Getting Started Series: Solved – Get The Answer To The #1 Way To Avoid Exceeding Your Wedding Day Budget!

Solved! Get The Answer To The #1 Way To Avoid Exceeding Your Wedding Day Budget

 

Picture this scenario. At the start of your wedding planning journey, you set your goal wedding budget at $16,000. To play it safe, you even set the absolute maximum that you can spend over your goal budget at $20,000. Fast forward to only a few months away from the big day and you discover that you have somehow exceeded your maximum budget by over $5,000 and still have to make final deposits.  What you hoped would be a $16,000 day is now over $25,000 and counting.

Believe it or not, this happens time and time again. 61% of planning couples report that they exceeded their wedding budget. Although common, the great news is that we have the secret of how to avoid!

The #1 way to avoid exceeding your wedding budget is to set and rank priorities for all wedding related needs.  The trick is to consider what matters most opposed to purchasing everything typically included in a traditional wedding.  

Before you get knee deep into wedding planning, spend time first determining what is most important to you on your big day. This will be a tool to use on your big day to:

 

  • Determine where to invest
  • Determine where to cut
  • Determine where to splurge

WHY IMPORTANT:

You will be able to look back on your big day with confidence that you didn’t compromise where it matters most. You will also be able to avoid seeing every detail as a priority by ranking in order of importance.  

HOW:

Remember our blog post, Sound Like A Pro: Wedding Terms You Need To Know?  There are countless decisions to make while planning, from selecting your wedding stationary to deciding if you will wear a veil. Some decisions may not have much personal value to you, while others you may not be able to imagine not including in your day.  To remain on track, start by considering what matters most and invest in those things first. For instance, if you can’t imagine investing in your dream gown but are undecided on booking a videographer, invest in a videographer after you have purchased your dream gown.  We recommend that you start by focusing on 3 wedding must-haves that you can’t imagine not having on your big day. 

WHY THREE:

Start with 3 wedding must-haves to avoid investing in too many areas at once. Once you have invested in 3 items, check your budget before moving onto 3 more.  Keep narrowing your choices in order of importance by selecting new groups of 3 until all items are selected.  The last items selected are the items you should consider making the most cuts and compromises on to make way for the items at the top of your list!

For more steps on setting (and sticking to) your Top 3 Wedding Must Haves, as well as a journal page to easily map our your must haves, grab a copy of our e-book, Getting Started: The Ultimate Wedding Planning Guide!  

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Help! I Just Got Engaged And Don’t Know Where To Begin!

During our Wediquette Wednesday Q&A feature, we are always asked where to begin planning after getting engaged. With hundreds of decisions to make during the planning journey, we understand how overwhelming it can be to know where to begin.  

Check out our roundup of the 13 things that every bride should consider after getting engaged below!

  • Consider your wedding vision

We recommend that you make this your first step after getting engaged so that you spend time imagining your wedding vision, free from outside influence. This will be an amazing way to infuse personalized touches to your day that truly speak to you! Be sure to discuss with your fiancé to share ideas.

  • Consider your wedding budget

Your budget will not only determine how much you can afford for your dream day, but also your engagement length. If on a budget, stretching out your engagement will allow additional time to save up funds for your big day! 

  • Consider possible wedding dates

We recommend that consider not only wedding dates but your ideal wedding seasons. Imagine the time of year that you would like your day to take place, such as you if you ideally would love your wedding to take place during the summer or if you would prefer a winter wedding. Considering the season will not only help make decisions towards your wedding theme, but will also come in handy as you contact venues. You may find more availability if you are open to dates in a given season, opposed to one particular date.

  • Consider the wedding city

Decide if you will stay local or even have a destination wedding. If  your finance is from a different location, spend time comparing costs between locations to help narrow down the best fit for your budget!

 

  • Consider your wedding guest list

Decide if you plan to keep things intimate with a small wedding, or expect to have a larger wedding. Be sure to consider a ballpark number of guests, such as keeping your guest list under 100 guests or between 220-250 guests.

