1. Proofing your wedding invitations – we ask all of our clients to choose five of their closest friends and family to proof their invites. We know that it is easy to over look a simple mistake that you can’t undo after it is printed or it will be costly to reprint.
2. Bustling the wedding dress – please make sure that the dress ties up with ease prior to your wedding day, so you can dance the night away! On more than a few occasions we have seen dresses not bustle correctly and it has been difficult for the bride and groom to dance without the groom tripping on the dress.
3. Breaking in your shoes – try and avoid wearing a new pair of shoes on your wedding day without breaking them in first. Some of our clients bring a second pair of shoes for dancing, especially if the first pair are gorgeous and sexy with a limited amount of comfort.
4. Guest seating – please make sure that you assign guest seating. There is nothing more embarrassing than having your family and VIPs try and figure out where to sit with a only a reserved sign as a guide. We send all of our brides an escort list, so when their RSVPs arrive, they can easily input the information. After the list is complete, their paper vendor can print up their escort cards, table numbers and if applicable the place cards. The same list provides a great tool for our staff on the wedding or event day to make sure that there are enough place settings at each table.
6. Out of town guests – we know that weddings can be expensive. On the other hand, they can be expensive for your guests that are traveling from out of state or out of the country, i.e. plane tickets, hotel costs, rental car, time off from work, wedding gift and their attire. Therefore, we recommend having a welcome reception – it can be as simple as wine and cheese or an ice cream social. If you do have a more generous budget, then it would be great to invite them to the rehearsal dinner and a going away brunch the day after the wedding.
7. Budget – make sure to run the numbers before you start planning an event. There is nothing worse than planning your dream wedding, then realizing you can’t afford it after you begin signing contracts! If you are unsure about the line items, call an experienced event planner. He or she can estimate the costs for your ideal wedding for a small fee and save you headaches and costly mistakes!
8. Music can make or break your wedding or special event. Share your preferences with your band or DJ, but allow them flexibility during the reception so they can keep the party moving. On the same note, it is important to give them guidance on what to wear and what not to play, however, we recommend having them play continuous music during your event – it keeps the party going. Have your coordinator review your timeline with them to make sure that family and VIP names are pronounced correctly and the evening plays out exactly the way you envisioned.
9. Flowers – make sure that the flowers you choose are in season for your wedding. I grew up in the floral business and I love flowers! However, if you adore peonies and your wedding is in August, that won’t work since they are only available during May and June. Check with your florist and see what other types of flowers will be a great substitute!
10. Don’t forget the clutch – there are so many beautiful ones available made with pearls, satin, silk, lace, Swarovski crystals to hold your lipstick and mirror. Ask your wedding planner to place it at your table, so you have the perfect little accessory right next to you all night!
If you have any questions or if you would like a complimentary consultation, please give me a call!