Listed are 17 tips I hope will be of help with the planning your wedding.
4. Off Peak Season Bookings: when making your bookings be aware that for some venues, off season or Sunday bookings may be cheaper. If you’re not totally set on having a midsummer wedding on a Saturday - could ‘pay’ to check.
5. Beach Weddings: As mentioned beach weddings are lovely, but just a few points to note if this is the type of wedding you are planning. In the height of summer your guests may not be able to get parking near the part of the beach you have chosen for your ceremony. Invite your guests at least 15 minutes earlier than you plan to have your ceremony. Not a good look when guests are rushing past the bride to get there before her. Or you may need to think about supplying a bus to transport your guests to and from a designated area. [TOP]
Contact the local council and let them know the ‘the date, time and where’ on the beach you are intending to have your wedding. They will advise you of the local bylaws, whether there are any sporting events planned for that day and will issue you with a permit for your ceremony.
A word of advice – when applying to the Council for a permit to marry in a public area such as the beach or a park, make sure the address and description of the location, matches that on your ‘Notice of Intended Marriage’ form. Make sure also, that you view a map of the area and identify exactly where it is you want your wedding. This can save your spot being taken by another couple on ‘your’ wedding day.[TOP]
On your invites make sure you mention your ceremony is actually on the beach so your guests know to wear suitable footwear and a hat. As silly as this may sound, I have seen women arrive in hosiery and very high heels, not realising the ceremony was taking place on the ‘sand’. Another consideration when planning a beach wedding is ease of access for older folk attending or those who may be mobility impaired? Also make sure you have plan ‘B’ arranged in case of inclement weather. If the logistics are looking like your plans are heading for the ‘too hard basket’, you can always go to your favourite spot on the beach for your photo shoot, leaving your guests at the reception to await your return. [TOP]
10. Don’t skimp on time: make your hairdressing and make-up appointments at least an hour earlier than the time frame you think you’ll need. The bride and her attendant’s manicures should be done at the very least the day before. Don’t ‘do’ stress on the wedding day. Give yourself the relaxed enjoyable day you dream your wedding will be. [TOP]
11. Change of Plans; never change the time of your wedding after you have formally made your bookings without first checking with all those involved. Your wedding cars just as your Celebrant may well have a following booking. Changing the time without the knowledge of those involved could compromise your chosen service being available for you. [TOP]
12. Mobile Phones: when on route to the wedding venue, arrange for one of the bridesmaids or your driver to carry a mobile phone ensuring the venue and or your Master of Ceremony’s number/s are either in or with the phone. If there is a problem and you are delayed en-route such as the car having mechanical problems, the problem can always be solved so long as you can make contact with those waiting for you. [TOP]
13. Lateness: don’t plan your wedding around lateness. No one will thank you for it; especially guests who may be standing in the hot sun. Your Celebrant who, as previously mentioned, may have a following wedding commitment, or your photographer who may have to cut short your planned photo shoot, or your chef who will not be happy delaying the meal. After your photos, you need to arrive at the reception with plenty of time in which to relax with and chat to your guests before the meal is served and the band/DJ begins. Otherwise, before you know it, you will be saying goodbye to guests at the end of the evening with whom you’ve spent no time at all. [TOP]
14. Sun Block: remember to wear sun block as ‘red’ is hard to get out of photos, let alone the detrimental effects of sun burn. Off the shoulder or shoe string strap gowns look fabulous but offer no protection when standing for the duration of a ceremony. I have seen bridesmaid’s backs scarlet by the end of a ceremony and that is just the start of a day in the sun for them. If you are planning an outside ceremony in the height of summer, try to provide shade cover not only for your guests but your bridal party as well. 
17. Photography; remember there are no re-runs for your wedding day. Professional photographers are there to record the event according to your wishes. They are never intrusive during the wedding ceremony and capture in detail, all those wonderful spontaneous moments.