Hi Friends! I hope you are having a fabulous Thursday so far! Things over here are going fantastic this week and I can barely wait for the fabulous wedding I have this Saturday. It is going to be epic. How do I know that? Oh – I KNOW. I know because the couple is rad. Also, they have a bad-ass planner whose wedding I am FINALLY featuring today. I’ve been meaning to share Lara and Caleb’s wedding with you for well, what seems like forever now, but I really wanted to do it with a top 10 list from Lara on musts for your big day. She’s an all star planner and she makes every single client happy by bring their vision to life in a unique way. Her big day was no exception and had many fun and special details that you don’t see at just anyone’s wedding. But more on that in a minute! First – here we go with Lara’s top 10 list!
1) Hire a Planner. A planner helps your vision come to life. They also help you stay in budget by pointing you toward vendors in your price range and making sure you aren’t over paying for services. Do you know how much you should pay a DJ for your day? What about a photographer. Do you know what their costs should include? Planners do and they can help you with every little thing. Also, on the day of the wedding, the planner is the contact for an possible issues that may arise. After working with you so closely for the planning process they can make the best decision with your vision in mind. Weddings are productions and it would be naive to think that things will never go wrong. We want to plan so well that when they do we have no problems adjusting and moving on. Even I had a planner (Katie! Love you!!) from my team there as my point of contact for my own big day. Several things came up that day and Katie dealt with everything for me, knowing what I had planned. I just enjoyed my day with family and friends!
2) Be you! Don’t think you have to do something just because “that’s what you do at a wedding”. I had an evening wedding because I think candle glow is very romantic, and have a lot of personal memories tied to candles. I used this love and happy memories to create a candle lit ceremony, which means I had to wait until it was basically dark out to start my wedding. I adjusted by having a first look with Caleb and taking all of my portraits and family photos before the wedding started. Once the ceremony was over, we went right into the party!
3) Do not hire family or friends as vendors unless they are fully licensed professionals. Uncle Larry as the videographer can be a large mistake, especially when he blocks your photographer or uses a light to over-expose a special moment. We want tried and true vendors on your big day that have amazing referrals.
4) Do-it-Yourself can be very fun, but a lot of times it can cost you more than actually buying or renting items for your big day. Consider the cost before committing to a DIY project. A lot of my brides come up with wonderful, fun, unique ideas and plan to DIY. A lot of the times they don’t realize the time commitment and this ends up never making it to the wedding!
5) A guest “activity” is really nice… from photo booth to any sort of “bar” (mashed potatoes, shaved ice, get creative people!)
6) Give your Photographer enough time for photos. If you are looking for a certain look that you have seen on your Photographer’s site, check with them regarding the lighting and the time needed for those photos. You might find it nice to schedule 10-15 minutes of photos while your guests are eating dinner.
7) Appreciate your vendors – if they are doing a good job and you are happy, make sure they know it. It may bloom into friendship and they all want you to be happy! I love hearing from my brides after the wedding. It’s always great to hear about what their favorite moments were from their day and of course I love to see the images too! Most of us that work in the wedding industry truly care deeply about you having the best day of your life and we take that very seriously. We appreciate you and we love it when you appreciate us back. The best complement I ever get from past clients is a referral to a friend!
8) Keep your Wedding Party informed – they are wearing a suit or nice dress for you and they are important… they need a schedule. Give them addresses and timelines in advance so they can be prepared.
9) Plan something fun for the groomsmen to do on the morning of the wedding while the girls get ready – this can help the groom feel even more relaxed and help him to have a great start to the best day of his life! Frisbee? Soccer? Lunch and hang out? Anything to help encourage the guys to meet up early.
10) Don’t go crazy pinning every wedding idea to ever grace this earth to a board on Pinterest. I love Pinterest because sometimes it helps me visualize what my brides are talking about when they are having a hard time explaining and its great for pulling together color palates etc… What it is not great for it getting too many ideas going at the same time that don’t go well together. Your wedding should be a cohesive representation of the two of you and even if the Pinterest ideas are cool they do not belong at your wedding if they do not accurately represent you. I know. I know. It’s hard because there are so many fun things out there! But I would rather us dream up something SO you guys that other people are pinning it and trying to add it to their wedding.
11)Have a good idea of what “feeling” you want your guests to feel when they walk into the designed space – backyard wedding, glamorous party in the 1920′s, etc. This really helps you figure out what sort of direction to go when looking for a location and vendors! Speaking of vendors, if you have a couple vendors you absolutely love ask them who they love working with! A lot of vendors have a list they can share. I know Carleigh has a list of vendors she loves working with and she also has a “wish list” – a list of vendors she has been wanting to collaborate with. Vendors only refer other vendors they know are going to do an amazing job that that is a great place to start when looking for a resource.
Whoops – that was more than 10! I could really go on and on for this list but these are the main ones that pop into my mind when I think of musts! Have questions?! Reach out to me anytime! I love helping people and I am happy to chat with you about your day! http://www.sealedwithakissevents.com/ In the meantime, I hope you enjoy a little glimpse into my big day! It was the happiest day of my life and I love re-living it every time I see the pictures! xo Lara
Venue: Menlo Circus Club
Planning and Styling: Sealed with a Kiss Events
Dress: Gabrielles Bridal Atelier
Photography: Sweet Poppy Studios
Florals: Oak and the Owl
Linen: La Tavola
Invites: Brylo Studio
Makeup: Taryn Warren
Hair: Skyla Arts
Bridesmaid Hair: Ashley Martin
DJ: James Poole and Dana McGregor
Videography: Still Dreaming