April, 2012


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Apr 12

The Seating Plan, Top Wedding Planning Tips

Creating a seating plan is often the height of stress for many couples. You must think about family relationships, friends who may or may not get along, age groups, elderly who can’t be seated near the loud speakers, Children who may be disruptive, and so on…

I suggest tackling the seating plan two weeks before your wedding. Any earlier you risk guests RSVP’ing at the last minute and having to re-do the entire plan, waiting any later will cause more stress as the wedding nears. Plus, you need to leave time for the printers to get the table plans printed.

There are no rules when it comes to seating your guests, however, etiquette suggests seating female, male, female, male, etc., and seating couples opposite of each other rather than next to one another. I rarely see a traditional top table as many parents are divorced and/or remarried, so the modern approach is for each set of parents to host their own table with the bride and groom doing the same.

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Below are some of my top wedding planning tips for your seating plan:

~ Elderly guests should be seated further away from the band/DJ and any speakers

~ If children are attending, their table should be at the back of the room near the door so they have easy access to the restrooms and can be escorted out if there are disruptions

~ When you handover the seating plan to your wedding planner, put a star by the people that should be facing the head table. As a planner, I often receive seating plans that tell me the order in which guests should sit around the table, but I don’t know where on the table they should be positioned. To help me out, let me know who should have the best view of the new Mr. and Mrs.

~ Put a single guest who knows nobody on a table with a talkative friend of a similar age/interest

~ Seat work colleagues together

~ If you’re truly afraid of offending guests, consider offering “Zones”.  Set up 3-5 zones and assign each guest to a zone where they choose their own table and own seat. It’s on a first come first serve so if they get the table in the corner they can’t bicker to their friends after the wedding!

If you’d like to have the traditional top table, see the seating plan below:
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Happy planning!
Erika

 


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Apr 12

Receptions On a Loan

Rental equipment has the power to transform your reception into something magical and personalised. From stylish china to chic sofas, consider a visit to your nearest equipment showroom to find pieces that will make your event über glamorous.

Examples of pieces you can hire:
Banqueting chairs
Luxurious linen
China/glassware
Table accessories
Candelabras
Storm lanterns
Sofas, ottomans, decorative pillows, side tables, etc
Rugs
Antiques
Chandeliers
Lamps
Large parasols
ans so much more!

Tip: Hire a lighting professional to spotlight special pieces and add colour and warmth to your reception.

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Apr 12

Top Tips for First Dance

The first dance is one of the wedding memories you’ll never forget. Five years after my own wedding, I can still remember every moment from my first dance to Alison Krauss’ song, “When you say nothing at all”.  If you’re thinking about skipping this tradition and heading straight for the dance floor, just remember that this is your only shot at a special dance in front of your loved ones so think twice before ditching it!

Below are three top tips for a memorable first dance:

1) Make it meaningful. Almost every couple has a song that makes them think of one another. If the song is suitable for a first dance, give it a shot as after all the first dance is for the two of you, not for your guests. If you struggle trying to find a meaningful song, consider doing a traditional dance from your home country. Think line dancing for Americans, Bollywood for Indians, etc.

2) Listen to the lyrics. It’s important to listen to the lyrics in a song before making the decision on your first dance. Some songs seem sentimental and romantic but the lyrics portray a different image.

3) Don’t stop dancing. If you have a rehearsed dance routine that doesn’t go to plan on the day, don’t stop dancing! Either start the routine from the beginning or bust your own moves- either way have a back up plan in case this happens.

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