Tammy Carmona, the renowned Hollywood wedding and event planner responsible for the wedding scene in Twilight: Breaking Dawn, reveals how to create a stress-free day that Bella and Edward would be proud of!
The second is to always have a back-up plan. Take your venue, for example. If you are planning on being outdoors in the summer, you’d better plan an alternative in case it is a scorching 80 degree day or the heavens open up and torrential downpours ensue. Uncomfortable guests are much more stressful than a safer venue.
Don’t be afraid to be pro-active in making your seating chart. I say pro-active because – let’s face it – you won’t get every RSVP back when you need it. Make the phone calls and get the confirmation that you need, so you know what you are working with.
Once you know who exactly will be joining you on your special day, it’s time to think about the atmosphere and your guests’ relationships. What would make your guests comfortable? If they would be happiest with close friends or their family, then go in that direction. An uncomfortable guest can ruin the atmosphere, and that is the last thing you will want to do.
As you are thinking of who belongs where, also consider if you have a large group that has a common bond – such as school or work friends. It’s okay to create a few oversized tables, such as banquet tables in the middle of the room that could easily be incorporated into the décor. Not only will you be adding another unique touch to the reception, but you will be creating happy guests as well.
If you are having young children at your wedding, I would suggest having a room dedicated strictly to children. And there are many ways you can make this completely kid friendly. Fill the room with toys, perhaps some sweets and have a babysitter on hand – you just saved yourself a few hours worth of headache. You can pick them up when you want them to attend, and drop them off when you are done. So now your flower girl doesn’t have to sit through the reception – something a young child might not be so fond of.
Very young children, the two or three year-olds, don’t understand the concept or the importance of a wedding, so a separate room is the go-to option there. For your older kids, consider giving them something special at the table – perhaps something to keep them busy instead of a traditional floral centrepiece. Also consider seating a young adult with them to keep them from problems.
Once you have a venue, then think, “How can I incorporate all of my feelings into a concept, and then apply that concept to my venue?” You aren’t going to pair funky chic venue with refined elegance. It doesn’t fit. Make sense of your concept and your wants and needs and build your own experience. You never look generic that way.
You should also keep in mind that celebrities have designers. They aren’t adding surplus accessories to their décor. I believe that less is more and that elegance means being confident in your design. Don’t worry about the odds and ends.
[Above: Tammy predicts that the nature look is going to be big]
The wow factor doesn’t have to be costly.
I once had a bride who loved to bake, and she was good at it. Rather than the traditional dessert spread, she made small cupcakes for the guests as a dessert, hiding notes and riddles in the cake that led them to a dessert table in a larger room. They thought that they were only getting cupcakes, but then were able to discover these surprise tables. It’s fun, easy and interactive, and it makes the guests feel special, which helps make it memorable.