Planning a big wedding reception in Melbourne can take a lot out of you, even if you’ve got a team of expert wedding planners working around the clock. To make your life easier, here are a few tips for you from our wedding reception planning experts:
- Get married in public places. See if the city gardens or your favourite park will allow you to tie the knot in their green spaces, which they often will in exchange for a small donation. It’s so much cheaper and easier, plus you can keep the event small.
- Go for all in one. If you can find wedding venue, reception venue, and accommodations all in one place, it will often be much cheaper than booking a hotel AND multiple venues.
- Book just a few months in advance. Planning a wedding in three or four months may not seem doable, but if you can handle it, you may be able to save a fortune on the wedding costs. Most vendors and event planners will be looking to fill up empty slots, and you’ll have more power to bargain.
- Read testimonials. Many customers leave user reviews on the various wedding services they’ve used, and it’s worth reading those reviews to see if a company is worth working with. Look for a review where a service exceeded expectations or went above and beyond.
- Show, don’t tell. If you want a certain colour, a certain type of flower, or a certain print for the tablecloths, show your vendors exactly what you want. There are way too many varieties for them to get it exactly right without seeing a picture.
- Work with a day-of coordinator. If you don’t want to have someone plan the wedding for you, at least consider hiring someone to do the coordinating and organizing on the day of the wedding. It will save you LOTS of headaches.
- Reuse wedding flowers. If your wedding venue is decorated with tons of flowers, why not repurpose those flowers for the reception? It will save you a small fortune!
- Do the thank-you notes ahead of time. You can’t fill them out completely, but you can write a short note, address the envelopes, and sign your name before the day of the wedding. You can finish them and send them out much more quickly after the big day.
- Hire a shooter. Even if you can’t afford a wedding videographer, hire someone to shoot raw footage. You can keep that footage and turn it into a wedding video later on down the line once you can afford it.
- Bring three pairs of shoes. High heels will be necessary to look good, but you’ll need a pair of wedges for when your feet tire. If you’re going to do a lot of walking, no one will see the flats beneath your wedding gown.
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These are just a few tips from our Red Scooter experts to help make your life much easier. Why not come down to our offices and see what other ways we can make your wedding the event of a lifetime?