1. HIRE A PLANNER
If you’re thinking of hiring a Wedding Planner, do it right away. Let a planner show you how to take great ideas and actually make them work in your community! If you already have a Pinterest list, great! But realize it’s not always easy to bring those ideas to life.
Couples start planning on their own and then come to me when they are overwhelmed, frustrated and have already booked a couple of items on their list. Had they come to me right away I could have laid out a plan, shown them options they maybe didn’t know about, and possibly saved them money through some of my discounts.
2. SET A BUDGET
Set a budget or at least a draft budget so you have an idea of what’s ahead. Many couples just haven’t thought about all of the different pieces that need to come together on their wedding day, and almost all of these pieces have a cost.
Many of my clients may say “I have a budget of $25,000.” Then when I ask, does this include your dress, the groom’s suit, hair, makeup, attendant gifts, transportation, etc. many times they say “No, just the food and alcohol at the reception.” I always lay out a detailed budget for my clients so there are no surprises later on.
3. MAKE A GUEST LIST
It’s difficult to say “We want 120 guests at our wedding” until you actually make a list. Couples can be surprised at how quickly the guest count grows, especially because many friends, relatives, or colleagues have partners.
When my clients aren’t sure if they should add a particular guest to the list, I tell them to ask themselves this important question: “Would I invite this person/couple out for dinner at a nice restaurant and offer to pay the bill?” If the answer is no, then you may want to reconsider if they make your guest list.