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“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage” says Lao Tzu. What’s better than this great definition of the give and take of love and the will to spend a life together?
Once a couple decides to get married, the details of that most romantic day of your life start to unfold, wedding planning, wedding venues, the dress, the cake! Though it all may sound rather intimidating, planning is the key to an impeccable wedding day and though most couples choose to work with wedding planners, some prefer to create their own master to-do list and work on a DIY wedding.
Here are some clues to keep in mind before the day you say “yes”:
Decide on your style: Having some sense of what type of wedding you will help you find your way. Think about what kind of theme you want for your wedding day. The venue you choose will be the most important part of this decision; will it be an off-site wedding or an on-site one? Having an “on-site” wedding – like a wedding hall, hotel ballroom, etc. – will ensure you have fewer risks and simplify the process as a range of all-inclusive wedding packages, designated venue, bridal room as well as a professional team will be available to you to assist on the way forward. At Raffles Istanbul, the wedding planning team helps you in finding the best vendors for flowers, decoration, photography, catering, musicians, officiants, and more in case you need assistance.
The venue needs to go hand in hand with your theme; be it the colors you prefer, the concept you design weddings around, etc.
Work on your outfits: Finding the dress is a process on its own! Once you decide on the venue, start looking for the dress; is it an elegant one with long sleeves, lace embroidery, classy or fun? Do not forget there will be fittings, alterations, and that will take some time. The groom will also need to get ready with their attire sometimes ahead. If you have additional celebrations like a brunch or bridal shower, start preparing for those outfits, as well.
Cake and menu tasting: Closer to the day, ensure you have a tasting of your wedding menu if you are serving dinner. Cake cutting is one of the most symbolic moments of a wedding, try to add a personalized touch to it; if you met on a trip to Japan, why not serve cherry blossom cake? Whether it’s a fruit cake or a nude one, talk to the chef about options that will reflect the couple, their passions, memories, or life together ahead.
Prepare the guest list: Not to forget anyone significant, work on your guest list, invitation design in line with your wedding concept, and who sits with who to make sure everyone is going to have a great time at your party.
Enjoy “the” day: You may have a lot to do but remember why you are having this wedding; it’s a mark of a happy day for you and you deserve to enjoy some luxury; ask your Raffles wedding butler to book a foot massage at your bridal hotel suite, enjoy all that comes with the hotel wedding packages, get your make-up and hair done, toast with bridesmaids and groomsmen and feel wonderful for your special day and strike a pose!