In the month of January I scheduled 4 Hotels/Ballrooms to look at for venues. I also scheduled a photograph/videographer call, a florist call, two florist/event coordinator calls, and sent a deposit in for the bridal party’s hair and makeup. I had two dress shopping appointments, which you know resulted in a purchase. I also sent deposits for the band and the Church. And finally, I scheduled a photography session for February in Florida (Jeff and I were already planning on going and visiting my family).
I also started using The Knot, which is a wedding planning website that also can have a custom wedding website. I am slowly entering details, but the thing I find most fascinating is what dates they suggest for different planning items. For example, they want me to make a honeymoon packing list in November. Which is…interesting. I love to make a packing list early, but even I think 2 months in advance is nuts. Also I think it assumes you are immediately going on a honeymoon the day after the wedding, which we are not planning.
I’m trying to get two quotes that relatively match for each item I need to book. The one thing I haven’t gotten two quotes on, is the band. I was at a wedding in October that had an amazing band, so I got their name and am booking them! I’m also trying to book vendors that cover more than 1 item. Mostly to reduce the number of contacts I need to “deal with” the day of but also hoping that I can get a slightly better price and experience by bundling.
Based on the conversations with the venues I will need to hire a day of coordinator. This is because none of the places would allow us set up access Friday evening, so most things will be Saturday and I’ll be either getting ready, or already taking photos at the church. Also, it appears coordinators are entirely different than wedding planners. A coordinator will assist me on the wedding day, and will maybe meet up once before the wedding with a few emails and phone calls this year. Basically I do all the planning, and then they help me execute on the day of. Whereas, a planner would be more hands on all year long. They would be the intermediary between me and all vendors, and I would be more hands off. I didn’t feel like I needed or even really wanted that style of service, but I do know that I don’t want to be dealing with the table decorations at Noon when my wedding ceremony will likely be starting at 2 pm. So, coordinator it is!
I have a feeling with all that I accomplished in January, it will be a quieter February and March in terms of details to share. What planning item would you like to hear more about?