Wedding Planning 101: DIY Projects

Not all DIY projects are created equal.   DIY can save you money, but they can also end up being more expensive.  My projects tend to be because I end up finding more than I need because there is so much fun stuff in the craft store!  Planning ahead is key.  Set a budget and make a list of the things you need.

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1. Start looking early. I find that doing things early not only cut stress in half, but I then you are able to shop around and find deals on all of the materials you need.

2. Pick materials that are inexpensive. If you have a decent size wedding, you are going to find that you are probably going to have to make more than a few centerpieces.  The cost of materials can add up quickly.   Your wedding is a great time to repurpose things you have lying around the house and make them beautiful again.  Plus it saves you a lot of money if you do.

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Wedding Planning 101: Finding your bridal style

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Before you start thinking about all the details that make up your wedding day,  you should determine your bridal style.  It can be as simple as incorporating your favorite color or having a theme as specific as The Great Gatsby.  One of the best ways to start is to gather inspiration.  You can take ideas from everything to a piece of wallpaper, paint chip or fabric pattern.  Once you start collecting things, you will probably see a theme or color pattern begin to emerge.  If you are stuck coming up with ideas, think about interests and hobbies you both have or places and experiences that were meaningful to you.

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Try not to fall victim to obvious design trends. “Being current is important, but looking timeless is even better. Don’t ruin your photos by getting too caught up in overly trendy ideas.” Don’t overdo it. “Focus on a mood or broad statements in the design, rather than an obvious theme or anything too specific. You can tell a story without making things obvious. Everything does not have to be perfect. “Remember you will never find an image of exactly what you want your wedding to look like.  Stop looking so hard and simply create your own: “Consider the images and ideas you might pull together as suggestions rather than literal picture of your own design plans.”

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Wedding Planner or Venue Coordinator?

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Brides are always saying they don’t need a planner because they have someone at the venue taking care of things for them.  Are they doing the same job?  No they actually are not.  For those who are unfamiliar with the differences between a venue coordinator and a wedding planner, it’s important to recognize that they are two different positions each serving their own purpose in the bride and groom’s wedding preparations.

Remember JLo’s famous role in The Wedding Planner where she planned every intricate detail leading up to the wedding day? This person guides the couple through the planning process, from setting a budget to keeping Aunt Sue away from crazy Uncle Ned. The wedding planner will also answer the couple’s questions, assist with contracts and vendor negotiations, help with event design and create a detailed timeline of the wedding day events.  Then on the day of the wedding, the planner will coordinate and be there to take care of every last detail from the ceremony to the reception.

If the wedding planner does all of this, what is left for the venue coordinator to do? The venue coordinator ensures everything taking place at the venue is in order.  The venue coordinator usually enjoys organizing weddings, but does not have the responsibility of handling all matters for bride and groom. This person will handle the set-up of all tables and chairs, manage the food and beverage provided by the venue, coordinate placement of wedding items with the wedding planner, handle venue parking logistics and manage the venue staff.

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Wedding Planning 101- Get Organized

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Getting organized is probably the most important piece of advice you can have when planning your wedding.  Make lists, write out everything, and settle on a definite budget. If you don’t, I truly believe you are setting your self up for a lot of extra stress.

The first thing you should always do is settle on your budget. You need to know how much you can realistically spend. It is so easy to get carried away and lose track of how much you are spending.  You find something you think is a good deal on sale, and the next thing you know you have spent more on things that you were not even planning on buying.

Yes, these days brides are keeping all their plans on phones, computers ect.  I am one of those people who want a tangible way of organizing.  I recommend still keeping a binder of all your wedding details.  You can keep everything in there from inspiration pictures, checklists, budget tracking, brochures and anything wedding related.  Besides, if you love office supplies and organizing like me you can get a prettiful binder, daily planner and clips to make it even more fun. 🙂

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