Wedding Tips – Kookaburra Showboat Cruises http://kookaburrariverqueens.com Brisbane's Best Cruises | Cruise, Wine & Dine on board the Kookaburra Queens Mon, 19 Feb 2018 06:50:43 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 134548229 Wedding Tips: Children at Weddings http://kookaburrariverqueens.com/wedding-tips-children-weddings/ Thu, 11 Aug 2016 06:46:21 +0000 http://kookaburrariverqueens.com/?p=4525 BY Kookaburra Showboat Cruises

Wedding Tips & Hints from Kookaburra Showboat Cruises professional Wedding Coordinator. Do you invite children to your wedding? First of all, do you want children at your wedding? If not, then don’t. It is also perfectly acceptable to have your own or close family (nieces, nephews etc) and not invite other guest’s children. Just ensure […]

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Wedding Tips & Hints from Kookaburra Showboat Cruises professional Wedding Coordinator.

Do you invite children to your wedding?

First of all, do you want children at your wedding? If not, then don’t. It is also perfectly acceptable to have your own or close family (nieces, nephews etc) and not invite other guest’s children. Just ensure you send out invitations with plenty of notice so those guests with children can ensure they have childcare for the evening. You should never feel pressured to invite children to your big day if you do not want to.

If you have guests traveling to your wedding from interstate or overseas you need to consider the logistics of them not bringing their children to the wedding. You may need to help them find someone they feel comfortable to leave their children with if they bring them on the trip.

If you would like your own or close mini family members to attend the ceremony and not the reception this is also fine. Make sure you spend time finding the right babysitter to spend the night with them. You do not want to be sat there worrying about them at your reception because all your usual sitters, like Grandma, is at the reception. It is a good idea to ask other parents you trust who babysits for them or if they attend Kindy, ask their teacher if they would babysit. Meet with them before the day and talk about what you want from them and talk them through your little ones routine. If you have babies or toddlers, you may want them to take the child out of the ceremony if they become unsettled; you may wish them to walk down the aisle with them etc.

If you are getting married in another town, it is a good idea to book a hotel room for the carer in the same hotel as you or as Grandma (whoever will be taking over in the morning). Ensure you are well organised and have packed and prepared everything the carer and little ones needs. Don’t forget to pack lots of activities and comforts. It can be challenging packing overnight for a little one at the best of times, you do not need this added stress on your wedding day! If you are getting married in your hometown, it may be best to invite them to stay at your place so the little ones are in familiar surroundings. It is a nice idea to arrange room service or takeaway for the carer and maybe leave them some DVDs etc.

If you decide to have a child free wedding there is one thing you may have to consider – a breast feeding mum. Mother’s that breastfeed often do not have a choice but to be with their child 24/7. Often babies will not accept a substitute, even for your special day. This is something you will most likely just have to understand.

Inviting children to the whole day

If you are thinking of inviting children to the whole day the first thing you should do is discuss it with your venue. Ask are children allowed, how much they charge for children, what facilities they have for children, do they provide children’s menus, etc. This may help you with your decision.
If your venue is kid friendly then you may wish to ask close family and friends, if they want to bring their children. Often parent’s secretly love wedding as they get a night off to let their hair down. You may think you are being kind by inviting their children but the reality is they may prefer to leave them with a sitter. On the other hand, if the wedding is far from home it may be more comforting for a parent to bring their children.
You should also consider timings. The parents may need to leave early (especially if the children are young). You should consider finishing the formalities early enough, so if anyone needs to leave early they do not feel obliged to stay.

kids-area

Weddings can be boring for kids, which may cause disruption (probably when you least want it such as a very teary speech!) so ensure there is plenty to keep them occupied. Activity packs on the table are a great way to keep kids seated and quiet during dinner. If the space allows in the venue, you could set up a kids area filled with activities or if your budget allows you could even arrange for a kids entertainer. The day is also very long and for younger kids very unsettling as their routine is disturbed. You may wish to allocate a quiet place for them to nap or rest.

Do you have a kids table

Do you have a kids table? This is something I get asked all the time. It really depends on the ages of the children. It is a fantastic idea with older children as they will be much happier and entertained in each others company. If there are little ones, I would recommend speaking with the parents. They may not feel comfortable with this. The child may need assistance cutting food or feeding etc. A way around this is ensure the parents are sitting within reaching distance of their child by carefully placing the tables. Another way is to enlist the help of someone to join the kids table (perhaps a teenage niece or cousin) who would enjoy the responsibility.

For families staying overnight, it is a nice idea to recommend accommodation that has family rooms that is close to your reception. When you do this, you should also consider budget. Not all families can afford to spend as much on your day as other guests without young children.
Whatever you decide, make sure it is what is best for you and your partner. It is your big day. If you have anyway concerns your decisions will offend anyone, speak to them directly before you send out the invitations and explain your reasons to avoid any unnecessary upset or stress.

