7. Do not go and book something just because you think its the
cheapest you may get. You have to make sure that the person you book is
Speak with them. Ask to see their things. If they are a new business and donít have a reputation yet, the chances are that they will be trying to make an impression but just to make sure tell them you're holding back a proportion of the money until after they deliver what youíre asking because you want to ensure you get what youíre asking and they donít have a proven track record.
14. Donít forget to enjoy yourself in the planning stages. Donít make it into a labourious task that just has to be done. I was stressed to the eyeballs and now I canít believe I got so worked up.
28. People spend an age on a seating plan for the meal but donít bother their heads when they know room will be tight in the church. Its not good enough counting how many people can fit in. You have to bear in mind that people will want to sit with their families so if a family of 6 is late and there are 6 places left but not together, then this is a problem. Our ushers had a seating plan of sorts. We had all the family named and after that we had counted how many parties of 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 etc there were and made a plan of the church with each party of 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, colour coded. That way it didnít matter who they seated where, as long as everyone fitted together like a perfect game of tetris and they werenít split from their family. This saved time for us as we had 207 guests on the day and it would have taken ages for the ushers to go through the names otherwise.