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Choosing A Non-Traditional Venue For Your Wedding Ceremony

Choosing A Non-Traditional Venue For Your Wedding Ceremony

There are many weddings that are held outside of traditional religious facilities. These locations can offer a great, unique occasion that shows off a bit of your personality and style as well as giving your guests a fun time to remember.

KYM Signature | WeddingNothing is nicer than having an outdoor wedding, if the weather cooperates. This is never a guarantee, however, and people planning to have an outdoor wedding should have a backup facility in case of inclement weather. There should also be information on where the ceremony will be held in the event that the ceremony needs to be moved indoors due to weather.

An outdoor ceremony should take place in an area where there is abundant shade. The wedding party will be standing up for the entire ceremony, and heat can take its toll in the summer months. Too much heat can also be detrimental to any older guests attending the ceremony.

Remember as well that you will have to arrange for a seating, a sound system, and decorations to be provided at the outdoor location, so a dry run will be important to determine needs as far as electrical cords and seat placement.

Large houses can be an ideal place for a non-traditional wedding ceremony, so long as you are ensured of adequate space. Courtroom weddings are rarely affairs in which a large number of guests will take part, but you will want to ensure that there is available seating for those who do wish to attend.

Destination weddings are a great and memorable way to hold your special day, if they fit within your budget. Destination weddings can also offer some opportunities in terms of convenience as they offer the opportunity to be held right at the location of your honeymoon. They can also be a very special part of the occasion, as most of the time you will not be able to spend time with the friends and family who attend your wedding.

A destination wedding allows for the entire party to be together over a period of several days, with lots of time to visit. Remember that you may have to make an additional trip to have final approval over the ceremony venue. You will also want to make sure there are very clear directions to the venue’s location on the invitations.

For some originality, why not consider a less traditional venue for your wedding ceremony? These suggestions are all ideal for smaller weddings and might even save you some money in the long run!


Need an experienced and professional wedding planner? Visit us at  KYM SIGNATURE |  PREMIER SAVANNAH WEDDING PLANNERS

About The Author:  Karen Y. Moore is an award winning wedding planner and the Lead Planner of KYM Signature (http://kymsignature.com). Karen is also the author of The Keep It Sweet & Simple (KISS) Method of Wedding Planning (http://thekissmethod.com).

Creating A Memorable Cocktail Hour
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Creating A Memorable Cocktail Hour

Creating A Memorable Cocktail Hour

The wedding ceremony has concluded! It is now time for cocktails!  Who doesn’t love a fabulous cocktail hour?

Ice sculptures, passed hors-d’oeuvres, chef stations, and signature drinks, all lends to the perfect setting that creates a memorable cocktail hour.

The cocktail hour is the kickoff to a wonderful and momentous occasion and a chance to mix and mingle with friends and family. This pre-reception event sets the tone for the evening and it is the perfect opportunity to show off your personal wedding style.

There’s no limit to what you can do to set your cocktail hour apart. Personalize your event with hot new trends and be vigilant about incorporating all of the little details.

Then watch the “wow factor” take effect. Your guests will be blown away.

When planning your cocktail hour, be sure to keep it in line with your overall wedding theme. Here are some great ideas to make your cocktail hour memorable:

  • Host your cocktail hour in a separate room from your reception. Your guests will see the cocktail hour room before the reception location; this gives you the opportunity to really showcase your theme and décor. Make this a fabulous space in and of itself, one that has its own distinct personality. Utilize high tables and bar stools, which allows guest to mingle.
  • Color Palette – Switch up your color scheme by reversing the reception decor: If your wedding colors are purple with gold and white accents, use gold as the dominant hue for the cocktail area (working in hints of purple and white).
  • Dazzle Them With Décor – The cocktail area is just as important as the reception; utilize candles, floral, crystals and a little bling to bring life to the cocktail space.
  • Create A Signature Drink – There are no limits to creativity. Match your signature drink with your wedding theme. For a fall-themed wedding, for example, you may want to consider a glamorous Pometini (Pomegranate Martini). Feel free to match colors from your wedding with the color of your signature drink.
  • Keeping Things in Harmony – Choose food and drink selections that complement each other.  After choosing your menu for the cocktail hour, select beverages that will complement menu selections.  For example if you plan on serving Hors d’ oeuvres with a Mexican flair  then flavored Margaritas, Pina Coladas and Sangria are obvious choices.
  • Theme – For an Asian Theme as an example incorporate Cherry blossoms and the beautifully Asian symbol of love and affection throughout the cocktail space. Chinese lanterns can be incorporated into the space at varying heights to give added depth and dimension to the space. For appetizers Chicken Satay with peanut dipping sauce for Shrimp Shumai with Ponzu Dipping Sauce. The signature drink a Passion fruit Saketini.
  • Incorporating professional wedding photo booths, cigar rolling, caricature artists, steel drum tropical band or brightly costumed, interactive dancers to perform a feature dance then mingle with your guests are also great ideas for keeping your guests entertained during cocktail hour.

Set the stage by keeping your cocktail hour fun and festive. Creativity is the key and don’t forget to let your personal vision and style shine vividly.


Need an experienced and professional wedding planner? Visit us at  KYM SIGNATURE |  PREMIER SAVANNAH WEDDING PLANNERS

About The Author:  Karen Y. Moore is an award winning wedding planner and the Lead Planner of KYM Signature (http://kymsignature.com). Karen is also the author of The Keep It Sweet & Simple (KISS) Method of Wedding Planning (http://thekissmethod.com).

Bathroom Amenity Baskets
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Bathroom Amenity Baskets

 Bathroom Amenity Baskets

If you’re not familiar with the wedding world, you might be asking yourself what are bathroom amenity baskets or hospitality baskets. Wedding bathroom baskets or amenity baskets are filled with goodies that your friends and family may need while celebrating with you.

The basket doesn’t have to be overly fancy.  Just big enough to hold all of your goodies! Shop the travel-sized aisle to keep costs down.

 

Bathroom Amenity Baskets

So what’s in the bathroom amenity baskets? I’m so glad that you asked. A little of everything!

Lady’s Room:

~ Mints                                    ~ Hair Elastics

~ Hairspray                             ~ Bobby Pins

~ Tissue                                   ~ Tide-to-Go Stick

~ Spritzer/Perfume                  ~ Lint Roller

~ Mouthwash                          ~ Q-tips

~ Dental Floss                         ~ Clear Nail Polish

~ Hand Lotion                        ~ Mini Sewing Kit

~ Feminine Products               ~ Scissors

~ Blotting Sheets                    ~ Tums

~ Band Aides                          ~ Imodium

~ Moleskin                              ~ Eye Drops

~ Safety Pins                           ~ Advil or Ibuprofen

Items you may not have thought of for the ladies: Earring backs & Double Sided Tape

Men’s Room:

~ Mints                                    ~ Lint roller

~ Hair Gel                               ~ Safety Pins

~ Tissue                                   ~ Mini Sewing Kit

~ Cologne                               ~ Scissors

~ Mouthwash                          ~ Tums

~ Dental Floss                         ~ Imodium

~ Hand Lotion                        ~ Eye Drops

~ Band Aides                          ~ Advil or Ibuprofen

~ Tide-to-Go stick

Items you may not have thought of for the guys: Instant Hem & Cuff Fabric Tape

Want to add an extra “little personal touch”?

Include a framed engagement photo, poem or note next to each basket addressed to your guests. Below are a couple of more well know poem examples.

“Please Help Yourself”

So happy you’re here sharing our special day. But just in case something should go astray:

Please help yourself to the contents within, Mouthwash, hand lotion or ibuprofen

Use what you need, and just leave the rest. For it may be useful to some other guest!

Repair the damage that may have been done, Then quick!  Hurry back and join in the fun! 

~ Compliments of the Bride & Groom ~

Dear Guests,
Whether your skin feels dry or your hair out of place
You’re not feeling so fresh or whatever the case
We’ve put together a basket to help you along
Now hurry back out before you miss the next song!

