Elegant Maryland Country Club Wedding - Megan & Mike

My 2017 wedding season kicked off with Megan and Mike, and it couldn't have been a more amazing start to the year. When I think about absolute dream clients, honestly these two are it. Not only are they so in love and perfect together; but so caring, appreciative and genuine with every interaction and decision we made throughout the planning process (not to mention they are a ridiculously gorgeous couple!). I still remember how much I loved Megan's story about how she met Mike and his proposal, which I'll share a snippet from here:

"Mike and I met our senior year at the University of Maryland. My sorority sister and roommate knew him, and finally realized her two 'science nerd' friends should meet. We ended up in the same class for the first time that fall, became lab partners, and the rest is history! The proposal was so thoughtful and quite the weekend event. He tricked me into going back on campus for a basketball game, and as we walked through the plaza outside of where we had that lab together, he got down on one knee."

Megan and Mike's wedding day at Woodmont Country Club was absolutely gorgeous from start to finish. From their wooden chuppah with lush garlands and floral cascade; to Mike's grandfather and Megan's bridesmaid/sorority sister co-officiating the ceremony; to the romantic, elegant garden inspired reception design; it was something dreams are made of! District Remix had guests on a packed dance floor all night, beginning with the hora (seriously so fun!). It was a celebration full of love and merriment, and such an honor to be a part of. Enjoy these images by Bow Tie Photo, and scroll down to the bottom of the post for the full vendor team! 

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Wedding Management and Styling | Sarah Kazemburg Events & Styling

Photography | Zack Glenn, Bow Tie Photo

Venue and Catering | Woodmont Country Club

Floral Design | Floral & Bloom Designs

Makeup Artist | Tymia Yvette

Hair Stylist | Tina Harrell

Robes | Plum Pretty Sugar

Wedding Dress | Love Couture Bridal

Wedding Dress Designer | Mikaella Bridal

Wedding Invitations | Dunkirk Designs

Cake | Bertucco's Bakery

Donuts | Duck Donuts

DJ | Jordan Solender, District Remix

Videography | Shutter and Sound Films

Draping | Fabrication Events

Signage & Calligraphy | Leah Wolff Design

Love Seat & Vintage Decor | Two Hands Studio

Linens | Party Rental Ltd.

Hotel | Bethesda North Marriott and Conference Center

Coordination Assistant | Maura Deegan 

5 Must Have Tips For Your Wedding Day Timeline

Ohh, the wedding day timeline. Its something you may be putting off until the final weeks leading up to the big day for several reasons. One, because it's certainly not the most fun part of the planning process, and two, it sounds simple enough, right? Not so much! Us planners can tell the difference between a thorough and realistic wedding day timeline versus those which could potentially cause major wedding day hiccups.

Given that photography plays a major role over the course of the entire wedding day, I've asked some of the DC area's best wedding photographers for their tips on timelines to give you insight from both a planner and photographer's perspective. Read on to learn five must have tips to ensure your timeline is on point for the big day!

 
Dyanna LaMora Wedding Day Timeline
 

1. You need ONE master timeline

Decide early on which of your vendors is going to prepare your master timeline. Ideally, it should be your wedding planner working in conjunction with your photographer - someone who is going to manage your day from the moment you begin hair and makeup to the last dance at the end of the reception. I have seen brides with different timelines from their photographer, their venue, their caterer and their DJ and while it's great to have all this help, too many cooks in the kitchen can be a recipe for disaster! Think about it - if one vendor's timeline is even 10 minutes off from someone else's, it will cause a domino effect of a delay that trickles down for your entire day. This is why it's super important to have one timeline, and to share and review that timeline with your vendor team to ensure everyone is on the exact same page. For all of my clients, whether Event Management or Full Planning, I review the timeline in detail with each vendor and receive their input before finalizing. 

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2. Be generous with time for dress and prep 

Once your hair and makeup is complete, you will need to figure in a block of time for getting on your dress. To help get a realistic estimate, I suggest timing how long it takes to get your dress and shoes on at your final dress fitting appointment; then add sufficient time for bridal portraits on top of that. Bonnie, of Bonnie Sen Photography shared, "the most common mistake is not leaving some time for bridal portraits and putting on the dress. I like to draw it out to 30 to 45 minutes to include some posed photos of just the bride before seeing anyone."

