We want something different
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.
What music will there be?
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.
What about the children?
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 us an answer, please!
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).
Who will walk me down the aisle?
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.
We want to tell the whole world!
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.
Have a “survival kit”
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.
Don’t wear too much perfume.
Too much perfume might make you feel sick and attract bugs!
The best photos
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.
Tent vs. Villa
A more natural and rustic environment doesn’t mean a smaller budget. Setting up a reception in the countryside, for example, implies renting generators, toilets, air conditioning, lights, tables, chairs and everything else, other than the tent if that’s the case. Despite the luxurious environment of a hotel, palace or villa, these already have all the necessary infrastructures to an event. The choice is just a matter of style and, of course, budget.
We want to get married outdoors. What if it rains?
Many people are tempted to simply hope it won’t happen. The better option is to be realistic and have a plan B. Trust us when we say you would rather have a covered alternative area, book a tent, awning or umbrellas for the ceremony, even if you don’t use them in the end.
Yay, we’re getting married! What’s the first thing we need to do?
Budget! See what you can and want to spend. It’s a delicate matter but defining a budget before everything else will save you some heartbreak, like falling in love with a location that would force you to cut on the guest number or on the honeymoon, for instance.
Friends, have a good breakfast!
You’re going to need energy, believe us! You’re going to be running from one place to the next and probably spend a few hours without eating until you can finally sit and rest, so on the big day have a breakfast rich in proteins and carbs.
On which side should the bride and groom stand?
The Catholic tradition is for the bride and her guests to stand on the left side and the groom and his guests on the right side. This is not a rule and in the cases where there are more guests from one of the sides, it’s better to have a balance and indicate a place instead of a side.
How old should the child who carries the rings be?
Usually between 4 and 7 years-old. Children under 4 years-old may not take instructions well or deal well with dozens of people looking at them. Children over 7 years-old may feel too grown-up for the job. But of course, if you know the little ones well and know they’ll do a great job, go ahead!