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This is part one of our series looking at how to make a successful wedding party.
If you’d like to get involved, read on.
When you’re invited to a party by your friends, family and co-workers, it’s not uncommon to feel like a celebrity.
But that’s not always the case, says Sarah Smith, a wedding planner in Melbourne.
She’s seen a lot of friends and family get invited to weddings, but there were also occasions when they simply couldn’t afford to go.
“I’ve had a couple friends who couldn’t even afford the ticket because they’re on welfare,” she says.
“I’ve heard people who’ve got to have the baby on their way down the aisle because their partner has a disability.”
It can be stressful when friends and colleagues get invited but it’s important to make sure you understand your own personal circumstances, Ms Smith says.
If you’re unsure whether a wedding invitation is a good idea, consider asking your friend or family to take a look at your finances and their own financial situation.
This will help them decide whether they want to go, or not.
If they’re comfortable with that decision, they can then decide whether to go to the wedding or not, she says, adding it’s always a good advice to be clear on any issues you may be facing.
However, she does caution that even if they are happy to give you a formal invitation, it might not be the best way to get invitations out to other people.
“If you want to be the party organiser and get people together for a party, you need to have a very good idea of what your wedding is about,” she said.
There are some good wedding planners out there who will work with you to get you an invitation.
“There are wedding planners who have worked with a couple of the couples who were invited to my wedding and they are super-helpful, so if you are looking for someone to do the wedding organising, it is probably worth trying that out,” Ms Smith said.
But be careful when going to weddings that you don’t have enough money for a good reception and dress, she adds.
The best advice for people on welfare and people on unemployment is to go with someone who is in a good financial position to host the wedding.
“For people who have a family and dependents, it can be a little bit more difficult to get together with other people and arrange a wedding,” she advises.
“You’re going to be very isolated in your own home and it’s going to feel quite stressful for a lot less than it’s worth.”
What’s the best time to host a wedding?
If your wedding needs to be held on a Saturday, Ms Bowerman recommends organising it on a Sunday.
“A wedding on a weekend would be ideal, but you don?t have to have it on Sunday because of the holidays,” she recommends.
“But, if you have to do it on Saturday, it?s probably going to take longer.”
The first thing you need is a venue, says Ms Smith.
“Your wedding is a lot more important when you’re on a date, so it?ll be better if you?re not at your workplace.
It can be quite stressful.”
Ms Smith also recommends organising a couple to make it easier for you to make arrangements for the guests.
“When you want a couple together, it helps to have someone who can help you with the logistics and the logistics help is usually a great help.”
“For couples on welfare, if they have a child and you?ve a baby and you want it to go on a Monday, it could be difficult,” she adds, saying there are many people on benefits who don’t know how to organise weddings.
For those on unemployment, she suggests making arrangements with a job agency.
“Sometimes you can get some help with organising a wedding on the weekends, but that is not always an option.”
If it’s raining or you’re not sure whether your wedding should go ahead, Ms Sowards says it might be best to call the local council to ask.
“They’ll usually know more about your needs and your budget,” she advised.
It’s important you consider what you’re doing at the wedding venue, too.
“People who want to organise a wedding may not have enough time to think about their wedding beforehand,” Ms Sows says.
“If you are in a big, busy city, a lot will depend on the weather and how you can accommodate a lot.”
You can also check if you’re at a wedding venue by checking their website and asking around.
If the venue doesn’t appear on the website, they could be on a waitlist.
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