Real Weddings by Perfect Planning Events…”A Monumental Affair…Myles & Vanessa”

On the brink of the start of the fall season and the end to summer, we had the opportunity to share in the celebration of the union of Myles and Vanessa.  These two love birds connected with us to tell the story of their “Monumental Affair” throughout their wedding celebration.  Vanessa and Myles built their love connection in the DC Metropolitan area from meeting each other, to first dates, and starting their new life with each other.  The background colors were navy and gold, and we provided table names that acknowledged locations in the area that helped to tell the story of their “Monumental Affair”.

The ceremony and celebration were held at the Carnegie Institution of Science, the perfect setting, for these two love birds.  From the building’s solid, neoclassical facade to its monumental portico surmounted by a flat-top roof and supported by Ionic columns.  Huge marble urns, copies of originals in the Vatican Collection, flank the entrance steps.  The massive bronze doors at the top lead inside to a two-story rotunda, framed by large Corinthian columns and an elliptical side staircase.  This impressive and regal building provided the perfect setting for Myles and Vanessa’s romantic day.  As you look through the photographic story below documented by our friends at Procopio Photography, you can see why they chose this as the place to say “I Do”.

Vanessa was radiant and Myles was so dapper.  There also was a special flower girl, Little Miss Zoe Sanaa (Myles and Vanessa’s daughter), who stole the hearts of many as she came down the aisle in her little red wagon decorated by her Mom, Vanessa.

After saying their vows before all of their close family and friends, everyone enjoyed a delectable cuisine provided by our partners, Main Event Caterers, which ended with vanilla and dark chocolate gelato cones.  The deejay, Lugo Entertainment, rocked the crowd preceded by a serenade of songs for the couple’s first dance, Love of My Life by Brian McKnight.  There was a union on the dance floor by both of the couple’s fraternity and sorority organizations, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity.  To capture her husband’s heart, Vanessa surprised Myles with a cigar bar which was a hit with all of the guests.

Myles and Vanessa thanks for letting us share this special day with you.  Enjoy your new beginning in North Carolina!

Myles & Vanessa, September 21, 2014

Special thanks to our wedding professionals that helped to make this day spectacular:  Coordination & Event Design – Perfect Planning Events  |  Venue – Carnegie Institution for Science  |  Florals – Taylor & Hov  |  Officiant – Pastor Marcia Norfleet  |  Catering – Main Event Caterers  |  Photography – Procopio Photography  |  Deejay – Lugo Entertainment  |  Ceremony musician – Dawn Johnson  |  Wedding Cake – Gateau  |  Hair Stylist – Simone Fennell  |  Make-up Artist – Jeff Enriquez  |  Linens – BBJ Linens  |  Chairs – DC Rentals

Photography Credit:  Procopio Photography

Real Weddings by Perfect Planning Events…Heather and Mike!

We had the pleasure this summer working at one of our favorite locations, The Airlie Center, in Warrenton, Virginia with a very special couple, Heather and Mike (August 23, 2014).  Details of love with Scottish traditions – bag piper recessional and Scottish gift to the Groom, to the sweetest pooch walking down the aisle as the Dog of Honor.  Traditions carried through the ceremony with the couples inserting love notes in their special wine box, and special sentiments narrated by the officiant.

Guests transitioned after the ceremony to the pavilion for cocktails and dancing with music echoed by Big Ray and the Kool Kats.  Simple elegance captured the your eye as you entered the room.  Lush florals were provided by Wild Green Yonder, and the centerpiece containers were made by the Heather and her Mom.  Little intimate touches of Heather and Mike were through-out the room with photos of their storybook love.  The beautiful couple were surrounded by their closest family and friends as they celebrated a new chapter in their life.  Heather and Mike danced the night away with their guests.  A mid-summer night of Scottish Love!

Special thanks to:  The Airlie Center (the venue)  |  With This Ring I Thee Wedd (officiant)  |  Wild Green Yonder (florist)  |  Procopio Photography (photographer)  |  Big Ray and the Kool Kats (band)  |  Raymond Mills (ceremony musician)  |  BBJ Linens

Photography Credit:  Procopio Photography

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Don’t worry about it! Relax! Calm down! Don’t sweat the small stuff! You’ll hear these words a lot during your wedding planning as you are running around and feeling frazzled while trying to make decisions. While they are well-meaning and come from a place of love, you think to yourself “Easy for you to say! We still have to…”. You and your fiancé will have to make many decisions during your planning; however this is one of those times when it’s a good idea to listen to what others are telling you and slow down.

