Getting engaged is exciting but don’t let that excitement turn into stress or buyer’s remorse by rushing into wedding planning without a plan. That’s right, I just told you that you should have a plan for your plan. Do your due diligence by researching vendors in your area and visiting a few venues before you sign your first contract. Don’t get hooked by the hype, most vendors are not as booked as they would like it to seem and by not signing at your first meeting you are more likely to be offered a promotional or discounted rate.
Keep it Small
The days of the cookie cutter wedding with 200 or more guests are behind us! These days bride and grooms are usually financing their own event and that alone can be stressful. So instead of planning your grandmother’s wedding choose to value custom details that better represent your personalities and dreams. Opting for a smaller guest list gives you the opportunity to plan a wedding that is more meaningful for you and more memorable for your wedding guests.
Create a Wedding Email
Keep it all together by creating a unique wedding email account. Use this account for all your wedding related correspondence to ensure you have all the information in one place. It will be easier to find important dates, contracts and ideas. It will also keep the inevitable spam emails easy to recognize and out of your personal and work inboxes.
Work with Preferred Vendors
Trust will be paramount in your marriage but it is also important in your vendor relationships. The vendors you select to pull off your big day should be certified, licensed, and insured. Do your due diligence and conduct interviews before you book. Those five star reviews are important but they don’t tell the whole story. Choose wedding professionals you feel communicate well and offer their professional opinions and experience on how you can achieve your vision. Remember they have seen a lot and will be able to tell you what works and what doesn’t. Consider it a red flag if a vendor doesn’t ask questions and agrees with all your ideas. Like that dream you had of a five tier floating wedding cake with strawberry and custard filling for your outdoor Florida June wedding.
Hire a Day-of Coordinator
Even if you’re the ultra-organized DIY bride, you may still need someone on your wedding day to help bring your vision to life. If you can work it into your budget, a day-of coordinator will run the entire wedding day (and the rehearsal!) and make sure that all of your hard work and plans are executed smoothly so you and your family can enjoy, relax and be in the moment.