The name ‘bridezilla’ may be a funny way to tease someone who's taking their wedding planning a little too seriously, but getting overly stressed about your plans is no laughing matter. Here are some top tips to help you stay calm and avoid any bridezilla moments in the lead up to your wedding.
Think Of the Bigger Picture
True, your wedding day is sure to be one of your most precious memories, but will it really be ruined if the flowers are the wrong colour or the wedding photographer is late? Little things can't spoil your whole day – only a negative attitude can do that!
Your breathing can have a huge effect on your overall wellbeing. If you catch yourself feeling overwhelmed or angry, pause for a moment and take a series of deep breaths. The time it takes you to breathe deeply is likely to give you the chance you need to reflect and calm down enough to avoid doing something you'll regret.
Take Some Time Out
If you feel rage rising, take yourself out of the situation and find a quiet space to shake all of your frustration away. Run on the spot, wave your arms about and maybe even vocalise your annoyances. Then you'll be ready to return to the problem feeling much calmer.
Find the Right Wedding Venue
Choose a wedding venue with staff who will help you stay in control of your wedding guests and allow you to focus on having fun.
The Waterfront Function Centre hosts weddings in Sydney, offering stunning views of the water and excellent amenities. It also has a team who will help you stay calm on your big day. Call (02) 8999 8502 to find out more.
Be confident that you have the skills you need to come away from a conference feeling satisfied. Get the most out of any corporate events you're organising or attending by being prepared and remembering that friendliness is key.
Assess Panel Content
While panels or talks at conferences are often interesting, be sure you don’t spend time sitting listening to information you already know. Often the most interesting connections you'll make at a conference will be while socialising, rather than at a panel, so assess the content before deciding which talks to attend.
Make Use of Meal Times
Meal times or coffee breaks offer a great opportunity to strike up conversations with people. Don't be shy about making new connections and make sure you're always open to inviting attendees to join your group or table.
Keep a few notes about the people you meet and the conversations you have with them. This will allow you to refer back to them when the conference is over and you're looking to get in touch. Generally, it's good to follow up on any new connections within the first 24 to 48 hours. This ensures your conversation is still fresh in their minds and makes it more likely you'll stay in touch.
When it comes to hosting a successful conference, getting the venue right is always crucial, so make a splash by hiring a waterfront venue. Contact The Waterfront Function Centre on (02) 8999 8502 for more information.
Inviting professional guest speakers to your corporate event can be an excellent way to attract attendees and add something special to your conference – so you'll want to show them your appreciation afterwards. Picking out a memorable gift is easy, the more useful it is, the more likely it will be appreciated.
Tech and Gadgets
Practical presents are great and most people love getting their hands on a new piece of technology. Travelling speakers are especially likely to appreciate gifts such as solar powered chargers for phones or laptops; handy flash drives; or music-filled mp3 players.
Your speaker may be travelling from out of town and therefore low on luggage space. Choose a present they'll be able to enjoy without adding weight to their bags by giving gift cards for popular coffee shops or restaurants.
A donation to a worthy cause is often appreciated, especially if you are able to find out whether there are any charities that are particularly close to your speaker's heart.
It's important to remember that while a gift is great, professional speakers are even more likely to appreciate repeat work. If they’ve done a good job, be sure to sing their praises online and in person, so that they can continue to enjoy bookings.
After months of planning your perfect day, the last thing you want is an unexpected disaster to pour cold water on your reception. Avoid common mishaps by making sure you've got your bases covered to create a memorable wedding.
Pre-wedding there is likely to be many guests assuming they'll be fine to get home. However, a successful reception and a busy bar can soon put paid to that idea. Make provisions for those who can't drive home – either book buses for extra runs to cover unexpected passengers or come to an arrangement with a local taxi firm.
Pintsized Party Poopers
Weddings can be tiring for everyone – especially children. Keep things calm by providing a special children's table complete with entertainment options and consider allocating a babysitter and setting up films for younger guests to enjoy.
Wilting Wedding Flowers
Avoid browning, sad looking bouquets by choosing hardy flowers in the first place. Dahlias, lilies, sunflowers, gerbera daisies and hydrangeas are all great choices. Try to keep flowers away from sources of heat on the big day.
Changing venue between the service and the reception can sometimes cause confusion and it's possible you might lose some guests along the way. Include a map in your wedding programme and ensure all guests get a copy.
Outdoor weddings are beautiful but you should check expected sunset times and be careful to ensure your ceremony doesn’t coincide with them. Ask to see your venue at the time of day you're planning to marry and assess your lighting needs.
Thank you so much for helping to organise our 50 years Reunion on Sunday. It was 50 years since we left Our Lady of Mercy College and we got 18 of our original class of 26 plus one nun who taught us all attend the lunch. We had a wonderful afternoon with lots of laughs and recollections.