BEIRUT: Between choosing invitations and cake flavors and planning seating arrangements, scheduling time to plan a wedding can prove a daunting task.
While some brides-to-be assume some cookie-cutter agenda must be applied to all successful wedding preparations, Beirut-based planner and nuptial guru Paul Nasr says that it’s important for each couple to move at their own pace.
“Some couples plan for eight months, three months, two months,” he told The Daily Star. “It all depends on the project.”
Still, Nasr insists that no matter how long couples may spend planning their big day, a certain course should be followed. He’s seen weddings planned start to finish in just two months.
While purchasing a wedding dress is conspicuously absent from Nasr’s list, he insists that it’s a step no bride could possibly forget.
“All the brides go search [for a dress] from the first day she decides to have the wedding.”
The seasoned wedding planner, who has organized fetes for more than 1,000 guests, says couples often underestimate the time required for certain steps.
While sending out “save the date” cards to your closest friends and family is a priority, couples should work to finalize a guest list as soon as possible.
“If you want a 200-person wedding or 1,000-person wedding, it’s very important from the beginning that you know the number of people ... so you can book the place you want.”
Nasr says that while many of the steps that go into planning a wedding have remained relatively unchanged for decades, features like digital graphics are evolving fast and require additional resources. Gone are the days of do-it-yourself slide shows and lighting; increasingly, Lebanese couples are demanding that fanciful digital imagery be projected at the wedding venue.
“Now, all the weddings are using graphics. It’s very important now. It gives atmosphere.”
Flower arrangements, Nasr insists, must be finalized at least a month before the wedding.
“If you want to have certain flowers, you need to ask for the order from abroad, sometimes you get the flowers from Holland, sometimes from Thailand,” he says. “When you order earlier, the supplier will give you the best quality.”
Aside from the wedding cake, finalizing menus should generally be a low priority for Lebanese brides.
“The food is not a problem.”
All preparations should be finalized and double-checked two weeks before the final date.