HOW TO HOST A STRESS-FREE WEDDING DAY WITH THESE 5 TIPS
Michelle Shannon is the Byron Bay Wedding Celebrant who marries around 80 couples each year – so she knows a thing or two about making sure your wedding day goes off without a hitch! On any given day, she’s the counsellor, the weather girl, a social media guru, story writer, a friend, and tissue supplier (for the happy tears, of course!)
Michelle knows and sees how much planning goes into creating the perfect day, so she's here with us on LENZO to share her top 5 tips on how to have a stress-free wedding day:
1. Outdoor weddings
If you’re having an outdoor wedding, it’s important to have a backup plan. Hire a marquee or other structure to have close by – Australia may be a sunburnt country, but that is not how you want your guests to feel!
2. Your wedding vows
Don’t attempt to write your own wedding vows at the last minute, or even in the final week leading up to your Big Day. You will have too much going on and you really want to enjoy the lead-up. And don’t forget to keep it real!
3. Information for your out-of-town guests
Don’t send your out-of-town guests too much information – they will never read it! So, before they all arrive into the town/city where your wedding will be held, send them a group text stating 3 things (the order/info can be adjusted to suit your turn of events):
- Friday: Drinks at the [hotel/restaurant]
- Saturday: Wedding Day (don’t call us – we will see you there!)
- Sunday: Brunch at [hotel/restaurant]. Cost [$$]. For more information, call [elected friend + mobile number]
You will find this will be the one text message they go to for any information. This text will alleviate 100 guests or more calling you every 5 minutes. Michelle adds, “Trust me – I see it every weekend!”
Alternatively, you can hire a wedding stylist to coordinate the day for you, including answering any phone calls or texts.
4. Have guests turn off their phones during the ceremony
Professional wedding photographers take so many amazing photos, and it really is lovely to see the guests engage in the moment and not be behind an iPhone or posting on social media during your ceremony. You can politely relay your request to have phones turned off during the ceremony with a personalised sign board to place where your seating is.
5. Steal a few moments to be alone with each other on the wedding day
Even if for one glass of champagne, just sit back and take it all in to enjoy the moment together. The hours fly by and before you know it, you will be celebrating your 1st anniversary! So, be sure to take that breather.
And what’s one bonus piece of advice? Choose the right wedding celebrant! They are there to make sure you and your partner are legally married and that the ceremony is fun and reflective of who you are as a couple, so you want to get this thing right!
Love, LENZO x
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WORDS Michelle Shannon, Byron Bay Wedding Celebrant