Wedding Planning

  • COVID 19

    What We Know

    That things are changing by the day. By the hour, even. 

    But to be safe, the CDC has recommended that for the next 8 weeks, we cancel or postpone events with more than 50 people. 

    (I hope by now we all know how to protect ourselves and what to do in case we believe we may be sick. But if you need a bit more information, please visit the CDC website. You can also find more information on their guidelines regarding mass gatherings there.)

    What This Means

    This means that if your guest list is over 50 people and you’re getting married before May 11th, you may be receiving a phone call or an email from your wedding venue. 

    Chances are, they are informing you that your wedding needs to be postponed. 

    What You Can Do

    Many venues are postponing weddings and supplying their couples with alternative dates. (If they haven’t provided alternative dates yet, please be patient. They may be dealing with events that are scheduled to take place sooner than yours.)

    Hopefully, your venue is providing you with next step options. If not, it may be a good time to reach out to a local wedding planner. We are constantly in communication with our local industry -so chances are, we already know who is doing what for their clients. 

    If you have a wedding planner, rely on them to collect all of the information you need to move forward. Don’t contact all of your vendors directly as we will have already started doing that for you. Chances are, your vendors are being contacted by every client they have right now, regardless of when their wedding is. 

    If you don’t have a wedding planner, I highly suggest contacting a couple of them. See what kind of services they are offering in these challenging and uncertain times. Rescheduling a wedding can be more difficult than planning one if dealing with vendors who do not have the same rescheduling availability. 

    (We would be honored to assist you with making the right decisions for your wedding.)

    If you’re unable to find a planner to help, begin by setting a new date. Start with your venue and work your way out from there by order of what you consider to be the most important. I say this because everyone has different priorities. If your photography and cinematography services are most important to you, you’re going to want to reach out to them first and find out what dates they have available. 

    If rescheduling is not an option, again, I would recommend a wedding planner. There will be contracts to review and vendors to contact. It can be very overwhelming. Especially if you are also dealing with having your family working and learning from home. 

    If you are getting married after May 11th, please be patient. Not just in dealing with your venue, but also your vendors. Just as I stated above, they may be dealing with events that are scheduled to take place prior to yours.

    We will update this page as we learn more.

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  • Questions for Caterers

    Have you struggled with what to ask your caterer?

    We’ve compiled a list of the top questions you should consider asking your caterer before signing your contract.

    1. How many weddings do you do per year?
    2. How long have you been in business?
    3. Are you licensed to serve alcohol?
    4. Can we provide the beer, wine, and liquors? Or is it strictly provided by the caterer? 
    5. How many staff members do you have working for your company?
    6. Do you specialize in certain cuisines?
    7. Do you have portable refrigeration and heating equipment?
    8. Do you create customized menu items? (possibly an old family recipe?)
    9. What do your packages include other than food? (linens, glassware, plates, chargers, etc.)
    10. Can you work with kosher, vegan, gluten, or any other dietary restrictions?
    11. Do you discount children and vendor meals?
    12. Do you have a cake-cutting fee?
    13. Do you charge for tastings? Do you do more than one tasting?
    14. If there is leftover food at an event, can it be brought home or do you donate it somewhere/throw it away? 
    15. Do you offer a coffee and tea service?
    16. How will servers be dressed?
    17. How much time do you require for setup and breakdown?
    18. How far in advance do you require final headcount?
    19. Do you accept all types of credit cards and payment forms?
    20. What do you require for deposits?
    21. How far in advance is the final payment due?
    22. What is your refund/cancellation policy?
    23. May I see your packages?
    *Of course, not all of them will apply, so please consider this a simple guide.

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  • Questions for Bakers

    Have you struggled with what to ask your baker?

    We’ve compiled a list of the top 25 questions you should consider asking your baker before signing your contract.

