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

 

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