You have had a perfect romance, found your prince and now you want to celebrate your love in a fairytale wedding. We spoke to wedding planner Noreen Swartz from the Timeless Wedding Company to find out her ten top tips on how to have the fairytale wedding you have always dreamed of, so you can truly feel like a princess on your wedding day...
1. Securing the Venue
“Plan in advance to ensure you book your dream venue — as that sets the base for the wedding that you have in your mind and you do not have to compensate on the look and feel of your venue. There is nothing worse than having an open venue in mind with beautiful views and you end up with a conference room at the back of a city hotel as that is all that was available for your selected date.” Consider a castle or manor house for a fairytale feel. Browse hundreds of wedding venues here.
2. Find the Right Suppliers
“Book suppliers that can only handle one booking per day first — this would include the photographer, videographer, hair and make-up stylists as well as the music requirements. Should you want a specific marriage official to perform your ceremony, that should be booked timeously as well.” Clarify what you want with your suppliers so you can be sure they can deliver your dream — if you want a photographer who can create dreamy, edited shots, check that is their style.
3. Pick a Pretty Colour Scheme
“Decide on shades of a colour for your colour scheme versus one set pantone shade as you will get very stressed out trying to match everything perfectly from the bridesmaids’ dresses to the flowers to the table detail and décor. If you are having a number of bridesmaids, consider having them in different shades of the colour you selected — it really does give your photographs a lot of depth and interest versus them all in the same shade. Likewise — consider letting them have a style dress that suits them, but ensuring that all the styles work together. We all know that not every style of dress suits everyone and that way, they will all feel and look beautiful on the day — without one feeling completely uncomfortable through the wedding day.”
4. Bear Your Budget in Mind
“Decide on a budget according to your expectations of your wedding day and stick to it — do not get caught up in the wedding spend and get out of hand with what you are spending on. Use a budget planner to keep on top of what is budgeted for the wedding, actual quotes and deposits paid with all the suppliers’ contact details. Ensure that you confirm details with all suppliers in writing on booking as well as final details and requirements 10 days prior to the wedding day, just in case they have a different date in mind!”
5. Dreamy Décor
“Less is sometimes more — decide on the look you want and have an eye-catching feature on the table. When we start with lots of little details, especially on the table décor, it detracts from the set up and beauty at the end of the day when the elements start clashing with each other.” For a fabulous fairytale theme, consider romantic candles, sparkling details and drapery to create a romantic atmosphere.
6. Make a Plan
“Ensure you have you enough time to have hair and make-up done without running late. Once the bride is late by more than half an hour, it starts pushing everything out and you do not want to have to rush other important aspect such as the ceremony or have your photographs as the light is fading.”
7. Don’t let it Rain on Your Parade
“If you are planning an outdoor ceremony, have a backup plan in case the weather does not play along and do not be scared to use it. It’s better to change to plan B than to brave it out on a cold windy beach, with the threat of rain imminent! You are going to be uncomfortable and your guests are going to remember ‘the awful weather at the ceremony’ more than the vows that were exchanged! Once again — focus on what is important!”
8. Magic Music
“Have a good MC — he will bring the reception to life and it is really important to have a person that can do this well so as to entertain the guests as well as perform his role.” Music is a key part to any wedding and can really set the tone. To enhance your fairytale theme, consider hiring a harpist or string quartet too, or consider adding some Disney classics to your MC’s playlist!
“Nominate a set up team or leave a trusted person in charge on the wedding day if you are not having it at a venue where this is handled in house. Consider hiring a dedicated coordinator, such as Timeless Weddings. You do not need to be trying to do all the little details while you should be relaxing and being pampered in preparation of your walk down the aisle.” Hiring a professional to look after your décor will ensure a flawless fairytale look with minimum effort on your behalf. Prepare moodboards and detailed instructions to equip your wedding stylist with your vision.
10. Happily Ever After
“Most importantly relax, enjoy it. Your wedding day will really go past so fast that you need to savour and appreciate every moment. If something does not go according to plan, chances are only ones to notice will be the bride and groom, the guests will be none the wiser!”
To find out more about Timeless Weddings and what Noreen and the team can do to ensure your fairytale wedding is completely flawless, visit their website here www.timelessweddingscompany.com.