Tips from the Wedding Planner: An Affair to Remember

Rachel Willems

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Published: Monday, January 14, 2013 at 03:13 PM.

After getting my degree in event management I started working for an Affair to Remember. Flash forward to present time I've now been a wedding planner for six years. Being a wedding planner is a fabulous job that's always bringing something new to the plate. After six years and planning my own wedding, I have a few tips that may help you while planning your wedding.

Set a budget
The first thing you need to do is set a budget. Sit down with your finance and your family and come up with a budget. This way you have a goal to stick to. If you don't set a budget you will spend more than you ever thought you could. Also be realistic, the average cost of a wedding is from $25,000-$30,000. You should be spending a certain percentage on each vendor.

Reception (Food, Beverages, Rentals, and Site): 40 percent to 50 percent
Flowers: 10 percent
Photography/Videography: 10 percent
Bride's and groom's attire: 5 percent to 10 percent
Music: 5 percent to 10 percent
Planner or Coordinator: 10 percent to 15 percent
Miscellaneous (Favors, Transportation, Etc.): 10 percent
Cushion: 5 percent to 15 percent

There are many websites that offer budget friendly tools:

Wedding Wire has a great Wedding Budget tracker.

The Knot Wedding Budgeter.

Make a guest list:
The amount of people you are inviting to your wedding will be a huge factor to your budget. You should have your fiance, fiance's parents, your parents and yourself make lists. After you combined them, sit down and go over them together. You don't want to leave a family member out on accident. Also, If you have always dreamed of a venue, photographer, etc. but it is out of your budget you may be able to cut back on your guest list and make this happen.

Enjoy the moment:
You will hear this from everyone... "it goes by so fast."

Believe me it really does.

Once your wedding day starts everything else is a blur. Be sure to enjoy every moment of the day. There will be at least one thing that will go wrong on your wedding day ... don't stress! Remember why you are there and what really matters. You are marrying the love of your life with all your family and closest friends around you. Refer to tip No. 5 on how to not be stressed on your big day.

Come Up with a Design, Theme, and/or Colors:
This will be very important when meeting with vendors. It may help to book your venue first, since it should go along with your design.

If you haven't heard of Pinterest I highly recommend that you create an account and get started on you wedding board. You can bring your Pinterest board with you to your meetings with your florist, cake designer, wedding planner, etc so they can see your ideas.

Get a Wedding Planner:
Of course I'm going to tell you to hire a planner. Whether you need a wedding designer to help you with design, budget, vendor meetings or just a day of coordinator. You don't want your mom, maid of honor, or yourself running around on your wedding day setting up items or having to worry if the cake isn't delivered on time.

Leave the day of details to a professional. Also hiring a wedding planner can help you save money. Our company works with many vendors that will offer our brides a discount. The vendors know that they won't have to worry about the day of details since we will be there taking over for the bride. Wedding planners can also help negotiate prices with vendors.

Happy planning!

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