10 Wedding Tips You Didn’t Know to Ask. Planning a wedding can be an over-whelming experience, especially if this is the first time you have ever planned a wedding or you have a demanding career or school schedule. We picked our top 10 tips and listed them in this week’s blog.
We completely get it, it is the end of the ceremony and you and your fiancé are happy, elated and want to express your love. We recommend keeping the kiss to 10 seconds or less. Anything more than 10 seconds, can be awkward for your parents, in-laws, co-workers and boss.
When the couple takes a few moments to thank their family and friends for coming, it is really special. However, if they can thank their event professionals it is even better than a thank you note. We see how hard our event professionals work behind the scenes (especially when challenges arise) and to watch someone thank them publicly is awesome.
Know what big events are happening in your area before you book the venue is extremely important. Trying to secure hotel room blocks during a big convention can be a nightmare for you and your guests and can be more expensive.
Determine these two line items before you book anything. Your budget needs to work with your guest count. If you want to save money, trim your guest list and the budget will go further. Also, hire a planner who can work with your budget and not break the bank.
Take someone with you whose opinions you trust. Dress shopping can be overwhelming and after awhile all the dresses can start to look the same. Choose someone very close to you that has great taste and who will be frank. Also, don’t bring too many people or that can be a disaster.
The description (we think it was created by wedding bloggers and magazine editors) has really lead many people down a misleading path. A Day of Planner would be someone who comes on-board the week of the event or a few weeks before and tries to handle all the details for one of the most important days of your life. At the very least, event planners usually need to come on-board at least six weeks before a wedding or special event. As a professional, we want to make sure that we can review all of your contracts, dial-in a detailed timeline, do a logistical walk-through with you and your event professionals, confirm logistics with your event professionals, along with final payments and review your event insurance. One of our worst nightmares is not having enough time and showing up on the event day and not being able to deliver on our end.
This list is going to save you time and stress. What are you bringing and what needs to go back? Helpful to determine ahead of time whose car or SUV will be best to transport the items at the end of the night, so this isn’t done when everyone wants to go home.
Most of your guests may Uber or use Lift or you might have valet. You and your fiancé will probably use a car service, but the wedding party needs some form of transportation to and from, so they can enjoy themselves.
Once all of the planning has been done and it is the day of your wedding or special event, choose someone ahead of time, who thinks like you and who will make decisions on your behalf. This day will go by super fast and you want to enjoy every moment. I love it when my clients give me a name of a bridesmaid or groomsmen who we can go to if something should come up. I don’t like to bother our clients – they should enjoy their day.
Having open mic is like watching an accident in slow motion…very painful. I have witnessed a few that went terribly wrong. Such as an intoxicated guest telling inappropriate stories about the bride or groom, long winded speakers who make the guests want to drink themselves into an unconscious state or someone who said whatever they felt like saying without any filters. I always advise my clients to keep it to a select few and clarify how long you would prefer their toast – we recommend 1-3 minutes for each toast unless they are an incredible speaker.
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