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By Michelle Huysamen

 “A good marriage is one where each partner secretly suspects they got the better deal.” – Anonymous

“We’re getting married!” is often followed by an immense amount of planning that generally lasts a couple of months. Many couples painstakingly sit through appointment after appointment to find the right venue, flavour of cake, bouquets of flowers and so on, but it’s that special day that you’re going to remember for the rest of your life, so it’s worth it in the end!

I will agree that there is a huge amount of planning that goes into a wedding and unforeseen events which can cause anxiety and worries, but it does not have to be a stressful experience. If you set up a planning timeline with your wedding planner of what needs to be sorted out by a specific date, you will have smoother sailing for the duration of your wedding planning. This is because it allows you to see exactly what needs to be done and eases the pressure off of having everything done all at once.

As a wedding planner, it is your job to make sure that the client is kept up-to-date with everything that is going on and you need to keep to time constraints to deliver the best quality possible to keep the couple happy. You need to think of the things that your client may not think about, for example, name tags at tables, electrical outlets for an outdoor wedding, meal serving times and much, much more! It

’s your job to inform the couple of such things so that they do not panic later.

Besides the typical planning that goes into a wedding such as the music, food, guest lists, etc. (and what may be daunting at first) is what to plan for the day of your wedding. There are so many appointments that need to be arranged, some brides and grooms do not know where to start. That is why I am here to help you out!

You need to plan the following with your bride and groom:

  1. Hair appointments – you need to plan this well in advance with a hair salon/personal hair stylist so that you are not stuck on the day trying not to burn yourself with the hair straightener or watching some YouTube tutorial. you also need to keep in mind how long it will take and coordinate it with your getting-ready schedule the day of the wedding.


  1. Make-up appointments – the same goes for these appointments


  1. Food – one might forget that they should provide snacks and drinks for the getting ready party (bridesmaids/groomsmen). With all the running around it’s a good idea to have this catered so you don’t have to run around anymore than you have to on the day.


  1. Photos – make sure you leave enough time to take photos before the ceremony starts, you want to be able to look back on these moments and smile!


  1. Keep a list of everything that needs to be done on the day of the wedding – time can run away with you and you could forget something that needs to be done, so it is a good idea to keep a list so you know exactly what is happening and when it needs to happen.


  1. A slice of cake – ask your wedding planner to set aside a few slices of cake (time often runs away with the bride and groom on the day)


  1. Set up your guest book in a specific area – make sure that you provide some pens as well.


There is so much to look forward to on you wedding day, so enjoy every moment that you can! The day truly flies by before you know it ad you want to make as many memories as possible!

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