During the planning process there will be lots of details to discuss and decide upon. And lots of chances for something to go wrong – errors in a contract, budgets spiraling out of control, 7095double booked venues, a bridesmaid needs to drop out of your wedding party, your mother is driving you crazy. Things like this and much more can happen. The important thing is for you to maintain your cool. Remember, your wedding should be one of the happiest days of your lives. If you or your fiancé let all the stress get to you, then you won’t be able to enjoy the process or your special day.

If you haven’t learned any yet, now would be a good time to learn relaxation techniques. You could work out at the gym (major plus to look great in your dress!), take up Yoga or get a manicure. Also don’t forget that there are plenty of free ways to de-stress like go for a run, take a nature walk, or put on some soothing music and sit with your eyes closed to clear your mind. Learn to enjoy the wedding preparation rather than let it stress you. Take joy in picking flowers for your bouquet that remind you of your grandmother’s garden, have fun testing out hair and make-up styles, and take some time to listen to your mother telling you stories of her wedding planning over a calming cup of tea.

On your wedding day take some time to just breath and soak up each moment. To prepare for the long, but joyous day ahead, take a warm bath and relax. Do you hair and make-up at a leisurely pace and put on some good tunes. Dance around and have fun with your wedding party. For some, a pre-wedding drink or two (hiccup!) does wonders to calm jittery nerves but be careful and don’t overdo it!

A bride must recognize the balance between the wedding of her dreams, throwing a great party for their guests and saving their sanity. Once you have spent months planning – going over every detail with a fine tooth comb – it’s time to sit back and just go with the flow. Inevitably, there will be some small detail that doesn’t get executed exactly as you had planned. And that’s OK! Chances are, only you will know it’s not how you had wanted it to be. Your guests will probably not even notice. Your wedding day is the celebration of the love between you and your partner, not a judgment on how well you can organize and throw a party!

Through all the crazy planning, always remember to make time for you and your fiancé to spend time together. Away from all the wedding planning the two of you can connect, enjoy, relax, and let the small stuff go.

Celebrity Wedding Spotlight – Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade

If fabulous clothes were a wedding theme then actress Gabrielle Union and NBA star Dwayne Wade’s extraordinary 1930’s era juke joint themed wedding would epitomize it. For the August 30, 2014 Miami Beach wedding, guests had to adhere to a dress code – white for the ladies and black tuxedos with bow ties chosen for the guests by the “groomzilla”. In an interview withgabrielle union wade wedding 2 Ellen DeGeneres Union said “Secretly this is his princess moment. He has waited for this for a long time. He’s been hoarding bridal magazines. He’s very ready… Every aspect — aspects I didn’t even know went into wedding planning — he is on. To have a centerpiece or not have a centerpiece? He has very strong opinions. No centerpieces. Who cares? He does!”

Dwayne changed into three distinctive outfits for his wedding. DSquared2 created the three looks for the groom including the double-breasted shawl-collar tuxedo Dwayne wore for the wedding ceremony. A black and white jacquard dinner jacket complete with a gold bow tie for the reception. And knee-length white poplin boxer shorts with a black on black camouflage silk lamé jacket for the after party.

However, as always, the bride stole the show. Gabrielle had not just one, but two custom Dennis Basso wedding gowns. She and her stylist, Jason Bolden, worked with the Kleinfeld’s Bridal designer for four months to create these magnificent gowns. The first gown had crystal and pearl embellishments and was strapless and backless. The second gown was similarly shaped but rather than beading, the bodice was ruched and the gown had a full skirt. The designer told People magazine “Literally, she looks like a living doll – her waist is extraordinarily tiny in this gown!” Lucky gal!

This is the second wedding for both the actress and NBA star. As a part of their wedding, Dwayne’s sons and nephew were dressed to the nine’s as well in matching tuxedos with white jackets and black lapels. The social media savvy bride had this to say on her wedding weekend “Happy… Got my Luther playin… There’s a #BeingMaryJane marathon on #BET, my #nebraska #huskers play today… All my loved ones are in town… Today is a good day… I must say I’m feeling blessed and humbled and just freakin happy… Let’s go!!! #thewadeunion”.



