#1 Have fun and embrace the wedding planning process.
Being engaged is one of the most joyous and memorable times in your life, and planning the wedding should be the same---not stressful or overwhelming. Some couples want to include everybody in the planning process, but I often find that it makes it a little more challenging for couples to make decisions on things. So I suggest bringing 1-2 people to any meetings or appointments (like the mother of the bride or maid of honor), so you can still make it exciting and fun!
#2 It’s normal to not know where to start when planning a wedding
When brides & grooms contact me, they say they feel the pressure to actually start planning immediately, but they don't know what to do first. Most couples feel stressed to find venues that will achieve their vision but also fit their budget when all things considered. Others say they don't know which vendors are reputable and what is a "normal" price for each vendor category. That's where a knowledgeable and experienced planner or coordinator can really help.
#3 The best way to alleviate wedding stress is to hire a planner
The best way to handle the stress of planning a wedding is for couples to hire a professional wedding planner or coordinator. Depending on the level of service you choose, your wedding planner can be there along the way to guide you, negotiate pricing, review and explain contracts, be there to make sure they are hiring the crème de la crème of wedding vendors, manage the wedding day, be the one to successfully handle any emergencies, and so much more. How could you not hire at least a day of wedding coordinator?
#4 You get what you pay for.
Vendors charge based on what the job or service entails, the couple's vision, and what we think we are worth given our experience, time, etc. All vendors set their own pricing and packages, which includes their time, hard work and effort, a possible product like flowers or rentals, and their overhead costs such as office space, cooling for flowers, equipment for deejaying, photography, and so on. This is our career, our passion... We would love to have you as one of our couples, but we don't want to work for free.
Couples have every right to decide what is right for them and their budget, but I wish they could truly understand why things cost what they do. Furthermore, I am a firm believer in that you get what you pay for, so be careful, read reviews of vendors, and talk to vendors’ past couples.
#5 She wants your day to be as magical as you do.
The most rewarding part of my job is being able to play a small role in each couple's magical day of celebrating their love in front of their closest family and friends. I love to see the groom's face as the bride comes down the aisle, and I love to see both of their faces after they see the reception space in all it's beauty.