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Tony Winyard: Master of Ceremonies

Tony Winyard: Award-winning Wedding DJ, Wedding MC and Celebrant

“Tony was brilliant, the music was brilliant, and he’s the ultimate professional. We didn’t want the party to end!”

If you want your wedding to be really fun, really different, and really special, or you’d like your guests to call it the ‘wedding of the year’ or even ‘best wedding ever’ then call Tony Winyard.

Tony is an award-winning wedding DJ, wedding MC and celebrant, although, for short, most happy couples call him the ‘wedding maker’. Because that’s exactly what he does: he makes a wedding. He makes it fun, he makes it memorable, he makes it exciting and enjoyable for everyone involved, including you, the wedding party and all your guests.

Which is why he was rated by couples as the ‘UK Wedding DJ of the Year’ at the Wedding Industry Awards.

“Whether I’m working as a wedding DJ, master of ceremonies or as a celebrant, my role is to orchestrate the experience. I’m partly a wedding planner and partly a wedding host with a bit of a toastmaster thrown in! It’s my job to create a fabulous atmosphere and to get people laughing, dancing and enjoying themselves. But most of all, it’s my job to ensure you have the absolute best day of your lives.” – Tony Winyard

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5 ideas for celebrating a postponed wedding day at home

5 ideas for celebrating a postponed wedding day at home

With lockdown forcing many soon-to-be-weds to move their wedding day, Jack Jahan, from jewellery specialists Ramsdens Jewellery, shares some tips for celebrating the original date at home.

If you’re one of the many people who’ve had to postpone their wedding plans because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s understandable to feel a little disheartened as the intended date gets closer.

However, rather than thinking about what could have been, why not use the occasion as another excuse to celebrate your future as a couple? This way, not only can you turn what was once a negative into a positive, but you can start the countdown to your delayed nuptials in style.

To help you out, I’ve put together a few ideas for celebrating your postponed wedding date at home.

Host a lovely, socially-distanced garden party

Here in the UK, lockdown conditions are starting to lift, allowing us to see people we don’t live with. At the time of writing, we’re allowed to see up to six other people from different households as long as we’re socially distanced and outdoors. This is subject to change so please check the current rules.

So, why don’t you and your partner invite four others from your wedding party for a lovely garden gathering on your original date? You could host some of your bridesmaids and groomsmen or both sets of parents. It will be a nice occasion surrounded by your nearest and dearest as you all look to the future and the real day further down the road. Just remember to practice social distancing!

Exchange gifts to mark the occasion

On your intended wedding day, you would have been exchanging vows and rings, which is why it’s a great idea to reflect this sentiment while celebrating your postponed date. One way of doing this is by exchanging some symbolic gifts that signify your love for each other.

For instance, you could buy matching jewellery, such as a necklace or bracelet, engraved with your initials and the date of your original wedding. That way, you’ll always be able to remember that you supported each other through a difficult time and your love triumphed despite the challenges. .

Organise an online wedding reception

While we’ve mentioned it’s possible to have a few friends and family around for a garden party, it’s also worth think about how to mark the occasion with people further away or who aren’t in your wedding party. You could organise an online wedding reception over video chat that gives everyone a chance to celebrate a day when they would have all been together.

Remember to let everyone know if you’d like to do something special on the video call in advance, whether it’s getting some champagne in for a few toasts or asking them to dress up for the occasion. You could even create some mock wedding invites that tell them the details, time and date of how and when you would like them to log on.

Bring a taste of your honeymoon to your home

If you were all set to go on a honeymoon abroad after your wedding, it’s likely you’ve had to delay that as well. But, don’t despair, as there are still ways you can celebrate at home. For example, if one of the activities you were looking forward to doing was hitting the spa, you could order a pampering kit for couples and enjoy an afternoon of rest and relaxation at home. Or, if you were heading to a foodie destination, like Italy, Mexico, or Spain, you might want to try recreating your favourite dishes in that cooking style or even seeing if a local restaurant does a delivery.

Have a private, low-key celebration

While there are plenty of fun ways to mark your original wedding date and share it with others, it’s also completely understandable if you’d prefer a low-key celebration with just the two of you. There are plenty of ideas for making a private moment a significant one, such as reading your original vows to each other or dancing to your wedding song together without everyone watching. Whatever you decide to do, remember to choose something that you both feel comfortable with.

There’s no two ways about it, delaying your wedding day will always be a disappointing moment. But when that original date rolls around, be sure to change that negativity into positivity together and celebrate the hopeful future of your marriage.

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Avoid the DIY Route

Behind the lovely floral decor and beautiful arrangements lies months’ worth of work and stress you wouldn’t wish on your enemies. While mistakes are expected, having a less-than-perfect wedding can be infuriating – especially when you have dedicated so much time and research to it.

