24 Feb

Are you planning a Wedding?

Allow Nutmeg and Pepper to assist with your special Day - here is an easy to follow Checklist to ensure your Wedding goes to plan.

Determine your budget

Crunching the numbers before you start is going to help with making the right decisions regarding service providers and allocate funds accordingly. A smart way of keeping track of your spending and adjusting numbers when necessary is creating a detailed spreadsheet from the beginning. Choose your required options first (Celebrant, Event Space, Photographer, Catering and Décor) then add in the extras until your budget is complete.

Make a guest list

The number of guests and their availability will have an impact on your choice of venue, so it’s important to draw up a list of guests early in your wedding planning. Making sure you adjust your list and take into consideration those who are contributing financially. Even if you are the only one paying for your wedding, it’s a good idea to get families together and talk about the guest list. Our tip is if you have a set number of guests according to State Health Orders or Vax Status that you consider having more people at the Church and very close family and friends at the reception. 

Hire a wedding planner or Event Coordinator

If this is in your budget, you may think of hiring a wedding planner or Coordinator. He or she will take some of the strain of planning and give you peace of mind. Moreover, working with a wedding planner can actually help you save money because an expert in the field knows the best deals and lots of tricks on how to keep your costs low. Nutmeg and Pepper offer a Wedding Coordinator to source Vendors and Venues. Annie can provide quotes and even book accommodation if required.

Choose the wedding theme/dress

A big item is the wedding theme, as this will guide you in choosing the venue, the decor, the dress, and will allow you to fine-tune other details. Your wedding theme should be a joint decision of the couple, so take plenty of time for this conversation. Ask yourselves the following questions: What is important to me and why? What do I value? What do I like and what do I dislike at weddings? Vintage shopping is a wonderful way to show of classic Wedding looks but you can also find a lot of pre-loved Wedding dress options on Facebook Wedding groups in your area... I have seen dresses that you can Rent of past brides that love to share there dress but not want to sell.

 Select the venue

Once you choose the venue, your wedding starts to take shape. Selecting the venue is one of the biggest decisions you will make about your wedding as its location affects almost every other aspect, from the number of guests to the flowers you will be putting on the tables. There are many options when it comes to wedding venues and we have Catered in beautiful settings at both an Event Space or Outdoor Park/Beach location. Each option has its own pros and cons, with destination wedding bringing benefits such as enjoying a unique experience, having the best scenery for photo sessions. Of course the new trend we have been Catering to lately is providing the full event at Home. Some of our Wedding couples have tied the knot at either their own homes or at a family members with plenty of space. No matter where you choose it will all come together with the right décor and theme.

Choose the caterer

Your wedding will be the largest and most important dinner party of your life, so make the most of it. Feeding 150 guests is not simple and you should only hire people you trust to deliver. Nutmeg and Pepper offer a variety of options with Menus for Cocktail Style, Alternate Drop, Boutique Buffet, Food/Events Trailer and much more. Our Head Chef is more than happy to meet with the Wedding Couple to discuss likes, dietary and work in a Menu that will suit your theme and vision. 

Book vendors

Vendors that book up quickly such as photographer, band, DJ, and videographer should be chosen in time and after careful consideration. These people will either make your night fun or a disappointment, so do your research before hiring, ask every question you can imagine, and meet them in person to make sure you click together. Annie our Events Coordinator can find the right music, decor, follow up on quotes for a Photographer etc whatever you require. There are even unique options such as a Photo Guest Registry, Arrival Platter Table and much more...

Send invitations

Once you have decided your wedding style and your venue you can have your invitations ordered. The degree of formality of your wedding will define the style and wording of your wedding invitation. You can go creative with your wedding invitations by choosing unusual shapes and sizes, but regardless of how your invitations look, make sure they are legible and you choose your words wisely. Annie can also assist with your invitation design and printing options. If you want a traditional, modern or unique look to go with your theme.. allow Annie to source it for you.

Choosing a cake

For some couples the wedding cake is on top of their wedding checklist Australia, while others may take a decision regarding it just a couple of weeks before the wedding. Either way, the most important things to keep in mind when choosing your cake is matching the cake height to your space, choosing what you like and not what your guests expect, matching your wedding cake ingredients and texture to the weather (you may require a cake that holds up against the heat), creating a detailed delivery plan, and asking your caterer to keep some cake for you in case don’t get the chance to have a proper bite during the wedding. Gluten Free/Dairy Free/Sugar Free Wedding Cake options we are seeing more and more of... Need a Wedding Cake sourced? Then ask Annie to help.

Hair and makeup

Your wedding day is not the right time for experiments, so don’t make any major look changes prior to the event. Call to the services of a stylist that has already provided good service to you and ask for a look that has worked before; if you want to try something new, the best is to do a hair and makeup trial in advance because reality does not always look like the highly-filtered photos posted on Instagram. If you don't have a trusted Hair and Make up stylist then look to one of your local Facebook Wedding sites - again they will tell you who they used and how happy they were.. word of mouth is always best. You will also see how they were styled on their big day.

Preparation for the ceremony

One of the last tasks from your wedding checklist that you need to complete is writing your vows. The Internet abounds in vow ideas of different styles, from traditional to emotional and funny. At the same time, meet with your officiant and organise together a rehearsal ceremony so you make sure he or she gets right the tone you want for your ceremony. The secret to a wedding day that runs smoothly is planning ahead. Keeping everything on track for the big day is not easy, but making the right choices and utilising an Event Coordinator or Planner can make the day a lot easier. Having a schedule and making sure that you stick as closely to it as possible is important. Vendors may charge more if you run over-time so make sure you ask/allow for extras. The most important thing of all - remember to have fun and don’t take anything too seriously! You are there to Celebrate after all.

For more information phone Annie on 0483830183 or email events@nutmegandpepper.com 

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