Wedding planning is an art.
Like most brides, you have scoured Pinterest and every magazine and wedding blog you can find trying to plan the perfect day. That can be a great thing. The problems start when you start drilling down too deep on your own without any experience in the real world of wedding planning.
That’s when you need to hand over what you’ve found to your vendors, the real pros, and listen to what they have to say. You see, here is the thing…
Your wedding vendors know everyone and everything in your market.
They know all about your venue and their policies. For instance, they know if there is a chance your room will be booked for a luncheon on the day of your wedding leaving a very slim window for your floral team to transform the room. You think I’m kidding? I saw it happen for a very expensive event and the host was one of the developers of the hotel it was being held in! Her florist warned her to spend the extra to block the room for the whole day. She should have listened.
Let’s look at catering. You may have found that perfect something on Pinterest that you just have to have. It may also be completely out of your price range. Talk to your caterer about what it is about this that so appeals to you. Chances are good that they will be able to offer some suggestions that will satisfy that need without breaking your budget.
Your florist can do the same thing. Go in asking for a style and feel and a color palette and then let them make suggestions. They know the materials and flowers that are available in your area. I will even bet you that they can come up with some ideas that you never even considered.
Even your bridal salon can be a great resource. Let’s say you have your heart set on a $15,000 designer gown. Yes, you can maybe afford it if you are willing to get married at the local VFW and have KFC cater your wedding. Talk to your stylist about why it is that you love this particular gown. A good stylist will be able to point you in the direction of a more moderately priced gown that hits all your high notes. You may even have coin left over for those fabulous shoes you crave.
Every one of your wedding vendors can be a great wedding planning resource if you are honest with them and not overly specific. Talk to them with an open mind. Pick their brain for ideas. Trust me, they will have them.
The thing you have to remember about most everyone in the wedding and event industry is that they didn’t get into it because of the money, they did it because they are creative. Let them create. Let them help you.