Your wedding day and the lead up to it should be a joyful experience and stress-free one… It’s easier said than done but good planning will help your day run smoothly. Here are some tips to help you enjoy the experience and ensure your day runs without a hitch and results in the best day of your lives!

1. Your Wedding Team

Life is not perfect and the best-made plans can change but utilise your wedding team to help and guide you along the way. Who is your wedding team? Well, firstly, I am a member of this team. Never worry about contacting me to ask questions about your wedding day. I will always be on hand to provide the best advice possible. The other members of your wedding team are your bridal party – maid of honour and bridesmaids (even the flower girls and page boys can lend a hand!) and of course the best man, he’s not just there to help the groom! You will be surprised how many family members and close friends will be willing to help you with all your plans and have a bit of fun doing it too!

2. Writing lists

Your wedding timeline needs to be realistic and have room for error. Begin writing realistic lists and time line each of these – for example – 6-8 weeks prior to wedding day - send wedding invites. 2 weeks prior to wedding day – meeting with the wedding coordinator and so on. I generally make a ‘final’ wedding appointment with all my wedding couples 2 weeks before the big day and I go through everything from top to bottom. This way, my wedding couples know that the hotel is 100% organised and ready for the day itself and this is one area that doesn’t need worrying about. Also, ticking off the items on your lists will give you great pleasure!

3. The Dress

Make sure your wedding dress is ready and all alterations completed. Keep in close contact with the wedding shop or dress maker and ensure all is complete at least a week prior to your wedding day, along with the bridesmaids and flower girls. Each bridesmaid should be looking after her own dress so you don’t have to worry about it on the day!

4. Break in your wedding shoes

Don't let aching feet put a damper on your big day! Stretch out your heels in advance by wearing a thick pair of socks and aiming a hair dryer at the tighter spots (keep them on while they cool). You could also try placing a bag of water in each heel and freezing them overnight. Better yet, bring a change of shoes that you can slip on while shooting photos outdoors or after the first dance.

5. Drop off necessary ceremony and reception items to your wedding venue

For example, your sign-in book, unity candles, bathroom amenity baskets, menus, table numbers, escort cards, card box, etc. Organise everything into bins and include notes with any special instructions about what goes where. Give your venue coordinator a list of items that need to be returned to you post-celebration like framed photos or your cake topper.

6. Delegate, delegate, delegate

You won't be able to do everything by yourself, no matter how much you are willing to try. This is when your ’wedding team’ really comes into play! Delegate certain jobs to each person a week or so before the wedding day and ensure they are clear of what they have to do. This will mean fewer things for you to have to do!

7. Designate a go-to person

Designate a go-to person who knows just as much about the wedding as you do. In most cases, this is a maid of honor or best man. I always ask for the details of this person at our final wedding appointment – it’s really handy on the day to know who to go to and to be able to leave the wedding couple enjoys their day without any distractions.

8. Take good care of yourself

Eat healthy, balanced meals and don't skimp; after all, you'll need every ounce of energy you've got. Get away from the hustle and bustle of preparations to go for a run, take a yoga class, read a book or another decompressing activity.

9. Indulge in well-deserved pampering with your wedding VIPs

After you've finalised everything, you're officially in relaxation mode and can enjoy getting your nails done! Why not treat yourself and the ‘wedding team’ to a spa treatment in Sakura Spa – we have lots of special deals available, especially for our wedding parties!

10. Get a good night's sleep

Although it may be tempting to stay up until 2 a.m., getting enough sleep will ensure that you're glowing in your wedding photos and have the stamina to dance your wedding night away. 

11. Remember why you're celebrating in the first place

Do your best to cherish this once-in-a-lifetime event.  Take a moment to look around at the people that mean the world to you and your partner. The dresses, cake, flowers, food, and drinks have little importance to the success of your marriage because, in the end, love is all you need!

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