Photographer Dyanna LaMora pointed out the importance of allowing enough prep time for your bridesmaids, as well. "Make sure you leave extra room for the bride and all her bridesmaids to get ready in the morning. If the girls run late with hair and makeup, the whole day can go off schedule and there will be less time for photos."

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3. Determine the sunset time

If you plan to do any wedding photos outdoors, its important to include the sunset time in your timeline. This will help guide the best time in terms of lighting for newlywed and wedding party photos. Bonnie recommends outdoor photos take place 30 minutes before sunset in the city, or 15 minutes before sunset in an open landscape. 

Depending on your wedding month, the sunset time will also help determine when your ceremony should begin and end, to allow your photographer enough time to capture those sought after golden hour photos! 

4. Know the length of toasts in advance 

Be sure to ask your best man, maid of honor, or anyone else giving a toast to time it out so you can include this in your timeline. Better yet, give your wedding toasters a time limit to keep their speeches under! Three to five minutes per speaker is ideal. There's nothing that throws your timeline off more than a speech or surprise photo slide show presentation at a wedding that lasts for 45 minutes; and yes, it happens all the time! Communicating expectations with everyone involved in your wedding day, especially those speaking, is key to managing your timeline. 

5. Leave sufficient time for newlywed and group photos 

Many couples underestimate the time it takes to capture newlywed, family and wedding party photos. The more generous you are with your photo time, the better! Dyanna suggests, "60 minutes for bride and groom, 30 minutes for bridal party, and 30 minutes for family formals is ideal." In many cases, you can manage this time by doing a first look and having your wedding party photos taken BEFORE the ceremony, then newlywed and family photos taken after the ceremony during cocktail hour. 

I hope these tips are helpful!  What  other timeline tips or questions do you have? Let us know  the comments below!

Images:  Dyanna LaMora & Dani Leigh Photography

New Years Eve Wedding on Baltimore Harbor - Beth Ann & Drew

Happy New Year loves! It's my first blog post of 2017, and what better way to begin than with Beth Ann and Drew's gorgeous New Years' Eve wedding! This past summer, I met Beth Ann during a photo shoot for Baltimore Bride magazine. As we casually chatted about her engaged life with Drew and NYE wedding plans, I remember thinking to myself that she had the most positive, warm energy and was just an overall awesome person to be around. She's one of those rare people who you meet and immediately feel comfortable with. So, when she asked me to be her wedding coordinator, I was beyond honored!

Beth Ann and Drew went with a classic NYE color palette of black, white, gold and of course plenty of sparkle. After a super romantic, emotional first look on the harbor, they said their vows at Corpus Christi Church in Baltimore, which was fully decorated with white poinsettias and beautiful candlelight from Christmas. Beth Ann truly looked breathtaking in her Lazaro gown and cathedral length veil with delicate beading, and I loved her bridesmaids' sparkly rose gold gowns juxtaposed with classic white and green bouquets. 

Next, it was onto the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor to celebrate the new Mr. and Mrs. Kersse! You could feel the magic in the air as guests arrived to the reception space at the top floor of the hotel, featuring stunning, panoramic views of Baltimore Harbor. Guest tables were adorned with black and gold linens with beautiful floral arrangements and candlelight, creating a perfect ambiance for the night. A custom gold script ornament with each guests' name was placed at their seat, which added such a sweet touch. 

Confetti flew, guests mingled and danced well past midnight, enjoying an amazing view of the New Years' fireworks over the harbor. Congratulations to the happy couple - you two are truly wonderful and know how to throw a party! Enjoy these stunning photos by the incredibly talented Dyanna LaMora, which perfectly capture the details, the beauty and the love that surrounded this special day. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the post for the full vendor team! 

