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Q: Does everyone in my bridal party need a plus one?
A: Not necessarily! I say if the couple is not engaged or living together you don’t need to feel the pressure to extend a plus one invite. Of course, over time if the relationship becomes more serious, then absolutely extend the invitation to the significant other.
Q: I don’t have the budget for a big wedding but my fiancé and I both have big families and a lot of friends. How do I trim my guest list?
A: Rather than cut your guest list, you can split up the ceremony and reception. Plan a private ceremony for immediate family and bridal party only, followed by a fun celebration with a DJ and food stations. Another option is to get married in the afternoon so your bar bill is not hiking up your cost. Sometimes I also suggest saving money by lining your aisle with florals that will then turn into centerpieces.
Q: Does everyone receiving a wedding invitation also need a save the date?
A: I think its important to note that sending save the dates is not mandatory. You can spread the word to your nearest and dearest via email and phone and not to put it in writing. That will allow you to make final decisions for a guest list at a later date and relieve some of that pressure. If some of the guests on your list are obligatory and you’d rather they not attend, just send save the dates to your friends. And let the parents spread the word by phone or email.
Q: I just got engaged and we are planning a year long engagement. Which vendors do I need to book first?
A: Your main vendors are: your florist, your music, your photographer and your videographer. They usually book one year out. I wouldn’t want you to be disappointed that your favorite photographer was contracted. It is wonderful when you can have your first choice.
Q: My fiancé has a busy job and doesn’t have a lot of spare time to wedding plan. Which planning items should he make time to be involved in so he feels included in the wedding planning process?
A: Have him attend the first meeting with your wedding planner, the music, the photographer and videographer. He will also most likely want to go to the cake and food tasting. You can go with him to the tuxedo rental shop to select the style of tuxedo for himself, the groomsmen and the fathers. His parents will most likely be hosting a rehearsal dinner, and if so, he can help them decide where to host it. It will be his job to select gifts to say thank you to his Groomsmen. Also… he should help make arrangements for the honeymoon. The honeymoon planning process is like planning a fairytale trip and it will be a wonderful memory and time to look back on.
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