Don’t obsess over Pinterest. Easier said than done, right? But to save yourself from mental exhaustion (and possible carpal tunnel), keep your ideas to a minimum. Reason being, trends change day by day and the things you liked a week after he proposed, may not be your style in a year. All those ideas you saw won’t make your decision easier and, can add stress trying to recreate a Martha Stewart Spring Wedding! Remember that simplicity is always timeless. Keep it classy! Keep it YOU!
Choose a venue with a Event Coordinator! I can’t stress this enough and give major kudos to brides who do without. Luckily, here at Stonebridge Manor, our amazing team of Event Directors are here to give you peace of mind. It’s our way saying “We got this!” From setting up appointments to meet your vendors, handling all contracts/paperwork, crunching numbers to maximize your budget, establishing your wedding day timeline, running your rehearsal, and perfecting your big day so you can sit back and relax….it’s SO worth it! You should feel like a guest at your own wedding.
Keep friends as guests….not vendors. Especially photography. It’s a nice gesture when a close friend who’s starting their photography business and offers to shoot your wedding at a super low cost, or even for free, but this is the BIGGEST day of your life! Friends want to enjoy the party just as much as you do. So when you and your new hubby are cutting the cake, your “photographer” is doing the cupid shuffle on the dance floor. Missed opportunities strike more often with “friendors” because they aren’t wedding aware. Hire a pro in all areas!
Bring comfortable shoes. Those 5 inch Valentino’s look incredible in photos, but after standing during your ceremony, posing for photos, dancing, taking more photos, etc….you’ll want your bathroom slippers or a chainsaw to cut off your feet. A change of shoes hurts no one and you’ll be glad you did. Just be sure to put on those heels back on for the garter toss, then back to the comfies!
5. Don’t ever make an important decision when your tired, stressed, or (h)angry. Come back to it after you’re in a better place emotionally. I hear time and time again the seating chart is the number one stressful thing. Just let it be! Where your guests sit should not be the most important thing. After dinner, 90% of them will be on the dance floor anyway!
Happy Wedding Planning!
By: Brittany Fitch- Sales Director