Congratulations, you have now selected your wedding venue! Well now you are probably thinking what comes next? I am a current bride-to-be and I am giving you my knowledge and advise. If I had this information when I started this process it would have helped immensely. Well ladies and gentleman the next few moments are going to assist you with YOUR big day!
Your Planner is Here For YOU!
It goes without saying that you need to trust your wedding professionals, specifically your planner. It sounds cheesy but those individuals are truly here to make your dreams come true. Your planner is there to bounce ideas/details off of or answer any questions you have. I was definitely unsure in the beginning what to focus on next or how this process truly works. Most couples have never been married before, so planning a wedding is scary, nerve racking and exciting all at the same time. Those feelings are 100% okay and that is why your wedding planner takes care of planning the details for you! I urge you to be as detailed as possible with your planner but don’t be afraid to let your planner take control of some things for you. Allowing your planner the flexibility and trusting their judgement will ensure that you have an AMAZING wedding!
Narrow Down Your Ideas
Nowadays it is very easy to get swept up in the “Pinterest wedding”. Trust me from my experience I was all over Pinterest, pinning thousands of ideas to my wedding board. I had décor ideas, hair & makeup, wedding dresses, cake ideas and sooo much more. It was like information overload when I showed it to my planner. In one photo I had a picture of rustic barn doors that I wanted to walk through but then in another picture I had an archway with flowing fabric draped on it. It made it so much easier to make another board that said “Final Day” and I narrowed down my thousands of pictures to the crucial ones I had to have. Your planner wants to get to know your ideas, your likes and dislikes but not EVERYTHING! When you have something that is more organized for your planner it makes their process that much smoother.
Communication, Communication, Communication!
If you couldn’t tell already but I can’t stress this enough, communication is key. When your planner starts putting together your timelines, diagrams or even your banquet of events (BEO) there is A LOT of detail that goes into it. If your planner creates a diagram of your reception and you have changed your mind about any placements, your planner needs to know. If you need a special ceremony such as; sand ceremony, knot-tying, wine ceremony etc. you need to relay this information to your planner so we can incorporate into your timeline. Your timeline keeps everyone on schedule so your wedding day will go as smooth as possible.
Meet With Your Vendors Prior To Your Big Day
If you choose vendors that have not had the opportunity to work with your specific venue, then you need to schedule a meeting so they can get a layout of the property. Your vendors need to know what they need to bring or what is provided for them in advance so they are prepared. If you have a destination wedding you need to plan ahead. Before you get onto a plan or drive 1,000s of miles to your destination, you should have already called your vendors to schedule an appointment. Keep in mind your vendors work other events as well as work the weekends.
Sometimes Weather Happens To The Best Of Us
When choosing your venue keep in mind the dates and location you are planning for and the weather during that time. In my experience I had my heart and soul dead set on South Lake Tahoe, NV. Well during the winter it definitely snows!! I took the opportunity to visit the area several times before to see what the weather was like during that time. When I finally narrowed down my search to the venue I wanted, I made sure to ask the planner what is my plan B option in case of weather? Before I said yes to the venue, I determined if I was going to be happy and comfortable with my plan B option. It is important to ask for those questions. We might not think about what if the weather isn’t perfect that day. We can’t control Mother Nature so go with the flow and make sure your plan B is just as special.
Most important advice I can give you….embrace your day and just live in the moment, YOU ARE GETTING MARRIED!