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Some Wedding Planning Tips From a Wedding Planner

As a wedding planner, I found out directly myself how stressful planning a wedding can be. When I went to plan my own wedding, I thought it would be no problem but found even though I am in the business there are still some guidelines that need to be followed to create a successful wedding or special event. Thus, what I thought I would do is share some wedding planning tips with you to help relieve some of the party planning strains you may have on your special day. These helpful hints work for either a wedding or any other special event you may host.

Here are the tips you should keep in mind:

1. If you take photos or have a professional photographer, prior to the event, create a shot list of important memories you want from that day. Remember it’s a live event and you only get one take.

2. Create a timeline and be as exact as possible to ensure you have all aspects of your event in place prior to the start time.

3. Confirm your vendors 48 hours in advance. Don’t try and call them that day or the day before when you are still pulling together some last minute details.

4. Don’t be a hero and try and expect to do everything that day. It’s okay to ask your husband to be or a friend to help out if they can.

5. Have a second pair of shows handy near where you are sitting. You will be amazed how your dream wedding shoes can all of a sudden become uncomfortable.

6. If you are wearing your hair up, make sure the hairdo is not too tight or you will have such a headache!

7. EAT! Don’t forget to eat, enjoy your wedding meal especially the cake.

8. Go with the flow, something always seems to happen, just don’t worry and have fun!

9. Be in the moment. Focus on what is going on in the now and don’t worry about the ater or what could have been.

Any wedding planner will tell you that it is very important to enjoy the day since it only comes once (hopefully!). Also, remember to breath and drink plenty of water. On your day, it is important that you think about yourself and not worry about your guests! Until next time, remember the Budget Bash mantra: make it simple, stylish, fun and economical to all!

Top Wedding Planning Tips

1.) Staying organized is the best thing you can do to make planning your wedding go smoothly. Purchase a nice three-ring binder (and a three hole punch) with dividers to keep all of your contracts and paperwork organized and easily accessible.

2.) When asking a friend or relative to be an attendant in your wedding, be sure to explain what his or her responsibilities will be up front. This will avoid confusion later on.

3.) Try to register for gifts four to six months before the wedding. This will allow guests to purchase items from your registry for pre-wedding events. The best time to register is on a weekday evening, when crowds are thinner. Be sure to go back to the store(s) and update your registry every so often, as many stores turn over their inventory on a regular basis.

***Never include registry information with the wedding invitation – this information needs to be spread by word-of-mouth or can be included at the bottom of the shower invitation.***

4.) It is a nice idea to provide a map of the ceremony/reception site(s) in the invitations for out-of-town guests. This is one of my favorite wedding planning tips. This will cut down on a lot of confusion later on.

***As you receive response cards from your guests, write the name and address of the guest on the back. Keep the RSVP cards in alphabetical order in a recipe box. When you open your gifts, pull out each guest’s card and write a description of the gift you received from them. This makes writing thank-you notes a snap!***

5.) The safest way to pay for wedding purchases is by credit card. This is one of the most important wedding planning tips. This way, if there is anything wrong with the service or product, or if there is a breach of contract, it is easier to track the purchase and get a refund if necessary.

6.) When shopping for a photographer, be sure to view a complete album of one entire wedding. Look for consistency in the shots. Seeing only “the best” pictures from many weddings does not show consistency in work. Ask yourself if the shots adequately tell the “story” of the wedding. Also, ask lots of questions, and really get to know your photographer. Remember, this person will be with you from the beginning of your big day to the end, so you want to be very comfortable with them.

7.) You may wish to look into purchasing wedding insurance. Contact a reputable insurance agency for more information.

8.) When you order your wedding flowers, be sure to order a separate “toss bouquet.”

9.) Select your cake baker 3-6 months in advance. Have fun “taste-testing” different flavors!

10.) An ’emergency’ kit is essential for the day of your wedding. This is an extremely vital wedding planning tip. Pack extra makeup, a comb, hair pins, needle & thread, scissors, safety pins, a nail file, clear nail polish, band aids, tissues, tooth brush, medicine, etc.

11.) Schedule your hair and make-up appointments three to six months in advance of the wedding.

12.) Try to get enough sleep, drink lots of water and eat nutritious meals during the months preceding the wedding. This will help you have lots of energy, feel great, and will make your hair, skin, and nails look their best.

13.) To avoid puffy eyes the day of your wedding, drink plenty of water at your rehearsal dinner, and avoid salt and alcohol.

***Ladies, indulge yourself with a relaxing massage a few days before the wedding. Nothing will help to calm your nerves more than the tranquil environment of your favorite spa.***