Dear Bride to be,
Im sure this is such a nerve wracking time for you, it can be, but it shouldn’t be a very stressful time.
To be honest, it’s as stressful as you make it.
Here are a few of my tried and tested tips to help you be prepared for planning your big day;
Choose a select few to share your wedding info with.
Don’t extend the circle, some people offer criticism or opinions just for the sake of it.
Some people don’t really wish you the best, and its sad but they like to make you worry and stress.
Your select few should include a logical person with a good sense of budget control, someone to offer you design recommendations but also must be someone you trust fully! And lastly a friend or sister or someone that knows how to help you see the bright side of things and is generally a really good energy source for you!
Really try to figure out your wedding decor style in advance, then focus on designers who have created in similar styles and then book with those designers, don’t try to make a designer go out of their comfort zone or design style too much. Find the one that is closest to your style.
Try to meet two to three planners only.
Planners will ask you many, many questions, avoid planners who only want to show you their work and speak mostly about themselves or name drop.
This is an obvious sign that they care more about their art than your wedding.
That might be ok with some clients, some people love that! Its ok, its all ok there is no one way, but make sure you are going in a direction you are comfortable with..
Be prepared for their questions, if you cannot answer them, you most likely will not be happy with designs they have to offer because you don’t know what you want.
Most luxury designers will not design for free, design is an art and you are paying for ideas, especially concepts, and 75% of the time designs are charged for in advance.
But if that makes you feel uncomfortable, ask to see previous designs and projects.
Take the time to read through your contracts and don’t be shy to ask what the fees cover and very importantly what do they not cover
Usually, professional designers have a time limit on their contracts, don’t expect that the cost for the work in three months will be the same if they now only have two months and be aware, planners that make no reference to variances and timelines may not be very professional and time savvy. From experience, we either charge a rush fee because now we have less time to design and require more staff to do that particular item, or we omit that segment of the wedding, we would never sacrifice quality for the sake of money.
- Keep your wedding planner circle small
- Have Patience with the process
- Don’t be Shy to ask questions!
Wishing you the best!