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What the Best Wedding Planners Do (and you should too!)

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What the Best Wedding Planners Do (and you should too!)

Planning a wedding can be fun, and maybe you’re a hands-on person who prefers to do it your way. If so, please consider these services offered by a wedding planner in planning your own wedding:

Plan Your Wedding Budget.

Planners often assist couples with their budget, but if you are planning your own wedding, the budget should be set before any other action is taken.

Planning Your Wedding Venue.

Once you’ve set your budget, the first consideration should be your venue. This can be one of the most complicated parts of planning a wedding. Each venue will most likely have differing rental items, food prices and beverage prices. They may figure tax, tip and service charges at different rates. Before you stress, call each one about your specific date. If the venue is unavailable for that date, your wedding planning has been simplified by one phone call. Ask venues to hold a date while you make a decision. Decide quickly and pay that deposit ASAP. Carefully read venue contracts as the venue is often the single largest expenditure.

Vendors.

When you’ve settled on a date and venue, which has been confirmed with a deposit, it is time to select your vendors. As is the case with venues, many of the top wedding vendors (photographers, videographers, florists, etc.) book as much as a year (and even more) in advance. So, you will want to immediately begin booking these vendors keeping in mind your budget and the style of your wedding.

All those details.

Create a wedding master plan charting the little details, from ceremony music to wedding favors. Also, devise a day-of timeline advising all participants (vendors, members of the wedding party, you, and your families) when to do what. Details are sometimes troublesome, but always pay attention to detail!

Etiquette, What’s Hot and What’s Not.

Wedding Planners often counsel their clients on these facets of a wedding, but you can find advice on-line and in books if you are your own planner. http://www.emilypost.com/wedding and/or The Knot. For What’s Hot and Not, The Knot, Wedding Wire or Brides.com are good resources. Or check our blog regularly. We post on many of these subjects.

Spread the Love.

Find a volunteer to help with supervising vendors, setup, and delivery, handling emergencies, as well as keeping everyone calm and on track.

Creativity.

You don’t want your wedding to be like everyone else’s. If you weren’t born creative, however, don’t panic. Magazines, TV shows, books, wedding planning associations and the Internet are there for you. Use these resources and find your own inspiration!

Money Management.

Not glamorous but essential, the money manager must be sure the wedding stays financially viable and ensure that you get the most for your money.

Wrapping up when it’s all said and done.

Recruit a volunteer to ensure that your personal property and wedding gifts are properly packed and secured. Nothing spoils a honeymoon like being told that your gift envelopes were stolen or that some pricey, rented decorations were forgotten at the reception venue.

These snippets of tips are only a few services the wedding planner offers the client. It is possible to do your own planning if you are willing to go down into the trenches and get it done. Whichever route you choose—wedding planner or not—the main thing is that your day be as perfect as possible, the way you want it, and enjoyable for everyone concerned.

To make your wedding day more bliss and less stress, consider letting Roof Garden help. In beautiful, historic Galveston with spectacular views, Roof Garden provides all of the amenities you need. Contact us today to tour our facility or to reserve your date at (409) 762-5921 or check your date now.

About Roof Garden

The Roof Garden is a charming, vintage wedding venue and sophisticated corporate/private event facility located in the heart of The Strand overlooking Galveston’s Historic National Landmark District. Our elegant, signature Galveston architecture creates a warm, inviting atmosphere your guests are sure to enjoy. Learn more about our venue and view facility photos to understand the true essence of the Roof Garden.