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