Tell us the date of your wedding and we will give you some guidelines to have in mind for this perfect moment.
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 your style is.
Depending on the type of reception you want, you have 3 options: 1) welcome them with open arms; 2) go for an adults-only wedding; 3) only include children from the immediate family. In the case you have some children attending, hiring a service to look after and entertain them is always a good ideia.
There are no rules, and some may say to expect a certain percentage of refusals. In our experience, if you are planning a destination wedding and inviting your friends and family, they will get excited and will do all they can to be there for you. Have this in mind when setting the budget and choosing the venue. Don’t rely on the refusals that “for sure” you will receive, as you can have some surprises!
Give your guests at least two months between receiving the invitation and the deadline for replying. Sending Save the Dates beforehand and allowing RSVPs by email or through a wedding website may 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 maid of honor 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 feel completely comfortable about it.
Put first aid material, deodorant, tampons, stain remover, comfortable shoes and whatever else you remember in your “kit”. Ask your maid of honor, mother or friend to keep it and always have it available.
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.
A more natural and rustic environment doesn’t mean a smaller budget. Setting up a reception in the woods, for example, implies renting a tent, generators, toilets, air conditioning, lights, tables, chairs and everything else. Despite the luxurious environment of a hotel, palace or villa, these already have all the necessary infrastructures to hold an event. The choice is just a matter of style and, of course, budget.
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. Your guests will remember the whole experience and their comfort isone of the most important things to have in mind.
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 heartbreaks, like falling in love with a location that would force you to cut on the guest number or on the honeymoon, for instance. There is nothing worse than being a month from the wedding and start to cut on decor or open bar.
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.
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 is better to leave the seats available without distinction. Just remember to reserve the first rows for family and bridal party.
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!