It’s a new year, take a deep breath and exhale. You are a very lucky and blessed soul. Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials! Let the planning begin. There are so many resources available to assist you. And as you notice in this issue, a plethora of bridal shows are being planned for you.
My best advice is to start with a meeting a professional wedding planner. Someone who can help you organize and someone with a list of wonderful vendors to recommend to you. Whether you plan had planned to use one or not, spend the money their services are invaluable. When was the last time you planned a $30,000 event? Not spending that much this year because of the economy and other considerations? Let’s try $10,000 for your event. Do you know what plus-plus means on a banquet BEO? How about what size linen on a 60 inch round and what size should the overlay be? Did I get your attention?
Paying for a consultation with a professional planner is essential. You are there to work not just talk about your ring. You need help to get started. It is worth the money. If you really click, consider hiring her (or him) to help you more. A consultant can save you money and oh, so much stress, can get extras added to service contracts or discounts from reliable vendors. A good planner will make sure you don’t waste a dollar.
We have several in this issue of The Wedding Chronicle you can trust. And they are diverse. A lot of them routinely plan weddings for the six figure crowd. But there are many others who care just as much for the small intimate ceremony or the destination wedding. Start the year off making smart decisions. You won’t be sorry.
Happy New Year!