Godswood Event Planning

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Expert Advice

As a wedding professional, Godswood Event Planning offers expert advice to help couples plan their perfect day. Ask a question or read their expert advice.

How big should our wedding party be?

As with a lot of things for a wedding, this is entirely up to you! You can have as many or as few bridesmaids and groomsmen as you like and its a completely personal choice. Some things to consider might be: Who would you want around you in the morning of your wedding day and getting ready with you? Who do you trust to be supportive as you plan your wedding? Do you want a lot of people around you to make it really fun or exciting? Or would you prefer to just have your absolute best friend or family member there to help you stay calm? 

The larger the bridal party, the larger will your expenses be, depending on who will pay for what, if you decide to pay for everything for your bridesmaids and groomsmen, or if they will contribute financially. These are the most typical costs in relation to bridal parties: outfits, shoes, jewellery, hair and make up, flowers (bouquets & buttonholes) and gifts.

In the end, pick who you like, but don't feel compelled to invite someone into your bridal party because you think you SHOULD. This often only leads to stress and disappointment if that person does not support you in the way that you need. 

How do I know what to do next?

You can either work with a professional wedding planner who will keep track of absolutely everything that needs to be done and when and will help you with this, or there are a lot of checklists out there, including Easy Weddings, that will show you a list of tasks in the leadup to your day.

How can I incorporate something special at the end of the ceremony?

This is something that you will need to work with your celebrant or priest with. A lot of them are very flexible and can include a variety of special and unique rituals into your ceremony. Examples could be a special reading by a family member or friend, a handfasting ceremony, a candle ceremony, planting a tree, or anything else that is personal to you as a couple. I highly recommend my clients to do something special like this because it makes your ceremony unique and memorable. 

What are common wedding planning mistakes?

- Not being clear from the very beginning of what kind of theme or style of wedding you would like, this mistake means lots of changes throughout the planning which can lead to prefered suppliers being unavailable, higher costs, or just wasted time.

- Booking just the cheapest suppliers you can find. Most couples are on a budget, but skimping out on "cheap" photographers, videographers, wedding planners and coordinators, venues, celebrants and others will mean you may be disappointed about their services. Research your vendors and suppliers properly, ask for their ABN and insurance details, check reviews, see their portfolio and make sure you actually like the person and feel comfortable with them

- Leaving things to the last minute. Try getting things done using a checklist as soon as you can. There will be lots more things that will pop up closer to the day so my advice is allowing plenty of time to not get stressed

- Get quotes of your most important items early on and make a budget from there. Usually things cost more than you think

- If on a budget, think about what is most important to you and allocate more money towards that. Don't bother with something that you dont care about or do less important things at a reduced cost

There are so many more pieces of advice I could give, but generally don't worry too much. Do your best as you go along, use checklists and if ask your suppliers heaps of questions. 

Is it okay to skip just the ceremony or just the reception as a guest?

As a guest who is invited to both the ceremony and the reception and RSVPs to attend both, then NO it is not acceptable to skip either. If a guest has a reasonable justification for not being able to attend either, they should let the bride and groom know in advance as soon as possible. 

How will I feel once the wedding is over?

You may feel a range of emotions. Elated and happy that you married your love, relaxed that all the stress and planning is over, a bit exhausted, maybe even sad that this big day is over. Post-wedding blues are not uncommon and lots of people wish they could do it all over again. It is completely normal. Best try to focus on the fact that its only the beginning of your marriage and you still have your honeymoon to look forward to -sometimes it is good to not have the honeymoon immediately after so that you first have some time to process the wedding and then still have something else that is amazing to look forward to and plan activities for. 

I have set the date, booked the venue but not much else! Now what?

Depending on how far out your date is, the next things you can do are book: celebrant, photographer, & videographer. Also, start looking for your dress and consider what colour or theme you want to have. EasyWeddings has a great to-list that you can follow, just create a new account. Alternatively, you can also look into hiring a wedding planner if you don't have much time to do everything, or if you just want some help :)

Mandy (Godswood Event Planning) 

How do wedding planners work?

