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I have to say- I adore my month-of wedding coordinator. Tabitha Roberts, aside from having one of my favorite names, is covering all the details on my big day that’ll drive me crazy. I opted to do day-of (really month-of) coordination which includes:

  • Orchestrating vendor walk through one month prior to wedding
  • Collaboration with vendors on floor plans, setup, and time lines
  • Being the point of contact for vendors and family on wedding day
  • Coordinating your rehearsal before the big day
  • Unlimited hours with our Coordinator and assistant on the wedding day

I didn’t really need a wedding planner, per say, but she’ll definitely been needed so I’m not running around like a chicken with my head cut off… at least more than I need to be.

Between being in two weddings without a coordinator start over and hour late and having one awesome coordinator actually sew myself and the other bridesmaids into our dresses when all of our zippers broke, I’ve seen how valuable the extra help can be. There is no getting away from the fact that an expert wedding planner can relieve some stress of planning your wedding. But let’s also not forget that the elimination of stress does cost some extra money. So as lovely as that might be, it isn’t always going to be a luxury that we can all afford. You may be on a budget that is pretty tight or like to plan an organize most things yourself. If so, then there are a few lessons we can learn from the professionals when it comes to planning a wedding.

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Give Yourself Plenty of Time

If you’re going to be doing it yourself, then you need to allow plenty of time to get things done. You’ll have your regular job to contend with, whereas planning your wedding would be the full-time job of a professional. Around eight months should be plenty, but a year can be the ideal time to get all of the plans in place.

Be Prepared To Negotiate

Your wedding is your wedding. But for wedding vendors, it is merely a transaction. So when it comes to planning, it can help to see things as a business transaction too. Which is why being savvy and negotiating can be a good way to get the best deal. If you don’t want certain elements that the photographer is offering, then ask for something else or just have the price reduced. Be prepared to negotiate so that you only end up with the things that you want.

Get Help When Needed

Some elements will need some professional help. So don’t be afraid to ask for it (just be prepared to negotiate when you do). Looking for a reception venue can often bring with it some wedding organizers to help plan things for the day. So work with them and make sure that they have a clear idea of how you want things to look and work on the day.

Spend Money Wisely

The cost of weddings can spiral out of control if you let it. So it is a good idea to plan carefully and spend wisely. It could be a good idea to get a specific wedding credit card that will allow you to earn cash back or air miles for your honeymoon, for example. You’re going to be spending the money anyway. So you may as well get some extras for your sending, right?

Read The Fine Print

A professional is going to be the person reading through the contracts all for you. Which is why you need to make sure that you are checking all of the fine print if you decide to go it alone. You might be signing away hidden costs or extras if you don’t check on this kind of thing. As has been said, your wedding is just a business transaction for vendors. So check the details of everything, including (even though it will be the last thing on your mind) things like cancellation policies.

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If you’re someone who likes to take an ethical and eco-conscious approach to life, you probably don’t want things to be any different when it comes to your wedding. Your big day can be just as ethical as anything in the rest of your life and still be magical too. You’re not the only couple who want an ethical wedding, so you’re sure to find lots of options for vendors, materials, and much more. To successfully plan an ethical wedding, you need to be ready to do some research and ask lots of questions. Keep the following points in mind to get started.

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Start with the Rings

The rings you choose are a symbol of your love. They’re one of the material things that will last beyond your wedding day, intended to be worn for your whole marriage. Whether you have an engagement ring or you go straight for the wedding bands, you should think about how and where they’re made. An ethical jewelry maker like Brilliant Earth can make sure you get rings that use ethical stones and metals. Some ethical stones are carefully sourced, some are second-hand, and others are made in labs. When you choose rings, remember to think about durability too.

Keep Things Small

One of the best ways to keep the impact of your wedding at a low is to have a small affair. While a big wedding might appeal to some, not everyone wants hundreds of guests. If you keep things small, you could find that it’s a lot less stressful to get everything sorted out. Of course, you might have some trouble narrowing down the guest list if you’re not sure who to invite. You might also have to be careful of people getting offended because they didn’t receive an invitation. But if you have a small wedding, you can reduce waste, energy use, and various other things to reduce the impact of the day.

