While I’ve been planning for my upcoming September wedding for almost a year now, there are definitely some things I’d like to say to all brides out there, regardless of your budget, guest list size, wedding theme, etc. Some things are just universal, such as, mauve and chartreuse will never look right together. EVER. I don’t care what anyone says, and your ‘maids will all question the “honor” of making them part of the wedding party if any of them have to wear those colors…
And quick disclaimer, I certainly do not claim to be a wedding expert, but I’d love to share my experiences in these wedding planning adventures so far. Here’s what I’ve learned:
Price shouldn’t be your only factor in vendor shopping.
I shopped probably 6 different wedding venues before I chose mine, and I got such a range of pricing. We took into consideration how convenient the location was (we have a TON of out-of-town guests), available on-site ceremony location, and what was included in the price per person beyond the food. I didn’t end up choosing the cheapest price per person, but I picked the venue that threw in the silver chiavari chairs, included the silver chargers, and “clicked” with both me and my fiance the most. It’s overall value you’re looking for.
Be open to suggestions when dress shopping.
Lets take a second to talk about how overwhelming it can be dress shopping. It is probably the most expensive dress you will ever wear and it will be immortalized in photos FOREVER. That being said, you may have envisioned your wedding dress being a certain style for a long time, but when it comes down to it, you need to be open to suggestion. You’ll likely visit a few bridal salons, and when you go, try everything on, really. Your consultant is there to help you, and if s/he pulls something you’re not sure about initially, please try it on. You may be pleasantly surprised what you find. I always wanted something crazy avant-garde, but I ended up picking something much more classic. Surprise, indeed.
Courtesy is key with all your vendors, even ones you don’t pick.
Even if you don’t end up picking a vendor that you did a consultation with or got a quote with, do them a solid a just be honest that you’re going in a different direction. They will understand and it saves them leaving you copious emails and voicemails asking if you’ve fell off the face of the planet. And no need to be rude if you didn’t think their style fit your theme or whatever the factor is, because you never know when you may need them or run into them in the future. No bride wants to think worst-case-scenario, but what if one of your vendors unexpectedly cannot deliver for your wedding and you need to find a plan B last minute? Helps to have left things on a nice note with those other vendors.
Alright Sassy readers, my lessons learned have been shared, and I’ll continue to keep you posted on my next wedding planning, pitfalls, and puzzling situations. 🙂