Check out or 10 essential planning secrets below:
Guests come first: The first step to a perfectly smooth ceremony and reception is sitting down to decide an approximate number of guests before you settle on a venue. Your guest list will play a big role in where you ultimately tie the knot; they must be comfortable, so it pays to look for a venue that is appropriate for the numer of guests you would like to have. Ideally, look to find a balance between the venue and catering that you want and accessibilty for your guests.
Don’t leave “small things” until last minute: Being as prepared as possible always helps. It’s the little things that will make you feel at ease, like the lighting, the menu cards, the bar decor… make a list in advance!
Let friends & family help you: As daunting as it may seem to put your dreams into the hands of someone else, family or not, it is always a good idea to delegate. Of course, those closest to you want what is best for you and know you better than anyone else.
Try to not let your budget determine the wedding you will have: Get creative with the money you have to spend: perhaps you could make your own wine or handcraft your table-pieces? Be practical and use the expertise of your loved ones for an a little extra homemade, personal touch. If there is one thing we thing you should spend a large sum of your budget on, it’s tip number 5…
Invest your money into a good photographer: Special moments captured in photographs from your wedding day is something that you will look back over in years to come with your loved ones. Something you definitely won’t regret!
Choose the venue that you fell inlove with immediately: Once you’ve got an idea of how you want your wedding to look, feel and be remembered in photos, the next step is to find a wedding venue that fits your style. Whether you are looking for an intimate banquet or scrumpultous reception, go for the location that attracted you the most. This will make the entire wedding planning process easier as you can envisage your perfect day in a venue that you love.
Make sure your venue has ample lighting for each stage of your wedding day: You want your photographer able to capture all the important moments. If there isn’t enough lighting, ask the venue if they provide it or if you’d need to rent equipment separately. After all, a skilled lighting designer knows how to manage the light in the room to create the right ambience at the right time – from romantic and intimate to fun and energetic.
Communicate with your caterers & DJs: If you have these basics nailed, you can be sure that your guests will enjoy the day as much as you will. Try to make sure that both completely understand the vibe and atmosphere you are trying to create for the evening.
It may not go 100% to plan, but embrace it! Remember that getting married is an experience, as Henry David Thoreau once said: “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see”. If you have the mindest that you want to have a memorable, fabulous day, then you will. It’s what you make of it!
It is YOUR day: Most importantly, you have to remember your wedding day is all about you. Enjoy every step of the way, have gratitude and never lose sight what it is really about. Relax and try not to stress – what will be will be, and at Valle di Badia we are sure that what ‘will be’ is a treasureable day that you will remember forever.