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Ah Polka Dot Hot Spot, the part of weddings I like to hide away from and cower in a corner. I’ m not one for awkward conversation, but weddings? They make awkward conversation happen on a daily basis! So let’s talk family involvement.

How much are your family involved in your wedding day? Are they cooking the reception meal? Are they creating all the decorations? Are they running the day? Or have you decided to outsource wherever possible?

This is been a hot topic in the Polka household lately – the interesting debate between asking friends and family to help, or the couple choosing instead to hire professionals and have everyone be a guest.

In my own experience, there is always someone running the show – whether it be the wedding planner you hire, your mum who gently guides people to the  wedding space and looks over the centrepieces to make sure they’re set up just as you wanted them, your friend who might be cooking dinner for your 100 guests as a wedding present or you. My question is, did you kick back and have your family and friends perform that role or did you insist that that job, be one that you pay for?