7 Essential Questions to Ask During Vendor Interviews

wedding planning Nov 07, 2019

When you head off to meet vendors like Caterers, DJ’s, or Wedding Planners you might be unsure of what you should ask them during your interview, especially if this is your first time ever hiring that service.

We are here to help. Too many times we have seen vendors, who are at your wedding to work, slack off, be at the bar, or worse, end before their contracted time is over. The questions that we’ve compiled here will help you dive deeper and find the right people for your big day. 


 
1. What are your responsibilities on my wedding day? 

This question will allow that vendor to tell you, from their perspective, what their major duties and responsibilities are during your wedding. If they aren’t saying some of the basic things that you thought were a part of their responsibilities then talk to them about it.

Example: If a caterer isn’t telling you that they assist in setting up tables, chairs, and place settings, which is a responsibility that...

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The First 7 Things You Need to Do After Getting Engaged

wedding planning Nov 03, 2019
Getting engaged is one of those moments that takes your breath away and leaves you in a happiness bubble for weeks. It’s amazing and exciting and deepens the love you have for your partner in so many ways. 
 
When you’re ready to begin planning your epic wedding your feelings might change quickly because knowing where to start is confusing. It's totally normal to get overwhelmed by the MASSIVE to-do list and the literal thousands of decisions you now have to make. 
 
As a wedding planner who has guided hundreds of couples through the wedding planning process, I’ve pulled together my very best advice for the very first things you need to do after getting engaged. 
 
  1. Tell Your Family 
Tell your family about your engagement - you don't want your mother finding out that he's asked for your hand from your sister. It's also important how you tell them. We aren't talking text message here, a phone call or in person is the...
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How to Create A Realistic Wedding Budget

wedding planning Oct 25, 2019

 

Wedding planning the right way is all about smart decision making. Knowing what your budget is and how it's allocated (separated into categories) is a big part of planning smart from the start. But how can you make smart decisions about your wedding spending if you have no idea what your wedding budget should be?

 


 

 So.... how do you create a wedding budget when you haven't made any wedding decisions yet? Or maybe you feel like your budget is too tiny and have no idea how your going to host your family and friends, plus make it the beautiful, Pinterest worthy wedding you're dreaming about. 

I show you exactly how to create an estimated cost for your wedding day based on the size of your guest list, your geographic location in the US (or abroad) and your level of taste. 

From there your budget will be broken down into categories, each giving you a clear price point for where and how much you should be spending to keep the overall...

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Everything You Need to Know About Save the Dates

wedding planning Mar 19, 2019
When it comes to wedding invitations I wanted to know the essentials from the best in the biz. So I asked Alison Hazinski, the amazingly talented artist, stationer and owner behind One Only Paper,  a bespoke paper and custom invitation company based in Raleigh, North Carolina, to help me breakdown only the need to know about Save the Dates to get you sharing your wedding details ASAP. 
 
Save the dates are cards you send out in advance of your wedding invitations, inviting guests to save your wedding date. Since wedding invitations are traditionally sent out 6-8 weeks before your wedding, save the dates are particularly helpful when you have a lot of out of town guests who will need to make travel arrangements, or if you have a lot of friends who will be getting married around the same time.
 
Image by Mikkel Paige 
 
Your save the date only needs three important pieces of information:
  1. Who you are
  2. Your wedding date
  3. What city you’re going...
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5 Truths About How Wedding Planners Can Save You Money

wedding planning Feb 28, 2019

Can a Wedding Planner really save you money? Well as a wedding planner, I really hope so, but it isn’t so easy to quantify in dollars and cents. 

 I think that when people ask this question they are hoping that the wedding planner will have a network of secret connections all over town and because they work with this one planner they will get 10% off here or 20% off there. Like an assumed discount everywhere they go because they are working with that specific planner. 

 I have never worked like this and honestly, don’t know anyone who has. There is nothing legit in my book about getting kickbacks for referring services to vendors. Because that’s what the discount would be. The client would get the discount and the vendor would give that discounted amount to the wedding planner for referring them the business. Would you want to work with someone who was padding their wallet double by working with you? No, I wouldn’t. It just doesn’t...

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How to Create Your Perfect Reception Timeline

wedding planning Apr 20, 2018

The wedding reception is the party of your wedding. It’s that period of time after the ceremony, starting with the cocktail hour and then leading into dinner, dancing and fun.