**(Photographs in this blog are from US Weekly Magazine)**


Jennifer Armstrong, Blogger, Perfect Planning Events


Trick or Treat…Halloween Weddings

Next year, Halloween will fall on a Saturday – the traditional day to host a wedding. If you are thinking about having a non-traditional wedding, then maybe a Halloween theme is right for you and your fiancé. From pumpkins, fall colors and day of the dead traditions, you have lots to choose from when it comes to Halloween ideas for your wedding day. If you want a Halloween wedding, your wedding planner can work with you to come up with a Halloween wedding to fulfill your dreams – or nightmares!

Here are a few ideas to get you started for your Halloween wedding:

Remember, it’s Halloween. Give parents time to take their children trick or treating!

After all, Halloween is a kids’ holiday (even though many adults love it too!). If you invite children to a Halloween wedding consider a daytime wedding and reception so parents can take kids out trick-or-treating afterwards. Or, have an amazing candy bar set up at your wedding and give the kiddos a chance to get candy. Better still, have some time set aside at your reception to have the kids trick or treat at each table. Each table can have candy for the guests to give out to the children.

Stay classy, not tacky

Try to stay away from the plastic spiders and orange pumpkin buckets as your table centerpieces. Instead try to use some seasonal flowers like red spider lilies, mums, and witch hazel. Even the names scream Halloween! Adorable mini pumpkins can be used to hold your place cards and think about using ceramic pumpkins with tea lights inside them to set a romantic ambiance. Elaborate candelabras or lanterns with bare branches can add some elegant whimsy. Consider goblets and silver chargers as part of the table set-up to give a bit of an antique vibe.

Pick an antique venue or one rumored to be haunted

A great way to carry the Halloween theme through your wedding is to book a ‘haunted’ venue. In the D.C. area, the Omni Shoreham Hotel is rumored to be haunted; it even has a presidential suite called “the ghost suite” because of strange and spooky things happening in there. The Hay-Adams Hotel on 16th St. N.W. is said to be haunted by Marian Hooper Adams who wanders the halls whispering “What do you want?” As if that wasn’t creepy enough, the interior of The Off the Record bar is decorated with blood-red walls and wooden fixtures – a Halloween wedding here would be ideal!

Chose an autumnal color palette and lighting scheme

Fall colors can be absolutely beautiful as your bridesmaid dresses. Teal, peacock blue, gold, burnt orange and wine are just some autumnal colors to choose from. Dyed-to-match accessories like bird cages or boleros with jeweled spider broaches can round out the dresses.   Your wedding planner can help you design a lighting scheme to evoke a bit of a spooky feeling with purple and orange wall lighting. A projector over the dance floor can light up the floor with spooky Halloween images like spider webs. Work with your band or D.J. to have a fog machine on the dance floor and maybe play songs like The Monster Mash and Thriller.

Let your guests have some Halloween fun with costumes and a photo booth

Sure, photo booths are not a new concept, but they sure are fun! Take advantage of all the costume and accessories sales going on right now to save yourself some money for your wedding next year. Then, have a dress up box at your reception so your guests can take some great pictures and really get into the Halloween spirit.


Blogger:  Jennifer Armstrong, Perfect Planning Events

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Real Weddings by Perfect Planning…Pretty in Pink at Stone Manor Country Club

This summer we had the opportunity to work with a very vibrant couple and a very vibrant color palette, pink!  Our beautiful Bride knew exactly what she wanted and detailed to us everything that she wanted us to bring to life on her wedding day.  Elegance and attention to detail was most important for the Bride and she wanted her guests to have an “experience” on the day of her wedding!  From the lush color of shades of pink, to the intimate details in the stationery, to the activities that the guest would be able to participate in during the time they spent celebrating with our couple.

The color palette used was various shades of pink with hints of gold.  The color pink represents compassion, nurturing and love, as well as self-worth, tenderness, caring and acceptance.  A perfect color for such a romantic day and our couple!  The floral décor was a mixture of hydrangea and orchids which were designed by our friends at Tierra Floral Design.  The pink floral décor added the right burst of color for our outdoor ceremony as it politely blended itself with nature’s green color palette.  At the reception, pink was incorporated with the tablescape as a pop of color in the linen napkins, floral centerpieces, wedding cake, and printed stationery.  Gold came into play as the little intimate details using gold flatware, gold pebble base plates, and gold hand-crafted tables names that were done by my cousin in North Carolina.  The final touches on the tables were the table linens; we toned down the color, however, the texture in the extreme ivory linen gave it that added touch to compliment our elegant décor.

