You don’t need to spend a fortune to find a unique and beautiful gown. When I first started my company, there was a popular dress with a sash that came in a handful of colors – we had at least five weddings that year with brides wearing this exact dress. Your dress should be comfortable and flattering, should make you feel beautiful, and within your budget. One of our brides recently chose a gorgeous blue gown for her wedding and had it custom made. She had the wedding party wear platinum and it was stunning.
The Location –
Have it at a private estate rather than a hotel or country club. If you are renting a private estate, please make sure that you’re working with a reputable company, with full authority to rent the property. Also, make sure that the estate is not for sale. We have been renting estates for over 10 years and I have heard several horror stories about last-minute estate unavailability, a true disaster!
The Food –
Choose a menu that is unique versus the standard chicken and meat option. There are countless wonderful caterers in our business. While interviewing caterers, be sure to check out their reviews and ask your planner about their recommendations. Experienced caterers understand how to customize a menu to fit their client’s taste and budget; they also understand that their presentation is a big part of the allure.
Your photographer should be someone who is easy to be around and makes the session as effortless as possible – their work is your keepsake. You don’t have to spend an-arm-and-a-leg to find a great photographer, however, you need to find someone who can comfortably and professionally deliver the key moments you want captured. My biggest challenges have been photographers who miss important photo opportunities and details.
The Traditions –
These days, very few brides and grooms follow all of the wedding traditions; it is not necessary to have a father-daughter or mother-son dance. If you don’t have an uncle or brother who can share this moment with you, then you may wish to dance with your mother or skip the tradition entirely. Your planner can help you create a wedding timeline which suits your own personality, style, and panache.
This beautiful estate allows stay over options.
Have a great day!