wedding planning

10 Wedding Planning Mistakes You Can Avoid!

Mistake 1: Budget

If you have a certain amount of money saved for your big day outfit, this does not mean that you can spend exactly that amount on your dress. Always take into consideration that your look is not just the dress. You also have to pay for shipping, if you’re not buying it straight from a retailer, alterations, undergarments (very important), shoes, hair, any accessories you may need, make up, and depending on the theme of your wedding the list could go on! Make a list of all of the things your particular look may require, and divide your budget around these. 

Mistake 2: Flowers

We are all sure that your Pinterest board may have some really beautiful centerpieces and ideas for bouquets and floral arrangements. You might have a pin of sunflowers, but your wedding is booked for December. This may cause a problem. It is always helpful to speak with your florist (the expert) on what is in season during the date of your wedding and make sure to include a second favorite type of flower into your contract. It is always best to pick your flowers based on colors and shapes that will flow with your wedding.

Mistake 3: Save the Dates

As time moves on and we grow older, sometimes people we were once close with, fade into the darkness.  This is the reason for mistake number 3, don’t send out your save the dates too soon! People you may be friends with at the time of engagement, could possibly fade away as the actual wedding grows closer. Save those save the dates for people that are a sure thing, people like your families.

Mistake 4: Videographer

A picture is worth a thousand words, but the videos are just reliving the actual words all over again! A picture can’t capture the groom’s face when every body’s eyes are fixed on the bride as she is walking down the aisle, the tears a grandmother sheds as she’s watching the first dance or, the best man’s speech after he drank just a little too much.

Allowing others to take videos of your special day gives you the opportunity to share their experience at your wedding as well. There are many new apps for all smart phones that you just download the app and upload your guests own special videos of your big day.

Mistake 5: Micromanaging 

You are spending your hard earned money and precious time on your vendors, with the assumption that they are the expert, so let them do what they do best! Your wedding day is going to be the most special day of your life, so it’s understandable that you would want to oversee every detail to make sure everything runs smoothly, but don’t do that! Trust that you chose your vendors for a reason, they are professionals at making your vision come alive, and they don’t work in the wedding industry because it’s “just a job”, they do this because they love and care just as much as you. 

Check back on Monday for 5 more mistakes! 

Happy Planning!



Finding the Perfect Gown!

Now that you’re engaged you’re probably excited to start shopping for your gown. Before you rush off consider what your style is, where to go, who to take along, your budget and above all make sure you love your gown! 

Some brides find it helpful to collect wedding dress photos they like from magazines and take them along when shopping.  Having an idea of what you like will help the sales person, friends and family to understand your style.  When thinking about the dress silhouette be sure to keep an open mind until you try a few on. While you may think you only like the Fit and Flare style, at least try on an A Line, Ballroom and Empire. Different dress silhouettes are designed to flatter different body types as well as match the wedding formality. You may find you like a style you had not considered before and remember, dresses look totally different on the hanger so be sure to put it on.  

Bridal salons often prefer you have an appointment before planning to spend your afternoon trying on their sample gowns so plan to call ahead.  In addition to scheduling an appointment ask if they carry the designer you like or if they have the exact dress that you’ve been eyeing. You may find a small independently owned salon has the most unique gowns so never discount giving them a fair shot at your business. 

Who you take with you to the bridal salon has a huge impact on your shopping experience. While you want honest feedback you don’t want negativity. Keep in mind, your help should be helping select a gown based on what YOU like, not what they would pick for their gown. To keep your energy high be selective in who you take along. A small group, usually 2-4 people is the perfect size. A group larger than 4 could backfire leaving you feeling confused and defeated. This is your shopping experience and it should be all about you. 

If you’re a fan of the show “Say Yes to the Dress” you may recall hearing “never try on a dress you can’t afford". Before you hit up the salon have a clear and thought out budget. Know what your maximum amount to spend is and resist looking at anything over budget.  With all the excitement of finding the perfect gown brides don’t usually think about the extra costs that they will incur.  Almost all gowns will need some type of alteration and these can add up quickly. You may also be purchasing a veil, hair accessories, jewelry, shoes and undergarments to complete your look all of which should be included in your budget. 

Shopping for your perfect wedding gown is a memorable experience. You will know when you’ve found your gown by the feeling that may overcome you or the tears in your eyes that some brides are familiar with. Be sure to enjoy the experience and totally love the dress you decide on. You will look stunning!

If you are looking for a custom wedding gown please contact Mrs. Tinklers Evening wear at                   www.mrs-tinkler.com  or please contact me and I will put you in touch!  

We are also familar with many bridal stores in the valley and would love you find that perfect gown!

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! 

 


Wedding Insurance

We all have insurance in some fashion either for your car, home, apartment and possibly even your engagement ring.   But many do not purchase insurance for their wedding either because they are unaware its available or think they do not need it. 

You have always dreamed about your perfect wedding but during the year planning things can go wrong that are out of your control.  What if the venue goes out of business and you lose your deposit or worse all of your money. What if your bridal shop closes, leaving you without a gown?

The average cost of a wedding is now at $26,000, wedding insurance is needed more than ever. After all you wouldn’t buy a new car that costs that much without insuring it. 

Wedding insurance can cover a variety of situations:

Wedding gown       Lost deposits

Lost rings     Bad Weather (hurricane) 

Transportation Shutdown   Ruined Photos

Call to Duty         Damaged Gifts

Sudden illness      Venue Requires Insurance

Liquor Liability     Additional Expenses

I would be happy to set up an appointment for you to discuss wedding insurance with a US Private Insurance representative. 

Happy Planning! 

Decide Whom to Invite

If you are like most couples and are paying for your wedding yourself the guest list becomes very challenging. You want to invite all of your family, friends and co workers but can you afford it?  Here is a great tool to get you started on who to invite and who to add to the maybe list! 

 

Contact me for a free consultation! 

Happy Planning! 

Tips On Attending a Bridal Show

Planning a wedding is overwhelming  on its own, attending a bridal show can take that stress to the next level. I have a few tips to help make attending a bridal show less stressful and worth every minute you are there! 

 

  • Register online! Save time and money at the door by purchasing your tickets in advance. 
  • Create a wedding email address. This email address should be given to all vendors you meet. The amount of emails you will receive at first may seem overwhelming, but take the time to read each of them or you may miss out on some very good deals. 
  • Bring pre printed address labels. This will save you a lot of time when you register for prices at individual booths. Most exhibitors will want to know your wedding date so make sure that is on the label, as well as your email address and phone number. 
  • Walk down every aisle and collect any information you are interested in. Most bridal shows will give you a large bag to collect all the information. 
  • Bring your check book or credit card just in case you want to book any services or hold a date. Some of the best discounts will be given at the show. 
  • Ask questions! All vendors are there because they want to help you and you are not under any pressure to buy anything from them. 

 

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, I would love to schedule a consultation with you to answer any questions you may have. 

 

Happy Planning!

Nicole Arend

Event Coordintor 

 

Wedding Planning on Pinterest.

We all know Pinterest is now the most talked about website. Pinterest is a social networking platform with a vitural pinboard. When planning a wedding you can quickly become overwhelmed by all the ideas you can gain from using this website. Here is a great website that offers some great tips for organizing your Pinterest account for your wedding.  http://mashable.com/2012/02/03/pinterest-wedding/#459212-Create-Boards

Remember wedding planning can be fun, it pays to be organized that's where I come in. I do all the organizing for you! Contact me for a free consultation today! 

 

Happy Planning!