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    The Top 5 Ways a Wedding Planner Will Help You Save Money (And Your Sanity)

    The Top 5 Ways a Wedding Planner Will Help You Save Money

    What they don’t tell you about weddings is that they’re only as beautiful, grand, and memorable as the people behind them.

    Almost everyone knows this by now: the planning stage of every wedding isn’t as glamorous as how the movies play it out to be. There’s so much pressure from every side that you can’t help but feel overwhelmed, especially if you’re the one doing all the planning. 

    It’s truly a serious and extremely tedious business. And that’s probably why couples who’ve already gone through this very demanding journey towards their walk down the aisle will tell you to leave it to the experts. 

    Hiring a wedding planner doesn’t just help you save your sanity, they will also do their best to make the most out of your budget. You’ll even end up saving more money than you planned as—and we cannot emphasize this enough—a good wedding planner knows the ins and outs of the industry. They’ve been through this many times over. 

    You might think that hiring will only be an added expense, but you’d be surprised. Here are the top five reasons why you should consider hiring an experienced professional right at this very moment. 

    Track and Keep You Within Your Budget 

    This might sound counterintuitive at first as wedding planners are an investment themselves, but they can help you save money in the long run. 

    Budgeting is more difficult than it seems. It’s not just writing what you need on paper or a spreadsheet and comparing the prices of one vendor after the other. With a wedding planner, budgeting starts the moment you hire them. Planners will keep things as realistic as possible, but they will still base each element on your preferences. 

    How wedding planners do their magic is quite simple: they take your budget and break it down into prioritized categories. They do this for transparency so that you’ll know how much you have to spend on each. 

    From venues to decors and flowers, planners know the real cost of everything that goes into a wedding. This knowledge comes from years and years of building relationships with trusted and reliable vendors. Your wedding planner will constantly keep track of the numbers so that they can guide you into making choices that you can actually afford. 

    1. Endorse The Right Vendors 

    Choosing the perfect wedding photographer, venue, caterer, hair and makeup pros, florist, musicians, and a host of other vendors might seem a little intimidating. That’s a lot of people you need to consider. If you want top vendors for the wedding of your dreams, you can rely on your wedding planner to give you the best recommendations that will still fit your budget. 

    Your wedding planner has a direct link with the vendors in your area. Behind the scenes, they’ve built long-lasting relationships with these professionals. 

    Your planner knows who can nail your desired wedding style or follow or take inspiration from the mood board you created without breaking the bank. It’s your planner that can also help in negotiating vendor contracts so you’ll never have to worry about going overspending.

    If the planner you’re eyeing to hire has been in the industry for a long time, chances are that the preferred vendors they work with will pass along discounts or waive certain fees. They might even offer special packages or be more flexible with their services. 

    2. Look Into The Nitty-Gritty Details 

    Part of a wedding planner’s job is to thoroughly examine contracts for any hidden fees. They will then educate you on what the contract does and does not include that might incur additional expenses on your end. Your planner will also make note of payment deadlines to ensure that you won’t have to deal with any late fees. 

    These details can easily go over your head especially if you’re talking to other vendors and keeping everything on track. With a planner, your contracts are reviewed with great accuracy to make sure that every tiny detail is covered. 

    Remember that no good wedding planner wants their client taken advantage of so they will always read between the lines. They will also make sure that you understand cancellation and postponement policies, what they could mean for you, and how to protect yourself. 

    Give You Tips To Save Money

    With years of experience in the industry they are in, wedding planners know exactly what couples can do to cut costs. And any good wedding planner will be happy to share these with you. 

    They might tell you to really examine your guest list and cut it here and there. How large your guest list has a direct effect on every aspect of your wedding so if you’d like to be wise about your money, it’s best to keep it reserved for your closest family and friends. Another common tip you might hear is to choose an off-peak wedding date. 

    Most wedding planners will also advise you to reserve a portion of your budget for unexpected expenses. This is just to keep you secure should anything arise. 

    Free Up Your Time 

    Wedding planners save not just your money and your sanity, they also save you your precious time. Planning for as grand an event as your dream wedding will require you to sacrifice a significant chunk of your day. It will be hard to juggle everything from your demanding job to your list of chores and other obligations. It’s going to be even harder if you have zero experience coming into this. 

