Whether you are planning a wedding for 50 or 500 creating a wedding that your guests is a gift that honors all who attend. So where do you begin? And how do you do it without unnecessary stress? Hiring a wedding planner, either for full service planning, day of coordination or somewhere in-between, is one of the smartest things you can do to help create a memorable, unique and stress-free wedding.
Once you’ve selected a date for your wedding, prepare a timeline and work backwards to make sure you get everything done on schedule. A wedding planner can help you develop and stay on track with this timeline. Your venue should be your first priority and can be the most challenging. Desirable venues are in high demand and each has specific contract requirements that you will need to negotiate, as well as rules to follow in terms of outside vendor choices. Your wedding planner can present you with venues that fit your budget and needs and then help you compare the costs, pros and cons of each venue.
Photographers and musicians for your reception get booked quickly so these should be your next focus. When looking for a photographer keep in mind that you will have the images they take for your lifetime; Wedding photography is an investment. You should also really jive with your photographer. You are going to be spending a lot of time with them, during intimate and emotional moments and you should feel comfortable with them by your side. If live music is a must get booking fast! Good bands are in high demand. Your wedding planner will be able to create a list of photographers and musicians that are the right fit for you and your fiancé.
Eco-friendly events are on the rise. Extend the lifetime of your wedding and the planet by using recyclable invitations, caterers who prefer organic ingredients or support local farms, and donating your flowers and decorations to a local nursing home after your wedding. Wedding planners are in tune with the local vendors who are committed to helping you create an eco-friendly wedding.
Try to incorporate elements of your heritage, religion, or create a theme around the two of you as a couple. At Calluna Events we love to work with our clients’ to help them incorporate their style and personality into their wedding. In addition to your personal imprint and that you enjoy the day as well. With a bit of intention, you can stay true to yourself and have fun at the same time! And we can help you!
Heather Dwight is the owner of Calluna Events, LLC. The team at Calluna Events brings exceptional attention to detail, amazing organizational skills, a comprehensive network of vendors, creative ideas and a fresh perspective to any wedding or event! We can be reached at