 

You don’t have to be a bridezilla to want your wedding to go smoothly. Here’s what you can do to stop worst-case scenarios from happening ahead of time. Keep a cool head, acknowledge possible mishaps, and take measures against them by following these wedding planning tips.  

Only Hire Professionals

The temptation to save on wedding funds is understandable, but ask yourself if it’s worth the risk. A cousin or friend of the family can mean well, but often lack the skill or professional obligation. Your discount DJ can turn into a SoundCloud artist trying to promote their latest album, or your niece from culinary school who isn’t ready to take on your wedding cake. 

 

If you feel like you have no clue what you’re doing and you’re on a tight budget, hire a wedding planner. They’ll fight to make your vision come true, help you coordinate the entire day, and can help you save money through clever planning and vendor discounts. 

Avoid the DIY Route

Your Pinterest board may be full of unique decor ideas, but your wedding day is not the time to test your craft skills. Hours watching ‘how-tos’ won’t replace the expertise from a reputable wedding decorating company. Not only will everything look up to par, you’ll avoid any accidents or decor falling apart on the big day.  

Check With Guests Dietary Needs

An often overlooked detail when it comes to the dream wedding buffet is possible allergies or substitutes. When you send invitations, include an option to add special dietary needs along with the RSVP. Here are a few options you may need to include:

 

  • Vegetarian or vegan
  • Gluten-free
  • Food allergies
  • Kid’s menu

Prepare for Weather Changes

Prepare for Weather Changes

Planning for an outdoor venue is one thing, but mother nature may have other plans. If you’re planning months ahead of time, select a destination that can accommodate an indoor event on the fly. You’ll only know the weather for sure on the week of your wedding. If it rains, you can also invest in clear umbrellas for your guests as a quick fix. 

Keep an Emergency Bag Nearby

On top of carrying your marriage licenses, rings, and vows, there are about a dozen things you’ll regret leaving at home. Make your life easier by having one large comfy bag that will accommodate anything and everything you’ll ever need during a wedding emergency. Here are some types of items you’ll need to ensure your wedding (and honeymoon) run smoothly.  

Clothing & Hygiene

If you stain your dress or suffer a wardrobe malfunction, you’ll want a stain remover and travel-size sewing kit. This also applies to the bouquet, accessories, and other maintenance.  

 

Carry a spare change of anything you may need, including items such as groomsmen boutonnières. Also, if you’re leaving for your honeymoon after the wedding, it’s recommended to have everything packed beforehand, including toiletries. 

 

Brides tend to arrive with their hair and makeup picture-perfect, but you’ll always want a small makeup bag and stylers to touch up during the day. Have a mother or bridesmaids check on you to keep you looking your best. 

Health & First Aid

The last thing anyone needs is to wake up with a headache or a cold. Take travel packs of medicine for anything from pain relief to stomach aches. A small first aid kit wouldn’t hurt either. If your shoes start hurting you, bandaids can double as cushioning.

 

You may have that nagging feeling that you forgot something on your wedding day. Along with your emergency bag, you can stay on top of everything through checklists. 

Have Back-Up for a Power Outage

A power outage in the middle of a wedding may sound unusual but is more common than you can imagine. It can be caused by a storm, or the venue you choose may not be equipped to handle your event. Check with the venue about backup power and even an on-site electrician. 

 

Another creative idea is using candles to add a soft, romantic look to your wedding. As a last resort, you can ask your guests to light up your venue with smartphones.

Keep the Children Busy

Children are often given roles such as the flower girl, ring bearer, or adorable guests in the crowd. However, they may have their own plans in mind. 

Keep the Children Busy

Talk with the children and set down simple guidelines on what’s needed of them. Don’t be too demanding, and definitely don’t let them hold expensive rings until it’s time to walk the aisle. 

 

Consider providing entertainment for children. An alternative is asking for parents to arrange babysitters and not having them at all. Of course, this is up to your discretion. At the end of the day, you can expect to hear some yelling and crying – there’s not much that can be done about children and their behavior.  

Set Boundaries With Your Family and Friends

Making yourself heard may be the most important one on this list. Whether it be your wedding planner, guests, your partner, or your mother, there’s bound to be someone to derail your vision. Be polite, but firm, about your wants and needs. Many times someone will become carried away with arrangements and other tasks, but your voice is what matters.

Conclusion

It’s unrealistic to expect a wedding to be completely foolproof. No matter how much you plan and communicate, there’s always bound to be something beyond your control. The best you can do is to rely on professionals, accept support from your family, and remember that your day will be memorable.  

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