As guests entered the reception, they were embraced with sheer fabric ceilings, pink up-lighting around the room, and above the sweetheart table was the lighted design logo of our couple; lighting was provided by our friends at Washington Celebrations.

As the guests dined and celebrated with our couple, they were able to enjoy the entertainment of a gelato station, photobooth, the rhythmic sounds from Deejay Tye, live cocktail music from violinist Daniel-D, and the guys had the experience of a cigar and cognac bar which as a classic hit!  Couple months before the wedding the Bride wanted to do something special for the groom and her friends, so I suggested to her a cigar roller and cognac bar.  After extensive research we found the perfect match, engaging Cortez Cigars to assist with a cigar roller on-site to show the skills of how crafting cigars for the gentlemen on-site.  This guy was a true talent and exciting to watch.

We loved working with the color pink and loved one of our first ideas – the cigar roller.  Providing your guests with an “experience” definitely yields to a romantic and remarkable day of celebrating!

Special thanks to all of our wedding vendors:  The Venue – Stone Manor Country Club  |  Caterer – The Carriage House  |  Floral Décor – Tierra Floral Design  |  Photography – Inspired Photography by Susie  |  Photobooth – Photo In a Box  |  Videography – Understand the Vision  |  Deejay – Deejay Tye  |  Live Entertainment – DD Productions, LLC  |  Ceremony Musicians – JJ& Entertainment  |  Wedding Cake – Edibles Incredible  |  Gelato Station – Amore Gelato  |  Cigar Roller Company – Cortez Cigars  |  Beverage Service – Ye Old Spirit Shop  |  Portable Air Conditioners – Airpac  |  Linen, Charger Rentals – Select Event Rentals  |  Tent Liner – Lotus Productions  |  Lighting Specialist – Washington Celebrations  |  Stationery – LePenn Designs


Photography Credit:  Inspired Photography by Susie

Important Elements of a Wedding Planning Timeline

You found the perfect guy. He gave you the perfect ring. Now what (panic!)? Nope! Plan, plan, plan…..but where do you even start!? Don’t worry! Here we will give you a general overview of the important elements you need to cover when you are planning your wedding and when you need to do them. When you work with Perfect Planning Events, Tara will guide you through this process so that nothing gets left undone or left to the last-minute.

A timeline and organization in wedding planning is very important because it allows you time to breath. With a proper timeline all items for your wedding that need to be done get spaced out over the time and it helps assign key tasks to the couple or the wedding planner. Your planner will help to ensure that you are able to get your choice of venue and vendors because your planner will work to book your choices early enough during the planning process. Nothing is worse than not getting the venue of your dreams simply because you waited too long to book it!

Ideally you want at least 12 months to plan and prepare for your wedding day, but if you have less time, don’t sweat it! With a lot of organization, patience, support and help from the pros you can crunch the timeline if need be. Have fun planning your dream day!

8 – 12 Months Before Your Wedding

  • Book your wedding planner!
  • Scope out and book your ceremony site, reception venue and caterer. (Tip: If you are getting married in a church be sure to get your wedding preparation timeline from your officiant should they require special preparation.)
  • Shop for your wedding gown and place the order. (Tip: Pinterest is a great place to start getting ideas of what you like for your gown and every other aspect of your wedding day!)
  • Interview and book your photographer, videographer, ceremony musicians DJ/Band and florist.
  • Finalize your guest list.

6 – 8 Months Before Your Wedding

  • Contact rental companies now if you need rental items such as chairs or tents.
  • Send your “Save the Date” cards.

3 – 6 Months Before Your Wedding

  • Purchase your invitations and order plenty of extra envelopes.
  • Book rehearsal dinner site.

 6 – 8 Weeks Before Your Wedding

  • Mail your invitations. (Tip: before you seal a single envelope, take the whole stack of an invitation to your post office to weigh it to be sure you purchase sufficient postage. And don’t forget postage for the response envelopes!)