Personally, this route is not for me. But I’m off-setting that by shopping small. A lot of things for my wedding are coming from Etsy shops, and my flowers are coming from a family-owned local business. This leads me to the next point…

Vet Your Vendors Carefully

Choosing your wedding vendors is something you’ll have to be careful about if you want an ethical wedding. One of the easiest ways to approach it is to look for vendors who advertise themselves as ethical. If they’re willing to say outright that their practices are ethical, they should be able to explain how. Hopefully, they go out of their way to conduct their business in an ethical way and ensure they can fulfill their promises.

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Choose Ethical Clothes, Materials and Supplies

When you’re finding supplies for your wedding, especially if you’ve chosen a more DIY route, you can be careful to select ethical materials too. Don’t forget to consider your outfits as well, especially your wedding dress. If you don’t want to rent a dress, you could consider wearing an upcycled dress or a secondhand one, or simply buying one you can wear again. Even your invites and other paper materials can be made from recycled paper and card.

An ethical wedding doesn’t need to be hard to do. If you know what you want, you can usually find it.

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Planning how you will look when you walk down the aisle is always going to be an arduous task. It’s fair to say that any bride wants to feel the best she has ever felt on her big day, and the outfit is a large part of that. Most brides spend hours agonizing over their dress, deliberating over their shoes, and testing out makeup artists — but what about the hair?

It would be false to claim brides don’t think about their hair. Most weddings these days will involve the bride taking a trip to see a hairdresser, or being visited at home to have her style perfected by a pro. One thing that is true is that brides tend to have a firm idea of how they want their hair to be — almost to the exclusion of even considering other options.

You wouldn’t choose your dress without trying on a few others, so perhaps it’s worth thinking about hairstyles in the same way. Below are details on three of the most popular bridal styles; why not talk to your hair stylist about trying them? You never know, you might surprise yourself…

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1) The Fairytale Look

Wearing your hair loose on your wedding day helps to create a contemporary feel. We’ve all got so used to brides wearing their hair up that, even as loose styles become more popular, it’s still somewhat surprising to see bridal hair down over the shoulders. As a result, this is the perfect style if you want a modern and relaxed feel to your look.

If you don’t have the hair length required, then you can fake it for the day with tape in hair extensions, and add in a few clasps and jewels for an extra-special feel. Loose bridal hairstyles tend to work best with strapless dresses, as the hair is able to flow freely without detracting from the dress itself.

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2) The Classic Updo

For most women, when they think of bridal hair, it’s a classic updo that tends to be the first thing that springs to mind. Carefully arranged curls, a clean neckline, and a few pieces of hair jewelry just to finish the entire look off. It’s simple, elegant, and sophisticated.

This type of hairstyle works particularly well if your gown has sleeves or an intricate neckline. Lifting the hair off the shoulders gives the dress a chance to shine, without competing for attention with loose tendrils of hair. The bridal updo is a classic for a reason, and you might find this style works incredibly well with the rest of your look.

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3) The Artful Tangles

If you didn’t know better, you could think the way the bride’s hair is arranged in this photo is a complete accident. This kind of style is the perfect compromise between the conventional updo and just leaving your hair completely loose. It looks relaxed and simple, but clearly a lot of work has gone into creating it.

Often called princess hairstyles, this type of style can look wonderful when paired with dresses with lace, sleeves, or high necklines.

So — do you think you might have been tempted to a different hairstyle, or are you going to opt for the one you’d already chosen?

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Having a wedding is a monumental occasion, it’s binding you and your partner for the rest of your days and solidifies your relationship with them! Because of its emotional importance, you’re going to want to make sure you have it in the right location for you, but what are your options?

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Church

The classic option, but also one of the best for a reason! A church is a brilliant place to get married, regardless of whether you are religious or not. Churches are where marriages originated from in the west, so by getting married in a church you’re going to be getting married in the place where it all began, giving it a traditional feeling if that’s what you’re after. Some churches are also fantastic pieces of architecture, so if you’re getting married in a very old and well kept church you can expect to see people in awe of the building itself and not just because of you! Churches too are often one of the easiest venues to get a hold of because of how many there are dotted around the country, but this does mean that for some of the nicer ones you will have to wait a while, so keep this in mind before you commit!

