sun sets and enjoy the wonderful light.