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TIP #9. Get Organizationally Focused

In a three-ring binder, compile all your correspondences with vendors, notes you make during meetings, and photos or tear sheets from magazines you want vendors to see. Set up a special email address dedicated to your wedding, and store important vendor numbers in your cell phone. 

Pinterest is an excellent way to organise your chosen vendors, most companies now have Pinterest. Check out Portraits35 Pinterest boards for some inspiration by clicking here.

No more lists! 

 

Food for thought

TIP#8. Make a Meal Plan

Another unforeseen expense? Feeding your wedding day crew. Before you sign the contracts, make sure you're not required to serve the same meal to your vendors that guests will receive. Otherwise, you could be paying for 20 additional lobster tails. Choose a less expensive (but equally hearty) meal for them instead. You will have to let your wedding caterer know a couple of days before the wedding exactly how many vendors you need to feed (don't forget photography assistants and band roadies) and what you want them to serve. Remember we need fuel too, it's a long day!

 

    Sugar highs only last for so long!

 

Sugar highs only last for so long!


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TIP #7. Pay It Forward

Let one vendor lead you to another. Your wedding photographer can tell you which florist's blooms really pop, and your reception manager should know which band packs the dance floor. 

As a wedding photographer I get to see first hand the excellent services that are available to potential wedding organisers. I have put a list together of the services that I have come across on my merry travels and thought I'd share them with you all. Head over the the services section of the website via this link.

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TIP#5 Check Your Credit

Take advantage of the high cost of weddings and sign up for a credit card with a rewards program. Whether it gives you airline miles or great shopping deals, consolidating all wedding-related purchases to this card will help you accumulate thousands of rewards points (which could be used for your honeymoon).

Tip #4 Say what?

 Listen to Mother Nature

Heed the weather and other potential annoyances. Guests have been known to skip out early from hotter-than-hot summer tent weddings and improperly heated winter loft receptions. Bugs (gnats, mozzies, storm flies, may-bugs) also swarm in certain areas during certain seasons. Consider renting pest control tanks to alleviate the problem or including bug repellent in guests' gift bags. And if you want a sunset ceremony, make sure you know when to say your vows by checking SunriseSunset.com.

Your images will be incredible if you time it right! Sunset over the Evergreen Lodge, Yosemite. 

Tip #2 The blacklist

2. Investigate Wedding Blackout Dates

Know ahead of time if your wedding date falls on the same day as a trade conference, charity walk, or other local event that could affect traffic and hotel room availability. 

 

It's not all about avoidance, you might want to have your wedding in the middle of the National Morris Dancing Festival for example but for some of you that might not be what you'd dreamt of! Keep an eye out for key holiday dates so that there are any unwanted surprises on your big day.

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We are on a need to know basis

Throughout March I will be posting expert tips and tricks that should make your wedding planning a little easier. I will be posting the things that you need to know in order to get the most for your money, how to trim off the excess and get your big day all wrapped up before you can say I do! 

Feel free to post your comments and share your inside secrets or requests.

 

1. Guests Come First

Get a grip on the approximate number of guests you'll invite before settling on a venue. This will ensure there's ample space for your crew. As a rule of thumb, allow for 25 to 30 square feet per guest. That may seem like a lot, but it's not if you count the space you'll need for the tables, bustling waiters, the band, and the dance floor.

    They'll thank you for it! 

 

They'll thank you for it!