To celebrate the new year and to help kick start wedding planning season I reached out to some of my favorite RVA wedding vendors to get their BEST advice on everything from your vows to the honeymoon!
My sweet friend Debbie of Sunshine Events by Debbie probably gave me what I consider the BEST advice: “My best piece of wedding advice as a planner besides hiring a planner, which by the way is one of the best decisions a Bride can make, would be to hire professional vendors! Make sure they are licensed, insured and certified if possible for their craft. Also get references from recent brides and make those calls to ensure you are getting the best vendors for your big day!”
I couldn’t agree with this more! I’ve seen way too many weddings not go as planned because a “friend” or “Uncle Bob” was in charge of this or that.
Capt Rob, awarding winning barbecue pit master and owner of Capt Rob’s Pigalicious Barbecue had this to say about your wedding day menu: “Try to limit your menu choices to control costs. Most folks ask for too many appetizers, meats, sides. 2-3 apps, 1-2 meats, 2-3 sides will leave everyone full.”
(Personal note: His Pig Candy is the Best. Thing. Ever.)
Eric Herod of Eric Herod Entertainment recommends thinking about the guest experience above everything else when planning the reception. “Think about how you can make sure that your guests leave raving about your wedding. In order to do that, you have to make them feel like your ceremony and reception is different, unique, special, emotionally driven, engaging, fun, and well planned. Make sure that a professional is in control of the transitions and flow, and that he or she understands how to create memorable experiences for all involved.”
This, a thousand times THIS! Your DJ is not there to just “play music” he/she is there to get your guests engaged and make sure your reception runs smoothly!
And lastly, let’s not forget about the “after party” – the HONEYMOON!
What’s MY best wedding planning advice? Take a peek here!