  • Consider the wedding venue

Consider the best style wedding venue for your day. Compare the pros and cons of venue space types, such as the amenities and cost to host your day in various venue types. You may decide that a banquet hall is the best fit or that a beach wedding is the perfect fit. 

  • Consider your wedding party members

Consider the wedding party members, from the bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls, ring bearers and even ushers.  A good rule of thumb is to have at least one wedding party member on each side for every 50 guests. 

  • Consider wedding activities

Your wedding activities include the bridal shower, bachelorette party and engagement party. After getting engaged, consider if you will have an engagement party. We recommend that you host your engagement party within 3 months of your proposal. 

  • Consider your vendors

It’s never too early to begin researching vendors! In fact, we recommend that you begin right away! Many vendors, especially those that are popular and in demand, book months, even a year or more in advance. Begin researching vendors early so that you have plenty of time to research, interview and compare.

  • Consider the gown

Saying yes to the dress may take time, or you may find your dream gown on the first try! The first step is to consider your gown budget, then begin to save inspiration images of gown styles that speak to you. Try to find brides with similar body types to note gown styles that accentuate and flatter!

  • Consider the honeymoon

Decide if a honeymoon will fit into your wedding budget. You may have to dish out funds for honeymoon expenses, such as booking flights and even excursions, while also making purchases towards your wedding. We recommend that you consider if you can afford both wedding expenses and a honeymoon. The good news is that many couples are opting to have their honeymoon a few months after the big day, and even their 1 year anniversary, to allow time to save!   

  • Consider wedding decor

Once you have locked in your venue space, begin to save decor inspiration images for your ceremony and reception.  We recommend that you wait until you book your venue space so that your decor fits your venue space.

  • Consider the little details

There are countless little details to consider, from creating the menu to selecting flower girl baskets, that can feel never ending! We recommend that you avoid trying to take on all the little details alone. After getting engaged, consider who can lend a hand to avoid the stress of trying to do it all!

 

For over 100 more tips that every bride must know while planning their big day, get your copy of our e-book today by clicking the link below!

5 Expensive Mistakes To Avoid That Every Bride Needs To Know!

5 Expensive Mistakes To Avoid That Every Bride Needs To Know!

 

Avoid making expensive mistakes while planning by learning these 5 expensive mistakes that every bride needs to know!

  • Selecting a random date for your big day

While it is romantic to select a sentimental day for the big day, it can also run the risk of being a costly selection. Be sure to select a wedding date that gives you the best for your bank by seeking dates that are off season! Be sure to ask your vendors and venues when their prices are higher and days that they are at a discounted rate to learn their off season prices.

  • Out of season floral choices

Remember that flowers are a  hefty part of your overall wedding budget. Avoid making the expensive mistake of selecting out of season floral choices that can tack on extra fees! Share images of floral choices to your florist and ask if the price of your choice will be raised for any reason during the season of your big day. If so, ask if your florist can recommend similar styles at a more budget friendly rate.

  • Inviting everyone!

Avoid the temptation to say yes to guests that didn’t make the guest list. While not the most comfortable conversation, adding onto your guest list can be a costly mistake…especially if it’s due to guilt!  Remember that your guest count is your number one wedding-related expense—don’t make the expensive mistake of adding guests that you can’t afford!  Set rules for who you will invite and stick to them by only inviting additional guests once you know it will not impact your budget. You can also only invite additional guests in place of invited guests that have sent their RSVP regrets.  

  • Not asking for help

Unless you are a wedding planner or have planned tons of successful large-scale events in the past, chances are doing it yourself may not be the best idea. While we understand it may be hard to relinquish control or trust others with your vision, it is best to not only bring in the pros but trust their opinion! Finding a professional that you feel comfortable with is super important to trust your vision in their hands. They can explain why an idea may or may not work and to provide alternatives that will. Be sure to also consider friends and family that may have their own talents and skills to assist in lending a hand. Don’t make the mistake of trying to do it all yourself, be sure to seek advice to pull together the perfect day!