~ Compliments of the Bride & Groom ~

 

Are you doing Bathroom Amenity Baskets?  What amenities will you supply your guests?

The baskets are a nice DIY project or one that you can delegate to your wedding planner or bridesmaids.

Happy Planning!


Need an experienced and professional wedding planner? Visit us at  KYM SIGNATURE |  PREMIER SAVANNAH WEDDING PLANNERS

About The Author:  Karen Y. Moore is an award winning wedding planner and the Lead Planner of KYM Signature (http://kymsignature.com). Karen is also the author of The Keep It Sweet & Simple (KISS) Method of Wedding Planning (http://thekissmethod.com).

Seven Easy Tips And Ideas For A Stress-Free Wedding
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Seven Easy Tips And Ideas For A Stress-Free Wedding

Seven Easy Tips And Ideas For A Stress-Free Wedding

Men and women seem to want different things when it comes to the overall makeup of their weddings, but everyone can agree that a wedding should be a day you remember for the rest of your life. Make sure you’re planning a day worth remembering by using the wedding tips in this article.

It is a nice gesture to provide wedding favors for everybody, and depending on the size of your wedding and your allotted budget, there are some wallet friendly ideas out there. It can sometimes be more economical to purchase a gift that is high quality as opposed to many small things to fill a favor bag. Items that are a great example of this would be: stationery set, gift certificates, teacup and saucer set, mugs or a box of chocolates. This ensures that you provide a gift for everyone, while still saving some money.

Regardless of whether you are going into a wedding with issues or have the perfect relationship, seek out premarital counseling. Counseling can help increase the chance of having a successful marriage and will teach you a lot of tips that you can put into practice before, during, and after your wedding.

Being the bride of the wedding, you know you will have to stay in your wedding gown for hours upon end. Knowing this before hand, it is of utmost importance that you make sure it is comfortable and doesn’t have anything that will irritate you after hours. Otherwise, you will be miserable for the entire evening!

Make sure that you never plan your bachelor or bachelorette parties the day before the wedding. There may be a lot of drinking at these parties, and the last thing that you will want to do is ruin the day of your wedding because you are not fully functional. Have a calm day right before your wedding.

Stick together as much as possible during your day. This wedding is about the two of you joining your lives together. Do not let the pressure of trying to spend time with everyone at the gathering keep you apart. Relax, go with the flow and walk among your guests together as a couple and enjoy each other as much as you can in your special moment.

If you are having an outdoor wedding, make sure you have a backup plan in case of bad weather. Ideally, you should also have a nearby indoor location that can be accessed at a moment’s notice. Another option you have is to rent a party tent that is big enough to cover your entire wedding party and all of your guests comfortably. Don’t get caught out in the rain.

A wedding is a huge event that most people take extremely seriously, even though the atmosphere is ultimately going to be whimsical and romantic. It’s always a great idea to seek some outside advice for your wedding, and using the tips you’ve read here can help you lighten the load for your big day.

We hope that you have enjoyed reading Seven Easy Tips And Ideas For A Stress-Free Wedding. Please share and leave your comments below.

 About The Author:  Karen Y. Moore is an award winning wedding planner and the Lead Planner of KYM Signature (http://kymsignature.com). Karen is also the author of The Keep It Sweet & Simple (KISS) Method of Wedding Planning (http://thekissmethod.com).

KYM Signature | Reception Venues
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Reception Venues: Everything You Need To Know About Them

Reception Venues: Everything You Need To Know About Them

The high point of the wedding celebration should be an expression of the couple and the appreciation they feel for their guests. It’s the time when the spotlight is truly on the couple. Of course, the dresses, flowers, cake and dinner are also sharing some of the attention, and choosing the right venue to feature it all together should be the first steps in the planning process.

The best reception venues feature the finest combination of location, convenience, service and ambiance.  Look for the site’s individual style characteristics. The worst reputation any venue can earn is that of a cookie cutter operation. No two couples are alike, and a wedding has to be a very personal statement.