    1. How long have you been in business?
    2. Can I taste some of your cake flavors and icings?
    3. Can I see a portfolio of cakes that you have made?
    4. How many different cake flavors and fillings do you offer?
    5. What are your specialties?
    6. How far in advance are your wedding cakes prepared?
    7. Do you work with both fondant and buttercream?
    8. Do you do sugar paste or gum paste flowers?
    9. Will you be the one actually baking the cake? If not, who is?
    10. Do you offer gluten free or vegan cakes?
    11. Can you design a custom cake to match my theme, style, etc?
    12. Do you offer cake tastings for free? If not, what is the charge?
    13. How do you price your cakes?
    14. Do you allow me to choose different flavors for different tiers of their cake?
    15. Do you have wedding cake stands? If so, what are the rental rates?
    16. Do you make another cake for anniversaries so we do not have to save the top tier?
    17. Do you make grooms cakes?
    18. How many cakes do you schedule on the same day?
    19. How much is your average delivery charge?
    20. What do you do if the cake gets damaged in transit or at the reception site?
    21. Will you put real flowers from the florist on the cake?
    22. If the cake needs to be bigger or smaller due to number of guests, when is the final date to make changes?
    23. Do you offer discounts for off season or non-Saturday events?
    24. What do you require for a deposit?
    25. When is the final payment due?
    *Of course, not all of them will apply, so please consider this a simple guide.

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  • First Look

    Are you on the fence about a first look?
    Why?

    It used to be that it was bad luck to see each other before the ceremony.
    But I think we can all agree that it takes a bit more than luck to ensure the success of a wedding.

    I’d love to break down some reasons as to why a first look is such a good.
    As a bonus, I’ll also add a first look alternative if you’re set on meeting at the altar. 

    Alone Time

    This may be the only opportunity you have to spend some “alone” time together.
    —Keep in mind you’ll want your photographer and cinematographer close by too.
    Take this moment to embrace one another.
    The next time you see each other, you have to wait to be pronounced before you can do kissy face time. Even so, it’ll be in front of all of your friends and family. 

    Nerves

    Imagine walking toward the love of your life as you’re about to vow to spend a lifetime loving each other.
    Beautiful, right?
    Now picture how it will really be:
    Surrounded by a couple hundred of your nearest and dearest.
    (Do you even know that person 7 rows back and 4 deep?)
    Talk about being a nervous wreck.
    But if you’ve already seen each other and spent that alone time really connecting, you’ll feel much more at ease and comfortable knowing that it truly is just the two of you going on this journey together. 

    More Photos

    It’s true!
    If you do a first look, you will have so much more time for photos.
    Now that you’ve gotten the first look out of the way, you can also get all of the bridal party and maybe even some of the family photos done BEFORE the ceremony even begins.

    Allowing you more time to enjoy…

    Cocktail Hour

    You’re spending a lot of money on that open bar and those butler passed hors d’oeuvres.
    Wouldn’t it be nice if you could enjoy it too?
    If you’ve already knocked out a majority of the formal photos BEFORE the ceremony even took place, you’ll be able to hop right into cocktail hour and grab a snack and a drink and mingle. 

    Emotions

    Let’s not forget how emotional you’re going to be on your big day.
    If you do a first look early enough, chances are, your on-site beauty team will be more willing to stick around for any last minute touch ups before sending you down the aisle.
    This means when you cry, you’ll still have someone there to wipe away that mascara and reapply your lipstick one last time.
    Talk about looking your best for ALL THE PHOTOS!

    Listen, if you’re on the fence because you don’t want to be seen in your wedding dress before the ceremony, why not get two? You could always use that one as your reception dress…

    Do you really need another excuse to go dress shopping?

    And as promised, an alternative.

    I get it. Traditions are so so important. I just want to make sure you’re cool as a cucumber and truly enjoying your special day. Have you thought about a first look with someone different in order to help calm those nerves? This option can also give you some fantastic photos to look back on. Doing a first look with Dad or Grandpa can be just as lovely. And if you don’t have a special guy in your life, consider your mom. She would absolutely LOVE to be included. This can be such a sweet way of honoring the person that has made an impact in your life. I’m sure you have at least one!

    Wanna know who we think the best photographers are to capture this moment?

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