We hope everyone had a fun and safe 4th of July! We’re ready to jump right back into the swing of things and starting this week off with one of our very own — Jodi Schneider. Jodi is a wedding consultant in Miami, and is currently in the process of planning her own wedding. So, naturally, we had to know how what she’s learned along the way!
“Working in the wedding industry, I always thought that when the time came for me to plan my own wedding, it would be a piece of cake. However, I quickly found myself in the same boat as all every other bride — stressed and wondering where to begin. To help you through this process, and hopefully ease some of the stress, here are a few things I’ve learned along the way:
1. Budget first! Don’t start looking at vendors until you have a budget nailed down. There’s nothing more disappointing than falling in love with a vendor that you ultimately can’t afford, or even worse, booking a vendor that is out of your budget and having to cut corners elsewhere. Only look at vendors that meet your price point and you won’t run into this issue.
2. Plan in advance. This is HUGE, ladies. Your wedding is the most important day of your life, don’t wait until the last minute. Major vendors, which are time sensitive include venue, band/dj and photographer/videographer. Planning in advance will allow you time at the end to relax and enjoy being engaged. You only get to call him fiancée until the Big Day comes, so cherish that!
3. Finding “the” dress. Finding your wedding dress can be a wonderful experience. It can also be a little overwhelming. To help the process go smoothly, limit who you take shopping to only one or two people. I brought only my mom and future mother-in-law — it was perfect! This will keep differing opinions to a minimum, ensuring less confusion for you when it’s time to “say yes to the dress.”
4. A few corners you can cut. Everyone knows weddings are expensive. However, there are a few cost saving tips that can help keep a little extra change in your pocket: 1. The smaller the wedding party, the smaller the cost to you. Florals are expensive, and the less bouquets/boutonnières you have to buy, the better. 2. Overlays vs. Tablecloths – Overlays are a beautiful alternative to tablecloths and are often more cost effective. Many venues include white cloth so a sheer overlay will normally do the trick. 3. Wine service/champagne toast – Some venues will allow you to eliminate these items from your bar service. If yours does, do it. If you are having an open bar at your wedding, guests can still get wine at the bar, and for toasts, everyone will already have a drink and will happily raise it without feeling like anything is missing.
5. Enjoy yourself! This is the most important tip. Don’t let the stress of planning a wedding overwhelm you. Remember that at the end of the day, you get to marry the love of your life and THAT is what’s important!
Ultimately, just take each step of the process in stride, ask a lot of questions and before you know it, everything will have come together smoothly!”