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Nicki Ann’s Top Ten continued…

So as not to drag on too much, I thought this post needed split up. Too much reading makes everyone want to click away! So today, I continue with the top five ways to help your venue give you the perfect wedding.

5. Be on time.

This is an easy one. Be on time for your appointments, with your payments, and on the big day. You make an appointment for a reason. Both parties agree to the time and know they can attend. If you find out you cannot make it, it is proper to call or email and change the time. Our time is just as valuable as yours. And don’t make us chase you down for the payments. We don’t want anyone to have a bitter taste in their mouth during the wedding planning process. We want you to have the best day of your life just as much as you. Which brings me to the last one. If you are late on your big day, things get rushed. We want everything to be relaxing and fun as well as beautiful.

4. Don’t assume anything.

The worst thing is when a bride comes to you the day of and says “But I thought you were going to take care of that.” Unless it is something you previously spoke about and/or is in the contract, don’t assume it is going to happen. There are some things that are easy to put into motion last minute. There are others that are not. It’s not very easy to get 180 lobster tails the day of your event if you didn’t order them in advance.

3. Be decisive.

We want you to have your fairy tale wedding. Depending on how far in advance you are of your wedding, you will find new inspiration as the process goes on. You might change your colors 4 times before settling on the final one. And even then, you may question your decision and want to change it again. At some point you need to make a decision and stick to it. I’ve seen weddings where the couple has made changes all the way up to the day before the wedding. This caused a ton of stress and frustration for everyone involved. While it turned out to be a gorgeous wedding, it could have easily gone the other way.

2. Limit the cooks in the kitchen.

There are so many wedding vendors who say they will only speak to the bride about the wedding. This has become such a necessary practice because moms and mother-in-laws and wedding planners and grandmas will all try to call up the vendors and make changes to the wedding. Then, come the day of the event, the bride is unhappy with how the event turned out because it isn’t what she expected. If you hire a planner or just want mom to help you make the decisions, you need to either let the venue know this person is allowed to make changes or you need to call and do it yourself. Again, we want your event to be exactly as you imagined it. It will be nothing but a ball of confusion for everyone if there are too many people in charge.

1. Be happy and be yourself.

Often, wedding professionals don’t even meet the bride until the day after the event. This is because they are so wrapped up in making the wedding perfect, they become this crazy, high-strung woman. It is helpful for us to get to know you. The REAL you. We need to know what makes you tick. Are you generally a calm, relaxed person? Are you always uber-organized? Are you a tomboy at heart, but love to put on a pretty sparkly dress sometimes? This is the biggest day of your life. I understand. But if you are hiring competent vendors, you should have nothing to worry about (See #9 for questions on how to ensure this!). What I am saying is RELAX. Enjoy this time. Because before you know it, it’s all over and then you are just an old married lady like me.

We love our brides! Love us back :)


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