Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Choose a wedding date
Discuss & Choose the style and formality of your wedding
Decide on a wedding budget*
Hire a wedding consultant *
Select a ceremony location
Select a reception site
Start shopping for a wedding gown
8 - 10 Months before the wedding
Select your bridal party
Interview and Hire the following:*
Reception Caterer *( if the reception site does not offer catering)
Photographer and Videographer*
Band or DJ*
Decide on bridesmaids dresses
Start compiling names & addresses for the guest list
Sign up for a gift registry
5 - 7 Months before the wedding
Finalize the guest list
Shop for your wedding stationery (invitations, thank you)
Arrange accommodations for out of town guests if there are any*
Select your wedding cake
Begin preparations for your honeymoon*
4 Months before the wedding
Book your florist*
Shop for your wedding bands
3 Months before the wedding
Send out your invitations
Arrange for rental of items*
Discuss finalized menu options and costs with your caterer*
Arrange transportation/ limousine service*
Order wedding favors if having any*
Shop for bridal party gifts
2 Months before the wedding
Choose your wedding music
Select a location for your rehearsal dinner*
Confirm with formal wear shop*
Schedule your alterations
Schedule fittings for the bridesmaids and flower girl.
Confirm your order with the florist*
1 Month before the wedding
Design your wedding programs if you are having them*
Apply for your marriage license
Have a final gown fitting
Choose all of your wedding accessories
Visit your hair stylist
Visit your make-up artist
Hair & make-up done, have your formal bridal portraits done.
Discuss and finalize details with wedding service providers*
2 Weeks before the wedding
Give the caterer a finalized head count*
Give your DJ or Band a list of songs*
Confirm rehearsal plans*
Complete floor and seating plan*
Confirm all rental and floral delivery dates and times*
1 Week before the wedding
Make any last minute seating arrangements/adjustments*
Organize your wedding day attire
Confirm honeymoon reservations*
Confirm reservations for out-of-town guests*
Pack for your honeymoon.
Gather all necessary documents for travel
Confirm rehearsal plans with attendants*
Confirm reservations for the rehearsal dinner*
Pick up formalwear
YOUR WEDDING DAY!
Get your hair and make-up done
Have someone check the reception site*
Dress for your wedding.
Have candid photos taken with family
Enjoy, you've worked hard
****Any of the items marked with an astrisk can be handled by your coordinator should you have one. That will alleviate the stress on you the day of and the weeks before****
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
We're not sure if we can afford the services of a wedding consultant, but we desperately need help -- we both work full time and our jobs require frequent travel on the weekends. What are our options?
The good news: Skilled wedding consultants are trained to work within a variety of budgets. While it's true that many are hired on a soup-to-nuts, start-to-finish basis (which can get expensive), wedding consultants can facilitate wedding planning in other capacities too. For example, you can schedule a consultation where the consultant provides a blueprint -- usually a preparation guide and a list of trustworthy, talented vendors to check out. You can also hire a wedding consultant to oversee things on the evening before and actual day of the wedding. Or you can contract a wedding consultant to work with you on a freelance basis (to scout out a location, and advise on catering firms and florists, for example), in which case they're paid by the hour. These selective services should run quite a bit less than full-service help. Note that the billing process depends on your coordinator: Some consultants charge by the hour, others charge a flat fee depending on what you need them for. So make a list of things you know you want the consultant to handle, then call a few to see what they charge.mdfriedman13
I did the exact thing. Honestly my friends and everyone were offering to help and it was great but at the end of the day I really want everyone to be able to relax and have fun at the party and not have to worry about the details. I found someone I feel comfortable with that will do a great job and when I need her to do something I know she'll do it and do it right. She'll even take care of things I don't need or want to know about which is great. Hoping to have a very carefree day and I believe worth every penny.
I've worked as a wedding coordinator's assistant and I am now planning my wedding in May. It is the best money you will ever spend, believe me. If you can only afford her for the "day of", DO IT. We've done weddings where everyone was willing to help, but as the event goes on, your helpers want to party and have a good time. Hire someone who know her sole purpose for being there is to get it done beautifully. You won't regret it...
As published by The Knot.Com
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
When setting your date be somewhat flexible, as I have learned if you are having the ceremony and reception at the same location both venues may not be available for the same day. I came across this at a certain location where they had a really cute house as the bridal suite that lead out to one of the ceremony sites. They had numerous ceremony sites but only one "bridal suite" which makes it difficult there are more than one weddding at this location. They only allow one bride to use the bridal suite the day of the wedding. That was just this particuliar site, also if you do not book early your desired date could as well be booked. So try to pick maybe a couple dates that work for you to have available so you will not be upset when your first date is booked.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
The Pickwick Gardens to my amazment was also very nice. As a young person I frequesntly went here to either bowl or ice skate and I was not aware the gardens existed. I was a little concerned about the smell since being so close to the equestrian area, but you could not smell anything. The grounds were very lush with beautiful flowers and fountains and walkways. The amount of trees that would be blooming during the time of year Ana & Miguel would have their wedding would be gorgeous. Their banquet rooms were also nice, one in particuliar had views of the grounds all lit up at night and big windows doecorating the ceiling with swag linens would make the room more intimate. Here is there website too, these pictures though do not do it justice you need to see it in person to appreciate how nice it really is. http://www.pickwickgardensconferencecenter.com/california-garden-wedding-reception.htm They have also looked at Castaways in Burbank which is known for their amazing views. At this point Ana and Miguel have to deceid on a guest list count that works within their budget so we can move forward to secure a location. We need to figure which location will be the best for the money and also offer what they want for there special day. More to come from the two of them....
Friday, April 10, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
We(mother of the bride and I ) have talked about it and came to the conclusion that maybe this person would not mind coming to the wedding as a helper. The Maid of Honour will have to confirm that she is ok with all of this granted, but if so we could use the help. So at this point the Maid of Honour does not think it will be a big deal to the guest that she is not invited, since she knows her well enough we are going to go with that. If things change the invitation to help out still stands.