2019年10月9日星期三

Wedding Planning 101 – Hiring Your Wedding Planner

Over the last few years the Junebug team has frequently asked our brides, “What is the best decision you made when planning your wedding?” By far the most popular answer is, hiring a wedding planner! With a substantial financial investment, and between 200 to 400 hours allocated to planning the average size wedding, it’s no wonder so many couples are grateful to wedding planners for helping them navigate the many details of their wedding planning process.

What does a wedding planner provide?
An experienced wedding planner offers you sound budget and management advice, contract negotiation, timeline creation, vetted vendor and location selection, along with stylish design aesthetic and execution. Contrary to popular belief, wedding planners can actually save you substantial amounts of time and money while ensuring you and your guests are delighted with your decisions.

What does a wedding designer provide?
Designers are experts at creating atmospheres that blend complementary decor concepts throughout your entire celebration and they generally work with your planner, lighting crew, decor rental companies, and photographer to transform your venue into an unforgettable experience. Celebrity couples and couples looking to make a one-of-a-kind statement frequently employ wedding designers. The wedding planner you choose may also be an experienced wedding designer, and if not, you may decide to hire a designer separately to create the overall visual aesthetic of your wedding.

Top Tips for Hiring Your Wedding Planner:
Whether you choose to hire a planner, designer, or both, here are five tips for choosing the professional that’s right for you.
  •  Look to your friends, family, co-workers, and highly-vetted resources like Junebug Weddings to create your own list of wedding professionals. Visit their websites and blogs, and read client reviews. Be sure the companies you’re considering have orchestrated numerous weddings from start to finish before you trust them with yours (we ask our members to have at least 50 weddings completed before they join Junebug Weddings).
  •  Choose 3 to 5 planners to interview, and pay attention to how well they listen, and how comfortable you feel with their ideas and responses. Ask them for multiple references and check them. Trust is the most important component of a great working relationship, so choose someone who you believe will keep your best interests at heart, and who you are looking forward to spending time with in the months ahead.
  • Set a budget upfront and let your wedding planner and/or designer make the most of it. Your budget will include your wedding planner so keep in mind that wedding planners charge for their services in several different ways. Some charge by the hour, others charge a percentage of your overall budget (generally 10-20%) and still others charge a flat rate. Be sure the pricing structure you agree to fits your needs and desires best.
  • Share your style, history, and dreams with your planner, and let them know how involved you would like to be in the planning process. After all, you want your wedding to fit you to a tee so the more your planner and designer knows about you and your expectations, the more likely they will be to exceed them.
  • Keep in mind that your wedding will be much more than a party. Chances are your guests will vary in age and interests, (and even dietary restrictions) and the scope of your celebration from the days leading up to your wedding and the days after will be full of details, logistics, and frequently unforeseen changes that can cause you unnecessary stress. If you decide to plan your wedding yourself, or if you’re going to let your friends and family do it, you may want to consider having a day-of coordinator with you on your wedding day; a professional to help you manage logistics and last minute details so you can relax and enjoy your wedding day unencumbered with worry, and overjoyed by the all the little moments that will never come again.

Junebug Weddings has spent years compiling our World’s Best Wedding Planners and Designers Hotlist. Every planner and designer we recommend is highly sought after and trusted for their talent and expertise, and every one of them is ready to make your wedding planning more fun and easier than it could ever be without them. Don’t miss it!

Don’t forget to stop by our coveted World’s Best Wedding Planners and Designers Hotlist to find your planner today!





How to Get the Perfect Bohemian Bride Look with Wedding Dresses and Accessories from BHLDN

Today we are so excited to feature fabulous expert fashion tips on how to achieve the ultimate bohemian bride wedding day look from the stylists behind Anthropologie’s wedding brand BHLDN. With flowing dresses, fabulous bridal shoes, sparkling accessories, crystallized halos and belts, the BHLDN bride is one lucky girl! Check out their take on the boho bride as well as their favorite bohemian selections from the BHLDN bridal collection!

The Bohemian Style: The bohemian wedding look isn’t just about what you wear; it’s about how you feel and the ambiance you create – romantic, unique and free-spirited. The boho bride embraces her individuality and expresses it throughout her wedding day ensemble and the special touches throughout her wedding day. She is calm, cool and all-around confident. 



Check out BHLDN stylists’ favorite selections for a boho bride…
The Bohemian Wedding Dress: When it comes to bohemian wedding gowns, we recommend styles with soft, flowing fabrics and easy, comfortable silhouettes. Rich textures such as crochet, embroidery and vintage-inspired lace create add depth to an airy, ethereal look.  To keep the look fresh and modern, try mixing an open neckline and lace details with delicate layers or choose a gown with subtle beading for a bohemian wedding look that’s still refined. The Aberdeen Gown, the Rosemary Dress, and the Sian Gown are three beautiful choices.



Short wedding dresses are another option for bohemian brides, especially for an outdoor or beach wedding. Look for shorter styles with delicate embellishments that echo your free spirit and mirror the beauty of your surroundings. For a short, casual boho look, the Vienna Dress and the Lilly Dress are just perfect!

Bohemian Wedding Shoes: Rather than a heel, pair a flowing gown with wedding sandals; whether you choose flats or a wedge, sandals maintain the sense of effortlessness that characterizes bohemian wedding style, especially in a more casual or outdoor setting. Another great option for bohemian brides is a non-traditional wedding shoe, such as a glittery pair of heels or vintage inspired wedding booties. We just love the Gigi Wedge, the Vivacious Peep-Toes and the Mint Sprig Booties for the boho bride!



Bohemian Wedding Jewelry: For the true bohemian gal, it’s all about the details and you don’t shy away from bold jewelry. For your wedding day, infuse your one-of-a-kind personality with bohemian bracelets, earrings, and necklaces. We recommend sticking to a more neutral color palette to keep the look sophisticated but go ahead and mix metals and materials for a look that wows. The Fleur-Pearl Bracelet and Mia Chandeliers are both great options.


Bohemian Wedding Accessories: You don’t have to forgo glamour to achieve the perfect boho look. Incorporate a little bit of sparkle into your ensemble with a shimmering sash or beaded bag. The Resplendent Sash and the Golden Pearl Clutch are two gorgeous options for the boho bride.

Bohemian Hair Accessories: Whether you prefer a crystallized halo or fresh flower crown, a bohemian hair accessory is a must for the boho bride. The Buttercup Halo and the Breathless Halo are absolutely stunning!


The Editorial Photo Shoot Team:
Photographer: Diego Uchitel
Location: Merida, Mexico
Makeup Artist: Riku Campo from Jed Root
Hair Stylist: Moiz Alladina from Art Department
Floral Crown: Charlie Welch from Jed Root
A great big thank you to the stylists from BHLDN for sharing their expertise with us all!
Be sure to check out more fabulous selections from BHLDN in our Wedding Dress and Accessories Gallery  cheap ball dresses auckland