Between putting a ring on it and the moment you say “I do”, the world of wedding planning can be fraught with frenzy. From catering catastrophes to last-minute dropouts and +1s, there are more than a million things to consider at any given moment that can make your stress levels rocket. Enter Hong Kong’s wedding planners, the pros who are here to take the pressure off your hands, and help you plan the best day possible, leaving you to enjoy the most important part – the party.
Remember Convenience is Key
If you’re inviting elderly relatives and have family and friends based outside of Hong Kong, it’s wise to bear in mind that your dream destination wedding in the Bahamas could throw a spanner in the works for them. That’s not to say the idea needs to be cast aside completely, but if you are going to opt for a destination wedding, time and place are key not just for you, but for your guests too. Banking off public holidays and long weekends rather than a mid-year Wednesday wedding will likely be appreciated by all in attendance.
Bridesmaids, groomsmen, and extended members of the family and wedding party can all be counted on in your hour of need. Better yet – let them lend a helping hand before so that you can avert a crisis rather than have to deal with it head-on. Enlisting one person with one task, rather than leaving it to a group, can avoid confusion and help streamline your to-do lists.
Leave it to the Professionals
An entire industry has arisen from wedding and event planning, so if you’ve opted to work without a wedding planner, it’s understandable if you may be feeling a little out of your depth. When the moment inevitably arises, outsourcing specialists in their field will be a welcome respite. If you have a friend or family member who works as a florist or designer and is happy to lend a helping hand, then you join the ranks of the lucky few. If not, don’t leave yourself feeling overwhelmed at the last minute – ditch the DIY decorations and leave it to the professionals. For a one-stop-shop approach to your big day, Hotel ICON has recently launched a dedicated wedding website, which provides couples with live-updates and budget estimations on everything from venues to flowers and centrepieces, all accessible through a new, simple and user-friendly interface.
Don’t Spend Beyond Your Means
Rules may be made to be broken, but budgets aren’t. It’s easy for spending to spiral out of control when planning your all-important day, but you don’t want to begin your married life by counting pennies to recoup the costs of the day. Don’t be afraid to negotiate – decide what the essentials are and what you are willing to forego, so that you can allocate your remaining budget on things that will add to your day. If you’re shelling out for a premium service, then don’t be afraid to make sure you know exactly what you’re getting for it – whether that means asking for a list of agreed-upon shots from a photographer ahead of time, or the setlist from your live band.
Don’t Bow to Peer Pressure
Don’t let yourself be steamrolled by controlling family and friends – it will only lead to your Bridezilla unveiling at the last minute, and that won’t be pretty! While they might only be trying to help, meddling members of the family can become cause for concern, as well as a reason why already tight budgets become over-stretched. A polite (but firm) answer avoids confrontation in the days leading up to your big day.
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