  • Buying before locking in details

Avoid the temptation to make a purchase until you are certain you will need it and know exactly how it will be used.  Resist the urge to splurge until it becomes a need and not a want.  Every unnecessary purchase ultimately takes from your overall budget and quickly adds up. Wait until you are absolutely sure that a purchase will be incorporated into the big day before saying yes, it will save you in the long run!

 

 

For over 100 more tips that every bride must know while planning their big day, get your copy of our e-book today by clicking the link below!

 

Use These Easy Formulas To Manage Your Wedding Guest List Like A Pro!

Photography: Colin Cowie 

While having guests take part in your day is an honor, deciding who to invite can be an absolute pain! The good news is that there is a simple method to work your guest list like a pro! Check out the following formulas to apply to your guest list:

If The Couple Is Funding Their Wedding:

It is up to you how and if you will distribute guests to parents if you are 100% funding your wedding expenses. If you plan to distribute guests to parents, consider a 75/25 formula where 75% of the guest list is reserved for the couple and 25% is given to to parents.  Each set of parents will then split the 25% down the middle.  

If One Set Of Parents Are Funding The Wedding:

If one set of parents will fully fund the day, it is up to them how they will distribute wedding guests.  They may exercise the the 75/25 formula where 75% of the guest list is reserved for the parents fully funding the wedding and the remaining 25% is split between the couple and other set of parents.

The parents fully funding may also use a more flexible percentage, such as splitting the guests list 50/50 where 50% goes to the parents funding the day and the remaining 50% is split between the couple and other set of parents. 

Parents fully funding can also go with the traditional split formula, which is allowing the couple to keep 50% of the guest list and the remaining 50% is split between each set of parents.

If Both Sets Of Parents Are Funding The Wedding: 

If both sets of parents are funding the wedding, it will also be up to them how they intend to distribute the wedding guest list. They may decide to use the 75/25 formula where 75% of the guest list is split evenly between both sets of parents and the remaining 25% is given to the couple.

They may also use a more generous formula by sticking with tradition and splitting the guests list 50/50 where 50% is split evenly by both sets of parents and the remaining 50% is given to the couple.

If One Set Of Parents And The Couple Are Funding The Wedding:

If one set of parents and the couple are funding the wedding, it is their choice how and if they will extend invites to the set of parents that are not contributing. We recommend that you consider extending guests as the set of parents that is not financially contributing simply may not have the resources to do so, or may still contribute in ways that are not financial. 

Consider a formula such as 80/20, where 80% is split between the parents funding the wedding and couple with the remaining 20% extended to the parents that are not financially contributing. 

If Both Sets Of Parents And The Couple Are Funding The Wedding:

If both sets of parents are contributing as well as the couple, consider the traditional formula of splitting the guests list 50/50. This allows 50% of the guest list to the couple and the remaining 50% is split evenly between both sets of parents. 

If There Are Special Circumstances:

Divorced Parents:

For divorced parents, follow the 50/50 formula where the bride and groom take 50% and both sets of parents take 50%. From there, split the 25% down the middle where divorced parents receive an equal share.  For example, if the grooms parents are divorced, give each of the grooms parent 12% from the 25% given to the grooms parents. 

Parents Exceeded Their Allocated Percent:

If parents exceed their allocated percent, consider asking if they can chip in to cover additional guests. You can also add  additional guests once RSVP requests are received by adding additional guest in place of guests that have declined.  

Other Family Contribute:

If other family members are contributing,  consider allowing a specific number to each contributor, such as 1-2 guests each.  If allowing guests would put you over your guest count, let them know that you would like to follow up with them once guest RSVP responses come back to ensure that you replace declines opposed to adding to your guest count.

Guest Blogger Leah Shares: The Big Day!

 

Amazing, Incredible – A Dream:  This post will be primarily focused on my WEDDING as it was everything but a dream.