Creating a thoughtful and structured night is important. Here, we will guide you through how to create the most perfect wedding reception timeline for you.

 

Cocktail Hour

The purpose of cocktail hour is to give the newly married couple an hour with which to take pictures during some of the very best lighting of the day, the golden hour, right before sunset. (Check out our post How to Craft a Timeline to Get Amazing Photos to find out more about this.) It also gives your guests the opportunity to say hello to each other. Think of it as a family & friend reunion and everyone just wants to catch up.


During cocktail hour is the perfect opportunity to have guests sign your guest book and find out which table they are sitting at. Typically this time is unstructured with guests...

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5 Reasons Why Family Will Cause All of Your Wedding Stress

wedding planning Apr 15, 2018

The hardest part about planning a wedding is dealing with people. And the most difficult (and stressful) people during this process, will be your family.

It’s the honest truth. I experienced this first hand while planning my wedding and have seen it countless times in other engaged couples. If you are finding out that planning a wedding is easy but dealing with family dynamics is hard, then you are not alone. Wondering how this happens?

We’ve narrowed it down to the top 5 ways families add stress to your wedding plans.

 
1. They Don’t Understand our Modern Weddings 

Our parents and certainly, our grandparents grew up during a time when weddings weren’t lavish or full of nuance and personality. Everything about their wedding day had a completely different level of formality that no longer has a place in the way people are getting married today. Some parents just don’t know how to cope with the way things have changed.
 

2. The Expectations...
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3 Reasons Why Cutting Corners on Wedding Staff will Ruin Your Big Day

wedding planning Apr 13, 2018

Planning your wedding is full of little details; things like flowers, signature cocktails, favors and place settings. Staffing your wedding properly is how all those little details get done.

When I say staffing your wedding, I’m referring to hiring enough of the right people to execute the tasks that create the wedding day you’ve dreamed up. 

Here are the top 3 reasons short staffing your wedding is not worth it.

 
Reduces the Quality of Yours and Your Guests Experience

Engaged couples want their guests to have an amazing time at their wedding. They want their big day to be truly unforgettable and they want to feel like they are being led through their day without a worry in the world. Staffing well makes this happen.

As a wedding planner, it is my job to let the vendors, bride, groom, and guests know what is happening next so that everyone is ready for say, dinner service, or cake cutting, or the sparkler exit. Not having anyone keep on top of the schedule,...

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Where and How to Start When DIYing Your Wedding Flowers

wedding planning Apr 08, 2018

So, you’ve decided to do your own wedding flowers! Awesome. DIY Wedding Flowers allows you to express yourself in a creative and meaningful way (and you can save money too!). We’re pretty impressed with you already.

If you missed it, please take a moment and check out our previous post: Should You DIY Your Wedding Flowers? (...Really?) – where we break down the major differences between DIY Wedding Flowers and hiring a Pro Florist. You’ll learn what it takes to pull off this major feat and why time might be more valuable than money.

 

Start your DIY Journey by Getting Inspired

Choose your floral elements and find styles you want to replicate.

First, find your inspiration. Scan through your Pinterest board, magazines, and other places that inspire you and figure out exactly what floral elements you want at your wedding. You will plan your arrangements and purchase your supplies based on the Floral Elements you choose.

Floral elements = all...

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Do You Really Want to DIY Your Wedding Flowers? (...Really?)

wedding planning Apr 06, 2018

Are you considering DIY Wedding flowers? If you have been tempted by the idea of DIYing your own flowers for your wedding day, this post is for you.

Sit tight. We’re going to help you answer the question: should you?

Before deciding on DIYing your own wedding day flowers, it’s good to know what a professional florist does. When you forgo professional services, you are taking on the responsibility of everything they would normally do. Read on to see what you should expect.

 

What Does a Professional Florist Do?

 When you purchase florals from a professional, they aren’t just invoicing you for the flowers, they are also including:

  • Labor to prep the florals when they arrive from the wholesaler

 

  • Supplies needed to create the arrangements (wet foam, ribbon, floral tape, etc.)

 

  • Vessels rented from them which the arrangements are held in (centerpieces) and vessels to keep the bride and bridesmaids bouquets hydrated in before they are taken to...
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