From Heather: I wanted to share my thoughts on hiring a wedding planner. Sure, were admittedly a biased bunch on this topic at Greatest Expectations, but we have heard both sides of the story many times – brides who are thrilled that they had a relaxing, dreamy wedding day; and brides who chose not to hire a planner and then ended up with major regrets. In light of that, I want to present my Top 5 reasons (in no particular order of importance) that hiring a wedding planner is essential to beginning your wedded bliss on the right foot!
Creativity: Think of wedding planning like interior design. It seems simple enough, and most brides have some sort of vision for their wedding. But, it takes a certain skill set to craft that vision into a tangible product. Here is where your wedding planner comes in. Not only can a planner serve as a financial advisor and resource, we are also artists when it comes to taking our clients’ ideas and crafting them into a beautiful event. So many brides start out of the gate with wonderful, crazy, off-the-wall ideas for their celebration but never get to marry (pun absolutely intended!) those ideas with a wedding. Part of a planners job is to take whatever vision is presented to them, no matter how off-the-wall, and craft it into something that can still be deemed a wedding.
Thank you Heather, for sharing your expertise and knowledge!
I’m just giddy working on this post…not only do I get to spend some time on my very favorite topic (I’m the flower girl here at Junebug amongst a die-hard group of loyal photography junkies!), but I get to share one of my favorite designers with you too! Junebug member Nancy Liu Chin is brilliantly talented, and as an expert in the industry she has a lot of great ideas for couples as they are planning and working with a floral designer. Today she is sharing some of her beautiful designs AND tips on what you can do to ensure a successful meeting with your florist!
Besides the all-important wedding day, there are a few other events surrounding your wedding that will need planning, and they can be just as fun, memorable, and beautiful as the big day itself! One such event, the rehearsal dinner, is usually held the night before the wedding. It is an opportunity to welcome guests, thank your loved ones for supporting you, and to kick off the festivities! Today, I have a few planning tips and ideas to get you started, illustrated with Michèle Waite’s beautiful images of Kate and Tony’s celebratory dinner at The Corson Building.
Purpose: The rehearsal dinner can serve several purposes! Following the actual rehearsal, where the business of fine-tuning and practicing the wedding ceremony took priority, the rehearsal dinner is a time to unwind and enjoy the anticipation of the next day! It also is a “welcome dinner” of sorts for any special out-of-town guests that have been invited. Many of your guests (and even the two families) may be meeting for the first time, so it is a time for introductions, mingling, getting to know each other. Maybe most importantly, the dinner is an opportunity to thank your families and bridal party for supporting you throughout your wedding planning and upcoming marriage.
Final words of wisdom: Make it an early night! Everyone should get a good night sleep before the big day tomorrow.