You know the old saying “better safe than sorry”. Well, there are few times in your life when this couldn’t be more important. Okay, that may be a bit of an exaggeration. There are many more times that require actually safety concern, but trying telling a stressed out bride that and you probably won’t be getting a thank-you card in the mail for that blender you gave her. A long time ago, someone came up with the idea of a day-of disaster bag. Back then it was probably just referred to as a typical Mom purse, but not everyone carries duffle bags that they’re passing off as purses now.
While not quite as exciting as choosing between vanilla buttercream frosting or chocolate ganache, the choice to hire a day of planner or wedding coordinator is one of the biggest decisions you’ll need to decide between. If you’re a DIY bride and taking it all on yourself, kudos to you, you’re far more organized than me. If you need some help making your dream day a reality, keep reading.
You’ve been dreaming about your wedding day for as long as you can remember, and now you finally know with whom you get to share that momentous day. What you may have forgotten about was exactly what you need to get done now that it’s happening. It’s not too complicated, but there are a few key things that you need to focus on.
The time is finally here. Newlywed life! All that planning and preparation for the wedding has passed, the honeymoon is over, and now it is time to begin your married life together. Now is the time to open all your wedding gifts and write all your thank you notes. After all the wedding chaos has died down, you can start taking inventory of your loot and figuring out where the holes may lie. If you’re anything like me, I attempted to be as organized as possible when I made my registry but I didn’t really have a clue of what I needed until I was looking in the drawers trying to find a serving spoon or an extra dish towel.
Bright & co Events. Shutter bus photo booth. Mrs. box. Blue and orange color scheme. Rooftop sunset photos. Jumbo oversized balloons. Tea length gown. ModLove. Retro. 60s inspired.
The most important thing when you’re sitting down to create your wedding budget is to think about your overall vision for your wedding. What do you want your guests to remember and take away from your big day?What images come to mind when you think about it? This will drive how you decide to spend your money. Maybe the dress is the most important thing to you, then that will be a category that you decide to splurge on to make sure it is absolutely perfect. Maybe the food is what you want to be the focal point of the day or perhaps it’s the décor and the ambiance you want to stand out. Whatever you decide, make sure you plan and budget accordingly. My personal advice, pick three categories that are most important to you. Then pick three categories that you can save a little money on by budgeting to accommodate accordingly. The rest will fall into place. However you decide to go about starting your budget, it is important to start planning with a goal in mind. This will make sure that everything is accounted for and nothing shows up at the last minute as a surprise expense. Start with a checklist! Check out the basic categories outlined below however feel free to make it your own as it is your big day. Personalization is key to make your wedding as unique and special as the two of you.
**Rant Warning** I've had quite a few people jump RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME in the aisle with their phones as the brides walking down the aisle....Really? You think your crappy cell phone pic is the one the bride/groom want instead of the one taken by the professional they paid thousands of dollars to? (that's a rhetorical questions, obv.)
Ok, aisle photo bombers aside. Put the phones & entry level drl's down during major events of the wedding day and just enjoy your friends/families wedding. This includes the ceremony, grand entrance, formal dances & cake cutting. They invited you to enjoy their wedding day as GUEST. Honor them by being present. If you're dying to have a photo to remember the day by, ask the photographer to snap a quick pic of you guys together during cocktail hour or the reception. We LOVE when guests ask us to do this! <3