Planning your wedding
So you have...
1. Booked your venue
2. Taken notes
3. Booked your photographer & videographer
4. Chosen your caterer and bar options
5. Decided on live acoustic or playlist music
Here are our next top wedding tips to help you out!
6. Choose your Celebrant
New Zealand weddings are officiated by an independent wedding celebrant or a registered religious leader. Registry office weddings are no longer available in New Zealand. Your marriage or civil union celebrant must be pursuant to section 11 of the Marriage Act 1955 and be registered with the Department of Internal. It might sound silly... but ask them if they have a current registration as this needs to be renewed annually.
Couples can determine how their ceremony is conducted from a formal to a more casual style. Choose your celebrant to suit the 'vibe' you are wanting to achieve. Celebrants vary greatly, from the fun 'dad jokes' celebrant to the formal articulate celebrant.
Budget around $500 - $800 for their services, you will get homework to complete and in some cases a rehearsal.
7. Order your Wedding flowers
This does not need to be overwhelming! A florist can help you work through through all your options. When you visit your florist:
- Bring a photo of your wedding dress - The florist will suggest a shape and style for your bouquet that will compliment your dress rather than compete with it!
- Bring a photo of the bridesmaid's dresses (or colour swatch) - The florist can suggest flowers that compliment the colour of their dresses.
- Have a budget in mind - since Covid 19, the supply of flowers from overseas has been affected and the demand on local growers increased. This has led to a hike in prices. If you're on a tight budget consider doing your own table centrepieces for guest tables and the welcome sign.
8. Order your Wedding Cake
A gorgeous wedding cake is often the focal point at your reception. Gone are the days of overly sweet marzipan icing perfectly smoothed over a rich fruit cake! Today, the cake is more about reflecting who the couple is and the theme of the wedding.
Here are some considerations when you order your wedding cake:
- Ask for recommendations - there is nothing better than first-hand experience so ask your friends and family who they would recommend. Failing that, ask for recommendations on a 'Wedding Discussion' group on Facebook.
- Follow the cake maker on Instagram to get a feel for their style and reputation.
- Ask if they sell sample boxes to test.
- Consider the size of your cake - we would recommend a single 10 inch tiered cake for 30 guests or under. A two tiered cake with a 10 inch on the base and an 8 inch on top for 30-60 guests. For 60-120 guests go with three tiers 14 inches, 10 inches and 6 inches.
9. Book your Hair and Makeup Artist
Some brides prefer to do their own hair and makeup but most opt to have this part of the day taken care of by a professional. Not only do you get the opportunity to relax and be pampered but you get all the experience of the Artist to help you look your absolute best! Here are some things to consider:
- The location and season of your wedding is important for the Artist to know. Your hair and makeup will need to work with the conditions, so if you're getting married on a beach in the heat of summer or in an indoor venue in the cool of winter - let them know!
- The style of your wedding can also influence your hair and makeup. A relaxed cocktail style wedding may suit soft beach curls rather than an up-do. Your makeup may suit being more dramatic if its an evening wedding.
- Work with your accessories - Let the Artist know what jewellery you are wearing and if you're wearing accessories as a flower crown or a veil.
- Book a trial - why not do this on the day of your 'hens' night or organise a romantic dinner with your partner to make the most of looking glam!
10. Ask someone to be your MC
No matter how 'casual' your wedding is, we strongly recommend asking someone to be your MC. An MC is like the host of the wedding and they announce different parts of the wedding and help things run smoothly.
An MC covers venue information such as; the location of toilets, the evacuation point and meal service. They also announce when the newlywed have arrived to the reception and when the speeches are commencing.
Choose someone who is confident in front of a crowd and can crack a few jokes to help put your guests at ease!
We can help!
We hope you got something out of our Series #2 of our Special little 'gems'. As experienced Wedding Planners and Coordinators we have seen it all! We plan for absolutely everything which helps us when troubleshooting the unexpected. Take the stress away and get in touch, we are happy to help!
Visit iDo iDo Weddings to find out more!
Emma & the iDo iDo Crew xx
Photograph of Cake courtesy of Ryan's Daughter Photography
Cake by Sage & Grace
Floral cake topper by Flowers by Tami