Keep In Mind:  Your reception is the heart of your wedding day.  You will also spend the most time at your reception. The reception sets the tone, theme and personality for your ceremony.

The primary factors to consider in choosing a site are: budget, then number of guests, location preferences, and any sentimental value a certain location holds for you as a couple.

Popular sites for receptions are hotels, clubs and event facilities because they offer the convenience of having everything in one location.

KYM Signature | Reception Venues

As well as scouting every avenue to ensure you find the right place or the right date, there are plenty of other considerations to think of. Here are a few that you should take into consideration while you are searching for wedding reception venues.

  • Is the venue big enough? Will it be able to accommodate the number of guests that you are anticipating?
  • Will your wedding be the only event at the venue on your big day? Weddings tends to over their allotted time, but you shouldn’t feel rushed out before you are ready to wind down or fell neglected because the staff have to tend to another parallel function.
  • Does the venue allow outside catering or insist that you use theirs?
  • Does the venue offer a menu tasting prior to your wedding?
  • Is the venue accessible and easy to find?
  • Are their separate spaces for your cocktail hour and reception?
  • Does the venue have adequate storage for gifts, etc?
  • Can you have open flames?
  • Is confetti, fireworks or sparklers permitted?
  • Is there an option for event signage or marquee?
  • If you opt not to serve alcohol is there still a bar fee? Is there a corkage fee? What is the legal cut-off time to serve alcohol?
  • Do they have a Public Address system for speeches and toasts?
  • Can the photographer/videographer conduct a site visit beforehand to get an idea of what to expect on the big day?
  • And most importantly have you fallen in love with the space?

When it’s all said and done, you need a venue that will effectively set the mood for the entire celebration, but also one that allows for your guests comfort and convenience. Providing ample parking or valet service and a fully functioning air conditioning in the reception facility contributes to your guest’s enjoyment of the celebration.

Look for a venue with more than one set of restrooms, and make sure that they are accessible.  For any venue there may be restrictions on decorations that you can use or the type, duration, or volume of the music.

One final word of advice don’t forget to ask about set-up and break-down times or find out if you can set-up the night before. Also check to see if clean-up services are provided.

 About The Author:  Karen Y. Moore is an award winning wedding planner and the Lead Planner of KYM Signature (http://kymsignature.com). Karen is also the author of The Keep It Sweet & Simple (KISS) Method of Wedding Planning (http://thekissmethod.com).

Make Up Magic
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Make Up Magic

Make Up Magic

When it comes to beauty, the first thing any bride-to-be should do is take a good look at their skin care regime. Visit a dermatologist or skin-care experts (you can get recommendations from your doctor, family or friends) to find out exactly what you need to do to get the perfect, healthy skin you want for your wedding day. Ask lots of questions and learn how to take care of your complexion – both your face and your body. One thing you can start doing right away is to drink more water. This flushes toxins out of your skin and your system.

To tan or not to tan? Most brides choose to tan for their weddings. As long as you do this properly, you won’t have to worry about the orange color from a sun-lamp or the redness of being outside. Tan gradually and never excessively. Watch for tan lines – you don’t want them to show. Don’t tan in the week prior to your wedding because your tan needs the time to turn from red (or orange!) to the lovely brown you’re seeking. Another option (which is quite healthy) is a tan-in-a bottle or a spray tan. Test either of these methods well ahead of your wedding for any reactions.

Get a full facial done (not within two weeks of your wedding) to even out your skin tone and give your skin time to heal from any reactions you might have. If you are wearing a strapless gown, get two shades of foundation – one for your face and one for your shoulders.

Powder Is A Must – Flashes from cameras can reflect off your face, making you look hot and greasy. Focus attention to one dramatic part of your face – either the eyes or the lips. A great tip to keep in mind; blush is an accent, not a feature!

