I wanted to do a short series of posts called “For Brides” to help people during the wedding planning process. During the planning of your wedding, I’m sure you will have questions and want some advice. I have been there and I know it can be the most exciting season of your life, as well as the most overwhelming! Enjoy and feel free to ask me questions. :)
Other Posts from the "For Brides" series:
- Wedding Day Details
- Should you hire a videographer?
- For Grooms: How I proposed
- What to wear for your engagement session
- First Look vs. Traditional Aisle Reveal
- Should you invest in bridal portraits
Do you need a wedding planner? YES!
While planning our wedding, I thought that I could do it myself. I am a detail-oriented person and was even an event planner for the admissions office at my university in college, so I could handle it, right? Wrong.
My Aunt Beth was so helpful in planning the details. She is a type A personality, but also plans and organizes large corporate events for her work, so she has a lot of experience. She is also a wonderful hostess and is one of the most hospitable people I know. She has experience in planning weddings: for her oldest son & daughter-in-law, for some of her nieces (my cousins), and for my sister and her husband, plus for other random people, too. She is an expert decorator and planner. My Aunt Sandy is also a get-it-done lady and she was super helpful in the execution of all the months of planning!
Things A Wedding Planner will Help With:
Miscellaneous things before the wedding: hotel-block for wedding guests (I literally had no clue this was even a “thing”), how many tables and chairs you need in the reception venue & how said tables and chairs should be arranged, appointing someone to light the candles at the reception, planning the pre-wedding food for bridal party, etc.
A few weeks before the wedding: she met me at the reception venue to plan out the layout of things, to talk about decorations and flowers
Wedding Rehearsal: setting up and coordinating/telling people where to stand, how to enter & exit the venue, where the grandparents and mothers sit, etc.
Day-of decorating/setting up because we couldn’t get into the venue the day before. Yall. My mother and my Aunts HANDLED the wedding day set-up. I mean, Aunt Beth literally broke into the reception venue because the key was missing and we could not get in contact with the staff person who had the key. We were on a timeline and she made things happen!
You want someone on your side, your advocate, who can help communicate your vision and dreams for your special day.
Without Aunt Beth’s planning and preparation (coupled with my mother’s list-making, vendor phone calls, and answering my daily, panicked phone calls from 150 miles away during the wedding planning experience), my wedding would have been a sad event. I feel so lucky to have had them both on my side!
You need someone who knows the ins-and-outs of wedding ceremonies and receptions, and every minute detail involved with a wedding day. My mom and Aunt coordinated and handled so many little details together, which freed me up and allowed me to have one less thing to stress about.
Moral of the story: You NEED a wedding planner.
* There were several others who made our special day happen. Aunt Beth was the go-to person who knew my vision and helped execute and make it happen!