When I talk to couples about planning their wedding there can be a lot of elements that they feel confident about doing on their own. It’s understandable to want to cut costs, and to want to feel connected to the details of your wedding. What some clients don’t realize is that you are going to have a lot on your plate in the weeks leading up to your wedding so you aren’t able to approach these projects with a lot of free time.
Even when you have an open schedule, you won’t be able to solve the age-old problem of being in two places at once. We find the most stressful situations that we hear about are when the couple has booked a venue for one day and have 12 to 15 hours total to bring in all of the decor, set-up - hold the event and then break down.
The reason we have our Wedding Management package is to help couples tie up these loose ends and organize some of these elements so that our team can handle placing the details and fine tuning everything while the couple enjoys getting ready with their wedding party or family. They get to walk down the aisle and look around at their venue with all of their special people surrounding them and not worry if everything is ready for cocktail hour and the reception.
So if you are considering doing some of the work yourself, here are some do’s and don’t’s:
Projects that you can tackle early on such as collecting the centerpiece vessels (wood boxes, vases, vintage books, lanterns, jars, etc) that you can take to your florist to use for the arrangements, or creating cute signs & photo prints that you want to place around your venue to personalize your space —> Yes!
Intricate details that need to be assembled on the day of your wedding at each of the 150+ place settings —> No!
Seating charts and escort cards when your guest count is finalized two weeks out —> Yes!
Anything that can melt or wilt (flowers, cake, desserts, bags of ice) etc —> No!
Custom sign-in books, welcome table signs, keepsakes and other handmade items —> Yes!
Cleaning-up/Breaking down the tables, chairs, linens, rentals and garbage on your wedding night —> No!
To learn more about how we can help you have a stress-free wedding day, we can get started with a complimentary consultation!
~ Happy Planning!