1 Month Before Your Wedding

  • Have your final gown fittings for you and your bridesmaids.
  • Contact all of your vendors to make sure everything is in order. Confirm wedding night hotel room and honeymoon travel plans.

3 – 4 Weeks Before Your Wedding

  • Finalize RSVP list (Tip: finalizing your guest list 4 weeks in advance allows time to contact guests who have not responded and to invite guests from a “B” list.)
  • Finalize your seating chart.

1 Week Before Your Wedding

  • Give caterer final guest count.
  • Put together an emergency kit for yourself and your bridesmaids (aspirin, hair pins, extra stockings, safety pins, tampons, mints etc.) and give to the maid of honor to have with her on the wedding day.

Wedding Day

  • Make sure best man has the rings.
  • Relax and have fun!
  • Get married!!



Blogger:  Jennifer Armstrong, Perfect Planning Events


Wonder What Will Go On Behind the Scenes On Your Wedding Day? We’ll Give You a Sneak Peak

If you and your fiancé hired Perfect Planning Events to coordinate your wedding day, rest assured that the team has you covered! As a client, you won’t need to worry about making sure everything is perfect and done according to your wishes; or any unforeseen issues come up that you will need to deal with because Tara and her Perfect Planning Events team members are there to handle it all and to keep the day rolling. When you walk into your wedding venue, you will see all of the planning and preparation come to fruition as everything is in place and just as you had envisioned.   As the Perfect Planning team blogger, I had a chance to interview Tara’s assistants to find out what they do to prepare themselves for your wedding day. Here are some details to give you a glimpse of all that goes on behind the scenes to make your wedding day your dream day!

The wedding day coordinators will take the time to prepare themselves prior to your wedding to understand the timeline for the day, familiarize themselves with your special requests, vendors and the venue. Tara will provide the coordinators with the outline of the day’s events and a diagram of the venue so they can ensure the correct table placements for cocktails, buffet bars (meals, candy, cookies, ice cream and/or cigar tables should your wedding include these), the gift table, escort cards, guest seating and any other special set-up requests.

Tara assigns the coordinators to either the ceremony or reception.  Nykeba Law, Lead Coordinator with Perfect Planning, explains a team member is assigned “to stay with the bride and bridesmaids or to be with the groom and his groomsmen. During this time, we make sure that the bridal party is comfortable and direct them to the appropriate place and time for the ceremony.” Kendra Johnson, Lead Coordinator with Perfect Planning for 3 years says “When I arrive to the venue, myself and the other coordinators working, make sure we have everything we need to set up efficiently and in a timely manner. We typically set up everything from the escort card table to the guestbook and gifts table to placing menu cards at each place setting. We also connect with all the vendors onsite to make sure we greet them and review all the details with them to ensure we are all on the same page. Before guests arrive, we do a final walk through to make sure everything is set and ready to go because once guests arrive there is no time to do anything but to take care of the bride and groom as well as their guests and to stay on schedule.”

The coordinators work hard to ensure that the wedding day events schedule is adhered to as best as possible. As needed, they will also help get the party started by leading your guests in fun dances! They also make sure that you and your fiancé are completely taken care of during the whole day and that neither of you need to lift a finger or deal with any unpleasantness. Nykeba states “We may have guests with special requests and we try to be as accommodating as possible. It is our duty to be seen but unseen at the event. Even though the couple and guests know that we are there we do not want to be seen as a focal point or spotlight.”

Towards the end of the evening, the coordinators will begin to pack up the couple’s keepsake items, gifts and cards give them to a previously designated person to take with them at the end of the night. Some couples may have a lover’s basket which could include wedding cake, cheese, and champagne or wine) that the coordinators also make sure is packed and ready for the couple upon departure. If the couple will be spending their first night in the venue of the reception, the Perfect Planning team may even set the mood in the couple’s room! Kendra gives some final insight into the behind the scenes wedding day coordination “this is also a time where we can tell if everyone had a great time because they are usually still hanging around deciding on where they are going next (usually an after party) and as they are leaving they are thanking us and telling us how great of a job we did. By this time, we are all tired and our feet are so sore to the point we can barely walk, however, hearing these kind words and seeing smiles on the bride and groom’s faces make it all worth it.”