Whether you go light, dark or dramatic on your eyes, always use a matte contour in the crease of the eye – never a frost. Save frost shades for the lower lid, slightly under your brow bone or on your lips. Eyeliner is the best product to bring out the glamour for your bridal make up. Reshape or darken your brows with a pencil or powder for better definition. If you are getting your brows waxed (or any part of your face), do it at least three days before your wedding.

Eyelashes are the finishing touch on your wedding look. Try using a eyelash curler for more dramatic lashes. The key is to curl your lashes before you apply mascara. Stay on the safe side – black and waterproof. If you are looking for more than your lashes can give you, get false ones. These are available individually or in strips, so you can choose exactly how much you want. After you’ve applied them, finish your lashes with a thin line of liquid eyeliner to make them look more natural.

Keep your lips simple. Use a lip liner only if you are willing to touch it up all day. Lipstick lasts longer than gloss, but lip gloss is very easy to use for a touch up in a hurry. Pedicures and manicures are a must for your day. Simple and soft shades are usually your best bet a nice touch without overpowering your total look. We hope that you enjoyed our Make Up Magic post. Please comment below if these tips were useful to you in planning on of the most glamorous days of your life.

Planning A Savannah Destination Wedding
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Planning A Savannah Destination Wedding

Planning A Savannah Destination Wedding

Over the past 13 years I have watched Savannah become a  top destination wedding location.  Loaded with rich history, culture, charm and romance,  our beautiful city attracts hundreds of couples yearly. There is no doubt that Savannah provides endless possibilities to the destination bride.

Having a Savannah Destination Wedding  is quite cost effective and can save the prospective couple thousands of dollars on their wedding. Destination weddings  also provide great mini-vacations for the guests.

As Senior Planner for KYM Signature, I have found that the typical destination bride, desires that her wedding be  ultra chic and leave her guests with an indelible  “wow” effect. Assembling family and friends to a destination location such as Savannah creates amazing memories. It can also provide a special place for the bridal couple to come back and celebrate their anniversaries for many years to come.

However, planning a destination wedding can be a daunting task if you are unfamiliar with the area. Guest accommodations, travel arrangements, guest transportation, finding the right venue,  locating the perfect photographer  are only a few of the components needed in planning a perfectly executed destination wedding.  There are numerous details and with the bridal couple living so far away oftentimes many of these important get overlooked. The bridal couple should be able to enjoy their celebration, instead of worrying about caterers, photographers or timing the delivery of the bridal flowers.

I believe that proper planning and all of the intimate and signature details are the keys to having a “Fabulous” Destination Wedding. Hiring a local planner to handle all of the details, both large and small is one of the best decisions that a bride can make in the destination wedding planning process. By hiring a local planner a bride alleviates  an enormous amount of stress.

A planner assists in finding the perfect wedding and reception venue, securing vendors, making telephone calls. and  running errands.  Another reason hiring a planner is beneficial is that they save you from making unnecessary trips to the destination location. A planner also takes care of everything behind the scenes on your wedding day, therefore allowing you time to relax and have fun.  The  goal for each of my destination brides is to have a Fabulous, Memorable, Stress  and Hassle Free Day!

When  planning a destination wedding flexibility is a must!. An enormous  amount of destination weddings takes place in Savannah’s  Historic Parks and Squares.   A back-up or alternative plan is another crucial  detail when planning a destination wedding that happens to be outside.  Another benefit of having a local point of contact is they are capable of spinning on a dime in the event of inclement weather. This is very helpful  as you want nothing short of a smooth transition for you and your guests into the back-up plan or location.

How does one select the right destination wedding planner?  I recommend  calling the Better Business Bureau, the local Chamber of Commerce or the Visitor’s Bureau. They have resources available right at their fingertips and  can offer you invaluable assistance with locating the right  local planner.  Weddingwire.com is another great online resource as it puts Savannah’s best right at your finger tips.  One of the many features of WeddingWire.com that I love, is there are vendor reviews and testimonies directly on the vendor’s profile from previous clients.

This gives you a wonderful feel for the planner and is an important resource for the decision making process.

