It's a week of wedding planning advice for the newly engaged! If you're one of those brides, we've created a blueprint for your first few steps.
So, you've identified your budget and you've created your guest list. Perfect! Your next step should be to invest in a wedding planner. Now, before you start thinking, "I can't afford that," let me explain why you can't NOT afford it.
Planning a wedding is a big deal....a really big deal. It's probably the biggest party you'll ever throw. And you're managing a big chunk of money. You want to make sure that you don't make HUGE mistakes like hiring the wrong vendors or selecting the wrong venue or not having a concise wedding day schedule. In my workshops, I always tell brides to let the professionals do their job. If you have a leaky roof, you don't crawl up there to patch it yourself. You find someone who performs roof patches for a living and knows exactly what they're doing.
Ok...so let's say you can't afford to hire to hold your hand through the entire wedding planning process. Here are some ways to hire a planner on a budget:
- Many planners will allow you to hire them at an hourly rate. Hire someone who can suggest wedding vendors who show up on time, deliver what they promise and don't attempt to rob you blind. My mom always says, "You don't know what you don't know!" A planner that you hire to assist with vendor selections can ensure that you avoid vendors who over-promise and under-deliver. That information is PRICELESS.
-Hire a planner who will meet with you or have a conference call with you once or twice a month at an hourly rate. You can get guidance, advice and tips that will save you many late-night headaches.
-Maybe you want a really amazing event that looks like a wedding out of a magazine. Hire a planner who will just assist you with the design of the event. She can suggest unique layouts for your tables, assist with rental items that will enhance the event and come up with a look that reflects the event you've imagined having since you got the ring. You know those amazing weddings that David Tutera produces on television? Yep...that's the work of a talented wedding designer.
-Get someone to oversee the wedding day. Usually, referred to as "day of" coordinators, this version of a planner will step in during the last few weeks before the wedding and take over the wheel to make sure no small details fall between the cracks. They will also oversee your rehearsal, the ceremony and the reception.
Now you have options to get some wedding planning assistance to make sure everything is on track!
Tomorrow: Selecting Your Ideal Venue
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