Banquet Hall

One of the lesser seen venues for a wedding, but still one of the best and perhaps the most unique setting for a wedding. A banquet hall is a big, long hall that has big, long tables to accompany it! Similar to churches, these halls are often very old and are steeped in heritage, however there are modern ones available for you to pick from. These are good because you can get a wedding that feels very personal as there is only going to be one room, perfect for those of you who want a very powerful wedding!

Outdoors

This is becoming an increasingly popular choice amongst people that don’t want to spend too much but still want a wedding to remember! Having an outdoor wedding reception is one of the best things to do in the 21st century. It’s not something that has really been done before, and the effects of it are fantastic. By being not enclosed by walls and glass, you’re truly exposed to the elements and this can be a real crowd pleaser if the weather goes your way! There is nothing quite as enjoyable as having a wedding that is outside in the sun, so have a look at the different places you can do this!

All of these venues are great choices, if you want a tradition and awe inspiring wedding then have it in a big church, if you’re after a powerful and personal wedding then have it in a banquet hall or if you’re after something that exposes you to the outside world, then have it outside! Music is a very important part of a wedding and is something you need to keep in mind, so read this to figure out what your perfect playlist will be!

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Your wedding day will be the most romantic wedding day of your life, and nothing whatsoever can get in the way of that. Getting together with the person you’ve chosen to spend the rest of your life with to declare your love in front of your friends and family is a wonderful experience that you’ll remember forever. It’s so pure of concept that it’s virtually impossible to get wrong. However, the average modern wedding is so logistically fraught it’s almost a military operation. With caterers, jewelers, florists, photographers and venue staff involved (to name but a few) and an average price tag of over £30,000 (or about $32,000) many couples court danger with the logistical complexity of their wedding planning.

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That’s why we’ve compiled a list of helpful hints which will ensure that poor planning doesn’t send your wedding plans in a tailspin. Avoid these common planning pitfalls and you’ll ensure that confetti is the only thing that goes up in the air on the big day.

Failing to make a budget (and stick to it)

One of the most fundamentally important elements of wedding planning is nailing down your budget. You may want a wedding to rival Beyonce and Jay Z that your guests will be talking about for years to come, but it’s important to be realistic in terms of what you can accomplish and how much you can afford to spend. You should establish a budget for the wedding and divide it into subsections for the dress, catering, entertainment etc. If you can, put your wedding savings in a high-interest account to get the most out of your money throughout the planning phase.

Blowing half your budget on the dress

Of course your wedding dress is vitally important, but it needn’t come at the expense of the rest of the wedding. Keep your mind open to different styles and designers and let the dress pick you. I originally thought I wanted a Haley Paige or a dress custom made by designer Kelly (she does do custom wedding dresses) but I ended up finding a relatively inexpensive dress that I can now customize! Etsy also has some beautiful wedding dresses.

Not insuring the wedding

It’s a harsh truth, but there’s a lot that can go wrong with a wedding. Your band’s lead singer could get a throat infection, someone could drop the cake, your bridesmaids’ dresses could get incinerated in a warehouse fire. While none of these options is particularly likely, you owe it to yourself to check out www.wedinsure.co.uk to check out the policies and choose one that’s right for you. Whoever you choose for wedding insurance, with so many logistical ‘moving parts’ to a wedding, you court chaos by not protecting yourself.

Jumping the gun on ‘save the date’ cards

In their enthusiasm to get the ball rolling and share the joy of their engagement, many couples send out ‘save the date’ cards to virtually everyone they know. Then, when the budgetary implications are all worked out and the final guest list is established, there may be a pretty huge discrepancy between the guest list and those who’ve received ‘save the date’ cards. This could lead to some embarrassing confrontations. Make sure that you hang fire on those cards until the guest list has been established and finalized in accordance with your budget.

By avoiding these common pitfalls you’ll avert risks to your perfect big day and take a lot of the stress and anxiety out of your wedding planning.

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