Wedding Day Bliss:  THE BIG DAY HAS ARRIVED! We started getting ready at 4AM with makeup (The Perfect Look) and hair (Bella Rocco Hair & Makeup). This was a very early wake-up call as we had to take pictures by 8:30am and the ceremony began at 11 am. To get prepared for the wedding was a lifetime experience and I was so glad that everyone was so positive about being up so early. Both hair and makeup teams were amazing, professional and an absolutely pleasure to work with. Everyone’s calm demeanor the morning of the wedding helped me remain calm.

 

TIP:

Just remember to surround yourself with your loved ones and people who know how to make you relax and be calm on your wedding day.

 

First LOOK Photos:

For the day of the wedding, my fiancé and I decided to do first look photos, which means taking photos prior to the wedding. This allowed us to not taking photos during the cocktail hour, so we can enjoy all the food that was provided. We wanted to enjoy every moment and not feel rushed throughout the day.  Also by seeing each other before the ceremony, it allowed both of us to not feel so nervous once I walked down the aisle.

TIP:

Based on your preference, you can choose to either take first look photos with your future husband/wife or you can have your family and friends watch.

DETAILS & MORE DETAILS:

For the reception, my now-husband and I wanted the wedding decorations to be simple yet elegant. Therefore, we asked our florist to mix our centerpieces with high and lows and added floating and tealight candles for the centerpiece. In case you are wondering what high and lows mean, it just references the high of your floral arrangement. Since our wedding was during the day, the mixture of flowers could stand out to our guests and loved ones.

TIP:

By choosing to mix floral arrangements between “ lows” and “highs”, you can actually save money with the florist.

 

 

DANCING FOR DAYS:

Our DJ & Entertainment company, Baseline Productions crushed our expectations in delivering amazing music & entertainment to our guests. For me, the most important part of a wedding is the music. It was so great hearing my favorite songs played during my wedding, I also enjoyed seeing my friends & family enjoyed themselves. Our DJ also brought a photobooth so while guests were entering the room, they were able to take photos with everyone.

 

Please feel free to continue to check out more details of the big wedding day on our photographer’s blog, which can be found here: http://www.imagesbyharrison.com/leah-nicholas-april-23-2017-florentine-gardens/

Getting Started Series – Recap

We’ve made it through our first of many wedding planning series! Whoohoo! 

Our first series, “Getting Started” took on everything you need to know once you are engaged. From wedding terms you need to know to secret tips to consider before setting your wedding date, we hope that you feel equipped to take on your wedding planning tasks like a pro!

The good news is that we are just getting started! Our next series will take on the all important topic of the budget.

In the meantime, take a look back at our full Getting Started Series and share below future topics that you would like to see in the comments! 

14 Planning Decisions Every Bride Will Consider

Sound Like A Pro: Wedding Terms You Need To Know

The Most Important Thing To Consider Before Setting Your Wedding Date 

How To Set Aside Time To Plan Your Wedding With Ease

How To Bring Your Wedding To Life

How To Choose Your Wedding Party

Secrets To Trim Hundreds From Your Wedding Budget – Guaranteed!

20 Biggest Regrets Every Bride Wants You To Know!

5 Expensive Mistakes To Avoid That Every Bride Needs To Know!

Who Pays For the Wedding Anyways?

6 Secrets To Strategically Setting Your Wedding Date That Nobody Tells You

Get The Answer To The #1 Way To Avoid Exceeding Your Wedding Budget

The #1 Way To Avoid Exceeding Your Wedding Day Budget

The Engagement Party: The Who, What, When, Where And Why

Help! I Just Got Engaged And Don’t Know Where To Begin

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Wediquette Q & A: Guranteed Ways To Get Wedding Guests To Send Their RSVPs

 

Q. Help! How do I get my guests to send in their RSVP invites?

A. One of the biggest planning hurdles our brides experience during our Wediquette Wednesday feature is collecting guest RSVP confirmations. Consider the following tips to solve this common concern!

