Expert Wedding Planner Tips- Part I

Anyone who has planned a wedding knows it can feel like a full-time job organizing all of the details. That’s exactly why some of us have turned our love of wedding planning into a full-time job!  I fully believe in enjoying the wedding planning process and making it as stress-free as possible. If you decide to hire a trustworthy wedding planner, they will definitely save you a lot of stress. If you’re not hiring a planner, there’s no reason to not think like one anyway. Here are just a few expert wedding planning tips that every bride should know to help you plan like a pro.

 

The Best Day To Send Invites

Did you know there is a best day to send your invitations? Send them on a Wednesday! Sending them in the mail midweek means they’ll arrive in your guest’s mailboxes on the weekend. This will typically give guests more time to RSVP and not forget about it between the bustle of the work week.

Speaking of RSVPs

Make sure you send your invitations out early enough to give your guests enough time to respond. Invites should be sent out 6-8 weeks before the wedding to give guests 3-4 weeks to respond. Having this time cushion means you can call, text, and email those who haven’t responded (yes, you’ll have to do this for even some of your closest friends and family). This will hopefully minimize stress for both parties. I also highly recommend putting a little number that corresponds to your spreadsheet on the back of the RSVP card. You would be surprised how often guests do not include their name and it will save you lots of guesswork.

 

Bridging the Budget Gap

It’s no secret that planning a wedding requires some financial planning mastery. Many couples forget to plan for unexpected costs that can come up.   To help experience the wedding of your dreams, there are many smart financial avenues to take advantage of beyond credit cards. Financial companies like Earnest offer low-cost and zero-fee personal loans specifically for weddings that can help you bridge the budget gap so you can have a stress-free wedding day.

 

Make a “Please Contact Anyone But The Bride & Groom” Contact Sheet

As the couple of honor, you and your spouse-to-be don’t want to be bombarded with questions while you’re getting ready for your wedding! Create a contact list of people you trust to answer any questions the day of the wedding. Common answers to frequent questions include directions, ceremony times, venue addresses, and contact information of vendors. Include the numbers of several family members, the Best Man, and the Maid of Honor and ask that these people keep their phones on them to help field any questions for you.

 

Of course, I believe that hiring a wedding planner is one of the best investments that you can make on your wedding day but if it not in the cards for you- I hope these simple tips will help! Stay tuned for more and feel free to comment with questions for future posts.

Photo credit: Rach Loves Troy 

Florals: Faye & Renee

Venue: Laurita Winery

 

Spring Wedding Color Trend 2018

Spring is slowly, but surely on its way. There have been glimpses here and there with 70 degree days in February, but as wedding planners we are always one step ahead of even Mother Nature. Even on the coldest days, we are thinking spring colors and flowers as we prep for wedding season to begin. Blush pink has always been a favorite for spring brides, however I am currently loving lilac. Pantone choose ultraviolet as their 2018 color of the year but that bright pop of purple is not for everyone. I suggest incorporating purple in more subtle shades.

Brides can play up lilac is many ways especially with the variety of spring flowers available at their fingertips including my favorite hyacinth, fritillaria, muscari, and hellebore to name a few.

In addition to incorporating lilac in your centerpieces and bouquets, include your bridal party attire in the color palette. One of my favorite designers for bridesmaids’ dresses in Jenny Yoo. Their lilac shades include “raisin”, “sweet pea”, “lilac”, “cherry blossom”, and “fig”. I love how you can even use several of the purple shades to create a cohesive, yet contemporary look.

photo credit: This Modern Romance

When you think spring you also think new growth and the Earth growing green again. Why not celebrate the awakening of spring by pairing green in your wedding color palette? Many brides are embracing greens as lush garlands on farm tables, simple succulents, growing vines on staircases and dripping smilax at every entrance. Green can also be quite show-stopping as attire whether it be an emerald shawl tuxedo, or an olive silk bowtie. The best part is that The Black Tux has many stylish tuxedo and suit rental options. Your best guys can rent suits and neckwear with a modern silhouette that fit your vision and easy to order (so you do not have to worry about the groomsmen!)

I am really looking forward to our spring weddings and the color combinations to come, but I have to say that this is one of my favorites.  It is so fresh and a nice departure from pink (although I will always love pink). What do you think? Could you see yourself incorporating lilac in your wedding design?