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What happens if it rains on your wedding day. a guide to wedding day disasters.

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The question of whether it will rain on your wedding day undoubtedly gets asked by every couple, and the answer usually from a well meaning mum or aunt is that it’s good luck.

It may be good luck, but that doesn’t answer what you need to do in case it rains.

This is even more detrimental if you are planning an outdoor ceremony and what about the photography.

Well the short answer to this and any other disasters that may happen on your special day is.

Things are not always going to go to plan, but just know that everything will turn out ok in the end. and it will.

I have worked on many weddings over the years and what strikes me the most is that no wedding, however meticulously planned ever goes exactly the way it’s suppose too. And like rain on your wedding day, it is most usually out of your control.

What i’ve noticed working on many weddings over the years is that no matter the problem. everyone comes together to make it work.

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Wedding in the rain

That includes all the vendors, the photographer and video, and the venue itself.

They have all seen enough weddings and most have ready made back-up plans ready to go in just that emergency.

If it does rain on your wedding day, The venue will have a back-up plan of having an indoor wedding somewhere on the premises.

The photographer should have checked the weather beforehand and put umbrellas in the car just in case.

And in case you are worried about the quality of images you’ll be able to get on the day. Rain makes for some of the most stunning wedding photography that i’ve seen.

You get these wonderful compositions of stormy backgrounds with droplets foreshadowing the focus of you as a couple in your stunning attire that you can’t just recreate.

This can even be enhanced with some simple props like umbrellas and boots for some fun.

So the key message to take away from this video is that, stuff happens precisely when you don’t need it too. But don’t let that get in the way of having the best day ever. People, your family, friends and even the people you hire are genuinely invested in making it the best day you could experience and it will offer solutions if something does happen.

You just need to go with it.

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How should you budget for your wedding

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The average cost of a wedding has risen in recent years for a number of reasons.

Yet couples trying to figure out how to budget for such an event that is meant to be once in a lifetime all to commonly underestimate and blow out their costs.

From the outset, you need to know what you are working with, so essentially you need to have those awkward conversations with your spouse and family to see exactly who will kick in for what.

Some families are traditional where the brides family pay for the whole affair, yet it’s more common for both sides of the couple to come together to pay for certain elements of the day.

The Venue and Catering (50% of your Budget)

The biggest expense without a doubt will be the reception and the overall price can depend on different packages you have included.

You should expect to set aside at least 50% of your total budget for the locations and food covering both the ceremony and the reception.

Limiting your guest list can help with lowering costs and therefore being able to afford pricier food and bar options including your cake.

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Rentals, Decor and Flowers (10% of your budget)

It’s becoming more common for couples to create their own decor or centrepieces to match the style their wedding including buying and decorating mason jars and candles. However, if the furniture, chairs and seating doesn’t match you may need to hire, which can add a bit to the bottom line – especially if you want that lovely decorated arch or large letters spelling

LOVE.

Photography and Video (10% of your budget)

Photography and Video are the only lasting elements that you will have after your big day.

Also, not only is it for you but your children and your children’s children will one day look at these. when it comes to capturing a wedding you undoubtedly get what you pay for. where you might be able to save costs is by requesting digital copies instead of prints and getting photo’s printed yourself or producing your own album. There are many websites that offer tools to do this and print them as well.

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Wedding Attire and Beauty (10% of your budget)

The Dress is usually one of the most important details of the day and like the suit, hair and make-up they all need to be budgeted for to get an accurate idea of the overall cost of the wedding.

Entertainment (between 5%)

This is for all your musical needs, from the DJ, Live Band, and also any ceremony music you might want as well as during cocktail hour. The costs of hiring musicians can vary greatly and this is where costs can blow out a little. But if you want that acoustic duo as your walking down the aisle you might have to cut somewhere else.

Invitations: (5% of budget)

Printing can be expensive, add the cost of hiring a designer to design your invitations and stamps. This can be easily overlooked as an expense.

An emergency Fund (10 % of budget)

In planning your wedding, no doubt as most couples do. There will be a cost that was forgotten about or not realised. Items such as vendor meals, late shuttle buses etc get forgotten about. An inevitably something will not go completely as planned and it’s always better to have a back-up fund to deal with it.

The added bonus is that whatever, is still in the fund by the end of the wedding can go towards your honeymoon or other goal like a deposit on a house.

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Who should you invite to your wedding?

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When it comes to planning a wedding, one of the first things you should do is a make a list of all the people who you might invite.

Undoubtedly, other people will want to weight in one who gets to come. However, when choosing people to invite it is essentially a process of elimination.

The most efficient way is to create a list of everyone, by everyone i don’t mean everyone that your friends with on Facebook.

But everyone who you think you and your spouse would like to invite if budget and room were of no consideration.

Then i would show the parents.

Now, i know this is essentially your wedding and your day. But the parents in most cases will want to have a say on who gets to come.

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This doesn’t mean that the people they include, will finally get an invite. However, in a lot of cases the parents are at least helping to fund the wedding. Allowing them to have input or at least the illusion of input, early on can prevent arguments when it comes down to culling that list down.

The first on your list that you will have to invite is family. This includes parents, siblings, and grandparents. When it comes to extended family, there is no obligation really to invite them.

Start by asking the question, do you even know them. If you haven’t had contact with them for years, that’s a clear sign that they could end up on the cull list.

When it comes to coworkers, you only need to invite the people that you are essentially friends with. There is no need to invite the entire office because of some sense of obligation.

If you spend time with them outside of work then that would be worthy of consideration. Then there is the question of inviting kids. Having children at your wedding is i think a personal choice. Having bouncy castles to entertain the kids at weddings is now becoming a trend.

But you also have to weight up what sort of affair do you want to have. If having kids running around during the reception is not going to do it for you. Then it’s perfectly ok to have an age limit on the event.

Just keep in mind that some couples you invite might have really young or newborn babies.

In cases like these it would be hard for them to be separated for the night – so allowances might be made.

Then there is the issue of plus ones.

Having plus ones for single friends is the easiest way to blow out your guest list. Similar questions apply, have you met them? is your friend committed to them? And if at all your friend will not know anybody else that will be there, only then is it worth consideration.

If some of these become a sticking point and you need to keep numbers down for the reception. You could always invite them to the ceremony, and not to the reception.

Explain, that you would love for them to be apart of the day if they chose to come, however you need to keep the numbers down for the reception.

More often than not, they should understand.

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