1. The Vendors you secure are going to be spending quite a bit of time with you, your guests and your family. Remember, you are hiring a personality in addition to the product that they provide. It’s imperative that you find wedding professionals who are engaging, personable, prompt, courteous and who have many years in the industry. Hiring a friend, getting a cheap price or signing a contract before you meet your DJ may result in an undesired outcome. It can dilute all of the time, money and effort you put into your big day.
2. Plan early and make sure all of your requests are submitted no later than 30 days prior to your reception. Life is already busy. Many couples are going to school, either expecting or raising children, working and or buying a house in addition to planning their wedding. You don’t want to be one of those brides that say “I cant wait for this day to be over with.”
3. Keep it simple. Don’t fill your reception with a chronological marathon of activities thinking that the more you do the better it will be. Not true. Television, the wedding industry and former brides will try to convince you that you need a list of activities, gifts and your names in lights for your reception to be successful. It’s unfortunate but the majority of centerpieces and keepsakes are thrown away at the end of the night and over the top aesthetics will be long forgotten before you’re done paying for them. What people remember most is how you look, great food, warm conversations and a well coordinated reception with lots of dancing.