One of the benefits of reading wedding blogs is that you get so much insight from fellow planners and brides. I decided to ask some of the planners I think are outstanding to share a few of their favorite tips with Fabuluxe™ readers. Be sure to check them out, too!
|“Hire vendors you trust, then let them do their jobs.” Sara Bauleke • Bella Notte|
|“Start work on your seating assignments early as this becomes a MAJOR task as you get closer to the wedding…. when you make your guest list, purchase plain white, cheap paper plates and a pack of sticky notes…..write each guests name on a sticky note and arrange them in groups by family, friends or co workers around the paper plate about 8-10 on a plate ( as most 60” round banquet tables seat 8-10).”|
|“Do you dread negotiating with vendors on their prices? Wedding vendors need to support their lives too so most aren’t willing to drop their fees just because you ask. The best way to get a good deal is to tell the vendor what amount you’re able to spend. Then see how they can customize their services to fit your budget. Perhaps the photographer will knock out the parent album that you don’t need anyway. Maybe the DJ will leave the spinning club lights at home. Or perhaps the caterer will suggest that you skip the mini dessert buffet and only serve wedding cake. You may be surprised at how customized your vendors will make their packages in order to earn your business.” Laura Auer • Wish Special Events | BLOG|
|“Don’t get caught up in a particular shade of “pink” or “blue” when choosing your colors! Different hues of a color will give your decor and overall wedding style that “designer” look. Gone are the days of everything matching as well. Bridesmaids dresses in gradient shades is a HAUTE look!”
Wendy Robinson • Sacred Moment Weddings | BLOG
|“If you really want a unique wedding, stop looking for inspiration in wedding magazines.” Monica Gill • The White Box | BLOG|
|“If having an outdoor ceremony, be considerate of your bridesmaids who may be wearing heals. Consider purchasing them Solemates It keeps them from sinking into the grass.” Latrice Cushenberry • Bridal Opulence Weddings and Events | BLOG|
|“Keep all wedding related information in one place. Don’t have piles all over the house, and one at work, and one in the car, and don’t forget about the one that you have in the bathroom. If you keep all of your wedding contracts, correspondence, emails, pages you’ve pulled out of magazines in one place, you will feel more organized. And if you need something, you will know exactly where it is. If your wedding consultant asks to see a copy of the contract, you know where it is – if you need to check the floral order, you know where it is.”|
|“Consider a brunch reception if you are planning your wedding on a shoestring.” Shanika Butts • SJB Weddings and Events | BLOG|
|“Add a line item to your budget for vendors that need to receive gratuities such as limo drivers, beauticians, etc. This can add up and it is so important to account for it at the beginning.” Saundra Hadley • Planning…Forever | BLOG|
|“Make the timeline realistic and plan for all the activities you want. For instance, if you want to take pictures before the ceremony, please don’t ask the bridal party to show up only 2 hours before the ceremony, then say “If they’re late, then they won’t be in the pictures.”In reality you are going to WAIT for them because those are your friends or MOTHER, and you really want them to be in the photos. Plan accordingly to avoid any tardiness, tantrums and hurt feelings.”|
Thank you to all of the planners that were so gracious with their time to participate. You all offered some wonderful tips and I know you will create more fabulous events in 2009. Stay tuned for more tips from other wedding pros.