DIY Wedding? Here’s What You Must Leave to the Pros
Don’t do the planning yourself
Hiring a wedding planner keeps everything together. A planner is dedicated to YOUR wedding and has the experience, the know-how and the contacts to create and execute a back-up plan for those little hiccups. They look at who’s there – from elderly grandma to pregnant friend to hyper five-year-old and make sure they’re catered for, leaving you to relax and enjoy your special day.
Do NOT let your mate Jez take your photos
Just don’t. It’s a disaster waiting – if not pencilled in – to happen. Everyone can take snaps, it’s no biggie. Very few people can actually take photographs that last the test of time and capture fleeting moments that no-one else sees because they’re deep into their fifth glass of bubbly (Jez?).
A professional photographer doesn’t know anyone, so devotes an equal amount of time to each guest, doesn’t get sidetracked by listening to your elderly granny talking about her angina, and also knows how to use light and shade better than Jez. Forget Jez. Forget his camera. He’s drunk in the corner, look…
OK, your Italian granny is very proud of her ziti and you think this will be a nice touch and will save some money. But here’s the news – your gran has never cooked for 150 people before and it’s setting off her angina. Hire a professional and let them deal with it in their special catering kitchen and transport everything in their special catering van.
The other benefit is that professional caterers know how to cook for all sorts of people – coeliacs, even vegans. None of this presents any trouble and best of all, Nonna won’t be on the phone every half hour to ask why Jez can’t eat veal…
In these days of iPods and portable speakers, you’d be excused for thinking that DJs are no longer needed. However, a DJ is much more than someone to press a few buttons – they bring people together. They can look around and see the youngsters looking bored, or the oldies flagging and cater for them, bringing everyone together. All hail the DJ.