Kyle Michelle Weddings Blog
Numerous brides have recently approached us with the same question: “Where do we start?” With all the different parts that comprise wedding planning, it can easily become overwhelming trying to decide what comes first. Most couples become stumped after going through the basics: style, budget, guest list, timetable, etc. The following tasks are listed in order of what we recommend should be done first:
Hire a Planner
For those brides that have asked us this question, they’re on the right track already! Hiring a wedding planner is this first step to planning a wedding, and can alleviate unnecessary stress encountered during the planning. More details on the importance of hiring a wedding planner are detailed in this post.
Book the Venue
Wedding venues tend to fill up very quickly these days and many venues host only one wedding a day, making it even harder to score your dream date. Once the wedding date is established, it then becomes possible to book and hire the other vendors involved. Another reason the venue plays a large part in the planning process is that it will set the tone for the entire wedding, including the style and atmosphere.
Round Up the Professionals
Prioritize vendor categories! For example, is photography or florals more important to you? Many top wedding vendors are hired over a year in advance and although some are able to double book, not all vendors offer this possibility. As soon the importance of each vendor is decided, start booking and signing those contracts!
Shop til you Drop
Although choosing a wedding dress is probably one of the most anticipated aspects of planning a wedding, the above are more time sensitive. Go shopping not just for the dress, but shoes and jewels!
...So what are you waiting for?? Get planning!
Every time I meet new people, I feel like I am always waiting for the programed question of “What do you do for a living”. Telling people you’re a wedding planner always gets such great reactions. “Oh my gosh! I bet that is so much fun!” “Do you have a lot of Bridezillas?” And my all time favorite, “So, you’re like Jennifer Lopez in The Wedding Planner?”
The last always makes me laugh! Well, if you’re referring to how awesome she is at her job – then yes! If you’re referring to how glamorous she looked during the weddings; in dresses, 6 inch heels, hair down, make up perfect – then no.
Sweaty messes during set up - But we can clean up nicely!
Don’t get me wrong; there are a ton of different definitions of a wedding planner. There are the Jennifer Lopez planners like Kevin Lee of LA Premier who manage your entire wedding. You as a couple never see or hear from the vendors until they show up on your day.
For most planners, ourselves included, a lot of our couples aren’t completely hands off. Do we do weddings that have more expendable budgets? Yes! And yes, we do weddings with less of a budget to work with. What we want to do for our couples (of all budgets) is have them invest in us and in turn we save them more money then they devoted to us.
Brides and Grooms-to-be are busy! They have full time jobs, which asks 40-60 hours a week of their time. Believe it or not, planning your wedding becomes a full-time job. Vendors want to meet you during the week (when most people are unavailable) because on the weekends they are working weddings or other events. As planners, our full time job is planning your wedding. We have the time to seek out the best options and the best bang for your buck.
We work 12-14 hour days for our couples; we sweat, climb, crawl, design, set up, and break down. We aren’t often the construction foremen – we are the women with the hammers and drills. Most importantly, we are planners for the couples with a more conservative budget as well as the couple’s whose budget is more liberal.
So can you afford a wedding planner? Simple answer…YES!!!