Planning a wedding does not come without questions or things you didn't think of, so we asked 10 veteran wedding professionals to share some pointers and key pieces of advice that are essential for the soon to-be-wed. Remember these tips as you plan your big day!
Beth Pallett, Wedding Planner | Engaging Events
Having an organized wedding day does not mean your event will be formal. The most laid back weddings are the ones that have all the details figured out ahead of time.
Kristi Midgette, Photographer | Kristi Midgette Photography
The best gift you can give yourself is to hire an experienced day of coordinator. This will allow you, your family, and friends to enjoy your wedding day while allowing the professionals to handle all the details.
Chad Miller, Equipment Rentals | Ocean Atlantic Event Rentals
As much as we wish we could accurately predict the weather on your special day, we know only as much as you do. Weather can change at any given time, so it is always recommended to have a tent if your venue does not have an indoor option. Many steps must be taken to secure a tent and this must be done well in advance of your event. Be proactive, and rent a tent to save yourself from stressing about the weather on your special day.
Brenda Zeigler, Planner | To Have and to Hold OBX
Make sure to pay all of your vendors ahead of time. The last thing you want to do on your wedding day is take time to pay off your final balances. The more you do ahead of time the better off you are in the end. Just get it off your plate.
Linda Taylor, Beauty & Spa | It's Royalty Salon
If your wedding ceremony is going to be outside, consider doing your hair in an updo. That way you will not have to worry about the wind blowing hair in your face during pictures.
Dorothy Heath-Morris, Floral & Decor | Bells & Whistles
Wedding insurance is one of the best investments you can make. Be sure to get both liability and cancellation coverage. It will provide you with piece of mind at a very minimal cost.
Debra Sinkage, Caterer | Argyles Events and Catering
If you are not working with a planner please be sure to provide your vendors with a detailed wedding day timeline. This will help your vendors know how you would like the day to flow.
Matt Cooper, DJ | Outer Banks Music Masters
Trust your DJ to read the crowd and mix up the music. This makes it more likely that the majority of your guests will have a good time and dance.
Tammy Tobin, Ceremony & Reception Site | The Pavilion at Pirate's Cove Marina
Don't be afraid to ask questions! If you have a special request please ask. Each of your vendors wants your day to be special. Stay in contact with your vendors throughout the process to make your day stress-free.
Johanna Lachine, Caterer | Cafe Lachine
Don't feel confined to a catering menu. Chefs are excited to create a custom menu that reflects your vision and tastes. A great way to add a personal touch to your special day is to incorporate a cherished family recipe.
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