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10 Wedding Planning Tips!

Let’s face it, planning a wedding can be an overwhelming task. With so much research to be done before spending can even begin, and that constant reminder in your head that time is diminishing each day, don’t delay in asking for help.  Read the following tips and helpful hints wedding planners are using today. 

Venue Selection- When selecting your venue consider your personality and interests. A city girl may not want a rustic venue but a country girl may not be able to think of anywhere better than her parent’s farm to get married.  Think outside the box, could a museum, park or library be the perfect venue for you?  Out of the ordinary locations can be exciting, just remember to be practical- is there access to power and what if it rains? 

 Gown Perfection- If you have an eye for fashion and can’t wait to turn heads in a one of a kind gown, splurge and design your very own.  You’ve probably been dreaming of your wedding gown for years now so have fun with designing the perfect gown just for you.  We have some good connections with different designers or bridal stores! 

Calling All Friends- You may find your friends are asking what they can do to help. Without taking advantage of your friends of course… put them to work!   Pull out your to do list, invite the girls over and start checking things off.  You may find one friend has beautiful handwriting for the chalk board signs or another friend is amazing at centerpieces and someone else could even be a master at working the printer which you’ve been struggling with for weeks now. 

Hire a Coordinator- The Bride is too busy on her wedding day to be directing vendors, ensuring decorations are perfectly placed and greeting guests as they arrive. Eliminate hiring family and friends to help on the day of, don’t you want them their for you and to enjoy all of your hard work? Hiring a coordinator is well worth the price for the experience they bring and the responsibly they remove from the family. 

The First Look- The first look is definitely a special moment to capture.  Some brides decide to do a first look so they can enjoy 20-30 minutes with just each other.  Other reasons to do a first look range from getting to see the groom earlier in the day, getting family and bridal party photos out of the way and even being able to mingling with guests during cocktail hour. 

Involve Your Guests- Think of creative ways to give your guests the feel of being involved.  Possibly place a “tip jar” on a table where guests can write a tip for a happy marriage and place it in the jar. After the wedding you can read the tips and add them to a wedding scrapbook or even frame a few of your favorites. Let your guests know what you plan to do with their tips and you’ll receive some great ones.   

Kiss and Kiss Again- It’s your day so why not kiss often! Not only will your kissing show your affection and happiness for one another but it will also give your photographer a chance to get some great shots. 

Toast Your Guests- Without making your toast sound too much like a speech at the Emmy’s, thank your guests for traveling from near and far and for their help with the details.  Attending a wedding is an expense to your guests as well so be sure to show your heartfelt appreciation while you have everyone together. 

Special Entertainment- Kick the reception up a notch by having a special guest make an appearance or if the groom plays the drums have him sit in with the band for a few songs.  Why not show off your husband’s talent while entertaining your guests!

Late Night Food- While the older crowd may be gone after the cake cutting, the younger crowd will love you for a late night snack.  Keep the party going by offering comfort food such as nachos, sliders, pizza or cheese fries. Your guests will think this was the best idea ever. 

Please contact us to find out how we can help you plan your wedding or event!  

Happy Planning!


Tips for Selecting the Right Vendor

Selecting vendors for your wedding day can be an overwhelming task for many couples. If you’ve ever attended a Bridal Show or even done a basic internet search when looking for vendors, you’ve probably found a never ending list in every category.  Most vendors are eager to be a part of your day however it’s up to you to decide if the vendor has what it takes to help create your dream wedding. 

When considering which vendors to hire, keep in mind the vendors you select play a huge part in your wedding.   Once you’ve hired and provided your vendors with instructions, you will have to trust that your vendors will be on time, will be prepared and will ensure guests leave with a wonderful experience. 

Before you begin meeting with vendors, think about what’s important to you. Have a clear vision of what you want. Knowing what you want and relaying the message clearly is key when speaking with vendors. The following are a few tips on how to select the best vendors. 

Know your budget & where to spend- Some vendors are worth paying for, such as the perfect venue which provides the ambiance you desire or a coordinator who can help plan, manage vendors and ensure your vision is carried out. Keep in mind some wedding coordinators can also pass along discounted rates from vendors they use frequently. 

Prioritize your vendors- If you wait too long to start meeting with vendors you may find the vendor or venue you’ve decided on isn’t available.   You should first focus on vendors who are in high demand such as the venue, photographer, wedding coordinator, caterers or DJ/Band.  

Ask for referrals- Great vendors have great referrals and are thrilled to share what others are saying about them. A past client is always a great source for the inside scoop.

Arrange an interview- Once you’ve narrowed down your vendor list, arrange an interview. Be prepared to ask several questions and make sure the vendor clearly understands your vision. 

Be polite- Vendors are more willing to throw in little extras, work with your budget or make suggestions if they enjoy working with you. You want your vendors to be just as excited about your wedding as you are.

When you select your vendors wisely, you will be able to rest assured knowing your day is in great hands. Remember, some vendors are worth paying for as they’ll be priceless in ensuring your day is just the way you planned it. 

Happy Planning!