Wedding Planners work in a variety of ways. We can help plan everything for your wedding, or only help out a little bit with what you need, we do on-the-day coordination and help set up decorations. It really depends on what you are after. 

The benefit of hiring a wedding planner is that we can save you a lot of time research venues and other suppliers, as well as make sure you are getting the right inclusions,  and sometimes we also get vendor discounts with some suppliers which can help save money. We keep on track of everything that needs to be done and liase with suppliers to make sure everyone is on the same page, arrival times etc.

Some brides prefer to do all that themselves and that is completely fine. Others would like some help to make the process a bit easier and less stressful. 

Hope this helps :)

Godswood Event Planning

I need help, should I have kids or no kids at the wedding?

This is a highly personal decision and comes down to your preferences. Here are some pros and cons of having children at your wedding: 


- Having your close family and friends' children there can bring you joy

- Saves parents organising a babysitter

- Great if you are family oriented and want them included on your day and in your photos


- Can add cost for the reception

- Depending on age, can be disruptive during ceremony and/or speeches

- Parents have to look out for their kids and may not fully enjoy themselves 

Other things to consider: Is the venue child friendly? Do you have kids activities? How old are the children and will parents have to leave your wedding early to put the children to bed? 

Any tips for my wedding day timeline?

All the previous responses have been great. A couple of other tips:

- Check with your photographer about the best time to do the portraits

- Allow plenty of time for congratulations and family photos 

- With almost everything, build in time buffers of time in case anything runs behind schedule

- With hair and make up, and getting dressed, plan for all this to be done 1 hour before the ceremony. You will want some time to just take a breath, spend time with bridesmaids and family, and enjoy the moment before seeing your husband to be at the alter. Believe me, this last hour goes by so quick!

Hope this helps.

What should I be doing the night before my wedding?

There are many things that you can do the night before the wedding. Here are some options:

- Relax with your bridal party and close family, have a glass of wine (but not too much!) and share lovely memories or stories together 

- Have a nice dinner with them

- Don't go through last minute planning or checking - either let it go or ask someone else to do it

You can do anything that you enjoy and keeps you calm. 

How far ahead should you get an event planner?

I know where I want the wedding and the general look but it's not until 2020. How far ahead can I start getting things locked in? I want to be on top of it so the planning doesn't impact my thesis submission.

Congratulations on your engagement! You can book an event planner as early or as late as you wish and it really comes down to what help you want from an event planner. If you want someone to help you plan the whole event from start to finish, I would recommend booking someone as soon as possible. 2020 will be here before we know it and many vendors do book out quickly, especially on popular dates. Alternatively, you may want to start planning some things yourself first and then get an event planner involved to take over from there. Or perhaps you want someone for on the day coordination? In those instances, you can book someone a little down the track when you feel ready. 

Having written a thesis myself (in Psychology) I know the last stage does require quite some concentration and focus. It may be a good idea to get a planner on board now to start looking into vendors and suppliers and help you save time while writing your thesis. Or depending on when your submission date is, wait until you have submitted and then indulge fully in wedding planning together with a planner. Good luck with everything! 

Any tips on avoiding post wedding depression?

I can tell I will be sad once all of this is over. Any tips on how to ease that?

It is very common to feel a bit blue after the wedding day. After all, you spent months if not years planning this special day and then it is over so quickly! That is completely normal and the feeling will ease over time. Some tips to make this easier include:

  • Look forward to your wedding photos and videos and reliving the day through those images
  • Talking with your new husband or wife about your favourite parts of the day
  • Perhaps delaying the honeymoon a bit so there is something else to be excited about and so that it is not over all at once
  • Remembering that the wedding day is just the start of your beautiful journey together as husband and wife and you will experience many more wonderful moments together!

I hope this helps a little :) 

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