One of the most common questions we get asked as wedding planners is how do you find great vendors to work with? It can seem mysterious, but we’re here today to walk you through some of our favorite strategies for finding talented wedding vendors around the world.
The next question we get is how do you know if a vendor is the right fit? We’ve got you covered there, too! Download our free email templates HERE, to make sure you’re getting all the info you need from your prospective vendors! OK, let’s dig in...
This is one of our favorite ways to find new vendors and keep up with ones we love! If you’re new to the wedding world, start following one of the bigger accounts like Martha Stewart Weddings and The Knot. Check in on their feeds once a day and start noticing what you like. Every post includes vendor credits so you can start following the vendors who really shine for you.
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Have you ever wondered, “what’s the difference between a place card and an escort card?” Or “do I need programs? What goes into a program anyway?” Or even “when am I supposed to get all this printed?” You’re not alone!! Although paper is one of those things that’s relatively easy to do on your own these days, it can still feel a little intimidating when people start throwing around words and phrases that are rarely used in daily life, AND when it seems like there are so many bits and pieces to think about. Today we’re going down the list of everything you might want (or need!) to include in your on-site paper list. We’ve also put together an easy timeline for ALL of your wedding paper (including save the dates and invitations) plus a quick guide to your printing options and which ones work best for each piece. Check that out HERE!
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Let’s talk design! The first stop after getting engaged is often setting up a Pinterest board, to start dreaming up the perfect design for the big day. As wedding planners, Pinterest is a tool that we also use on a daily basis. It’s a great place to get those creative juices flowing and find tons of inspiration. The only downside is that sometimes you can find too much inspiration! If you feel like you might be falling into a Pinterest hole, we’re here with the life preserver .
We’ve put together a quick video walking you through our 3 step process for creating a cohesive wedding design. We’re all about getting creative and finding inspiration everywhere we look…but we also know that this comes easier to some than to others. The good news is, this process will work for the die-hard Pinterest enthusiast as well as those of you who might feel a little intimidated or just unexcited about this part of wedding planning.
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If you’re wondering whether you need a website for your wedding, the answer is YES! If you’re worried about privacy, you’re in luck as most website platforms offer password protection. If you’re worried about cost, we’ve got good news for you there too! There are a ton of beautiful FREE options and reasonably priced options, available.
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A website will give your guests the ability to find the answers to the most frequently asked questions about the wedding, so they don’t have to constantly be contacting you. Also, it’s where your registry will live. The registry can feel like an etiquette landmine because technically you’re not supposed to list it on your save the date or your invitations. However, your website should absolutely be included on both of those, as it will include all the pertinent information that your guests will need for the wedding weekend. Want to find out what else your website should...
Today we’re talking about one of our favorite things in the world: AUTOMATION! Yup, you read that right :). “Automation” isn’t a super sexy word, but stick with us for a sec. One of the best ways to enjoy wedding planning (and keep from the dreaded overwhelm) is to do less of it.
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These days, the best way to do less work planning is to make your computer do more! We’ve got 3 simple automation tips that will let you set it and forget it, so you can get back to binging your favorite Netflix show next weekend, in no time. We’ve also created a FREE RESOURCES SHEET to get a list of our go-to tools around the web. By the way, all of our go-to tools are also free...because that’s the way we roll ;)
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You’ll be amazed by how much faster you can check things off your list, once you actually HAVE a list! Plus, trying to remember everything in your head,...
Today we’re excited to dive into one of our favorite aspects of designing a wedding...the invitations! This is the first time your guests get a taste of what your wedding will be like and it’s where things start to feel “official”. Paper and stationery is one of those categories where you can easily spend thousands of dollars, but could just as easily spend a fraction of that and still get something that’s unique, beautiful and high quality.
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Recently, we’ve seen the category of semi-custom designs really take off and we love this option! By going this route, you can greatly cut down on the cost of having invitations custom designed solely for your wedding, but still tweak the details so they fit into your overall vision. Right about now, you may be wondering what exactly your wedding invitations should actually say. If you’re like us, you don’t sit around thinking about the proper...
The most exciting step in planning your wedding is often selecting the VENUE! Once you’ve locked this down, you’ll also have the added bonus of picking a date. Hunting for a venue can feel equal parts exhilarating and daunting because there’s no denying that this one piece will inform almost every other decision you make going forward. Oh, and it’s the one vendor you can’t skip...even if you’re eloping!
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Below, we’re going to dig into the nitty-gritty of what makes a great venue, but first, you may want to download this cut and paste email template + checklist we’ve created! The checklist includes all the information you’ll want to check off for each venue, so you can have everything you need on one page. PLUS, with our email template, we’ve included detailed questions that will help you avoid the most common budget pitfall: missing hidden costs!
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How many people should you invite to your wedding? That sounds like an innocent enough question, right? While it can be for some couples, for most, this question can lead to many late night conversations, which often include connecting the dots of every social connection you have (“if we invite Sarah, then we have to invite Joe, John and Emily”). How do you narrow down the final list? You and your partner might also have different ideas about the ideal size of a guest list, and your parents might have yet another. How do you find a common ground?
And once your guest list is solidified, how do you actually collect all of those addresses!? Sending wedding invitations may be the first time you’ve sent paper mail in years, so we’ve got a great free bonus that will walk you through our favorite (super simple) process for collecting addresses! But more on that later.
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Let us guess- you’re over the moon at the thought of marrying the love of your life, but you kind of have no idea where to start when it comes to actually planning your wedding? You’re not alone! Let’s get started with 3 simple steps that you and your partner can take *this weekend* to kickstart the planning process and get you ready to book your first and most important vendor- your venue! Plus, we’ve got a few bonus tips for you at the bottom of this post, so don’t forget to check those out!
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So, how much does a wedding actually cost? If you’re engaged, this is probably one of the first questions that popped into your mind (after a little celebrating!). The cost of a wedding can feel so elusive because it’s difficult to pull a standardized number up and say THIS is how much a wedding costs. There are so many variables that contribute to the bottom line, like location, guest count, style, time of year, etc. We covered some of these points in last week’s post, which you can check out here. The good news is that there are a ton of quality options out there to choose from, at almost every price point!
How do you crunch those numbers? After creating hundreds of budgets, we’ve come up with a two-step process that we’ll walk you through below. We’ve also created a two-part worksheet for you to go along with these instructions, where we’ve laid out a checklist that you can fill in online (no printing necessary!) and an...