To many of you, planning a wedding is something you have done since you were a little girl. It’s a dream you have had, a perfect fantasy that you couldn’t wait to get your hands on. Naturally you think, “I spent my whole life planning this wedding, I’ve got this”… and YOU’RE RIGHT! You CAN plan this! However, there are three keys to a successfully planned wedding that I want to share with you.
The first key (in my opinion) is a Game Plan. Sounds cliché, but coming from someone who spent her life being asked, “What’s the game plan?” this is extremely important. This Game Plan doesn’t have to be elaborate, it just needs to simply map out your engagement, ceremony and reception and plan accordingly. For example, if you have a yearlong engagement, you want to space out things such as booking vendors, and figuring out a guest list. This will keep you motivated, on track, and organized throughout the planning process. A Game Plan is used to make sure that you have time to do everything, to make sure you don’t forget anything. You can never go wrong with making a game plan.
Another key to a successfully planned wedding is taking your planner (or someone really organized and reliable) on every appointment with you, especially in the beginning stages of your Game Plan. As a college student I have learned that no, I will not remember everything the professor had to say in class, and yes I should write that down. We are human; we don’t have a super memory. Bring someone along to the important appointments (i.e. vendors, caterers, dress, etc.) because you and your fiancé will want to actively listen to what each vendor has to say, leave it to someone else to write down what they have to offer and your opinion of it! Here at Occasions by M&K we keep a binder with your name and all the notes we take at the appointments. There is no worse feeling than thinking, “I really liked that dish but I don’t remember who it was that served it”.
The third key I want everyone to know is “know what you’re paying for”!! Let me tell you a story about a couple that didn’t know what they were paying for… Once upon a time there was a lovely couple in search of a DJ. They didn’t want to spend a ton of money so they searched for cheap DJ’s on the Internet. While they thought this was a great idea, they were mistaken. They paid a nominal amount and expected him to be outstanding. On the day of the wedding, the DJ was not only late, but didn’t have a clue what was going on, the bride was upset and well you understand where this is going. Use this example as a lesson, yes, weddings are expensive, but you want to put in what you want to get out of your vendors.
I hope that these 3 keys to a successful wedding get you thinking about your wedding and engagement! But I suggest… to keep sane; hiring a planner is the superior option!
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February 22, 2015 from 1-4 at the Big Day Bridal Show!
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