If you HAVEN’T sent your invitations, follow these steps:

  • Make It Easy To RSVP: Make sure that the methods to RSVP are clear and specific on the invitation. Avoid confusion by making each step clear so that guests know exactly how to provide their RSVP confirmations or declines. Instead of stating RSVP, write out “Please respond by (specific date)”. This helps ensure guests that are not familiar with RSVP understand that there is a response required to their invitation.
  • Confirm Contact Information: Make sure that the contact information that you have for your guests is the most update to date information, and also their preferred. They may ask that you send to a specific address, or follow up at a specific phone number or email address. This will be incredibly important if you need to contact for follow up on their RSVP. Be sure to clarify if any apartment numbers are needed as well.
  • Clarify Importance Of Timely RSVP: Ensure that confirmation is crucial by providing a reason for their timely RSVP. Note specific reasons, such as RSVP requests are required for catering confirmations, to emphasize the importance of receive confirmations. This may help guests understand that their response is crucial to the decisions of your day.
  • Set Your RSVP Date Before You Need It: Buy time by scheduling your RSVP date sooner than you need it. While most caterers need a final head count at least 1-2 weeks before the big day, the last thing you want is to spend the final stretch of your planning journey chasing RSVP reply’s.  We recommend that you set your RSVP date 3-4 weeks before the big day. This means that you will have to send your invitations out in time to allow guests to receive and reply. Be sure to have invitations in the mail at least 8 weeks before the big day, setting RSVP requests 2-3 weeks before the big day. Aim to set 3 weeks before to allow time to track any late reply’s. For destination weddings, allow even more time to RSVP. Ask guests to confirm 2 months before the big day and mail invitations out 4-5 months before the big day.
      
  • Allow Multiple Ways To RSVP: Make it easy for guests to RSVP. Note if they can provide their confirmation by mail, email, phone or even text. Be sure to make all methods clear to ensure that guests have no problem with confirming. If you allow confirmations by email, set up an email account strictly for RSVP’s so that they are not overlooked.
  • Make RSVP Cards Ready To Go: Supply guests with pre-stamped RSVP cards so that guests only have to select their accept or decline. Fill in the names of invited guests, the return address and provide adequate postage to save time for guests so that they only have to drop in the mail after checking off their reply.
  • Stay Organized: Have a system to keep track of your RSVP’s.  We recommend that you mark each RSVP with a number that corresponds to the invited guest. Note the number assigned so that if your RSVP card comes back without a name, you can match it to the number! Check out these invisible marking pens for under $5 to discretely mark each card! Be sure to also keep track of each RSVP on a spreadsheet, noting if they are a decline or confirmation. Note how the guest confirmed as well, such as by card, phone or email.
  • Bring It Up!: Feel free to mention to invited guests before the RSVP date that you hope to have them and how they can provide their reply. Reach out by phone or note when you speak to provide an additional mention of your RSVP needs. 
 

If you HAVE sent your invites and are struggling to get guests to send in their RSVP invites:

  • Send Reminders: Don’t hesitate to send reminders to guests that have missed the RSVP date. Reach out to any guests that you have not received responses from to see if their card is in the mail. Attempt to receive by phone or ask if they could send by a specific date. Make sure to note why their response is important and that you hope to have them on the big day!  Allow a few days to check back with guests that you leave messages with or that did not follow through with RSVP extensions. If possible, rear in your fiance, family or maid of honor to also contact the guest for their response.

Wediquette Q & A : When To Send Each & Every Wedding Invitation!

Q. When should I send out my wedding invitations?

A. It’s important to know when you should send out all of your wedding invitations to ensure that guests have more than enough time to accept their invitation or provide their regrets. Consider these recommendations for each wedding invitation sent during your planning journey:

  • The Engagement Party:

Guests to your engagement party should be guests that are guaranteed invites to your wedding. We recommend that you wait to send engagement party invites once your wedding budget has been created to ensure that an engagement party is in budget. Host your engagement party within 3-4 months of your big day. To ensure that invitations arrive to guests in time, send out no later than 4 weeks before the engagement party. This means that your budget should be complete 1-2 months after the big day.

