Wedding Planning Tips

I meet with couple’s weekly to discuss their wedding plans or their wedding dreams and while I love spending time and sharing my knowledge there are a few basic tips I share often so I thought why not share them here?

  1. Budget should be a sacred cow. In other words, commit to and protect your budget as long as its realistic.
  2. Cut the guest list to make your budget stretch further.
  3. If you plan a long engagement, say 2 years or more  go ahead and find your perfect venue, book it and then stop all planning until you are 1 year away.  Planning a wedding longer than a year is just too draining both financially and emotionally. Trust me on this.
  4. Consider an unconventional ceremony time and reception.  Why not an 11:00 AM ceremony then an afternoon luncheon say on a boat or in a garden. I guarantee your guests will remember your wedding.
  5. Nothing says you have to plan a long engagement. I can plan a wedding in a matter of weeks or even days if needed. Options might be limited but if time is of the essence or you just don’t want to wait, it can be done.
  6. Can’t please all the people all the time; consider a destination wedding. There are many planners who specialize in destination weddings and who know the ins and outs of exotic locations.
  7. If you are planning a destination wedding you might have to legally get married at home then have a symbolic ceremony in your dream location.  Countries like France require a 40 day residency to legally marry which is virtually impossible for most couples.

This is just a sampling of some of the suggestions experienced wedding planners can offer.

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