    If you don’t have time to spare and you’d rather rely on someone who knows what they’re doing, your wedding planner will do the extensive research and sourcing for you. They will present you with the options that fit your theme and your needs so that you wouldn’t have to think about it that much. 

    That’s time back in your life. Just imagine how fresh and stress-free you’ll look on your big day!

    A picture-perfect wedding starts with a well-thought-out plan. Your wedding planner will iron out every detail to give you a smooth and stress-free event because you deserve to enjoy every second of it without any kind of worry or anxiety crossing your mind.

     

    Be sure to contact us today for your wedding planning needs.

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    Planning a Wedding while Dealing with Debt: 5 Tips

    The average cost of weddings in the United States is $19,000 — pretty steep, considering that the cost of a honeymoon is not even factored in yet. Not to mention the expenses you will incur as a couple all the days thereafter. If you were the one who proposed to your partner, you have probably already incurred a pretty hefty amount to cover the cost of an engagement ring.

    In planning a wedding — and preparing for marriage — sorting out your finances early on is probably the best advice you can take. And pre-wedding is also the best time to talk about the D-word: debt. 

    Paying off debts can definitely influence your decision to get married. Some may find a wedding unaffordable considering their debt situation. There are also some who hesitate to bring in personal debt to their marriage, and would rather pay it off first before getting hitched. 

    There are a lot of couples who choose to delay tying the knot because they are still paying off their debts — specifically student loans for 21% of the respondents in a study conducted by the American Student Assistance. A lot of millennials are choosing to put off milestones so that they can enjoy a debt-free marriage later on. However, if you do not see yourself delaying getting married any further, there are ways to plan a wedding even when you are currently paying off your debts.

    Sit down and talk about your financial situation

    When you tie the knot, you and your partner become one — so do your finances. So, it is very important to lay it all on the table before even talking about how much money you’d set aside for the wedding, how many guests, where you’re holding it, and so on. You have to be, first and foremost, on the same page when it comes to your debts. How much do you owe? For how long are you paying the debts? Remember that you are not just planning a wedding. You are planning a marriage, which includes paying off all your debts at some point. 

    Have a serious budget talk

    Now that you know how much you owe and for how long you’ll be paying them, it’s time to set the budget. This does not only mean setting the amount you’re going to spend for the wedding in general. Planning your budget should entail figuring out the percentage to allot for each area — reception, ceremony, wedding planner, photography, and so on. 

    There are areas that you may want to forego, so make sure that you also discuss which ones are non-negotiable. What are your must-haves for your big day? Figure them out and discuss them, and work around your budget.

    Plot your budget on your calendar

    You’re not paying for everything in one go, so map out your major purchases, anticipated deposits, and scheduled payments along with your debt payment schedules and utility bill due dates. This way, you will not get lost or carried away when talking with vendors and accidentally miss important debt and bill payments. 

    You may also consider setting up a separate bank account for your wedding budget to make sure that you don’t use up money intended for utility and debt bills for wedding expenses. 

    Make your guest list small

    This is obviously a good way to cut costs, especially in areas such as stationary, catering, and chair rental. It can be very tempting to invite a lot of guests, but keep in mind that every single guest is an expense — may be a little harsh, but all so true. 

    Having an intimate wedding will also let you enjoy your day with people close to you and who know you both personally to really celebrate your union. 

    Ask for help

    You may have relatives and friends who are willing to help out in any way they can. You may have a photographer friend who’d be willing to cover the event for free, or at a discounted price. A cousin who bakes can make your wedding cake, or maybe an aunt has a huge garden you can use for your ceremony or reception. As long as you are not imposing, it wouldn’t hurt to ask for a helping hand.

    You can also ask your vendors for budget-friendly options, and be honest with them about your budget. Keep in mind, though, that vendors have their own budget, too. So, it is best to look for vendors at a price point more aligned with your budget. 

    Final thoughts

    Planning a wedding while dealing with personal debts may seem like an impossible task, but it is definitely doable. It may take cutting corners here and there, but with careful planning, you can still have a wedding that you can be proud of without compromising your financial goals. 

