Wedding Planning Advice
From The Bride | 001
“I was planning my Florida wedding from Connecticut (while trying to finish up law school!) and my venue was very much a blank slate, so I knew from the outset that having a planner would be a worthwhile investment. What I didn’t anticipate was just how helpful Laura and her team would be. When I couldn’t find invitations the felt true to my style and a good fit for my budget, Laura worked with me to design just what I wanted. When I had a hard time getting in touch with a busy vendor, a quick phone call from Laura meant I was suddenly on that vendor’s radar again. On my wedding day, when the wrong color table runners showed up and unexpected wind gusts knocked over and broke some of the taller centerpieces just minutes before guests were supposed to come in from the cocktail hour location, Laura and her team fixed it all without it ever being a source of stress for me. I could go on and on with examples, but to put it simply, Laura and the Ashton Events team were truly amazing!
Hopefully my earlier responses have sold you already on what a worthwhile investment a wedding planner is. I’m so, so happy I hired Laura and the Ashton Events team! Beyond that, I have two key pieces of advice:
First: Be sure to invest in a photographer whose work you love and whom you love working with. Much of the event itself is now just a blissful blur in my memory, so having amazing shots of so many moments from the wedding and the reception—including lots I never witnessed myself—is so special. I’m especially thrilled (1) that our wedding package came with the digital rights to all the photos, allowing us as well as our wedding guests to print any of the photos, and (2) that our photographer, Catherine Ann Photography, is a two-person team, allowing the two photographers to divide and conquer to capture so much more of the day itself! It’s definitely worth negotiating on digital rights and a second shooter if those are not automatically part of your photography package.
My other main piece of advice for brides planning outdoor weddings and receptions is to make sure you have a back-up plan that you are happy with. James and I really lucked out, and the weather ended up being perfect on our wedding day. But we were anxiously watching the ever-changing weather forecast all week. Laura and my parents had come up with some back-up arrangements that we would have thrown ourselves into finalizing in the last few days if the forecast hadn’t taken a turn for the better. But because I had not been as involved in that part as all the other planning, I was pretty nervous about the weather. We got lucky, and hopefully you will too, but it definitely helps keep stress levels down if you have a backup plan you’re comfortable and happy with!”
– Kathryn, Featured 5.6.2015
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