Tips for planning a stylish wedding gala

With wedding season upon us, there is no better time to draw inspiration as you will be undoubtably attending a number of weddings this summer, make sure to take note of what you do and don’t like (of course though never tell the bride if you don’t like something). While most of us dream of planning the perfect wedding it isn’t as easy as well all think so sometimes you need a little help.

So… you’re engaged. He’s popped the question, you’ve said yes and now it’s time to get on with the business of planning the wedding you’ve always dreamed of. You want it to be the most stylish wedding gala ever and since you intend to invite a very long guest list, you’ll need a bit of extra time and help getting everything organized. The best tip you can be given, perhaps the biggest tip of all, is to leave yourself plenty of time to get everything done and don’t leave it to the last minute. The more you get done early on, means you can simply enjoy the engagement period. Vendors get booked up for wedding gigs months in advance, so if the band you want or the caterer you’ve been craving is free on that date, book them before it is too late.

Remember, the bigger your wedding, the more time you will need to get everything done. In fact, you might even want to hire an event planner, as a bit like an interior decorator, they can orchestrate, pull together and plan for you. They can bring ideas you might never have dreamt of but will fall in love with, if you want to know about events planners, check out someone like Stefanie Cove who is renowned for being one of the best LA has to offer. If you’re going to make it a ‘gala’ event, you need an organizer who does things in gala fashion! It also means that on the day, there is someone worrying about all the bits and pieces coming together in good time, so you can simply have a magical day. In the meantime, here are a few things you can start with to get you headed in the right direction.

Venues Come First

Do you have a short list of where you’d like to celebrate your special day? If so, get on it right away. Find out what dates they have available, talk to their booking agent and see what they offer and how large a gathering they can accommodate. Until you have a venue for both your nuptials and your reception, everything else is a moot point. Lock in the date you want and then it’s time to plan everything else.

Why Not Start with Bridal Attire?

Most brides dreams of that fairytale wedding with a lacy white dress and a train five miles long. However, your venue might spark an interest in some other kind of theme that would be more appropriate to the setting. Some venues may call for the bridal party to be garbed in clothes which are more contemporary and other settings may call for Victorian wedding gowns or Renaissance bridal attire.  This is why you really wouldn’t want to start by choosing your bridal dress and the wedding party’s attire before knowing where (and when!) you will be saying your vows. Remember, the time of year will play heavily on the style of clothing you are going to be comfortable in. Who knows you may end up with a beach wedding. Again, book your venues first!

And of course, because wedding dresses are generally custom made (although you can get great high street selections now) they do take months to get ready and then alterations need to happen.

Large Weddings Call for All the Help You Can Get

Getting back to an event planner, in this case known as a wedding planner, this may be one of the things you can’t do without if there are lots of elements to your special day. There is only so much one person can do – and this period is stressful enough without planning the wedding of the year and so a wedding planner makes it their job to see to all those little details you simply don’t have time to think about. Yes, you can have your hand in some of the action, but if you hire the best, there’s really little left for you to do but compile a guest list and then choose between the various options you are presented with. This option is especially good if you have a busy work life too and simply don’t have time to plan a wedding.

Memories will be made on this day and so you’ll want them to be memories you really want to cherish forever. Start early and enlist all the help you’ll need. From here on out, your wedding planner will do the thinking and you can simply cherish the moment – the best advice you’ll ever hear.


-- Editor-in-Chief SLiNK Magazine