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Wedding Coordination and Styling | Sarah Kazemburg Events & Styling

Photography | Dyanna LaMora

Venue | Hyatt Regency Baltimore

Floral Design | Flowers & Fancies

Hair & Makeup | Caitlyn Meyer

Robes | Plum Pretty Sugar

Wedding Dress | Love Couture Bridal

Wedding Dress Designer | Lazaro

Bridal Shoes | Badgley Mischka

Bridal Veil | Kleinfeld Bridal

Men’s Tuxes | Lapel

Wedding Invitations | Wouldn’t it be lovely

Bridesmaid Dresses | Rent the Runway

Cake | Sugar Bakers

Band | Bachelor Boys Band

Videography | Visual Rose Wedding Videogrpahy

Transportation | Concourse Vintage limosine

Photo Booth | Monumental Moments

Linens & Chair and Love Seat Decor | Two Hands Studio

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Tips for Being Intentional When Choosing Your Wedding Venue

Woodend Sanctuary - Chevy Chase, MD (Image by Dani Leigh Photography)

Woodend Sanctuary - Chevy Chase, MD (Image by Dani Leigh Photography)

We're officially in the midst of holidays, and for us in the wedding industry, it's also a time known as engagement season - woohoo! According to WeddingWire, 40% of couples will get engaged during the months of November through February. Love is most definitely in the air! That means plenty of you will be kicking off your wedding plans as we transition into the new year. One of the first, and most important decisions you will make is choosing the location where you say your "I Do's" and celebrate your nuptials with all of your loved ones. Have you envisioned what your dream wedding day will look like? If not, now is the time to start! 

For those getting married in the District, Maryland or Virginia, the awesome part is that your venue options are plentiful. However, the most popular venues book up well over a year in advance during peak wedding season (late April through early November). Having two or more potential wedding dates, or better yet a season, will give you the best selection for venue options. If you're set on getting married in less than a year and need to commit to a venue ASAP, you will definitely find that having a wedding planner that specializes in your local area a smart investment. (Contact us to learn more about my Venue Scouting service) 

As you dive into the venue search, here are some tips to ensure that you are being intentional and efficient with your valuable time when choosing your perfect wedding venue. 

compile an estimated guest count

Before scheduling your venue visits, be sure to sit down with your fiance and any others whose input will effect your guest count. In most cases, those who are contributing financially to the wedding will have a say in the guest list. Based on your discussions, come up with a guest count range that your venue must be able to accommodate. Many venues have both a minimum guest count requirement, as well as a maximum capacity cutoff. I recommend that couples err on the side of the lower guest count, because it's always easier to add guests than to reduce them once you're committed to a venue and caterer. 

Your estimated guest count should be realistic for your budget purposes, as well. Booking the venue and caterer should not consume your entire budget - be sure to leave room for photography, flowers, rentals and decor, entertainment, and more!

determine your non-negotiables

Think about what your wedding absolutely must have. Have you and your fiance always dreamed of an autumn wedding with beautiful fall foliage, or saying your vows by the water? Make a list of your top three non-negotiables, and allow this to drive your venue search! If you want a spring wedding with gardens, greenery and nature, it wouldn't make sense to visit hotel ballrooms if they can't deliver on the vision you want. 

Will many of your guests be traveling a distance to attend your wedding? If so, you may want to consider venues which have on-site accommodations for your guests, or at least nearby lodging options, so they won't have to worry about getting lost in an unfamiliar area. Better yet, a venue that can host your rehearsal dinner and/or post wedding brunch is a lovely way to spread out the wedding fun for the entire weekend and spend more time with your guests traveling from afar. 

If it's important to you to be married in a church or house of worship, use your ceremony location to help determine where your reception will be. To be considerate of guests' time, the shorter the distance and "wait" time between the ceremony and reception, the better. Also, be mindful of the time of year your wedding will take place. If you are planning a wedding during the peak summer months, you should only consider venues which offer proper cooling and air conditioning to ensure the comfort of you and your guests. Melted cake? No thanks! 

what type of venue fits you as a couple?

Maybe your engagement came as a complete surprise, and you have no idea what your wedding day is supposed to look like. That's the best part! You can, and totally should curate your day based on your personality as a couple. How did you two meet? What are your favorite things to do together?

