TOP FIVE DO'S BEFORE YOU SAY "I DO"
you start planning a wedding, you'll quickly learn that everyone around you is
a wedding expert: Your mother, your best friend, your neighbor who watched The
Wedding Planner and now swears by J. Lo's advice that you can mitigate a self
disaster with a "quarter cup of lemon juice, half cup of salt and a
loofah. Couples are flooded with unsolicited tips about wedding planning, but
what they really need is guidance from a professional. Wedding Planner
Subrina Westberry knows a thing or two about saying "I Do" and can
offer a few practical suggestions for couples planning for that big day.
First: Set a budget before you start planning.
number one way to spend out of control, is to not start with a
number. It's okay to make adjustments, but you should begin with a dollar
amount, and then estimate what you will spend in each category (e.g., flowers,
catering, attire, etc.).
2. Be honest with vendors…and yourself.
When interviewing vendors, be up front about how much you plan to spend with them. If you don't, you might receive quotes that are significantly higher than your budget permits, which wastes everyone's time. In your initial call to a vendor, ask, "Do you have a minimum price for events?" If a florist's minimum is $6,000, and you only have $3,000 to spend on flowers, it's time to move on.
3. Delegate the small stuff.
If friends and family offer to help, let them. Bridesmaids will be happy to move your overnight bag to the bridal suite. Groomsmen can be tasked with ushering in the guests before the wedding. There's no need to do everything yourself.
4. Create a backup plan for bad weather.
If you don't like the idea of having your wedding moved at the last minute, then you shouldn't get married outside. But if your heart is set on vows by sunset, consider a venue that has both indoor and outdoor options.
5. Make sure your wedding reflects you.
Traditions have changed. If you don't want a wedding cake, consider cookies, ice cream, or pie. If you don't want to get married in a church, think about a museum or local landmark. Be sure to add personal touches that represent you, whether it's a puppy, ring bearer, or a family-filled flash mob. Your wedding should be celebratory, not stressful.
Happy wedding planning my friends!