Wedding Planners Share the Secrets they Always Share with Their Clients
No matter whether you are hiring a planner for your wedding, it is no secret that wedding planners have a lot of experience in planning weddings. They know everything Wedding Planners Share from managing guest lists and setting budgets to decorating the venue with flowers and other decor.
Even if your budget doesn’t allow for full-service wedding planning, don’t be discouraged. To help you get started with the planning process, and more importantly, to enjoy it, we called upon our friends in the wedding industry (12 of them) and asked them for their wisdom and many, many years of experience.
01:- Be open with your opinions
Communicate your desires and needs to all those involved in your wedding as clearly as possible. Remember to be as clear as possible when communicating your needs and desires to everyone involved in your wedding. .”–Sofia Crokos is the owner and creative director of Sofia Crokos Events.
02:- Get Started with Your Budget
“Before making any decision about your wedding you must first determine the number of your’must-have guests and your target budget. It is common for couples to start the planning process by booking a venue that does not meet their needs. .”–Lynn Easton is the founder of Easton Events.
03:- Concentrate on the Ceremony
“Couples spend a lot of energy and time at the reception. The ceremony is the centerpiece of the reception. I encourage my clients to invest more energy in the vows and the ceremony itself, as well as how to make it memorable. This will set the mood for the entire day .”–Mindy Weiss (owner, Mindy Weiss Party Consultants).
04:- Trust your Gut
“Follow the gut instinct and do your research when choosing vendors. Don’t settle. Don’t settle.
05:- Appreciate Wedding Planning
A wedding is a micro-vision of a larger macro vision. Spending time planning a wedding allows couples to choose how they will navigate family traditions, cultures and expectations as they begin to transition into their new life as members of their own families. It’s important to see this time can be an adventure, rather than a stressful experience!”–Elizabeth McKellar, owner, The Nouveau Romantics
06:- Learn Self-Care
“Planning your wedding can take up to a whole year. Practice self-care during your engagement period. On date nights, you can make it a point to not talk about the wedding. You can always go to the next step if you get stressed. It is an amazing thing to have all your closest friends and family in one place. Relax and enjoy it Alison Laesser–Keck, owner Alison Bryan Destinations
07:- Keep the Day Personal
A wedding should be unique and reflect the couple, their stories, interests, family background, travels, and personal tastes. Not something that is based on recycled ideas from other events. I encourage couples not to copy other weddings’ stories. It’s easy for couples to draw inspiration from their stories. The couple got engaged while skiing on Colorado’s mountain. We featured a snow machine at their wedding reception. The guests were treated to snowflake showers as they left the venue. It was a fun nod to the bride and groom’s engagement story .”–Allison Jackson of Pineapple Productions.
08:- Prioritize Your Guests
“It is crucial to think about the entire guest experience, especially for guests traveling to the wedding. Make sure you research what’s happening in the area before you choose your date. The hotel and transportation rates .”–Emily Butler will be affected by graduations and parades.
09:- Save Money On Invites
Rectangular wedding invitations are more cost-effective than square ones. Because the USPS considers square envelopes an “odd size”, they won’t be able to pass square envelopes through their machines. These envelopes are referred to as ‘nonmachineable’. They cost $0.15 more per envelope. It’s in addition to the shipping costs for your envelope due to its weight and dimensions. You can also forgo an actual RSVP and envelope and give guests an email address .”–David Stark (chief creative officer), David Stark Design and Production
10:- Use Your Flowers for Other Purposes
“I recommend to couples that they donate their bouquets to local charities after the wedding. You can make someone’s day brighter and you as a couple will feel better knowing that the amount they have spent on flowers is going to be appreciated again. We reused the florals from Julianne Hough’s wedding. Over 450 small arrangements were created by Full Bloom. Full Bloom is a company that recycles gently-used flowers for local hospices, hospitals and nursing homes. It was magical .”–Troy Williams.
11:- Make Your Guests Happy
“Focus only on the touches that enable guests to be present throughout your weekend. You can address issues such as too hot or too cold temperatures at your ceremony by providing fans, blankets and water. Make sure that you have enough servers or bartenders for your reception. No matter how beautiful or enjoyable your wedding, guests will not be able to have a drink or wait for their meal. Guests will become focused on the fact that they are not getting what they want .”–Beth Helmstetter Creative Director, Beth Helmstetter Event
12:- Make marriage your priority
Do not lose sight of the bigger picture in all the planning. A wedding is only as important as the marriage to follow. The wedding is not the end, but a beginning. You will encounter many different perspectives and sometimes even differences as you plan your marriage. Make your marriage priority. Details Bronson Van Wyck, Van Wyck & Van Wyck