    The important thing is to have healthy conversations about your finances through and through. Hold yourselves accountable when it comes to your finances, and make plans and decisions as a couple.

    Author Sophia Young

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    Charleston Venue Options

    Charleston Wedding Venues for Your Ceremony and Reception

    Although we work all over the Charleston area, we wanted to share some of our favorite Charleston wedding venues that we love working at and of course that couples love just as much.

    Charleston Harbor Resort

    What we love:

    This venue is a Resort Hotel and provides a fun experience for your guests.  There are many indoor and outdoor venue options here as well, along with gorgeous views.

    What’s Included:

    Tables, Chairs, Linens, Arbor, Cutlery, Food & Bar.

     

    Citadel Beach Club

    What we love:

    We love venues that have options for your ceremony and this one certainly does including out on the beach, on the lush yard facing the ocean, or inside.

    What’s Included:

    Tables, Chairs, Wedding Suite

    Founders Hall

    What we love:

    This venue has so much character and many different spaces, both outdoor and inside.  It reminds us of a Frank  Lloyd Wright style.

    What’s Included:

    Chairs, Tables, Dressing Suite

     

    Francis Marion Hotel

    What we love:

    This hotel has all of the elegance and Southern Charm.  It boasts 4 indoor spaces and overlooks Marion Square Park.

    What’s Included:

    Chairs, Tables, Cutlery, Linens, Food and Bar.

     

     

     

    Regatta Inn

    What we love:

    This is a luxurious B&B with the most striking sunsets in Charleston.  Located in the famous Folly Beach town, this venue sits back secluded from all of the hustle and bustle. You are able to rent out the entire inn for you and your family, which makes this space completely private and all yours!

    What’s Included:

    While nothing comes with the venue, it does provide a blank slate to have the wedding of your dreams.

     

     

    The Island House

    What we love:

    Situated on the Stono River on Johns Island, this venue boasts a stunning sunset and free parking for all of your guests. We love that it also already has a permanent tent which will save you a few thousand.

    What’s Included:

    Tables, Chairs, Arbor and Lighting (additional fees), Tent w/lighting, Wedding Party Suites

     

    The Pavilion at Pepper Plantation

    What we love:

    This venue is off the beaten path and is perfect for the county chic themes and is on a lake.  Located in a quite equestrian neighborhood, you are likely to see horses trotting by.

    What’s Included:

    The space includes a lakeside gazebo, indoor and outdoor wood burning fire places, porches, and onsite parking.  There is a dressing suite available for an additional fee.

     

    The Planters Inn

    What we love:

    Tucked away on the main strip is a gorgeous courtyard, along with indoor ball rooms.  While this space is for a more intimate crowd, we love the ambiance and romance of the venue, not to mention the superb service.

    What’s Included:

    Tables, Chairs, Food, Cake and Bar.

     

    The Wickliffe House

    What we love:

    What’s not to love about an old mansion in downtown Charleston.  This venues offer both indoor and outdoor space.

    What’s Included:

    Tables, Chairs, Linens, Food and Bar.

     

    Wild Dunes Resort

    What we love:

    There is so much to do at the resort, you and your guests wouldn’t need to ever leave. This resort has so much versatility in regards to their indoor and outdoor spaces for both large and small groups.  One of our favorite hidden locations here is the

    What’s Included:

    Tables, Chairs, Linens, Food, Cake and Bar.

     

    Contact us today to start planning your dream wedding.

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    Fall Wedding Styling Tips for the Groom

    Fall Wedding Styling Tips for the Groom

    Are you planning a fall wedding? Looking to get the hottest fashion tips to ensure your bride leaves you in the cold? Then stay tuned.

    As the nights draw in, if you are tying the knot during this particular period, then it’s about time you got suited and booted. Say goodbye to bright colorful tones ideal for beach weddings, and say hello to more darker materials.

    Think burgundy, black, navy blue as well as charcoal grey. All of these specific colors are perfect for those wedding snaps. Whether a heavy cotton suit, ideal for the great outdoors or something reflecting Fall colors such as auburn or brown, dazzle everyone with richer tones.

