June 12, 2019
This is something that is difficult, but necessary! You should sit down and prioritize the most important things to you. Then set your total budget. Once your total budget is set, determine how you can split it up. Obviously the venue, decor and food are at the top of that list. But don’t forget photography! You won’t be able to remember that awesome decor you chose without photos that will bring you back there!
Your marriage is the reason this day is happening and it is the only that continues after the wedding is over. Find a counselor that connects with both you and your fiance. Conflict resolution, family boundaries, and forgiveness are just a few topics that you need to ask about. If you are saying to yourself, “nope”. I’d recommend you be the first to sign up for counseling. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Counseling , I can tell you that if you are not arguing, you are not communicating! I once heard it said that couples that don’t argue are in the most dangerous place. This is because they aren’t being honest with one another. Counseling can help even in the planning your wedding stages because it allows you both to be honest about your expectations and work before the wedding day. If you need a counselor recommendation, let me know!
It may cost you dearly if you don’t! One of the most frustrating things during my wedding planning process was feeling like I didn’t know where to start or even what I should be doing. One of the biggest regrets I have is not hiring a Wedding Planner. Wedding Planners know what needs to be done and they take the stress and pressure off of you figuring out every small detail. Another bonus is the planner can help you find your style. A lot of family and friends can give you input on their style and preferences, but it’s important your day focuses on what is important to your fiance and you! Wedding Planners have also done many weddings and know the in’s and out’s of the industry. They know what venues and vendors are reputable and can guide you to find the perfect vendors for you.
Imagine your first dance song comes on in the middle of the reception in front of everyone and you are signaling to your DJ that it is the technically the right song…but the wrong version! We wanted our song to be “Up and Up” by Reliant K but the acoustic version and he played the upbeat version! We awkwardly danced for a few minutes before giving up and sitting down. I should have hired a professional and not a friend. I should not have trusted the most important moments to be done incorrectly because he didn’t have wedding experience. Not to mention that we almost forgot about the cake cutting and other special moments because he didn’t know that he was suppose to announce them, so almost every hour I was stressing out trying to tell him what was next. It was memorable for all the wrong reasons.
You probably wonder why people are doing a first look. What is wrong with the traditional first look down the aisle? Well, nothing is wrong with that! But I would love to share the benefits of a first look with you! A first look not only allows you to have a special moment with your love, but it also allows the photographer to capture a lot more photos BEFORE the ceremony! This means that you can set your timeline to have bride and groom, bridal party, family…EVERYTHING before the ceremony if you want! Which means you walk right down that aisle and right into the party after the ceremony!
This one is self explanatory! Having a second photographer not only means more images, but different images of the same things! Every photographer looks through their lenses differently and one vision of a photo that I pose may be captured completely different by my second photographer! Having a second photographer also means that we can split up if need be and be in two places at once!
Imagine you’re heading out from your wedding and running through the sparklers and you are so ready to go start your life with your new husband and he drives straight to his front door and tells you he hasn’t packed his honeymoon bags! That’s what happened to me. LOL. My sweet husband had me sitting in his childhood bedroom (he hadn’t moved out of his parents yet) in my wedding dress waiting for him to decide what he was going to wear for our cruise…totally ruined the after wedding vibe! ha!