Myths To Dismiss When Planning Your Wedding
When it comes to weddings it seems, just like motherhood, everyone has a favourite piece of advice to share. Well here’s our advice – a lot of what you’ll hear as facts or “must does” are just myths or hearsay. Here’s our list of what to dismiss.
GETTING MARRIED WILL SEND YOU BROKE
Weddings can be expensive but that doesn’t mean you need to take out a massive loan to pay for it. Set your priorities and you will be able to host a beautiful celebration that fits into your wedding budget. Your venue, guest list and wedding date are three major considerations where you can save.
You don’t have to invite every single relative, workmate or friend you have, and you don’t need to feel obligated to invite someone just because you were a guest at their wedding – unless you have an unlimited budget and a gigantic wedding venue that is. It’s your wedding day after all and you can invite whoever you like. If you think there are some friends or family members who might be expecting an invite and you can’t include them on your list, let them know as soon as possible and tell them it is because of your venue capacity or because your budget was limited.
When it comes to the venue, choose one that is good value with great facilities, food and inclusions. See if they can offer you a wedding package, not only could it save you money but oodles of time and worry as well.
Also think about having your wedding on a weekday, a Sunday or even during the day instead of at peak evening times.
The Waterfront Function Centre has one of the most spectacular waterside locations in Sydney which provides a perfect backdrop, day or night. It has great facilities and services as standard and is handy to the airport and local transport hubs with ample parking for guests. The Waterfront also has a range of wedding packages that suit any budget. With all the money you’ll save you can splurge on things like photography, flowers and your wedding dress.
DIY AND SAVE MONEY
While DIY projects are lovely and can add a personal touch to your entire event, every bride will tell you that they are time-consuming and they don’t really save a lot of money. You still need materials to create DIY wedding decorations and they are not necessarily any cheaper than hiring out professional decorations. In fact, for a really good DIY project you might need to spend even more money. If you want to DIY it’s important to do your research first and calculate the expenses.
FRIENDS OR FAMILY CAN REPLACE PROFESSIONAL VENDORS
So, you have a friend or family member who fancies themselves as a photographer or some other similar vendor? A professional photographer with extensive experience in covering weddings will know what to photograph, which angles will look the best and how to make the most of both natural and artificial lighting. Your friend or family member may be good at one type of photography such as portraits or landscapes, but a pro will cover all the aspects and catch all the action of your event.
Remember, you only get one shot at capturing all the special moments of your special day. Leave it to the professionals and you can relax.
The Waterfront team can even do all the hard work for you and source the best possible supplier options – from wedding cars, ceremony and reception decorators, flowers, chandeliers, photographers, photo booths, celebrants, bonbonniere, wedding cakes, DJ’s, bands, dance floors, fireworks and a whole lot more. The Waterfront can help you every step of the way.
THE BRIDE HAS TO WEAR WHITE
This is one of the oldest and most common wedding myths around. If look at the latest bridal fashion shows and websites, you will notice that there are many new colours from pale pastels to vibrant reds and blues or even black. Your wedding dress can be anything you like including a floral gown, mini cocktail dress or a bold chic pants suit. Do it your way!
HIRING A WEDDING PLANNER OR CO-ORDINATOR IS A LUXURY
Many brides and grooms think that wedding planners are expensive and that this service is another cost that should be avoided. However, hiring someone to take care of organisation and contacting and managing vendors can actually save you money. A lot of money.
Wedding Planners & Coordinators are professionals who work with leading vendors and can find the best possible deals for you. Just like our team at the Waterfront Function Centre. They’ve done this before. In fact, they do this every day so they can help you wrangle details you might otherwise overlook. They also have great insider knowledge of the local market and are constantly researching vendors and suppliers to build their network and to stay ahead of the trends almost daily.
Best of all, they offer their Wedding Coordination service as part of the wedding package… it’s all included in your venue hire if you want to use their services.
So, don’t get taken in by all the things people tell you that you “have to do”. Make sure you talk to the professionals first. Our dedicated wedding planning team at the Waterfront Function Centre would love to meet you and show you our stunning venue and all we have to offer.
For an obligation-free site inspection, call 1300 608 910 to make an appointment. In the meantime, have a look through our wedding galleries and wedding packages.