    Besides, why should your bride be the only one to get creative! There are numerous articles offering insight on Fall groom style tips taking your outfit from “meh” to “majestic”. But if that’s not enough, consult our top fall tips below. Now who said style maketh the man.

    Textures

    Photo Credit: Pixabay.com

    Textures are just as important in order to take your attire up a notch or two. Enhance your appearance with a cashmere or cable knit scarf to provide added warmth during those photo shoots.

    This is especially the case if you intend to plan an outdoor Fall wedding. On the other hand, you can be as playful as a kitten when it comes to fabrics. From plaid suits and floral suits to romantic colors such as burgundy, the options are endless.

    Tweed is another great selection and there are many inspirational Fall groom looks to transform you into the definition of an English country garden. Perfect for vintage or rustic weddings, tweed need not be all patchwork and classic teacher’s jackets. Charming, sophisticated and elegant, this timeless fabric can really work wonders as a Fall groom suit.

    Spare a thought for a velvet wedding suit and checked numbers which are also making a comeback. Emanating style and sophistication, stand out from the wedding crowd with a snazzy checkerboard outfit ensuring you look the part.

    Accessorize

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    Again, if you are dropping black threads, look at a burgundy or rusty brown boutonniere. Alternatively, if you are sporting a blue suit, go for a textured or patterned square that is guaranteed to make the maximum impact.

    And if you got your crew around you at your big bash, you can select from a range of exciting accessories that literally have your name on it. Make a song and dance about your groomsmen way before you set foot on the dancefloor.

    Adorn your suits with custom accessories that they can take away as a personal reminder of when you tied the knot. Pose for the cameras with your initials, wedding date or names on your squares, tie bars, collar stays or even dress socks.

    Go to a site specializing in personalized groomsmen gifts or visit Amazon and Etsy who have an array of innovative ideas.

    Shoes

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    You shoes, you most definitely lose.

    It’s time to strut your stuff not only down the white carpet but bust out a few moves until late into the night. Now you will need a comfortable set of footwear to stand up to all the twirling and that vital first dance.

    For Fall weddings, you may want to invest in suede wedding shoes that will benefit from being extra sturdy. Brogues or Oxfords shoes will stand you in good stead whilst choosing warmer colors such as browns, blacks or dark grey is more on trend than Donald Trump on Triller.

    Yes it’s a Triller…Triller night!

    It’s Only Words

    As the Bee Gees once declared, words are all they have or so they say.

    But if you want to make a smash hit at your function, then look no further than a pretty wedding guestbook or event book capturing your special event.

    Choose from a myriad of stylish options that will showcase you and your bride’s personality. There are cork guestbooks, whiskey barrel guest books and much more. In fact, some have published a study demonstrating that a book of this nature is the first thing guests view when entering a reception.

    Give your VIPs the opportunity to leave their personal wishes, wedding advice or funny quips so you can remember your unique day long after the cake’s been cut.

    Be sure to contact Reynolds Treasures for your wedding service needs.

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    Why Social Distancing Doesn’t Mean You Have to Postpone

    It seems, in the past few months, that we’ve moved from lockdown to footloose and back to something in between. As quickly as states began to reopen, suggesting to revelers that the celebrations were back on, sudden spikes in covid-19 cases signaled a return to more stringent safety measures, such as mask requirements and continued emphasis on social distancing. But for those looking

    to get their wedding on, social distancing doesn’t have to mean no nuptials.

    New Ways to Celebrate

    There’s something in the wedding spirit that loves a challenge, and covid-19 has brought out the creative in the soon-to-be hitched party planners. You may have to rethink the big gathering you once envisioned, but you can still have a truly memorable wedding, even under social distancing restrictions. Here are some ways to celebrate:

    ● The Minimony: this covid-driven term now bouncing around the internet means creating a more intimate wedding plan. Cull your list down to a core group of family and closest friends, find a wonderful small venue, and let the vows fly. The added benefits are you can save money from that big wedding budget that can be reinvested in a high end open cocktail bar or gourmet food. Or you can always throw a party later for those you had to cull from the list.

