He helped Home and Away’s Ada Nicodemou say ‘I do’ in style, organised a country-feel for her co-star Christie Hayes’ Big Day, prepared an emotional love-fest for Rove McManus when he married Belinda Emmett, and sent singer Guy Sebastian into married life with a bang. When it comes to their “Big Day”, there’s one person Aussie celebrities turn to for a spectacular wedding, Anthony Del Col, from Staging Connections. Here, he shares his top tips for organising a spectacular day… and stress-free lead-up!
Setting the date may be easy enough but unwanted stress can linger around right up until the Big Day if you’re not prepared. Anthony suggests working out a strict budget. “It seems obvious but a lot of couples only give themselves a rough guide,” he says. Map out a timeframe to help keep things on track, and keep a record of everything you like. “Create a scrapbook,” suggests Anthony. “It will save you a huge headache.”
CONTROL YOUR STRESS
“Name one stress-free wedding?” laughs Anthony. Yes, stress comes with the wedding planning gig but it can be turned into a positive if channelled in the right direction. “Take a step back when you feel stressed and look at what you can do to make it better,” says Anthony. “I believe the clichéd advice of get some sleep, maintain a healthy diet, exercise, pamper yourself and find the time to debrief with friends.”
BE SMART AND WARY
Experts in the wedding industry know that this day is one hell of a big deal. Unfortunately, for some, that means increasing the price and adding hidden extras into your contract. It helps to stay one step ahead of everyone you deal with in order to avoid sticky situations. “Make sure you get everything in writing and always keep payments in an organised folder,” insists Anthony. Make sure you’re absolutely clear on what you want and don’t feel pressured to make a decision on the spot. “Don’t book things for the sake of it. Think about your options, speak with your partner, consult your budget then get the ball rolling,” adds Anthony.
DON’T FORGET THE LITTLE THINGS
When looking at the bigger picture it’s easy to forget about the small things that count. According to Anthony, a lot of brides tend to go over their set budget because they can’t say no to something beautiful. “It’s easy to pick nice things that you love and want but they all come at a price,” he says. “Spend money on things you can see. All the little extras are great but they’re items you can get once you have everything on your list.” Also don’t forget to organise a getaway car and someone to look after your gifts and the leftover cake.
ENJOY THE DAY
With so much excitement and last-minute nerves, it’s hard to sit back and enjoy the entire day. But make sure you take some time out to lap it all up, whether it’s five minutes during professional photographs with your bridal party, in the car with your new husband en route to the wedding reception, or sitting at the bridal table having your much-needed glass of champagne. The day is over so quickly, you don’t want to miss that once-in-a-lifetime feeling!