Blogger:  Jennifer Armstrong, Perfect Planning Events

Below are some photographs of the team in action:

Real Weddings by Perfect Planning Events…Desi & Marilyn…Celebrating 25 Years

It’s not that often that you hear of couples celebrating 25 years of marriage.  For the team at Perfect Planning Events, we had the opportunity to celebrate and applaud this magnificent milestone with Desi and Marilyn Crouther on August 23, 2014!

*Connecting silver to the 25th wedding anniversary may have originated in Middle Europe, specifically in the Germanic region, according to Hallmark’s website.  Traditionally, a husband would give his wife a silver garland marking 25 years. The silver symbolized the “harmony” that people believed a couple needed to sustain a marriage for such a long period of time.* (*from Hallmark.Com and  The 25 Year Celebration of Desi and Marilyn was one that centered around a foundation of love and family which was shown throughout the planning of this wonderful celebration.  Marilyn contacted me within 45 days of the day this was all to occur and asked that our team to carry out the details and the design of this remarkable day.  Marilyn, a business executive, was planning this 25 year milestone as a surprise to her husband and mums the word!  Imagine carrying this secret event without him finding out – it was a major task that we definitely accomplished!

The venue, Magnolia Farm –  their retirement home, which was named after the state flower of Mississippi which is where Marilyn and Desi originated and graduated college, Mississippi State.  Marilyn thought the farm was an excellent location because the farm wasmississippi-state-bulldogs-script-logo-primary4079205966_c5df7a03c2 her husband’s inspiration for their continued future to relax and enjoy their life, and he (Desi) was celebrating his retirement from work one day before the big day!  The barn was the backdrop and focal point.  The decor represented a rustic theme surrounded by things that incorporated the love of the couple and their family.  The table decor incorporated willow twist and natural yuma linens, mason jars for the southern sweet tea accented with chevron straws, natural floral decor with wooden boxes, sage candles, drift oak farm chairs, and gold trim base plates.  Additional decor, we provided the guest with a taste of vintage Coca Cola (Marilyn’s favorite beverage).  As the guest arrived, a vintage hot rod was at the entrance of the barn which greeted guests as they arrived.  Also as a guest entrance, Marilyn showed me a picture of a sign that she liked, so we created our own sign that incorporated some of the couples favorite love songs.

The celebration began with the ceremony.  The morning of the wedding, Desi, finally knew that something more was going on – he thought the celebration was a small gathering of close family members – however, when he was introduced to the complete production, he knew and he was excited about re-creating the love he shared with Marilyn.  The ceremony attendants were dear and special to their hearts, their kids.  The guests included 80 of their closest family and friends.  The ceremony was held outdoors under the tent with the Virginia Mountains in the background; our altar incorporated lush floral atop vintage wine barrels.  Later the guests were transitioned to the barn where they enjoyed a scrumptious array of food (all of the couples favorites) and desserts (German chocolate and red velvet cake, vanilla butter wedding cake – favorites of the couple) provided by Tasteful Affairs and Edibles Incredible.  Toasts were presented by some of their closest friends followed by a welcome toast of love by the couple.  Marilyn and Desi then presented their original wedding party attendees from 25 years ago with gifts of appreciation of their support throughout the years.

Once dinner was completed – it was time to party!  The guests were then escorted back to the tent to move and groove to the sounds of Lugo Entertainment.  Desi, Marilyn, their kids along with family and friends danced the night away celebrating what really was the foundation of their life – Love, Family, and Friends!  BTW, don’t you love the cowboy boots that completed Desi and Marilyn’s attire!


Special THANKS to the following wedding professionals that helped to make this day a success:   Us – Perfect Planning Events (decor design)  |  Tasteful Affairs (catering)  |  Lugo Entertainment (deejay)  |  Michael’s Flowers (floral decor)  |  A Perfect Image (photography)  |  Edibles Incredible (cakes)  |  Select Event Group (tent, chairs, chandeliers)  |  DC Rentals (base plates)  |  BBJ Linens (linens)  |   Curtis Taylor Quintet (ceremony and dinner entertainment)  |  Joy Burgess (soloist)  |  Susan Carter (soloist)

Photography Credit:  A Perfect Image Photography

10 Benefits of Hiring a Professional Wedding Planner

According to a survey conducted by, the average wedding budget in 2013 was $28,000. The Washington D.C. area ranked at the 13th most expensive city to get married in with an average wedding costing $37,500. The invitations, reception, flowers, limos, rings, THE DRESS, hair, make-up, photography – with wedding budgets pushed to the limit, why hire a wedding planner?

