Where do I start to plan my wedding? How do I choose a venue for my wedding? How much time does it take to plan a wedding? Where will I find my vendors? Who do I invite? There are just a few of the questions we get from our clients as they begin the wedding planning process.
It can be very overwhelming with all of the information out there on the internet or from friends or relatives who have recently gotten married. Wedding planning is basically like taking on a part-time job. Researching venues and vendors, emailing and communicating with vendors, venue visits, food tastings, dress shopping, etc. The list goes on and on! But we are here to help you by giving you a few tips to make it easier for you to do the wedding planning!
Wedding Planning Do’s
- Hire a Wedding Planner – Why do we suggest this? A wedding planner will save you time and money. Your wedding planning has your best interests in mind and will guide you expertly through the process and provide excellent vendor recommendations.
- Make a Realistic Budget – Keep in mind you will hire an average of eight vendors and the cost of each will add up. The most important thing to know is that the larger your guest count, the larger your budget will be! Also, keep in mind that your budget will be fluid and change throughout the process. Expect it to increase by at least 25% if not more! Be prepared to spend more than you think!
- Hire Professional Vendors – Your wedding planner will be able to provide you with a list of preferred vendors whom they have worked with in the past. These will be vendors who are experienced, professional, and reliable. Your planner will help you create a Vendor Dream Team to bring your wedding day vision to life.
Wedding Planning Don’ts
- Plan the wedding by Yourself & Coordinate the Wedding Day Yourself – Do you have the extra 100 to 200 hours it takes to plan a wedding without a wedding planner? We didn’t think so. It is a part-time job for sure. Do you really want to be busy hunting down vendors who may be late or no-shows on your wedding day? You should be relaxing and enjoying your wedding day, not working it.
- Base your budget on a friend’s or relative’s wedding – Wedding costs have risen dramatically in the past years due to high supply chain costs and high inventory costs. Wedding costs add up very quickly! So plan wisely. Your wedding needs are unique and so will your wedding budget.
- Hire friends or relatives as your vendors – As much as your friends or relatives might want to help you out as a favor or keep your costs low, there are a few reasons not to use them for your wedding. Venues and wedding planners require working with professional vendors only due to licensing and insurance issues. Since your friend or relative does not do this as their full-time job, they will not be familiar with wedding protocols, timelines, and wedding day details. If you want a smooth and seamless, less stressful day, hire professional vendors only! It makes all the difference!
Wedding planning does not have to be a chore or stressful. It should be fun and enjoyable! Hiring a professional wedding planner to guide you throughout the process is worth it because you will save time and money. And you will not have stressful, sleepless nights worrying about all of the planning details! Have the weight lifted off your shoulders with guidance from a professional! We hope you found our wedding planning Do’s and Don’t’s tip helpful!
For more information on how to plan your wedding the fun, easy and simple way:
Florals by Ginger Rose Florals
The venue – Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Atlanta, Georgia