Local planners are a wealth of knowledge and most often they have wedding packets on hand from various vendors that list the services that you will need to plan your dream destination wedding.

From my experience in the industry, having  a  team of knowledgeable professionals  lays a solid foundation and helps to insure that your wedding day will be one of  the best days of your life.  A stress-free  engagement is truly possible and you can be confident that your special day will be everything that you imagined it to be!

Planning Your Honeymoon Adventure
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Planning Your Honeymoon Adventure

Planning Your Honeymoon Adventure

The wedding is just the beginning.  There’s plenty of excitement that goes along with planning your honeymoon adventure as well, from choosing a travel adventure to deciding on what to bring along on the journey.  And for many, planning this great “escape” is just as important as planning the actual wedding.  Regardless of where you decide to go, there are some things you should know to make it the kind of experience you want it to be.

First, you must decide on a budget.  If money is not an issue, bon-voyage!  However,  if you’re like most engaged couples, you’re already paying more than you anticipated.  Establish a budget and use it as a guide.

You’ll also need to decide whether you want an all-inclusive, one-price-does-it-all, leave-the-wallet-at-home type of trip, or a more do-it-yourself package with car rental, lodging, food, and activities on an a la carte basis.  Cruises technically fall under the all-inclusive category, as do resorts.

Of course, honeymoon budgeting takes on a new meaning if you decide to do a “destination wedding”.  These are becoming very popular as more and more couples decide to forego the traditional wedding costs in addition to the honeymoon expense.  There are especially popular with second marriages.  It’s easier to get married in some countries than others, so be sure to check with a reliable source, like a country’s consulate or the U.S. Department of State, before making any arrangements.

Now you need to book and pay for this trip.  Many honeymoon suppliers offer special rates for early booking, which may or may not include airfare.  Packages that include airfare can offer significant savings because retailers buy airline seats in at a discount, then package hotel, and sometimes car rentals as well.

You may also want to consider using a honeymoon gift registry to help with expenses.  Check with your local travel agent to see if they offer this kind of service or you can investigate more on the internet.  A good place to start is at www.TheHoneymoon.com.

Honeymoon registries allow guests, friends and family to contribute toward specific elements of your honeymoon, like shore excursions, parasailing, spa services, and tours.

Kiss Tips For The Newly Engaged Couple
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Kiss Tips For The Newly Engaged Couple

Keep It Sweet & Simple (KISS) Tips For The Newly Engaged Couple

Becoming engaged is a time you and your partner will remember forever; it can be overwhelming while marvelous and exciting.

Below you will find some tips and suggestions for you during the hectic months to come:

  • It can be difficult to compromise with one another. Each of you may have different ideas; but the important thing to remember is meeting each other half way.
  • Communicating with your partner is the key to any relationship; make sure to listen to each other. That way you both know that your opinion does matter.
  • While planning your wedding you should try to set a date for every second week that has nothing to do with planning your big day. That way you two can just focus on each other without all the excitement of your wedding.
  • Get to know your partners family, after all they are going to be your future in-laws. Learning about your fiancés relatives is a great way to grow as a couple.
  • Have priorities when it comes to planning your wedding; make sure that when you both are setting out your schedule that you are taking into account the more critical things verse the more easier tasks. Setting a timeline can be very beneficial.
  • Keep in mind that it is up to only you two to plan your wedding day – what the cake will be like, who your band will be, what your china looks like, these are things that are all up to you two and no one else.
  • It is important for you and your fiancé to seek pre-marriage advice. You need to make sure that you both understand each other’s view on your future.
  • Remember what is most important. Weddings are never just about the two of you (the honeymoon is!) That being said, take into consideration that you will need to learn how to work and cooperate with family members, the annoying cousins, or his/her charming but callous best friend. For what its worth, at least you can look back and say that you had made the best of “those” moments of your life.

Lastly, remember that you are no longer going to be a me, but a we. Some topics that will need to be discussed before marriage are: personality differences, sexual expectations, and most of all money. Finances have made and broken families and life time partners, all because there was no established mutual agreement to begin with; that or setting unrealistic standards for each other.

