Wedding Planning in a Nutshell Part 2: Major Details

Hello there, beauties!

We are cruising through our “Wedding Planning in a Nutshell” series. First we shared our chart to help visualize this whole wedding planning thing broken down. Last week, we talked you through the first three groups of  items to attack. Today, we’re back to continue with the next three tiers of our chart.

During the middle three segments of the wedding planning process, it is  time to narrow down your design details and think about how to save our wedding day memories. From rentals to florals and from makeup to transportation, this middle section is where you’ll nail down the majority of your wedding day vendors. So without further ado, here it goes:

Photo Credit: Iris & Light

Tier 4 – Rentals, Printed Items, & Videography

Once you have your venue and design plan in place, you’ll want to get the word out to your guests. Save-the-Date cards can be sent out anywhere from one year to six months prior to your wedding day. It is the first chance for your guests to get an impression of what your celebration will look like, so be sure to carefully choose or design this piece so that it is a true reflection of what your guests will experience at your wedding. Formal invitations are sent out later in the process, (according to wedding paper etiquette, eight weeks prior to the wedding). Here is more information on printed items in our blog series about the “who,” “what,” “when,” and “how” of wedding invitation etiquette. While you work on getting those save the dates into your guests hands, you can start to focus on event rentals! The ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception need the appropriate lighting, tables, chairs, linens, etc. to develop a foundation to your wedding design. Your caterer may also need a number of items included in your rental order in  order to make your wedding dinner happen. Sometimes we are able to get everything we need from one general rental company, while other times we may bring in up to four specialty rentals companies to bring our client’s dream to life. The final thing to prioritize in the fourth tier of wedding planning is videography. Many of our couples want real life footage of their happy day. Although not all couples choose to bring in a vendor for this. We at Marisa Nicole Events are big fans of wedding cinematography and think there is no way to relive a day that goes by far too quickly quite as well as a mini movie of your day (I watch mine every year on my anniversary… and cry).

Photo Credit: Booth Photographics

Photo Credit: Booth Photographics

Tier 5 – Transportation, Floral Design, & Entertainment

The fifth tier of our wedding planning “cake” includes any potential transportation needed for your bridal party, family and guest both to and from your wedding. Transporting all your guests can take up quite a chunk of change, so be sure to plan for this in your budget if your ceremony and reception are in two different locations, have a slew of out-of-town guests, or just want your guests to have a rad time without having to worry about transportation logistics. This is also when you want to start planning out your floral needs. Think through your ceremony, cocktail hour, reception start to finish, as well as who in your bridal party and family will need a floral adornment to get a full picture of what your floral order should include. Our rule of thumb is that every surface needs some kind of decor (no naked cocktail tables, please!), and every person you want to honor needs something on them that allows them to stand out from the other guests and look like they are a part of the group in posed group images. From there, it is time to start thinking through the soundtrack of your day! People generally choose to hire a DJ, full band, or some kind of hybrid of a DJ with moments of live entertainment (such as a string quartette during the ceremony, jazz band during cocktail hour, or dancing performers during dinner). The possibilities are endless. For those of you going the DJ route (which tends to be the most cost effective), here is another resource booking the DJ that is right for you.

Photo Credit: Chloe Moore Photography

Photo Credit: Birds of a Feather

Tier 6 – Hair & Makeup, Cake/Dessert, and Specialty Rentals

One of the most coinescental things that go along with weddings is the cake. Most of our couples do choose to have some kind of cake at their celebration. Whether that cake be something petite just for cutting or something large that will serve as the dessert for your whole guests count, you’ll want a delicious cake that matches the design of your wedding look & feel. Some of our couples choose to do sweets instead of or in addition to a traditional wedding cake. From donuts to fondue and from pies to ice-cream, the possibilities are endless. Click here for alternative dessert options for your wedding! Now it is time to find your hair and makeup artists. You’ll want to do a trial or two prior to booking the glam team for your wedding. Here are some of our tips on how to get your wedding hair and makeup right. Finally, if there are any additional touches you may want to add that your rental vendor(s) don’t have and/or you don’t want to DIY, specialty rentals are the way to go! We love bringing in lounge furniture, colored pieces of varying glass, marquee signs and more to add a little flavor to our designs and make our client’s weddings feel special and unique.

Photo Credit: Iris & Light

Photo Credit: Kim Fox Photography

We’re almost done with our chart! Next week, we will give you the last, but not least, details needed to perfect your big day. We’ll be talking about DIY aesthetics, and final lists needed to keep every event organized. If you’re a type A person like me, you won’t want to miss it!

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