Hi Brides and Grooms!
We always get the question of “How do I get started?” so I wanted to share a few quick tips on how to get started planning your wedding. This is not in all-inclusive list, however it will guide you in the right direction.
- Set your wedding date.
- Identify your venue and lock it in ASAP– brides are beginning their planning earlier now and many venues book up a year out. Review and sign the contract to get your Ceremony/Reception locked in and confirmed.
- Hire your Officiant: Most officiants are busy so once you have the date established and the venue; confirm your officiant.
- Hire a Wedding Planner– this is money well spent! Hiring a wedding planner will save you lots of headaches and frustrations as they should be specialists in their field. This is very important as they have established relationships with many vendors and can build the wedding team you need to have a spectacular wedding! Read reviews on the Planner before hiring so you know if you have a quality professional in your area. There are lots of planners as everyone is “jumping” into this field. Beware….lots of people call themselves a planner or a coordinator but don’t have the experience. Check out their referrals on social sites like the Knot and Wedding Wire to read all testimonials and reviews. Ask what tools and expected outcomes are used to ensure your successful wedding day. In short, they should present a solid process that maps up to a successful, exciting and memorable event. A good general planner does not equate to a great Wedding Planner. There are too many moving parts of a wedding to hire someone that is new in the field. They should have at least 3 years experience under their belt if not more. They also should have completed at least 30 weddings to gain the necessary experience of a well equipped planner.
- Identify your wedding day vision so you can clearly communicate your wedding day wishes to all vendors at your upcoming vendor meetings. Ensure you hire vendors that make you feel comfortable with their presentation and experience. Discuss additional options with Planner if this is not the case.
- Enjoy the journey as this will be so much fun when you work with industry professionals that have a solid history in their wedding expertise.