If you're outdoorsy and love spend your free time hiking or camping, a woodsy, off-the-beaten path venue may be perfect for you. If you're big-city dwellers and love all things luxury and grand, an high-end hotel or prestigious museum would appeal to you. Alternatively, a couple who wants a city wedding with a modern, avant-garde feel may opt for an industrial-chic art gallery. A couple who loves peaceful, romantic settings and the countryside may find that a European inspired winery or villa is their ideal location.

The entire wedding planning process should be driven by what inspires you as a couple and reflects your personalities, while taking your families and guests' interests into consideration, as well. Once you think about these important aspects, you will be much more intentional in which venues you consider - and when you look back on your wedding day, you won't just remember the "where", you will also know that special "why"

What's most important to you in choosing a wedding venue? Let us know in the comments below!

Xx,

Sarah

 

Everything You Need For Your Wedding Day Emergency Kit

Miniemergency Kit, via BHLDN.com

Miniemergency Kit, via BHLDN.com

Whether you have, or are going to be a bride or bridesmaid, chances are you have heard of a wedding day emergency kit aka wedding day survival kit. While there are plenty of prepared emergency kits for purchase out there, today I'm sharing a list of all of the essentials to include should you decide to put together a kit of your own (or be an extra awesome bridesmaid or MOH and make one as a gift!).

Without further ado, here is our carefully curated list of everything you will need to be perfectly photo ready and armed for any potential mishaps for the entirety of your big day!

1. Shout Wipes. These instant stain removers will do the trick if anything gets onto your dress during the night. From a bride that got lipstick on my gown, right before going down the aisle when my maids were helping lift my dress to use the restroom, trust me and keep at least 5 of these in your kit! 

2. Dental Floss. A must, especially after dinner or cocktail hour to keep your pretty smile perfectly clean for all those wedding day photos. Remember, your professional photographers' camera will pick up every little detail! 

3. Mini Pack of Tissues. Weddings and tears of joy go hand in hand. 

4. Oil Blotting Sheets. Perfect for nabbing extra shine or sweat throughout the night without smudging your make-up. 

5. Mini Nail File & Clear Polish. Chipped nails can be mended in an instant for all those ring close ups. 

6. Mini Sewing Kit. Grab a kit with a little pair of scissors, safety pins, needle and thread to mend any potential wardrobe malfunctions. 

7. Bobby Pins. Whether your hairstyle falls a little out of place on the dance floor or falls loose through the course of the day, these are great to have on hand. 

8. Double Stick Fashion Tape. The best solution for securing clothing into place or quickly hemming a fabric tear in an emergency. 

9. Advil (Or Pain Reliever Of Your Choice). Even if you don't need it on your wedding day, you will be happy that you brought some along the next morning! 

10. Breath Mints. Always a good idea considering you will be giving lots of kisses and having close range conversations. 

11. Band-Aids. Whether you get blisters from dancing or a wedding party member needs one while getting ready, these are great to have on hand. 

12. Hairspray. Chances are your hairdresser won't be by your side the whole night, so keep a travel size bottle in your kit to keep your hair style fresh and in place all night long. 

13. Heel Stoppers. A must if your ceremony or reception is taking place outdoors. Just pop these little heel protectors on to prevent your heels from sinking in the grass (extra bonus - they help keep your heels clean, as well!). TheSolemates.com

14. Tweezers. Just in case you need to nab a stray hair or repair a small piece of jewelry.

15. Antacid. The last thing you want to deal with is an upset stomach on your big day! 

Bonus hack! Make sure that your bar/beverage service area is stocked with soda water. In the unlikely, but possible event that red wine/dark liquid spills on your dress, soda water is the magic ingredient to get it out right away! 

What emergency items saved you on your wedding day? Let us know in the comments below!

5 Simple Ways To Save On Your Wedding Budget

Nearly all engaged couples have been there. Once you start getting quotes from vendors and realizing how fast everything adds up, the amounts can feel overwhelming. The most common question I get from couples, regardless of their budget, is "how can we save money while still pulling off our dream wedding?". The good news is that you can, as long as you're willing to prioritize, do your research, and get a little creative. Side note: having a good wedding planner behind you is key to saving money and getting the most out of what you spend on your wedding day.