    ● Hitch Now, Party Later: speaking of delayed parties, some couples are opting to hold a private ceremony now and celebrate with friends and family later after the crisis has passed. Another variation of this is to hold the ceremony via a digital platform for all to see.

    ● Destination Weddings: another way to use those saved wedding funds is to turn your intimate celebration into an adventure. Pick a dream location and give your guests advanced warning that the road (or plane) trip is on. Many popular destinations have now geared up to help couples celebrate in style and covid safety.

    ● The Outdoors I Do: taking your nuptials into the great outdoors is a perfect way to find large spaces that help you space even bigger groups out into that six-foot safety zone. And research suggests that outdoors is the safest place to be to prevent the spread of corona.

    ● Satellite Celebrations: Planning your event where there are multiple areas or rooms can be another effective way to pull off larger groups while maintaining safety. Hold your ceremony outside and then gather guests in smaller groups that the wedding couple can visit while still maintaining safe group sizes. You can even pipe the ceremony into each room via a digital platform and remove the necessity of moving people around.

    ● Creative Alternatives: Okay, why not try something crazy. How about a ceremony viewed from a parking lot where guests stay in their cars and parade past the happy couple afterwards. Or turn that on its head, and let guests spread out in a large open space and revel as the newlyweds move from group to group via decorated golf cart. Get married on a rooftop while others watch from balconies or hold your ceremony in an interior courtyard of a hotel where balconies face inward and where guests can watch from the safety of their rooms.

    ● The Virtual Tying of the Knot: and, of course, as with everything covid these days, you can always choose to hold your wedding, ceremony and all, digitally. For an added touch, create a celebration package you send to guests with favors, perhaps a shared treat, and even a link to a digital register where they can share their well wishes.

    So What’s Likely to Change?

    It’s inevitable that should you choose to hold your wedding during covid that some things will be affected by social distancing measures. Here are some things you may want to consider as you plan.

    Smaller guest lists are inevitable. This can be particularly tricky if you’ve sent out invitations pre-covid and have to disinvite guests. The good news is that you can blame venues for your size limitations as many have had to reduce capacity to meet covid restrictions. With a little forethought and some diplomacy, you can accomplish the disinvite off without causing offense.

    You also need to be prepared to work with masks, provide hand sanitizer or hand-washing stations, and maybe even consider asking guests to sign waivers. Furthermore, you will have to consider spacing issues for seating, for dancing, and for food and drinking areas.

    As far as food and drink are concerned, you will probably have to rethink your presentation styles. Although it has been popular recently to serve food buffet style, sharing utensils may not be the best option right now. Better to forego that family style meal or the finger food for individual plate servings. Some caterers are finding ways to create individual portions that don’t require shared utensils, such as ceviche served on an oyster shell or delicious picadores skewered into a melon. Cocktail celebrations can be difficult, but if you’re determined, consider the satellite model of multiple small stations spaced out over a venue rather than one or two large set ups.

    Another concern will be that traditional preparation with the wedding party. The safest option is to share preparations via digital conferencing. Hairdressers and makeup artists are taking precautions such as wearing gloves and masks, using disposable applicators where possible, and sterilizing those that are not between usages. If you just need that personal feel, then book a space with multiple rooms where the party can prepare and where the bride and groom can move from room to room to share the experience.

    Photography will almost certainly change as well. You will still be able to get those beautiful couples poses, but you will have to rethink large group shots. An experienced wedding photographer should be able to use techniques like staggered line shots or walking shots to make the group photos work.

    Be sure to contact us today to see how we can still make your dream wedding a reality.

    Written by Writer Megan Glenn

     

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    COVID-19 Tips on Rescheduling Your Wedding

    We were in the process of writing a blog regarding rescheduling your wedding, and then our friend Kate sent hers which is perfect.

    First of all, my heart goes out to you. This is such an important time in your life and the current situation can be stressful.
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    5 Do’s and Don’ts for a Charleston Beach Wedding for 2020

    5 Do’s and Don’ts of a Charleston Beach Wedding

    Charleston Beach Wedding Dos:

    Do hire a wedding coordinator.