  • Save The Dates:

Save the dates are crucial to ensure guests have set aside your wedding date in advance. They are especially important if having a destination wedding or wedding around a holiday. For domestic weddings, send save the dates 6-8 months before the wedding day. For destination weddings, send 8-10 months before the wedding.

 

  • The Bridal Shower:

Your bridal shower invites should also receive wedding invitations. Bridal shower attendees do not have to be every female invited to your wedding. Invitees are typically the brides closest family and friends. Close female family and friends of the groom are optional.  We recommend that bridal shower invitations are sent 6-8 weeks prior to the wedding.  

  • Thank You Cards: 

Thank you cards should be sent to all guests that attend your wedding, guests that provide a gift and even those that lend a hand.  Gifts may be received throughout your journey, so make a point to send thank you notes no later than 3 months from receiving the gift if possible or before the wedding date. For gifts received during the engagement party or bridal shower, send a thank you note 2-3 weeks after the event. Send thank you cards for all wedding attendees no later than 3 months after the big day. All guests that attend the wedding should receive a thank you card, even if they did not supply a gift. For those that lent a hand during your planning journey or even on the big day, send a thank you card no later than 3 months after the wedding. For gifts received after the wedding, send thank you cards within 2-3 weeks after the big day.

 

  • The Wedding Invitation:

After creating your guest list, begin collecting guest addresses and contact information. Be sure to obtain contact information, such as phone and email, in case you need to personally contact for late RSVP confirmations or declines. For domestic weddings, send invitations 6-8 weeks before the big day. For destination weddings, send out invitations at least 3 months before the big day to give guests plenty of time.

  • The Bachelorette & Bachelor Party:

Bachelorette and bachelor party invites should also be invited to the wedding. Invites can be close friends of the bride for the bachelorette party and of the groom for the bachelor party.  If the groom has sisters, they should be invited as well.  The same goes for if the bride has brothers.  Bachelorette and bachelor parties are typically held a few days before the big day or even a few weeks before. Invitations should be sent at least 1 month in advance. 

  • The Rehearsal Dinner:

The rehearsal dinner is attended by the wedding party, close family to the bride and groom, the wedding planner, officiant and out of town guests. The rehearsal dinner is usually held the night before the wedding. We recommend that you send invitations 5-6 weeks before the rehearsal dinner.

Wediquette Q & A: Who Gets A Plus One To My Wedding?

 

Q. Who gets a plus one to my wedding?

A. The plus one debate can be a bit controversial and tricky. Some brides will stand by all guests should get a plus one while others will set rules allowing only married or engaged guests receiving.  The traditional, expected rule to follow is to invite the spouse or fiance of all invited guests. Traditionally, you may also invite guests that live with their significant others or are in long term relationships. 

Use our cheat sheet to consider plus ones by considering 3 categories:

Guaranteed Plus Ones, Preferred Plus Ones and If Our Budget Allows Plus One’s

Guaranteed Plus One Invite:

These are guests that traditionally and per etiquette  are guaranteed to receive plus ones:

  • Married Guests: Married guests should always receive a plus one for their spouse. Inviting kids is optional, especially based on their age and if you prefer to have an adults only wedding.
  • Engaged Guests: Engaged guests should always receive a plus one invitation for their soon to be spouse.

Preferred Plus One Guests: 

These are the guests that receive plus ones to the couples discretion and based on budget. These guests should receive top priority for plus ones if your budget allows:

  • Wedding Party Members: Wedding party members should get first dibs to receiving a plus one if your budget allows. For married and engaged wedding party members, their spouses and fiances should always receive an invitation.
  • Immediate Family: Immediate family should receive first dibs on plus ones along with the wedding party. Immediate family, such as siblings, aunts, uncles and first cousins should receive plus ones if your budget allows.
  • Guests In Long Term Relationships/Live With Significant Other: Guests in long term relationships or that live with their significant other should receive a plus one invite if your budget allows. Typically, these are guests where the name of the significant other comes to mind when considering who they would be likely to invite.
  • Destination Weddings: Your guests may not like the idea of traveling alone. Attempt to extend a plus one to all guests for destination weddings if your budget allows.

