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The mistakes brides make when choosing a wedding day stylist - Part 2.

The mistakes brides make when choosing a wedding day stylist - Part 2.
Continuing on from a chat last week with our future bride Sarah, we thought we would share a few more hints and tips that she has found helpful so far….We would love to hear your feedback, if you have something to add, make sure you leave a comment below. 

“You will set up my wedding the night before, won’t you?’As much as we may love to be given access to your venue the day before your wedding, often function centres will not confirm access until a couple of days before your event. Sometimes the venue will book a function the day before at short notice also.  Is it wise for you to get stressed over this? Sarah, says no, that is why you hire a professional wedding stylist to install all of your wedding decorator items.  Stylists expertise lies in executing this routine every weekend, and will know how much they can get done in the time frame given.  They also have access to additional staff incase a luncheon is booked the day of your wedding, and the reception venue has allocated a 2 hour turn around of your room. (Yes, it does happen! All hands on deck go go go!) I will suggest that you let this conversation play out between the stylist and the function centre regarding the access times - the great thing is by using a professional, it will leave you with more time to focus on other areas of your wedding that you have more influence over - like perfecting your wedding day speeches!

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'You have to do what?...'

At the conclusion of the night when your loboutins are making your feet throb, and you're eagerly waiting in the soft light on the steps of your reception venue, for your limousine to sweep your way to your honeymoon suite to celebrate your first night together.  You have one last look over your shoulder at the remnants of the day that you have poured every available moment into. You'll see all the wait staff packing up all the glassware, removing all the cutlery, blowing out all the candles.  Occasionally,  at the end of your wedding the function centre may request that the wedding stylist comes in and removes all the wedding decorator items at midnight.  A good question to ask your wedding decorator if there 'will be an additional fee for the midnight pickup’?  Often the wedding decorator may only have an hour to dismantle and pack up all of the styling items which were used at your wedding, and may have to roster additional staff in order to fill this requirement.  Aren't you glad you had the foresight to organise someone else to do this for you, as you are now kicking up your heels!

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I hate the bureau of meteorology!
Are you having outdoor ceremony?  We would all love to think that the weather is going to be glorious,  and it would never rain,  the sun always be shining, and all the guests would mingle perfectly on our wedding day.  However, lamentably with unpredictable weather, especially in the summer months, it is essential that you discuss a backup plan that includes where the wedding ceremony is going to be hosted in case the heavens open.  Sarah found that some function centres will hire a room to you for an hour or so in case you need it for your wet weather alternative.  Generally you need to book and pay for this in advance regardless of whether you end up using this service, or not. Or, you may be one of the lucky Brides who's reception venue can also double as your wet with the alternative.  Always check with your reception venue first before looking at alternative options.  


If you are having a beach ceremony, there is some further reading here of what to expect. 
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