He’s the man behind Roxy Jacenko and Oliver’s Curtis ultra-luxe $250,000 wedding in 2012, and has helped with events for Princess Mary, so when it comes to hosting the ultimate ‘I do’s’ celebrity wedding planner Philip Carr knows exactly what works.
With over 30 years of experience under his belt, the sought after and self-described “eccentrically energetic” has shared his top tips to planning the perfect big day.
It’s meant to be the happiest day of your life, so maximise your enjoyment and minimise the stress by preparing and planning as much as you can.
While planning is important Philip also emphasises the need to go with the flow on the day.
“Too many brides think that if they are in control of everything that it will all go to plan,” he says. “Often it's about what happens on the day when the bride is getting ready that there is no one to oversee the day.
“Many venues today sell themselves as event planners when they are in fact venue managers,” explains Philip.
“There are many nuances that an event planner will be able to see happens as it is the integration of all the parts that make the day perfect.”
Take a step back from the big picture and think about the little details that add something special to the day.
“It is the focus on the little things that make the wedding feel more luxurious, which doesn’t necessarily mean expensive,” says Philip.
“Adding some nice soaps, a perfume, scents in the bathroom makes for minor details that stick with guests throughout the night to make them feel well looked after.”
Don’t underestimate the importance of the layout of your wedding and how things are set up on the day, says Philip.
“The flow is what is going to make the wedding work or not,” he explains.
“Keep in mind where to put grazing or buffet tables, the bar, head table and dance floor – a slightly tight space that make guests be involved is better than too much space.”
It can be tempting to try and incorporate a lot of trends on the day, but keeping your theme simple and being totally committed to it can make a much bigger impact, says Philip.
“Keep your idea simple and strong,” he explains. “Keeping to a specific theme and doing it well makes the world of difference.
“Rather than doing a few flowers and a few candles, just do candles en masse and make it WOW. It also helps avoid unnecessary expense.”
“Making guests wait for the bride for extended periods of time has become an archaic concept and now seen as quite rude,” says Philip.
Forget about falling into an Instagram black hole and copying posts that have the most likes, your big day is about you – so make sure everything reflects who you are, rather than being all about the latest trends.
“Find your own style of function that reflects you as a couple, rather than being dictated off social media,” says Philip.
“It’s important that you adapt ideas to fit your personality and things you enjoy.”
Part of planning means making sure you have options when it comes to wet or windy weather so your day can go ahead no matter what Mother Nature throws at you.
“Having umbrellas for rain, repellents for insects, water, fans for hot days etc. creates great initial impressions but also makes guests feel they have been taken care of and are comfortable,” advises Philip.