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Engaged, Now What? | Wedding Planning Checklist | Vermont Bride Magazine | Niceties and Nuptials Boutique

In planning a wedding, there are many professionals to be contacted.  Below is a list of such potential  “Wedding Related Contacts”:

  • Attire
  • Baker
  • Band/DJ
  • Caterer(s)
  • Ceremony Coordinator
  • Florist
  • Hairstylist
  • Hotel Accommodations
  • Jeweler
  • Make-Up Artist
  • Manicurist (Manicure/Pedicure)
  • Music
  • Photographer
  • Reception Coordinator
  • Rehearsal Dinner Coordinator
  • Rental Agency
  • Transportation (Stretch Limo, Classic/Luxury/Own Car, Specialized – Horse & Buggy, etc.)
  • Travel Agency (Honeymoon)
  • Videographer
  • Wedding Coordinator/Planner
  • Wedding Guest List Coordinator/Planner
  • Wedding Dress Boutique
  • Wedding Officiant (Religious or Civil)

The following information should be compiled for each of the above pertinent contacts as well as for any of their assistants and back-up professionals.  

  • Complete Professional Name
  • Business Address
  • Business E-Mail Address
  • Personal E-Mail Address
  • Business Website Address
  • Work Phone Number
  • Home Phone Number
  • Business Cell/Pager Number
  • Personal Cell/Pager Number

Inquire as to the following about each pertinent contact as well as their associate/assistant and arranged professional back-up:

  • How many years have they been in Business?
  • Inquire as to their Professional Experience?
  • Are they licensed with the State/Liquor Board?
  • Are they Accredited in their Field/Profession?
  • Do they have Liability/Facility Insurance? Verify?
  • What services will actually be provided?
  • Do they work alone or have an associate/assistant and if so how many?
  • Will they be your primary contact?
  • Will they personally attend your scheduled events or send an associate/assistant and if so, how?
  • Will they personally perform service (photographer/videographer/ florist, etc.) or will someone else provide actual services and if so, how?
  • If they are personally performing service(s), will they also have an assistant performing as well?
  • How available will they be during/after business hours as well as during weekends if required?
  • Do they have a Professional Back-Up available and if so, who?
  • Do they have another wedding commitment on your wedding day or that weekend?
  • Have they previously worked at your Ceremony and/or Reception Sites?
  • What type of equipment will be used by photographer, videographer, Rental Agency?
  • How many cameras will be used throughout ceremony and reception?
  • Do they have any Restrictions or Denominational issues that you should be aware of?
  • What are their Payment and Cancellation Policies?
  • Request samples of cakes/menu items, attend a performance event of musician(s), request to see photographer’s wedding photo albums/videographer’s wedding video/florist’s wedding photo albums, check-out rental equipment condition, etc.

Personally interview/speak with all associates/assistants and back-up people involved in planning your wedding.  And also obtain all of the above pertinent information for each of them.

Request a list of references in conjunction with considering each professional.   It is extremely important that you thoroughly check out their references.  Remember that you will be depending upon each of them to achieve a well-planned and stress-free wedding.  And be very certain that you like and feel comfortable with the individuals you select to assure for a good working relationship throughout the extended period of planning for your wedding; right up to and including the day of your wedding.

This post is republished courtesy of Niceties & Nuptials Boutique.

 

Engaged - Now What? | Wedding Planning Tips | Where to start with planning a wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine | Niceties and Nuptials Boutique
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In order to relieve much of the stress associated with planning for a wedding, it is essential to maintaining accurate on-going records covering all important aspects in preparing for your wedding. 

Regardless of hiring a Professional Wedding Planner or not, it is strongly recommended that you either purchase a good “Wedding Planner Book” or create a “Personalized Wedding Planner Manual” that you can customize to your particular needs.   Whatever your preference may be, it is critical to maintain good records for everything of significance pertaining to your wedding.

Below are two easy options for creating a “Personalized Wedding Planner Manual” using a 1-2” 11.5” x 9.5” Binder of your choice; available in many nice pastel colors.   Most binders have a clear front sheet protector that will allow you to decorate it as desired.

  • The first recommended and easiest option is to purchase a package of Avery A-Z Ready Index Dividers and insert them into your binder. Behind each Alphabetical Tab, file appropriately titled information; i.e., Section A, Activity Schedule; Section B, Bride’s Wedding Gown; Section C, Catering Services; Section D, Daily To-Do-List; etc.  With these dividers, Avery provides a website whereby you can create a Customized Table of Content.  
  • The second recommended option is to purchase several packages of either Avery’s Write-On-Tab Dividers (8 per package) or Insertable Plastic Label Tab Dividers (5 per package.  Insert them into your binder.  Next prepare a categorized list for each appropriate section of your binder; including those applicable of the recommended “18 Categories of Planning for a Wedding” of our March 30, 2016 Blog.   You can also create sub-sections; i.e., “Bride’s Wedding Gown”, “Bride Maids’ Gowns”, etc.  Next, label your section dividers in order of your created categorized list.   

In each case, all written reports should be filed behind appropriate category sections along with information relative to agreements, contacts, contracts, estimates, maps, pertinent articles, samples, quotations, schedules, special requests, etc; customized to your personal needs.  Add Sheet Protectors behind category sections to protect important documents such as contracts or to hold printed material. 

Start out your binder with a “Personalized Sheet” providing names of the Bride and Groom.  Also list both sets of Parents/Grandparents, the Maid of Honor, the Best Man, the Bride Maids, and other Family/Friends involved in your wedding.

Make up a “Proposal/Engagement Sheet” consisting of important information pertaining to this m0omentous occasion; i.e., the date, when and where it took place, was it a surprise, his precise proposal and your response, was it done privately or were others present.  Add any photographs taken of you at the time.  

A “Table of Contents” is also recommended for easy reference purposes. 

This post is republished courtesy of Niceties & Nuptials Boutique.