If Our Budget Allows Plus One:

Once you have factored in plus ones for guaranteed and preferred plus ones, begin to consider the following guests:

  • Single Guests: Single guests can be tricky as they may not feel comfortable attending alone or have a date they would like to accompany. If your budget allows, always extend an invite to single guests as their relatonship status may change during your planning journey and they simply may prefer to attend with someone else. If your budget does not allow, keep a consistent rule where all single guests either receive a plus one or do not receive a plus one. If an exception is made for one single guest, make the same extension for all single guests.
  • Guests Dating or In New Relationships: Considering plus ones for guests that are dating can be tricky and feel like a guessing game. Play it safe by simply reaching out to all single, non-married guests to inquire if they would have a plus one invite.  If they do not have a specific name in mind, extend a plus one if your budget allows. If they have a name in mind, extend a plus one based on consistent rules. For instance, you may set a rule that only guests in relationships can invite a plus one and not guests that will simply only invite a guest. To avoid the stress of attempting to determine where someones relationship status will be by the time of your big day, set a clear rule such as all guests receive a plus one regardless of relationship status or only guaranteed/preferred guests.  

General Rules:

  • Always remain consistent: If one wedding party member gets a plus one to invite a friend, allow all wedding party members to have a plus one. If one immediate family member is provided a plus one, extend to all. Ensure that instead of exceptions, that you provide consistent rules.
  • Even if you haven’t met spouse or fiance, they should still be considered a plus on to your invited guests.

 

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Getting Started Series: The Ultimate Wedding Planning Guide!

We are so excited to launch our first e-book, Getting Started: The Ultimate Wedding Planning Guide

When it comes to taking on wedding to do tasks, we hear “I’m so overwhelmed with so many to do tasks” and  “I don’t know where to even begin” all of the time from planning brides and understand how incredibly stressful and overwhelming planning a wedding can be.

On average, planning a wedding requires a minimum of 500 hours to take on the hundreds of decisions from creating the guest list, selecting vendors, determining the budget, saying yes to the dress, selecting wedding decor and so much more.

Finding assistance in planning can be stressful in itself but is crucial to stay on budget, on schedule, to minimize stress and to know what steps to follow as you plan from engaged to the big day.  Most wedding timeline guides aimed to provide a checklist of steps to fulfill while planning are simply one-page bullet points filled with dozens of to do tasks that do not actually walk through each step of the process.   Wedding planning books often take on detailed topics within a single chapter that simply doesn’t spend the necessary time to truly detail how to take on tough topics.  For the most comprehensive assistance, brides find that hiring a full-service wedding planner on average starts at $2,000 and a simple consultation for assistance averages at $40-$60 an hour, which may be out of budget.   

We are solving this common and stressful problem through our first e-book, Getting Started: The Ultimate Wedding Planning Guide, to help remove the stress often accompanied with wedding planning so that you can spend more time enjoying your journey! 

Our in-depth 130 page book walks you through each planning task starting with the engagement to the actual wedding day so that you feel like you are sitting down with a wedding planner but for a fraction of the price! As your own personal wedding planners, we walk through over 100 essential steps and expert tips  you must know for every little step along the way. We explain when tasks should get crossed off the calendar, expensive mistakes to avoid, what to consider for each decision, secrets to save, stay organized and cross off tasks like a pro! 

Jump in where you are in the process or start from the beginning for wedding planning that makes sense!  We even share how to easily adjust to meet your planning length so whether you are planning for 6 months or 24 months, our guide works for you!

Click the link below to grab a copy while in stock!