8 Questions You Must Ask a Wedding Professional Before Booking Them
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8 Questions You Must Ask a Wedding Professional Before Booking Them

8 Questions You Must Ask a Wedding Professional Before Booking Them

Hiring the right team is critical to planning your dream wedding…and it can also be quite stressful. How do you find the right match for you?  How do you know who to trust?  Where do you go for advice?

First of all, this is not an easy task and it’s totally normal for couples to feel overwhelmed, frustrated or confused.  It’s not like you plan a wedding every day!  This is all probably brand new to you, so be patient with yourself.

Here are a few tips to finding the wedding professional that is just right for you…

  • Do Your Homework.  You’ll get much more out of a meeting or conversation with a wedding professional if you do a little background homework first. Spend some time on the internet or talking to friends who’ve recently been married.  Find out the average prices in your area and what services are available.  Get an idea of what you like and don’t like.  Wedding websites and chat rooms can be a great resource.  This way when you meet with a wedding professional you’ll be able to ask better questions and have an idea of what to look out for.
  • Meet With Them.  An in person meeting is the best way to interview a potential wedding vendor.  It lets you get the full experience of their personality, style and professionalism.  If that’s not possible, have a phone conversation.
  • Ask Questions.  There are no stupid questions!  Make sure you get clear, specific answers to your questions. If you aren’t sure what something means, ask them to clarify. Keep asking questions until you completely understand.

If a wedding vendor has a problem with you asking questions, they probably aren’t the one for you.  The best wedding professionals are patient, understanding and take the time to help you make the best choices for your wedding.

  • Listen.  Don’t just hear the words they say, really listen.  Watch the vendor’s body language.  Are they confident and comfortable with their response?  Do they look and sound nervous?  Do you get a “funny feeling” about them?  Take all the sights, sounds and feelings into account along with their responses; if your gut tells you something isn’t right, it probably isn’t.
  • Check References.  Portfolios are hand-picked to show off the best work, but they may not represent the “average” wedding performance.  Videos are edited for the optimum presentation.  But real referrals from satisfied clients are hard to fake.

Call up both client and professional references.  Ask questions and use those listening skills.  Even if they give a rave review, you’ll often be able to “read between the lines” if there were any issues or problems. Ask around and search the internet for reviews.  Check the Better Business Bureau for any outstanding complaints against the business.  Weigh all of this information into your choices.

Here are 8 Must Ask Questions to ask ALL your potential wedding professionals before booking:

  1. How many weddings do you do per year? How much experience do you have? This is an extremely important question.  Ideally, your wedding professional should have ample experience specifically with weddings.  Not only will they be more skilled in their craft, this also makes them a valuable source of information and ensures that your wedding day goes smoothly.
  2. How much do you cost? Price is often relative, especially when you factor in experience, reputation and expert skill. Generally, the most talented professionals have a higher price tag because they are worth it.
  3. How much is the deposit?
  4. What specifically is included in that cost? Because packages often vary, it’s likely that you won’t be able to compare one vendor exactly to the next without doing a little figuring. The lowest cost isn’t necessarily the best deal; some higher quotes include services that you have to pay extra for in other packages.  Make sure you take this into account.
  5. What happens if I cancel? What happens if you cancel? Find out if your deposit is refundable under any conditions.  Does the wedding professional have a back up plan if something happens to them?
  6. Do you use a contract? If the answer is No, RUN! A contract is designed to protect both you and the wedding professional.  Don’t settle for a verbal agreement that won’t hold up in court.
  7. Are there any additional fees? Taxes, service charges and travel fees can add up quickly. Make sure you understand exactly what is included and if there are any other fees you’ll have to pay.  This should be clearly defined in your contract.
  8. Do you carry liability insurance? The answer you’re looking for here is Yes. This protects you in case an unfortunate accident should occur on your wedding day.  It’s also a sign that this is a reputable business, since most “fly by night” operations don’t invest in insurance.