Wishing you the best on your big day!

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Top 25 Wedding Planning Mistakes http://kookaburrariverqueens.com/25-wedding-planning-mistakes/ Fri, 22 Jul 2016 04:59:13 +0000 http://kookaburrariverqueens.com/?p=4620 BY Kookaburra Showboat Cruises

Wedding Tips & Hints from Kookaburra Showboat Cruises professional Wedding Coordinator. When it comes to wedding planning, adding extra stress isn’t that hard to do. We’ve put together a list of 25 of the top planning mistakes you can make and how to avoid them when planning your own big day. 1. Making plans too […]

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Wedding Tips & Hints from Kookaburra Showboat Cruises professional Wedding Coordinator.

When it comes to wedding planning, adding extra stress isn’t that hard to do. We’ve put together a list of 25 of the top planning mistakes you can make and how to avoid them when planning your own big day.

1. Making plans too soon.

Don’t make any plans until you have worked out your guest list and budget. You cannot decide on a venue until you know these things and you can’t finalise a date until you select a venue! So whilst it’s probably the least exciting part of planning, it is a must, and it needs to be done before anything else!

Wedding this, wedding that…

2. Wedding this, wedding that…

Remember that while your friends and family are most likely thrilled at your upcoming nuptials, they won’t want to talk about it day and night. Take time to spend some with them not discussing your wedding.

3. Don’t stress about copying

If you want the same pair of shoes that your best friend had when she got married, then get them. Is your cousin planning a wedding the same time and wants the same colour scheme – who cares? It is your wedding day, not a competition. There is no prize for who did it best.

Crash Dieting

4. Crash dieting

Do you really need to diet? If not, why are you? If you feel you want to lose some weight before your big day, set realistic expectations and eat well and exercise. Crash dieting is a big no no, it will make you more irritable, tired and stressed – the last thing you need in the lead up to your big day. You should be taking good care of yourself, not punishing your body. If you plan to lose a lot of weight, make sure you consult with your dress maker. It would be great if you lost heaps of weight but not if your dress doesn’t fit!

5. “I don’t need help”

Don’t feel you have to take everything on yourself. If you are overwhelmed, ask one of the bridal party or a family member to take care of some things. It is likely they will be happy to help. Or, you could consider a wedding planner. A professional can coordinate everything for you, leaving you free to take care of the smaller things.

Hey big spender

6. Hey big spender

Make sure you keep an eye on that budget. Make sure you do not forget all the extras. If you set a budget for your look, don’t blow it all on the dress – remember you need shoes, veil, headpiece, hair, makeup etc When you look for a venue, don’t think the pp price is your total, you still may need a celebrant, flowers, transport, photographer, cake etc. You need to consider all items before you go crazy spending money you do not have and then panicking at the end.

7. Do not plan to do any jobs on the day of the wedding

On your wedding day you should wake up, get ready and have your photos done before you head to the ceremony. You do not need to be running errands delivering place names or your cake to the venue. Try to do all this in advance and if the venue will not accept a delivery prior to the day, allocate this task to someone else.

Pretty Shoes

8. Pretty Shoes

Be realistic with your wedding shoes. Of course you want them to look fabulous but trust me when you cannot walk 1 hour into your wedding you will not care how fabulous they look. Make sure they are comfortable as it will be a long day and you will spend most of it on your feet. If you just have to have that killer pair, make sure you have a back up pair for later. I promise you, it will be the best advice you have ever taken!

Ummmm cake…

9. Ummmm cake

There are a few mistakes couples make with their cake. Firstly, if you cake is to be served as dessert at the reception, make sure the cake serves the correct amount of guests. Too often the cake is not enough to serve guests and the venue is left with the embarrassment of not having dessert for everyone. If you plan to keep a tier, make sure the other tiers will feed your guests and make sure you pass this instruction to your venue. Do not assume the chef will know. Also, when you deliver your cake to the venue, make sure you leave instructions for the kitchen. Should the cake be refrigerated or stored in a cool dry room?

Oh, it won’t rain

10. “Oh it won’t rain”

If you are having an outdoor ceremony, make sure you have a wet weather back up. Your venue should be able to offer an alternative or advice on this. On the week of the wedding, look to see what the weather is doing. If it is likely to be a scorcher and you are holding the ceremony outside, consider parasols, bottled water and even sunnies for your guests. Might rain? Look at supplying umbrellas. Matching umbrellas for the Bridal party will make for great photos.