Before you read on, keep in mind that the most significant way to save money on your wedding is by lowering your guest count, which trickles down to your spending on food and beverage, invitations, table settings, wedding favors and so on. Once you've reached a guest count that you feel is realistic for your budget, read on to discover five practical ways to cut back on your spending without taking away from the fabulousness/wow factor of your wedding day. 

1. Limit your number of bridesmaids

Ladies, I totally get it. It's your wedding day and you want to include all of the important women in your life - your childhood friends, your college girls, sorority sisters, your own sister(s), cousins, and even your fiance's sister(s). However, before you pop the question to your bridesmaids, you should take into consideration the costs that add up for each maid. Yes, it's true that bridesmaids traditionally pay for their own bridesmaid dress, shoes and accessories, but there are several other parts that the bride/couple take care of that you shouldn't skimp on. After all, your maids will be a big part of your support system throughout the planning process and on your big day!

Here is a breakdown of the average costs a bride will spend on each bridesmaid:

"Will you be my bridesmaid" gift? - $30

Bridesmaid bouquet - $70

Rehearsal dinner - $75

Professional hair & makeup - $140

Bridesmaid gift - $60

Based on this example, each bridesmaid will cost an average of $375. A bride with ten bridesmaids will dish out a total of $3,750, while a bride with 5 bridesmaids will spend $1,875. However many bridesmaids you choose to have is a very personal decision and one that only you can make, but the costs are something important to think about when developing your wedding budget. 

2. Repurpose your bouquets 

A wonderful way to save on your floral budget is by repurposing your handheld bouquets. Once the ceremony and group photos are finished, have your day-of coordinator gather the bouquets and place them in vases laid out in your cocktail and/or reception area. Your florist or coordinator can place the vases during set up time. You don't necessarily have to repurpose them as guest table centerpieces, but they can be used to dress up cocktail tables, bars, escort card tables, or anywhere else in your cocktail or reception area that needs a little added prettiness. This alleviates the need to purchase additional floral pieces, since you won't really need your bouquets after the ceremony and group photos. 

3. Use couples' names on place cards

99% of the time, couples or families attending your wedding will be seated at the same table. It's perfectly acceptable and makes sense to print their name on the same place card for their seating arrangement, rather than giving each guest an individual card. You can label the cards the same way you labeled their invitation envelope. Custom place cards can range anywhere from $2 to $10 a piece, so coupling up those cards can easily chip away a couple hundred dollars from your spending. The only time this idea won't work is when each guest pre-selects their meal, and your caterer needs you to indicate their meal choice on the place card. In those cases, I would recommend discussing your options with your caterer. 

4. Choose flowers that are in season

If you have your heart set on a particular flower type to be prominent in your floral design, look into what the peak season is for that particular flower before choosing your wedding date. For example, peonies are in full bloom in the spring, while dahlias peak in the late summer and early fall. If you choose flowers that are not in season during your wedding date, you will end up paying a premium to get those pretty blooms. 

Additionally, don't forget to use greenery and foliage in your floral pieces! Not only do they create a fuller look for less money than flowers, but they add dimension, texture and natural beauty to your floral design. Check out The Knot's Wedding Flower Guide for further reading and tips on blooms and their seasons.

5. Use wedding favors that multi-task

When it comes to guest favors, I encourage couples to choose something useful that guests will remember and not be inclined to leave behind. If you love the idea of having a photo booth, many companies will print the couple's name and wedding date on the photo print outs, giving your guests both a fun memory and a thoughtful favor from your wedding. 

You can also put your place cards in small frames or attach them to a small keepsake, which gives your guests a special memento to take home. Your caterer or baker may even offer gift bags with macarons or sweet treats for a reduced price which you can use for favors, as well. 

Alternatively, you can forgo traditional guest favors all together and make a donation to a charity that is meaningful to you and your fiance, which your guests are sure to be appreciative of!

