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3 Barn Wedding Decor Questions

Although barn weddings are often most popular during the summer, they are one of our favorite venues for fall. Cozy on a crisp day, barn weddings are warm, casual, and friendly. How should I decorate with such tall ceilings? Barns are normally large open spaces with high ceilings, which is an intimidatingly blank space. Don’t […]
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5 Rehearsal Dinner Planning & Etiquette Questions

Got rehearsal dinner dilemmas? We’ve here with the answers to the 5 most common questions! Who should host? The groom’s parents traditionally host this event.  However, due to budgets, geography, or strained relationships, it could be that the groom’s parents are unable to host. It is perfectly acceptable for another member of the groom’s family […]
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Engagement Party Etiquette Questions

Engagement parties can be terrific events hosted by friends and family to celebrate the couple and this exciting new phase in their lives.  Here are a few of your most common etiquette and planning questions answered! Does a couple need to have an engagement party? Nope. It’s totally optional. Engagement parties are a particularly good […]
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5 Honeymoon Registry Etiquette Questions

We’re answering your top 5 etiquette questions about honeymoon registries! How much detail should I go into on the registry? Some honeymoon registries run more like a traditional registry, but instead of blenders and towels, you register for a shore excursion or airline tickets. Other honeymoon registries seem more like a cash registry, with a […]
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How to Find the Right Wedding Planner: 5 Questions to Ask

How to Find the Right Wedding Planner: 5 Questions to Ask

There are so many talented wedding planners and coordinators for you to choose from. How do you find the right one for your wedding?  Here are 5 questions you should ask yourself about a wedding planner you’re considering.

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Are they passionate about your style?

Don’t be instantly discouraged if you are trying to plan a modern wedding and all this wedding planner has in their portfolio is vintage. In some areas certain types of events dominate the trend landscape. Just because they have more vintage wedding experience doesn’t mean they aren’t in love with your preferred type of wedding or your vision. During your introductory meeting, tell them about what you want for your wedding’s theme and evaluate from there whether they seem attentive, interested, and excited about what they can offer.

Do they have a package priced for your budget?

Of course, if you can’t make it work, they aren’t the planner for you. Most wedding planners offer a wide range of packages and services, but understand that you will get what you pay for. You can’t hire someone to be a day-of coordinator, but expect to receive full planning services.  The right planner for you will offer the services you need at a price you can afford.

When you meet with them, do you enjoy their personality?

Especially if you are hiring a full-service planner, you will be spending a lot of time with this person.  If you find yourself annoyed with them during the first few minutes of the consultation, it’s probably best to move along.  While this person doesn’t have to be your BFF, they will be someone you rely on at your most stressful. You should like them, or at the very least, really respect them.

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Do they have the right set of skills or experience to manage your event?

Perhaps you are considering a planner or coordinator new to the industry. Just because they don’t have a wide portfolio doesn’t mean they aren’t up to the task of planning your event. Look for people with backgrounds that utilize multitasking and communication skills. Your wedding planner’s main job is organizing the nuts and bolts of your event and implementing your vision in the best way possible.  Creativity is a really important quality but shouldn’t be valued higher than the person’s ability to be adaptable and make things happen.

Are you compatible in how you communicate?

If you prefer a quick response to texts or emails and it takes over a day for them to reply, this might not work out. Outline how you both prefer to receive and give communication up front. If it seems like it will be a challenge, move on to someone who might suit you better.

 

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3 Questions to Ask Each Other as You Start Your Wedding Planning

3 Questions to Ask Each Other as You Start Your Wedding Planning

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You will probably learn more about each other during the wedding planning process than at any other time in your relationship. Conflict can pop up over the silliest of things sometimes, so it is wise to be proactive. Handle communication smartly by starting your planning with three simple questions!

What’s the best way for me to disagree with you during wedding planning?

Don’t wait for the first argument to erupt before discussing communication styles. Planning something together is probably an entirely new experience for the two of you. Make sure that you aren’t offending him if you shrug off his suggestion for the boutonnieres or that you don’t get cranky when he tells you that he doesn’t like the wedding colors you adore.  The best way to avoid taking things too personally and to work through these differences in opinion is to own up to your communication styles and listen to your partner well.  Be honest about what you need in a conversation, and take note of what he needs. Maybe you prefer constructive criticism be worded in really positive ways, or perhaps he needs specific examples when you bring up something with him. And remember, these insights into how you two communicate are going to help you throughout your marriage, not just this phase.

How should we talk about our respective families’ contributions to planning?

Families, often unintentionally, can add a lot of stress to the wedding planning process. Whether it’s over money or guest lists or style or location, everyone has an opinion.  Before anything occurs (again, proactive is best to avoid blaming), talk to your future spouse about what they expect from their family, and how they will handle any surprises. The two of you need to be ambassadors for your relatives in order for the planning process to go as smoothly as possible.  Make sure you are communicating with your own family so that as the two of you discuss details there aren’t many surprises along the way.

When’s date night?

Planning a wedding takes awhile, and it can be all-encompassing, if you let it.  As the two of you are looking at your calendars and scheduling venue tours or dress fittings or cake tastings, remember to also schedule time for just the two of you to build your relationship without the stress of planning. Come to an agreement ahead of time that you will limit the amount of time you discuss wedding planning, or that you will avoid the topic altogether during your quality time.

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