Tuesday Tips { Pay it Forward }

Building an awesome vendor team can be difficult, so here are a few tips when it comes to finding the perfect vendors:

  • Let one vendor lead you to another – once you’ve booked your photographer, ask them which florists they’ve worked with. They’ll know who provided the best flowers and which ones photographed well. They may also be able to help you find a venue with some amazing backdrops!
  • Heed the advice of your venue – ask your sales manager for their venue’s preferred vendor list. These lists usually include vendors who have worked at the facility and have a good work ethic. Plus many preferred vendors offer discounts to the venue’s clients!
  • Check review – before signing a contract with any vendor, make sure you read reviews! Check out sites like The Knot, Wedding Wire, and My Wedding for reviews and testimonials.

Tidbits & Tips { Wedding Planning 101 }

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing some super simple tips to help keep wedding planning fun and stress-free =) First up – don’t overwhelm the groom. Most of the time, grooms like to have a bit of input and have a general idea of what to expect on the big day. One thing you don’t want to do is overwhelm him with color choices, decoration ideas, menu selections, etc. Once you’ve started the initial planning process, find out what aspects of the wedding he’s really interested in – these are the items you should decide on together! Anything else – keep him in the loop but he probably doesn’t need to know every minute detail.

Tidbits & Tips { The Guest List }

Creating a wedding guest list should be one of the first things you do once you’re engaged {especially since it’s one of the main factors that will help you choose the perfect venue}. It will also determine how many guest tables you’ll need, centerpieces, etc! So here are a few tips for coming up with the perfect list:

  • Set a maximum guest count – it’s a good idea to have a maximum in mind so you have a goal to work towards. Setting a limit on the guest count also helps keep you within budget.
  • Create an “A” & “B” List – the “A” list should include the people you can’t image having your wedding without {close family, best friends, etc.}. The “B” list really serves as a backup list. If someone on the “A” list can’t attend, someone on the “B” list can take their place.
  • Who makes the cut – it helps if you list your guests in order of importance. Start with family {those you see on a regular basis, cousins, aunts, uncles, etc.}, both on the bride and groom’s side. Close friends come next. These are usually people you talk to on a regular basis, and you may even want to include them in the bridal party. Family friends also fall into this category {like the “uncle” who is really just your dad’s best friend}. “Other” family and friends come in third on the list – this includes those 3rd and 4th cousins that you haven’t seen in ages. Lastly, there’s your coworkers. Some people are close with one or two coworkers and some people just work with them. Depending on your office size, you can invite the entire office or just a few {if it’s a larger, corporate office}.

Thursday Inspiration { Double Duty }

An easy way to cut costs is to have various weddings items do double duty. These simple paper bags are great because not only do they serve as programs, but they also hold flowers petals {perfect for showering the newly weds as they walk back down the aisle}! Another item that can serve a dual purpose – favors! Depending on what you choose, they can also be used as escort cards =)