Wedding Planning! So exciting, fun, and..... Stressful?
No matter how much you love the planning process most couples have never fully planned a
wedding before. Even if you have, odds are it hasn’t been many and as we all know every
wedding is as unique and as amazing as each individual couple.
SO where to start?
Well.... Everyone’s budget is unique and what is reasonable or expensive to you could be
completely different to those brides in your Facebook group that are giving you suggestions of
photographers that are “reasonable”. In addition, having a budget can help you stay on target
and in control of your wedding spending. The two problems we hear from couples in the
beginning of planning is that
1) “We have no idea how much a [planner] should cost! Is this a deal? Is it expensive?”
2) “How much of our budget should we spend on [floral]?
Questions and Answers!
So, we can give you our tips all day long, but we thought hearing directly from a planner who
helps consult and set budgets would be way more helpful. Cindy is a local planner we love
working with and is always so professional with couples.
We’ve asked her for her two sense on budgets - take a peak.
Q: I can’t afford to pay an arm and a leg for floral that’s just crazy! I am looking for an
affordable DJ - who can help?”
“We as vendors see this question all the time, I need a planner who doesn’t cost an arm and a
leg, I need a low budget DJ, can’t spend an arm and a leg. Wedding budgets will look different
for each couple but just to set the record straight.
The price of a new prosthetic leg can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $50,000 and an arm that is
fully functioning and can bend at several locations can range from $20,000 to $100,00.
Is anyone’s budget here $150K? OK perfect so none of you will spend an arm and a leg.”
- Cindy, CM Promotions
Know your ideal budget and ask or look for it! Vendors cannot help or have any idea what is
“reasonable” to you if you don’t give a range or max amount. We do recommend that you look at
vendors that are slightly above that range to compare what is provided at that price level.
Our venue for example includes some services like tablecloths where others do not. That
service saves you $200+ easily from your budget so may first look like we are above your ideal
venue budget when in reality we save you more in the long run.
Q: How should I start figuring out where to spend my budget?
“Make a list of your wedding priorities: Start with the top three things that are most important to you on your wedding day. For example Food, Live Band and Photo are mine, and yours may be
different and that is ok. Whatever is most important put it at the top and book those vendors
first. Anything leftover you distribute to everything else you need but at least you’ll have your
main priorities taken care of.” - Cindy, CM Promotions
Q: Are there ways I can stretch my budget or make the most of it?
“Be resourceful! There are a lot of items/decor for weddings that can be used for both the
ceremony and reception. Example: Bridesmaid bouquets can double as centerpieces for the
reception, lanterns used to decorate the aisle can be brought inside and put on tables/stairs for
extra decor. Adding a colored napkin to a white or ivory table cloth can add so much to the
room for only a little expense.” - Cindy, CM Promotions
Q: Should I go for the best deal I can find?
“Do your research: As important as budget is to your wedding day, you can’t get a redo - if you
think your vendor has a deal that is too good to be true, dive in a little deeper, read the reviews,
post to one of the Facebook groups and see what other brides have said. Having an
experienced and knowledgeable vendor team is crucial to the success of your day, the planner,
DJ, and Photographer all have to work hand in hand to ensure your day is a success.”
- Cindy, CM Promotions
Q: How much of my budget should go to each area?
“I feel like the wedding budget is different for everyone so this Budget 101 breakdown is like a
middle ground and it works for those who have a budget of $20,000 or $60,000.”
- Cindy, CM Promotions
CLICK HERE cmpromotions.co/to set up that free consult call with CM Promotions.
Stationery questions - Making it custom, personal and part of you vision
Do you ever feel at a loss for words? You have this great idea or picture in mind of what you are planning but when it comes down to putting it in action your mind goes blank. Now add on that stress of making it tie into your wedding vision and PHEW. It's enough to make anyone stare at a screen of options for hours and hours.
Your invitations have a very important job. They give those people who mean the world to you all the details to get to your day to celebrate and soak in the love. Your invitations alone let them know so much more than when and where, they also tell them the overall style of your wedding from color to how formal it may be and the tone of the day.
Your wedding stationery; from menus and programs to mailed invitations are all a part of your day and is the first look your guests have to the event you have been working so hard to plan. The colors and overall style should match your vibes - but the wording?
So, we reached out to one of the best - an amazing woman owned business local to North Texas that is! Seriously guys, you have to check out her amazing work. Not only does she cover all your paper needs but she is crazy talented and you will not be disappointed! Back to the information - we had a quick Q and A with Erin and have all the details here for you. Don't forget to visit her website to get even more questions answered and look into having your dream set designed.
