5. What advice would you give to any couple planning a wedding reception?
Planning your wedding should be a fun and exciting time, not a chore. Having a plan of action will reduce the stress that normally occurs when you think something has been overlooked. There are many ways to achieve this but one of the best is to have a pocket size notebook that you can carry with you. Ideas can come at the strangest times so having the book to hand will ensure that these are added to your list straightaway. It saves having lots of pieces of paper that may go astray, left at work when you need them at home etc.
It can also be daunting when you realise how much is involved in planning your wedding. Split this up into manageable chunks, allocate an area in your pocket book to each, delegate some of the jobs to friends/relatives who would be honoured to have a part in the organisation and suddenly, what initially looks like one mammoth task, is actually lots of smaller ones which are more enjoyable to accomplish. You can also print off the planner from my site to help.
My own particular areas of expertise are with the evening reception, ceremony music and Master of Ceremonies services. There is a section on my site with free advice for anyone planning their big day and you can also find useful information at The Wedding DJ Alliance web site.
My final piece of advice is to research and find professional wedding service providers who can meet your specific requirements. Listen to their advice but also make sure that your own ideas and wishes are incorporated into the overall plan so that you achieve the wedding of your dreams.