    Not only will the coordinator be available to setup your Charleston Beach Ceremony, he/she will know and understand the tides, lighting, permit requirements, along with all other technicalities that come along with a beach wedding. Not hiring a coordinator will leave your setup crew hot and tired as dragging decorations and setting up in the sand is no easy task.  It’s really a lot of work.

    Do provide transportation for your guests.

    With many beaches, parking is at a minimum or a premium price.  Providing transportation for your guests cuts any worries out and ensures everyone will be there on-time.

    Beach Wedding

    Do prepare for wind.

    Beaches typically have wind!  Take this into account with your hair style, veil, and dress unless you want to recreate the all so known famous Marylin Monroe pose!

    Do hire business professionals.

    Did you know that anyone getting compensated must have a business license to be able to conduct business! So if you find a great photographer at a discounted price, make sure they are licensed to conduct business where your wedding ceremony will take place.  If not, they may be asked to stop conducting business which would leave you without services or getting hit with a hefty fine.

    Do let the guys go informal.

    The beach is just too hot for tuxedos and heavy suites.  Opt for light weight fabrics such as cotton pants or even Bermuda shorts.

    Charleston Beach Wedding Don’ts:

    X Don’t have your beach wedding in the middle of the day in the summer.

    Not only will the sun be beating down on you and your guests, there will be many beach-goers around that may make it into your wedding album or worse, cheering for you like their favorite team just won the Superbowl.

    X Don’t wear heels.

    Heels and sand do not go well together. I recommend wearing flat sole sandals or even no shoes.  Having on heels will make your strut down the aisle look quite funny.

    X Don’t bring glass on the beach.

    Think about it.  Can you have glass at your neighborhood pool?  Same applies to the beach as it wouldn’t be fair if it broke and was left for someone to get cut or worse, an animal to eat it.

    X Don’t use a runner on the beach. Charleston Beach Wedding

    It does not work out well at all!  No matter how even the sand is prior to its placement, sand moves and thus so does the runner.

     

    X Don’t use artificial flower petals

    Artificial (faux) floral is bad for the environment and not allowed on Charleston beaches.  Remember earlier we mentioned wind at the beach, well the flower petals will eventually blow around or be taken out to sea by the tides.  If using flower petals, real petals will have to be utilized.

    Be sure to check out our Beach Package and let us help you plan your dream beach wedding.

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    Bridal Shower Themes for Every Bride

    If you’ve been asked to plan a bridal shower, congratulations! While it may seem overwhelming now, the bride-to-be trusts you and your taste, and this can be a great pre-wedding activity to bring you closer together. 

    The first thing you should do is sit down with the bride and discuss her expectations. You’ll want a guest list and an idea of what kind of party she’s looking for. Some brides want a traditional, girls-only get together, while others are excited to celebrate with their partner and all of their combined friends and family. 

    The Adventurous

    Wedding Shower

    Get this party started with the perfect playlist and fun bridal shower games. These themes are perfect for the creative bride who just wants to share some laughs and make some memories.

    A Casual

    Bridal Shower

    Wonderful people and a comfortable environment are the core to any great party. Start a bonfire or just put on a movie and give your guests a good time with these laidback bridal shower themes.

    An Elegant

    Bridal Shower

    With a great menu and gorgeous venue, you’re nearly done planning the chic and sophisticated party of the bride’s dreams. Simple decor can highlight these elegant themes.

    Once you have an idea of who’s coming and the vibe your bride is looking for, you get to choose the bridal shower theme and the beginning of all of your Pinterest planning boards. Whether she’s dreaming of a garden party or a tropical luau, Zola has the perfect bridal shower theme to get the fun started.

    Be sure to reach out to Reynolds Treasures for your wedding planning needs.

     

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    COVID-19 Tips on Rescheduling Your Wedding

    Guest Post by Kate Thornton of Captured by Kate

    We were in the process of writing a blog regarding rescheduling your wedding, but then read our friend Kate Thornton’s and completely agreed. Without further ado, below are 6 Tips on how to go about rescheduling your wedding due to the Corona Virus.

    First of all, my heart goes out to you. This is such an important time in your life and the current situation can be stressful.

    TIP 1. Contact your venue about future availability. Most venues will be happy to transfer your deposit to a price comparable date. Ask your venue to give you three dates that are open and work with your schedule.

