From Perfect Events GM and recent groom, Shaun Comerford.
2 years ago, on bended knee in Altitude, a restaurant 36 floors above Sydney harbour in the Shangri-La hotel, I proposed to my amazing partner, and started a chain of events that would ultimately lead to one of the best days of our lives.
What a journey it was following that night – planning a wedding is much more complicated than most people could ever imaging. The idea may be simple enough, but as many events professionals will tell you – the amount of planning and preparation required to produce the perfect wedding, is hundreds of hours more than many of us have.
What are the key tips to planning a wedding and how can Perfect Events make your day Perfect?
Why does everything seem more expensive when I mention wedding?
Buying power – plain and simple. The chance of repeat business or referrals from brides and grooms is fairly slim for some suppliers. Venues, Bridal Wear Designers and Entertainers find that many clients are protective of their own special day, and accordingly do not promote businesses to friends and family.
Event Managers have much more room and leverage to negotiate with suppliers. A higher volume of events combined with long term relationships, equals a better deal for you. These benefits will also usually extend beyond price alone. Inclusions such as no charge for alternating meals, minimal corkage for spirits, discounted rates on accommodation, and many more can often be arranged by an event manager.
This coupled with knowledge of the service provided means that there are no surprises from the chosen vendors, you can rest assured that their work has been tried and proven.
Time is everything
Visiting venues, florists, travel agents, wedding dress designers, caterers, photographers, videographers, musicians, MCs – and so many other necessary wedding suppliers, will account for a major amount of time (and stress) associated with planning a wedding.
The biggest realisation is that for each of these decisions to be made, many different options must be investigated, weighed up, discussed, and then compared to each other. Combine this with a bride and groom with busy work and life schedules, and wedding decision making can become very complicated and exhausting.
In designing our wedding packages at Perfect Events, we focused on how to best simplify the planning process for prospective brides and grooms – saving you valuable time and money – and allowing you to focus on more important decisions.
Having someone else do the research and running around for you, and then presenting a shortlist of options that fits your wedding vision is practically priceless.
Creating your own style
Colours, textures, location, imagery, music and of course ‘the dress’, will direct much of the style and/or theme of your wedding.
The ‘look and feel’ as we like to call it, needs to transcend all aspects of the day;
- printed design – save the date, invitations, place cards, order of service booklet
- visual design – florals, centrepieces, table settings, lighting,
- entertainment – band, MC, celebrant, ceremony music, AV Production,
- experience – bonbonniere, surprises
Many brides (and occasionally grooms) have a vision of how some of these components will combine on their big day.
Our Perfect Wedding package is the complete solution for taking all your best ideas and creating the day for you. Ensuring everything ties together and nothing is left to chance – our role is to make sure the style of your wedding is a perfect reflection of you.
Who’s the boss?
Ok, so my amazing bride probably had to contend with more of an opinion than most grooms would normally have – BUT, it is important to remember what your wedding day is all about – a reflection of both of you, and the start of your new life together.
Compromise and balance are the keys here. This includes taking into consideration the comments and thoughts of parents and future in-laws. Yes the day is about the two of you, however there is an enormous amount of joy and anxiety for parents before a wedding.
The pride of celebrating the person you (or your future spouse) has become is something all parents will experience – and in exchange for all those years of pocket money, advice, guidance and sleepless nights (while you were out and about) – they deserve some input into the big occasion.
Sometimes having an external ‘voice of reason’ to weigh up the pros and cons, and even mediate the ‘discussions’ can be a huge help in the decision making. Having to make these types of decisions every day (without the emotional attachment) – means that event managers are best experienced and equipped to hold your hand (or point you in the right direction) when opinions get heated.
I remember waking up on my wedding day, a little tense, perhaps even a bit nervous. Then it happened. My best friends took control of the house, cooking breakfast, directing florist deliveries, photographers, etc – and I realised there was nothing left to do but relax and enjoy the day.
Having an amazing team in place to execute all of our best laid plans might have made the relaxing part a bit easier.
Wedding day management ensures that the only thing you have to do is hold back the tears and say I do. I succeeded on that, for the most part anyway. As far as Perfect days go – my bride was early, the page boy and flower girl (and all the kids) were so well behaved, the weather was 27 degrees with sunshine, the dance was a hit, and between the great band, photobooth and lolly buffet – everyone was involved, which was our vision for our Perfect Wedding.
Perfect Events wedding planning packages start at $1750.
For more information contact us on 03 9384 1190 or firstname.lastname@example.org