Don’t over commit to DIY projects

11. Don’t over commit to DIY projects

Yes, you can probably make it yourself, but is it really worth it? You do not want to spend every night doing arts and crafts – remember your fiancé? He may want to spend some quality time with his wife to be not just cutting and gluing every night. You need to realistic with your time and whilst DIYing is a great way to personalise your wedding and save money, don’t over do it. Sometimes it’s just worth getting someone else to do it.

12. Think about your guests

Don’t leave too long between your ceremony and reception. If they are in one location, supply canapes, drinks, music and maybe even games to entertain your guests whilst you have your photos done. If there is a change in location, make sure instructions are clear and you leave enough time for them to get there, but avoid leaving a huge gap as guests will get bored standing around. They may even head to the local pub and end up being late! Also, check out the parking and transport options beforehand and give your guests clear instructions with their invite. You may need to consider providing transport for your guests.

Your wedding morning

13. Don’t rush your wedding morning

Make sure you plan enough time for your hair and make up. If you are having the photographer with you for getting ready shots, discuss the time this will take. You do not want to miss out on important photos, time with your loved ones or be late for your ceremony because you are rushing. It is better to be ready and spend more time taking photos and spending time with your bridal party than be in a fluster.

14. No Schedule

Your venue will normally work with you to produce a run sheet for the ceremony / reception. It is worth planning your full day from getting ready to what needs to be done at the end of the wedding. Give a copy to everyone involved including all the bridal party and vendors. You schedule should also include any errands and deliveries to be done prior to the day.

Speeches Overload

15. Speeches Overload

To avoid your speeches going on and on, allocate a time frame to those you want to make a speech and do not have an open mic. It is very important for the venue that your speeches do not over run. The food has to be served when it is ready and cannot be held because your speeches go longer than you have allocated. You also need to control the length of speeches to avoid your guests getting bored and frustrated.

16. Don’t forget to mingle

Remember your guests will have put time, money and effort into attending your big day. Don’t forget to spend time with your guests. If you have a large wedding, you may not have time to talk to everyone properly, but take the time to walk around and thank them for coming. It is also kind to thank them during the speeches to acknowledge your gratitude.

Bridezilla

17. Bridezilla

Things are unlikely to go exactly to plan on the day – who cares! Most couples don’t even notice or worry about the minor issues that creep up on the day. Don’t get wrapped up in the minor things and remember why you are celebrating. You do not want to waste any time on your day getting upset or angry – just go with it and enjoy.

Photography and videography

18. Photography and videography

Make sure you speak with your photographer / videographer about what you want to achieve in advance. Make sure you leave time to get the photos you want. After it is all done and dusted your photos and video will be your special memories for years to come. It is worth taking the time to do it right.

19. Trying to please everyone

Whilst it is important to consider your guests, you cannot please everyone. You and your partner should have the day you want and not worry about accommodating everyone’s every need. Mobility issues, dietary requirements and transport are the main considerations you should make for others.

20.Choose your bridal party carefully1

20. Choose your bridal party carefully

Do not rush into a decision. Whilst it is tempting to ask people to be part of your special day as soon as the ring is on your finger, you need to make sure you choose the right people. The people you choose need to be able to invest time and effort into helping you. They should be your very nearest and dearest as they will be in all your main photos, will make speeches, be the ones your rely on to help and the ones who stand next to you during your ceremony.

21.Entertainment

21. Entertainment

Many couples opt not to spend money on entertainment for the reception and regret it later. An Ipod or your neighbour’s son on the decks may not be as suitable as you thought on the day. A professional DJ or singer is a worthwhile investment and often not that expensive. They will also usually provide microphones for you to use during your speeches and can act as an MC if you do not have one.

22. Gifts

Do guide your guests towards what you want as a gift. A gift registry is a great way of ensuring you get the gifts you want, or the wishing well is becoming almost standard in weddings now. Make sure you include your preference to cash or vouchers in your invitations. If you tell guests “no gifts” make sure you still have a small gift table for cards and for those who brought gifts anyway.

23. “We don’t need Wedding Insurance”

Look into purchasing wedding insurance. It is every couples worst nightmare for the venue to bankrupt losing all of their clients’ money, leaving the couple with no venue and no money. Good wedding insurance should cover your venue and vendors, cancellation, postponement, rings, transport etc making sure you are not out of pocket if something goes wrong.

24. Don’t forget about your vendors

The better your relationship is with your vendors, the more you will get out of them. Make sure you provide a meal and drinks for them and include them in your day.

And most importantly... Don’t stress!

25. And most importantly… Don’t stress!

I promise you, everything you are worried about in the lead up to your wedding will not matter to you after the day. The minor details are minor for a reason and are not worth losing sleep over. Your wedding is meant to be the best day of your life, enjoy it!

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