How can we ask guests to not bring a plus one, or what if we’re planning an adult-only reception?
"Properly addressing the envelopes is going to be the best way to specify who is invited to the wedding. If an envelope is addressed to “Mr. John Smith” then he should not be bringing a guest to the wedding. If the envelope is addressed to “Mr. John Smith and guest” then he may bring a plus one. The same goes for families - an envelope addressed to “Mr. and Mrs. John Smith” is just for those two people, whereas “Mr. and Mrs. John Smith and family” or “The Smith Family” would include all members of that family.
If you are worried that your guests will need another reminder, you can add the words “Adult Reception" to your website and/or the reception card included in your invitation suite. "
- Erin Wright
Save the Dates vs. Invitations: When are they sent?
"Save the Dates should be ordered and mailed 6-8 months in advance.
Wedding Invitations should be mailed 2 months in advance. Printing time is typically about 3 weeks and we will want to leave time for proofing the design on the front end, and addressing/stamping/stuffing on the back end. Therefore, we suggest you start working on your invitations about 4-5 months in advance. That gives you time to look at samples and narrow down the style of invitations, then go through the proofing process to make sure all design aspects and wording is just as you would like. "
- Erin Wright
What other paper products should I be thinking about?
"Day of Wedding paper (programs, menus, table numbers, seating charts, etc.) should be ordered once you have your final headcount (usually about a month before the wedding). We typically start designing these shortly after the invitations are sent out, that way once you receive your replies and have a final number, we are ready to move forward with printing.
Notecards can be added to any of the previous orders, or placed as their own order. You will want to have these in hand right after the wedding to start working on thank you notes."
- Erin Wright
Photo and more amazing tips at Sincerely, Addison
What are your top tips on choosing a style/theme for their stationery & how it should tie into our overall style?
"Your invitations are meant to set the tone for your wedding. You won’t want to send a rustic looking invitation for a black-tie event. The invitation suite will gives your guests a hint as to what to expect on your wedding day, therefore you will want a cohesive look throughout. Keep with the same color scheme and overall style. When deciding on your invitation design, we suggest looking through samples and photo galleries. Find what is catching your eye about certain invitations.
However, we want to make sure everything about this day to be representation of you two as a couple. Talk to your stationer about your likes and interests as a couple. Tell us the story of how you met and things that are important to you. Are their moments in your life that you want to incorporate in your invitations or day of paper? We have done custom sketches of pets, fun facts about the couple printed on cocktail napkins, and tables named after places the couple has travelled. Our job as a custom stationery company is to design something specific to you."
- Erin Wright
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Do you ever feel like maybe there's a chance you've been spoiled? I mean really, like you just met the perfect person & they're beyond awesome... Okay, odds are if you're reading this you are engaged so you know exactly what we are saying.
Well, years ago we met Ariana - owner of ANM Photography and it's basically like that.
If you're in the Denton area, even Fort Worth/Dallas (and don't quote us but pretty sure we've seen her post photos from beautiful out of State areas too) you've got to check out her beautiful work! So, we decided to help you out a bit and here's a little bio for you to get things going.
"Hi there! My name is Ariana Nicole Ruehle. (Used to be Ariana Nicole Miller hence ANM Photography.) It all began in a dark room, in 8th grade, mixing chemicals and paper resulting in a few award-winning photographs.
My passion was discovered and with camera in hand, there was no turning back. My style is fun, personable and quietly unobtrusive resulting in photographs that naturally reveal the true personality of my clients in creative settings and environments."
We love getting to work with pros that not only know what they are doing but have a fun personality. That's when we get to see our couples come into their comfort zone and truly enjoy every moment. Having that connection is so important!
So, time to meet one of the photographers we've gotten to work with that has an amazing personality and FANTASTIC talent behind the lens.
Meet Brooklynn with Brook's Captured Moments
Brook's Captured Moments
This Photo Duo will have you (& your friends) gushing over your photos!
Walking into your wedding, knowing that you have a photographer team that understands what you're going through is something extra special.
Tips for future couples:
"When it comes to photography the best tip we can give a future bride is to connect with their wedding photographer. Establishing a two way communication with your photographer will allow for you and your fiance to feel comfortable throughout the entire wedding process. This will also open the door to speak to your photographer about your wedding day timeline and other important topics such as having a first look and photographing certain details. Having great communication will streamline the entire wedding process.
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