Hope these ideas are helpful for you! For questions or further assistance with your planning needs, feel free to contact me at sarah@skbevents.com :)

Xo,

Sarah 

Our favorite new trends for 2017 weddings

Hey everyone! I can't believe summer is officially over and we are right around the corner of 2016 coming to an end. This also means that 2017 brides are getting down to business with their wedding plans and in the midst of making lots of decisions when it comes to color palettes, floral design, bridesmaids dresses... the list goes on and on!

Since my official business launch earlier this summer, I've been completely immersed in the latest wedding trends with a focus on Maryland and the DC Metropolitan area; both for 2017 clients and for upcoming styled photo shoots I'm leading planning on (which I can't WAIT to share more about on the blog very soon). So, I thought now would be the perfect time to share some of these amazing trends with all of you brides-to-be who want to step your decor game up a notch and incorporate these stunning ideas into your special day. Enjoy!

Ombre Color Palettes

Ombre bridesmaids dresses; Image via Style Me Pretty

Ombre bridesmaids dresses; Image via Style Me Pretty

Recently, we are seeing less color palettes consisting of 3-4 distinct colors, and couples choosing to have one main color featured in an array of different shades. This turns out to be visually stunning, especially mixed with a metallic color. Our favorite colors for this trend include mixed shades of gray, purple, mauve, and blues. It's also an amazing way to update your bridesmaids dresses! Rather than have all of your maids' in matching dresses, you can add a lovely amount of dimension by choosing one color in different shades - and if you prefer, you can even keep the gown style the same for uniformity! If you need color samples to help you decide, a super easy idea is going to the paint section of a local Home Depot where you can pick up endless options for colors in various shades. You can also incorporate different shades of the same color into your floral design, invitation suite, and linens for a cohesive look. 

Go Green

Image via Wedding Sparrow

Image via Wedding Sparrow

Lots of lush greenery with an organic feel is making a huge comeback with weddings. Even if you are having a ballroom style reception, greenery is perfectly acceptable for a black tie affair! There are so many beautiful shades of green that can work into any color palette: Emerald with jewel tones, Sage or Mint with light, airy colors, or Moss for a garden style palette, just to name a few. 

If you are using a head table, we love the idea of draping a lush green garland across the enter of the table with floral pieces along either side. For your bouquets, adding green pieces, such as eucalyptus, will give you lots of texture and make your blooms stand out against your dress. Even adding a simple piece of foliage, such as a branch of rosemary, on top of each guests' place setting is a simple, inexpensive way to add a green touch to your table scape.  Green is a symbol of rebirth and harmony, and is also known to be the most calming color. Who wouldn't want calming vibes on their wedding day?! 

Copper, Velvet & Silk Accents

Copper details; Image via Style Me Pretty

Copper details; Image via Style Me Pretty

In recent years, weddings saw a huge wave of "shabby chic" decor - such as burlap, tulle, lace and DIY details. Most planners and industry experts agree that those trends are now on their way out, at least here on the east coast! The fresh way to add texture to your event design is with luxe fabrics such as velvet and silk. Instead of using satin or tulle to tie your bouquets, we love the idea of using an airy, loose silk tie which ups the romantic style factor. Silk table linens and ties can be purchased by fabric companies like Silk & Willow, or if you are looking for a less costly option there are many shops on Etsy that sell the fabrics for a reasonable price. Using a silk table runner across a farm table is super chic, elegant and modern. 

For fall and winter weddings, incorporating velvet into your wedding adds texture, warmth, and a rich feel. We especially love to see velvet in jewel toned color palettes! Velvet can be used inside an envelope liner, used to wrap boutonnieres or bouquets, or even as a table runner on your escort card table or dessert table. 

Finally, for 2017 we say that Copper is the new Gold! We especially love Copper for fall and winter weddings, but with the right palette it can be used any time of year. Like Gold, Copper is super versatile and can blend well into nearly any color palette. Copper looks amazing when used in foil lettering on invitations and paper goods, with votive candle holders, table numbers, wax seals, dinnerware and even cake stands! Our favorite use of Copper is mixing it with earthy colors: greenery, grays, taupes, burgundy, and purple shades. Darker and richer in color than gold with warmer undertones, copper is definitely having a moment. Moscow mule, anyone? :)

What are your favorite wedding trends for 2017? What trends would you like to see less of? Let us know in the comments below! 

