Wednesday, November 30, 2011

We are hope all of our readers had a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family. 
The holidays are the perfect time for you to sit down with your family and start to really dive into your planning, budget and schedule.  And while my hope for your planning is that it doesn’t require too much travel…unfortunately, I do know that many of you may not be planning in the city in which you reside. 

There is no way to “sugarcoat” things, planning from out of town is difficult.  It either requires many trips for multiple meetings or long weekends and trying to squeeze everything in at one time.  I say a long weekend because unfortunately for your vendors, Saturdays and Sundays are difficult to meet.  As weekends are when the majority of weddings and special events take place, many times vendors are already booked and unavailable for meetings, tastings and mock-ups.  Vendors are cognizant of their clients schedule and travel time but availability often lends itself to Mondays and Fridays.  If weekends are a non-negotiable, check with vendors what weekends they might have available if any.

To lessen the amount of meetings needed, try to get as organized as possible prior to your trips.  Some couples want to meet vendors in person to get an idea of their “vibe”, which I totally support.  However, initial inquiries and general questions can be taken care of via email, phone and conference call.  Put all of your questions into one list and ask in the initial contact.  I believe you can get an idea of the quality of service you are receiving by how long it takes for vendors to respond, how thoroughly they answer questions and while you can’t tell tone in an email, you can over the phone.  This can weed out some of the potential vendors you might have scheduled meetings with.  If you have any specifics in mind for d├ęcor, colors, menu, etc., email over pictures and specifics.  This can help vendors put together a more detailed proposal for you prior to meeting.    

Planning a wedding can be like a full time job and when you already have a full time job, it can be overwhelming.  This is where a planner can really help!  Along with suggesting vendors to work with and getting sample proposals for you to review, they will also help to schedule these meetings for you to make the most of what time you have in town. 
Try to make the most of your planning and your trips to a minimum, unless you really feel the need to get in a good car sing-a-long every few weeks.  Or is that just me? 

I look forward to hearing from you and HAPPY PLANNING and Happy Travels!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Venue: River East Art Center
Photography: Riverbend Studio
Caterer:Blue Plate
Music: Monastero Entertainment
Floral: Kehoe Designs
Wedding Planner: Big City Bride

Friday, November 25, 2011

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Venue: Salvage One
Catering: Food for Thought
Music: Toast and Jam
Floral: Vale of Enna
Photography: Jeremy Lawsom
Wedding Planner:Cindy Shanholtz Effortless Events
Photo Booth: Magnolia Photo Booth Company