Melissa and I met one afternoon in March, after many emails back and forth to plan a time to get together. She was looking for someone she could trust to plan her wedding day, that would be able to execute her vision to her standards. As we talked, we connected over her story about her romance with her husband, and how her little boy changed everything for her! I knew immediately that I wanted to work with her and make sure her day was everything she had dreamed. I was so excited when we officially started planning everything! Enjoy some of my favorites from their beautiful, personalized wedding day!
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It is my firm belief that every wedding should have a wedding planner (or coordinator, at the very least). This isn't just because I am a wedding planner and want you to spend more money on your day (I actually don't, I believe you should be stress free both emotionally AND financially), but because I truly believe that you should be relaxing and enjoying your day - not stressing about the details (or stressing out your bridal party or family)! And, a wedding planner typically pays for themselves by helping to negotiate better rates with other vendors, offering more cost-effective solutions, and saving you tons of time!
As a small business owner, and one person team for everything - social media, networking, marketing, administration, finance, and all correspondence with clients, it can be hard to stay on the professional side of the line at all times. It can be a slippery slope and it can be hard to navigate the gray area! Here are my 5 steps to setting boundaries which will save you time and stress!
When you're planning your dream day, you look for ways to have everything but not have to pay the cost for it. This is definitely something that all brides struggle with - no matter what their budget is! One of the things many people consider is buying their linens instead of renting them through a rental or catering company. While the price tag is more appealing (it's usually $5-10 less to buy than to rent) it doesn't exactly explain the work you'll have to do to get those linens looking the way you want at your ceremony.
So you're planning your wedding day - the day you've dreamed of forever, and you're finding that it costs more than what you planned. Sound familiar? Well, one of the ways to "get the most bang for your buck" is to do a faux exit. What does this do? It limits the amount of time that you have to pay your photographer but still allows you to have the grand sparkler send-off you've always envisioned and not end the party earlier than you want. But here are 3 reasons why I don't recommend this:
One of the least popular topics to talk about with weddings are who to tip and how much. It's usually something I'm asked the week of the wedding or by a parent on the day of the wedding when they realize it's something they need to think about! It's really not a big secret, but here's what I tell my clients for tipping!
I see it happen time and time again... the officiant has a flower, or doesn't. There's an extra flower for a hired vendor, but someone in the ceremony doesn't have one. Today I'm talking to the brides and those picking out the flowers for their wedding - make sure you don't leave anyone out!
The last 2 days have been a total whirlwind... I've barely had a chance to catch my breath! I've been networking, learning, and thinking constantly about this business and my goals for it. Saturday evening I left for DC to attend a 2 day crash course all about weddings - The Bridal Society's Certification Course. What is this?
If you read my post about why weddings cost so much, this post will probably make a little bit more sense! This is a fairly new mindset as I'm a new business owner, but I wanted to share with you why asking for a discount might not be the simple question you think it is. Here are the 5 things that might cross a vendors mind when you ask for a discount!
Giving a toast at a wedding is typically the responsibility of the best man and MOH, though often family members and family friends will gives toasts as well. If you've been asked to be a best man or MOH and are planning to give a toast, here are some things to keep in mind as you prepare!
This isn't normally something couples spend a whole lot of time discussing when planning the wedding. Usually it's decided quickly or handed off to someone else. But, I encourage you to spend some time considering what drinks you want to provide for your guests at your wedding! Not only for cost purposes, but for the style of wedding and the party you actually want to provide.
Inevitably, one of the most stressful things about your wedding is the guest list. Then, once you get past the stress and drama of developing the guest list and clearing it with both families, you send out the invitations. Even the invitations are properly addressed, clearly only to your aunt and uncle, and not their 4 children (your cousins). Or to your college roommate but not her boyfriend. Yet, when you open the RSVP card, they have said that "6" will "happily attend!"
So in my last post you learned that I'm not one for sweetening the situation or sugarcoating things. You will get tough love from me... because I believe it's better for me to tell you like it is than to have you find out the hard way later! I'm prefacing with that as my disclaimer that this post may not be a favorite among brides, and that's okay. I'm writing this post because it's an issue that needs to be addressed.
Music plays a huge part of your wedding day, and if you think about it, of any well-orchestrated event (did you see what I did there?). The style of music and the song selections really do set the tone and the atmosphere for the event.
When planning a dinner reception, many different little decisions have to be made to figure out how the dinner will flow perfectly. But the first thing you have to decide on is how dinner will be served! We discussed each option at length for our reception, and today I want to share the pros and cons for each of 3 options when planning a dinner reception.
A couple weeks ago, I shared about how to communicate where you're registered with your wedding guests. But what about creating the registry? This is probably one of the least discussed parts of wedding planning, but it can easily become so stressful! I didn’t really think twice before we scheduled an appointment to set up our registry, I just knew it was something we needed to do. It wasn’t until we walked into the store that I felt overwhelmed and realized what it was going to take to make this registry happen!
I remember the first wedding I was asked to be in - I was still in college and really had no clue what a wedding entailed. I just knew that I cared about my friend and wanted to be there for her any way that I could! While every single wedding is different, bridesmaids have a huge role to play. Whether it's a laid-back wedding where the bride is carefree or a black-tie affair, all of these tips apply!
I remember getting a lot of questions from people after my wedding, wanting to know how we managed to do everything so “affordably.” And while my mom was a great negotiator and pulled some strings, I think the biggest reason we kept the cost low was because we had a small wedding – not in the number of guests (though we kept it to 100), but in the number of people participating in the wedding.
Wedding registries are so. much. fun. When else can you ask people to buy you exactly what you want - from a kitchen aid mixer to wine glasses and fancy sheets and towels?! And people will get all of these wonderful things for you! But, how do you tell them where to shop?