A mind map is process you can take to help you work out what is meaningful to you as a couple and what represents you. So how do you apply that to all the different elements of your wedding? We suggest you create an "elements of your wedding" mind map.
If you are unsure what a mind map is and how you can make one, we've written about it before so read this first. The idea behind the mind map is to make your ideas really clear and put down everything you can think of that relates to a specific aspect of your wedding.
You may break it up in to sections such as:
· Garden Games
· Dress Code
· Bridal Party
This will allow you to clearly build a list of must haves and essentials for each different aspect of your wedding. Start by listing the different stages of your wedding, as listed above, and then break it down into more specific aspects within the sections, for example:
· Table styling & flowers
· Furniture & decor
· Contingencies (e.g. wet weather ideas)
· Getting ready
· Hair / makeup
· Bridal party outfits
· First dance
· Brides attire (privately of course with your bridesmaids!)
· Grooms attire, and so on…
Within each section you get deeper and deeper into the planning thought process.
Let's use the example of hiring a piano for your entertainment. What are all the things to think about when hiring a piano for your event?
· Piano player
· Access to the room (e.g. wide opening doors, ramps)
· Power (if electric)
· Music Selection + alternative music options when on break
· Delivery options
· Acoustic options
· Does it need to move throughout the evening to maximise use?
Once you've started to break it down you'll realise all the things you have forgotten, challenge your suppliers with new questions and be confident that you've thought of everything possible. Share it with your suppliers to make sure you've not left anything out, or contact us for some one-on-one tips.
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