Welcome to Wednesday wedding planning! This is the day where I answer your top wedding planning questions that you asked on social media using #AskDes and I so enjoy jumping in and helping you beautiful brides out.
Also, I’m particularly excited because we have three trunk shows this month! While I was designing both my Dreamcatcher and Wonder collections, I always had you brides at the forefront of my mind so it’s truly meaningful to place these gowns into your hands. If you are nearby any of these salons during these dates, I hope you come by and preview my gowns in person. The most wonderful part of designing is seeing my work come full circle and watching my gowns empower brides to feel beautiful and strong on their wedding days.
Now, onto your questions!
@tandyywendy asks: Do I need to hire a wedding planner?
If your budget allows it, a wedding planner is a huge help! These experienced professionals will streamline your wedding planning and bring your vision to fruition (and, if you are having trouble knowing what you want, they can hone your style and then execute it). You will usually hire a wedding planner at the very beginning of your planning so she can be there every step of the way. However, if you need to cut some corners, you can hire a week-of or even day-of coordinator. Don’t have any wiggle room in your budget? That’s okay! You can turn to a friend who is great at party planning or do lots of research and get to delegating. With so much info online, you can stay on track with a wedding checklist and a calendar. Also, most wedding venues will have a coordinator to assist day-of. Just inquire!
@2018tedandnancyweddingbelles asks: How do I find a good wedding planner?
You want to make sure you hire the right person to handle your wedding so do your research! Look online at reviews, ask for referrals from friends and family (or even your wedding venue), and peruse the portfolios of different planners on their websites to make sure their overall vibe pairs well with yours (after all, if you want a glam old Hollywood wedding and a wedding planner obviously specializes in barnyard rustic, you might want to keep looking). Narrow down your list, initiate a conversation over email to make sure your top choices are free for your wedding date, and then meet with a few in person to make sure you get along well and that they understand your style. You should feel like you are in good hands and that you can communicate easily with your wedding planner. If you do, then get to signing the contract!
@leanmarshel42 asks: What can I expect my wedding planner to do?
This changes depending on your needs but, overall, your wedding planner guides you to the best vendors for your style, attends venue visits and tastings, manages your relationships with your various vendors, keeps you on track, negotiates contracts, and ultimately ensures that everything runs smoothly on the actual wedding day, from beginning to end. Of course, these duties can vary depending on the type of planner you hire and which package you select. But no matter what level of service you enlist, your wedding planner will be there for you and will help you achieve the wedding of your dreams!
That’s it for this week! Come back next week for more answers to your questions.