What can a wedding planner do for you?

Today I'm covering a common question that most brides-to-be will contemplate soon after getting engaged. What do wedding planners actually do? Couldn't I just handle it myself? Here's some real tips and advice on what to expect during the planning process to help you decide whether hiring a professional is the best choice for you. 

Time is money

When it comes to weddings, this is not just a saying. You better believe it's the truth! According to The Wedding Report's 2015 market summary for the DC metropolitan area, there were a total of 35,909 weddings with an average total cost of $37,633. Say your event is a total of 6 hours long, then we can break that down to an average investment of $6,272.17 per hour. Like most big purchases, you want to make sure that you are getting the best services in return for your money. As a wedding planner, we are constantly networking with vendors and we make sure that we work with only the best - because our vendor referrals are a reflection of us, too! We also know which vendors are best suited to fit your style and budget, saving you tons of time and stress trying to figure it out on your own. For instance, if you told me you were having an Al Fresco style dinner reception in Baltimore with a floral budget of $3,000 I could whip out at least two amazing florists for you with photos and contact information, without you having to get online and research a thing. You should also take into consideration the time off work and used vacation days a planner can save you by coordinating with vendors on your behalf. 

Additionally, you will want to make the most of those pricey 5-6 hours of your life - why waste a precious minute on a potential mishap? Having a planner behind you is a safety net ensuring any issues that arise do not interfere with you or your guests' time. We make sure that your set-up and decor is on point, the lighting is perfection, the wedding party is lined up for the ceremony and ready on-cue, and we work with all of your vendors to keep your timeline on track. While you're dancing the night away and mingling with guests, you can count on your planner to direct you when it's time for speeches, cake cutting, and the bouquet toss. 

Knowledge (and a planner) is power

A CalPoly State University study found that that consistently weddings continue to rank seventh (7th) among 43 major stressful life events, and as a wedding planner that figure is not surprising to me at all. I will assure you, however, that it will be worth it in the end. You'll most likely think that to yourself during your first look or when you and your fiancé lock eyes coming down the aisle. But, before that happens, some level of stress is inevitable. There are so many moving parts to bringing a wedding together and countless decisions you will have to make: venue, catering, bar options, floral arrangements, guest lists, budgeting, honeymoon planning just to name a few. Without a planner, I promise you that it will become a second full-time job (assuming you and your fiancé already work full-time). Even more-so if you are planning from a distance, or have less than a year.

While our family and friends mean well, it's not uncommon for mothers, bridesmaids, and in-laws to push their opinions on you - making it even more difficult to finalize all of those decisions. I can't tell you how beneficial it is to have an un-biased resource to help you make these decisions; someone who knows the industry, knows what works and what doesn't, and is looking out for your best interests. 

Venue staff are not the same as planners or day-of coordinators

This is a very common misconception, one that I learned the hard way while planning my own wedding. Most likely, your venue will provide you with a point-of-contact person for your event, however you should not assume that they will take on the role of a planner. Venue staff work for the venue, while planners work for the couple. While some may have the title "event coordinator" they are usually present to ensure that you are complying with the venue's rules, keep track of what vendors are working on the property, and ensure that your guests and vendors respect the property during the event. If your venue staff offers to help with day-of coordination, find out specifically and to what extent they are willing to help you out (early on) so you can hire a planner if need-be. 

In other cases, family and friends may offer to help out, but I recommend against this. Once someone is working at your wedding, they are no longer a guest. Keep in mind that the event will be about 6 hours and it will fly by faster than you can imagine - do you really want someone important to you to be working for any portion of your special day, instead of celebrating by your side? 

To sum up, hiring a wedding planner is always going to be beneficial for your big day. For at least one day, you should let go of all worries and let us take over. You deserve it, and more than anything else, it will allow you and your fiancé to focus on each other and fully ENJOY this amazing time in your lives together. 

Xo,

Sarah 

 

Source: http://www.skbevents.com/blog/wedding-plan...