    TIP 2. Once you have the three possible dates, create a Google Form Link and survey your current vendors’ availability. Then pick the date that the majority of your current vendors have open. Most will transfer the deposit to the new date.

    TIP 3. Be aware you’re vendors prices for 2021 may be higher because they released their 2021 pricing before the Pandemic and were expecting a busy year already. You may be asked by your current vendors to make up the difference if rescheduling in 2021.

    TIP 4. If you reschedule to a date that your current vendor is not available, they are in their rights to keep the deposit. However, they may be willing to give you a partial refund. Remember they have been turning away business on that date because of you.

    TIP 5. Consider rescheduling to a Weekday or a Sunday. These will be easier for your current vendors to accommodate and let’s face it, your guest list has an abundance of work vacation days to use up.

    TIP 6. Think positively. I personally can not wait for the massive celebrations when we can all get together again. Warning, you may get 100% of your guest list! Think about how excited everyone is going to be for your wedding. It’s going to be a truly EPIC party!!

    Learn more about how we can make your wedding day epic by contacting Reynolds Treasures today.

     

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    Why Day-of Coordination Doesn’t Really Exist

    Why Day-of Coordination Doesn’t Really Exist  

    Lately, we have been getting lots of inquiries asking for just “Day-of” services.  Day-of Coordination doesn’t really exist.  Month-of Coordination is the service that is required.

    Many couples believe that they can plan their own wedding and simply have a coordinator show up on the day of the wedding and jump in.  Then came the newer planners, who decided to offer this service at a lower price to build a portfolio.  Long ago, we admit we did the same thing, but not for long as we realized that this simply doesn’t work. Keep reading and I will explain.

    Experienced Wedding Planner

    Experienced Wedding Planners have been in business for years and are professionals at identifying every potential issue that can arise at your wedding. They are able to manage all vendors prior to and on your wedding day.  They are also very resourceful, problem solvers, and calm under stressful situations. They built relationships with many of the vendors in town, along with venues.  Most importantly, they are licensed and insured.

    Inexperienced Wedding Planner

    They are most likely starting up their business and may only have a few weddings under their belt.  Knowledge of contracts and timelines is lacking along with insurance and being licensed.

    In order for a Wedding Planner to be successful at your event, the following should be considered:

    1. Your Planner needs to know who all of your vendors are and have read the contracts. They also need to understand each of their duties, what exactly they were contracted for, setup times and start times.  I can’t tell you how many things we catch just by reading the contracts.
    2. The Planner should know all of the aspects of the venue. This is a MUST!  It is mandatory that the planner have a walk through with the venue manager prior to the wedding to finalize the floor plan, load in and out location, electrical outlets, extra equipment, etc.
    3. Planners also are in charge of drafting a timeline for your wedding day. This is distributed to all of your vendors to follow, but may also need to be adjusted in real time if problems arise.
    4. What about rehearsal? Your Wedding Planner will direct your rehearsal.  Do not expect the venue manager to do this unless they are specifically contracted to do so. 
    5. And then there are your wedding decorations. The favors, welcome table, cake serving set, escort cards, etc.  Your Wedding Planner will obtain these items from you ahead of time so that they can review and inform you if there is anything missing.

    Costs of a Wedding Coordinator

    So the most popular question asked is, why does it cost so much? Let me break it down.

    Contracting Vendors and Obtaining Contracts

    3 Hours

    Review of Contracts

    3-4 Hours

    Venue Walk Through

    2 Hours

    Timeline Creation

    3-4 Hours

    Rehearsal

    1 Hour (usually everyone is late so 2 hours realistically)

    Floor Plan Creation

    1-2 Hours

    Other Pre Planning

    1-2 Hours

    Wedding Day

    10-12 Hours

    Total Hours

    24-31 Hours

    Note that this doesn’t include business expenses such as assistants, insurance, licenses, and other overhead costs. So next time you ask a Wedding Planner to drop their pricing, you are asking them to work for an average of $4 an hour. Providing Month-of Services allows us to provide the correct level of service and professionalism that allows you to have the best day of your life.

     

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