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Must-Have Wedding Services

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

The wedding day marks the start of your exciting life together as a couple! It can be a stressful road getting to the big day. So, hopefully we can relieve some of that stress and help you enjoy the journey by sharing ten must have services we feel you need on your wedding day!

10 Essential, Must-Have Wedding Services For Your Big Day

Photography-& videography

1. Photography and Videography

Before you get to the big day, there are a few things you should arrange for, such as your photography and videography! These two services complement each other and paint the picture of your special day. They are important services as they capture your love story and the memories you will have for a lifetime, so select carefully after seeing samples of their previous work.

DJ, band, & lighting

2. The DJ, Band, and Lighting

Imagine the room filled with soft up-lighting making your reception magical, as you float across the floor during your first dance. The DJ, band, and lighting create this special experience for you! They will make sure you and your guests are dancing the night away in the perfect environment.


3. Wedding Stationary

Wedding stationary is another great service! Everything from save-the-dates to menus help guide your guest through the day. Looking to save adime? You can print wedding favors that match the design of your stationary.

Catering & rentals

4. The Catering and Rentals

Your caterer and rental company are two very important vendors that creates some of the most memorable aspects of your wedding day. These are the people working to please your pallet and provide the 5-star experience you want for your big day. Book a company that is reliable and experienced, so the rest of your details will easily fall into place.


5. The Officiant

Also, let’s not forget to arrange for your wedding officiant, as without them there wouldn’t be a wedding! Try to find someone who knows you and who is prepared to share your unique love story with guests as you become husband and wife.

Hair & make-up

6. Hair and Make-up

Pampering yourself for your wedding day is also a must! Book a hair &make-up stylist that you feel comfortable with. Meet with your specialist for a trial before the big day to ensure you love your look. It is their job to enhance your natural beauty, so you look and feel like your fabulous self!


7. The Florist

Flowers add a special touch to your wedding day! They fill the room with colors and beautiful scents to create the atmosphere you want. When you worked closely with your florist, they can match colors and themes to help give your day a magical boost.

Cakes & sweet stuff

8. The Sweet Stuff

Let’s not forget the sweetest part of the evening, the dessert! Whether you want a tall-tiered master piece or trendy cupcakes galore to satisfy the sweet tooth of your guests, work with a professional baker. If that isn’t enough sugar for you, add on a candy buffet that all your guests will love! This fun option can also double as a favor!


9. The Honeymoon

The service a lot of people overlook until the end is the honeymoon. This is your first chance to relax as husband and wife, so why wait until the last minute to plan when you can start early and get better prices! Working with a travel professional will ensure that you will get what you want from your honeymoon. You can even ask guests to donate to your honeymoon by using Honeyfund!

Wedding planner

10. The Wedding Planner/ Day of Coordinator

Head spinning from all the things I’ve mention so far? Consider hiring a wedding planner or day-of coordinator. Their sole job is to make sure everything gets done the way it is supposed to, so your entire experience is a little more stress free! It is our mission at NJ Wedding Pros to do just that! With packages designed to save you time and money, we can get you all of the ten services I just listed and more at one great price.

We are your one-stop wedding center!

Bio: My name is Karissa Petrellese and I am the co-owner of an event planning company called NJ Wedding Pros. NJ Wedding Pros was founded in 2009 by the Petrellese family. The owners have 30 plus years in the wedding industry by operating multiple flower shops throughout central and southern New Jersey. After being in the business for years, they serviced brides and connected them with the best wedding professionals in the state. They knew that the convenience of offering all these wedding services in one place would make wedding planning less stressful for the bride and groom. Today the company has grown to not only offering the wedding essentials but also fun favors, bridal accessories and more! We continue to make our clients happy by perfecting every detail of their special day! For more information visit our website or email

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This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

There are so many things to consider when planning your wedding, so here are some of my favourite tips for saving you time, money and adding that little something extra to your special day… Don’t forget to set up  honeymoon registry to help make your dream a reality.

Key Wedding Tips To Remember

Attendees at wedding

1) Choosing your suppliers

Have a list of key questions when you meet potential suppliers so you don’t forget to ask anything.

2) Keeping an emergency fund

Ring-fence 10% of your wedding budget, as a contingency fund for any unexpected emergency situations that may arise.

Wedding photographer

3) Selecting a photographer

Always meet two or three photographers before booking. You’ve got to love your photographer, as you spend so much time with them on the day!

4) Wedding Insurance

Whether you have an extravagant or modest wedding budget, always, always, always take out wedding insurance!  Even the best-laid plans can sometimes go awry.

Wedding bouque

5) Throwing your bouquet

If you want to keep your bridal bouquet, why not throw your bridesmaid’s instead?

6) Enjoying your wedding flowers for the full day

You can move pedestals from the church to the reception entrance, use pew ends to decorate your chairs for the wedding breakfast and even place bridesmaids’ bouquets in vases to use as table centrepieces.

Wedding hashtag

7) Creating your own hashtag

Why not create your own # to keep a track of all your guests’ photos, posts and tweets from your wedding day?

8) Speeches

If your groom is ultra nervous, break with tradition and have the speeches before the wedding breakfast so that he can enjoy his food and the occasion!

Enjoy your cake

9) Using your wedding cake as your dessert

If your venue/caterer permits it, this is a fabulous way to save some pennies AND you can ensure that everyone makes the most of the delicious cake you ordered, rather than it being thrown away, uneaten at the end of the night!

10) Hiring an on-the-day coordinator

You might feel confident organising your wedding on your own, but don’t leave the running of the day itself to chance.  Prevent last minute panics as to whether the car will arrive, the cake will be in place, the tables are laid correctly or the band is paid and give your mum, sister and BFF the opportunity to enjoy every moment of your special day with you, by hiring a professional wedding planner to take away the stress.  They’ll thank you for it!

Wedding celebration

Bio: Weddings by Zoë is owned and operated by Zoë Binning, a professional wedding planner, coordinator and event organiser specialising in creating beautiful and bespoke events. Located near Cardiff, she organises weddings across South Wales including Newport, Cardiff and Swansea and throughout South West England, from Bristol and Gloucestershire, Somerset and Devon and down to Cornwall. 

As an Associate member of the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners (UKAWP), she readily adheres to their ethics and strict code of business practice and is also fully insured to give you peace of mind and reassurance when booking my wedding planning services. Also trained by with in-depth courses form the UKAWP, she is very conscious of trends in the wedding industry. For more information, check out the Weddings By Zoe website.

Cover photo copyright Samantha Gilraine Photograghy

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