Many DIY brides feel perfectly capable and very excited to handle every single detail of their wedding and are great at handling all the stress of juggling vendors, schedules and budgets and successfully forgo hiring a wedding planner. But, some brides may not have the time or the know how to handle it all and find the process overwhelming. And yet other brides simply need help keeping mom happy and out of the process!   Whatever the situation you find yourself in, we have 10 reasons why you should consider making some room in your budget to hire a pro.

Connections, Connections, Connections

Just like location, location, location is the mantra for real estate, connections, connections, connections should be the mantra for wedding planners. A good planner will be able to make recommendations on reputable vendors to help create your perfect wedding day. A great planner has experience with a variety of vendors and can recommend one who bestajw_0218 suits the needs of their bride.

How Much Will That Cost??

Once you, your fiancé and/or parents settle on a budget; you need to make sure to stick to it. Your wedding planner can help you allocate a percentage of the budget to each vendor you decide upon for your nuptials.   When choosing your wedding location and vendors, your planner will keep the budget in mind to recommend vendors in your price range. Your planner can also keep track of deposits paid to your vendors and remind you of when the next payments are due so you are never late.

Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That! Oh Wait, Your Planner Does!

Have you done a Google search for florists in your area? The numerous results can be daunting. Not to mention you still need to research each potential vendor to make sure they are reputable and won’t leave you hanging! Not everybody has the time or the patience it takes to handle each and every detail of planning a wedding.

Because You Can’t Clone Yourself! A Planner Make Choices for You When You Don’t Have the Time

As you work with your wedding planner they will get to know your taste and can help make certain decisions for you to free up your time. When you are running really short on time and just can’t make a meeting with potential vendors, your wedding planner may be able to attend the meeting in your stead and make informed choices for you keeping your theme, budget and taste in mind.

Enjoy, Celebrate, Love

Your wedding day will be over before you know it – all the more reason to be fully present in the moment and celebrate to the max. However, on the day of your wedding there are so many moving parts to make your special day come together; which means there were many, many things that could go wrong! But with a wedding planner, you, your fiance and your family can sit back, relax and enjoy because the planner will handle any issues that come up and they won’t bother you with the details.

Etiquette Minder

Your wedding professional can assist you when it comes to etiquette questions and proper wording for your invitations. They can also, tactfully, handle moms and to-be mother in-laws who want to have their two cents taken into account. Your planner can not only get the moms off your back, but it can also save a lot of hurt feelings and disappointments when a pro can handle the situation with grace.

Your Best Friend Will Get Sick of Hearing Wedding Details

From card stock choices for your invitations, to the infinite choices of dresses in the bridal magazines; your best friend will eventually tire of all the wedding details. Help save your friendship by avoiding dumping all of your ideas and stresses on your bridesmaids and talk to your planner. As the bride, you need a dependable outlet for all of your wedding energy. Your wedding planner is your judgment-free partner in all of the wedding chaos.

Makes Your Dream Comes True

Some brides have had every details of their wedding planned since they were a little girl. Others need some help focusing their vision. And that’s ok! Your wedding planner can workajw_0706 with you on taking your sources of inspiration and turning them into your dream wedding.

What Did I Just Sign?

Did you hear the one of the hotels in New York charging the wedding couple $500 per each bad review guests leave on Yelp? Many vendor contracts are long and boring and tend to be glazed over by many. It’s important to read your contracts and find any ‘unusual’ terms. Your planner can not only help you navigate the contract language but also negotiate on your behalf to get extras included. Your planner will work for your best interest.

Beat the Clock

Your wedding professional can space out everything that needs to be done before your wedding day over the time so that you get the vendors you want and don’t stress out about time or have to crunch to get everything done in a few short weeks because you procrastinated.

Whether you chose to plan your whole wedding yourself, hire a professional for all the planning, or even hire a planner for the week before and day of your wedding, make sure to enjoy the process of planning your special day. Your wedding will be over in the blink of an eye.


Author:  Jennifer Armstrong, Blogger, Perfect Planning Events

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