45+ Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding

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Spending money on your wedding can be easy – way too easy.

The good news is saving money is easy too! Here are over 45 ways to save.

General

1. Trim your guest list.
Fewer people means less food, beverages, centerpieces, linens, favors, etc.

2. Have a longer engagement.
Not only will you have more time to search and find sales, you’ll also have more time to set aside money.

3. Enter giveaways to win free wedding stuff.
Free is always good.

4. Use coupons and watch for sales when buying items from craft stores.
hobby lobby
Michaels and Hobby Lobby always have coupons and sales. There’s no reason to pay full price.

5. Opt for an adult-only reception.
An easy way to decide who to trim from your guest list. Determine no one under the age of 13 or the age of 16 for example.

6. Seat more guests at larger tables.
You’ll end up needing less tables and chairs, and in turn less centerpieces and linens.

Your Wedding Date/Time

7. Get married on any day but Saturday.
Many venues and vendors offer a discount for any day other than a Saturday.

8. Get married off-peak season.
winter wedding
Winter months are typically the slow season in the wedding world, so many venues/vendors offer a discount for those months.

9. Have your wedding ceremony and reception earlier in the day.
A late morning ceremony followed by a brunch reception will save you tons of money.

Favors

10. Skip the expensive favors.
candy wedding favors
Fancy favors are commonly left behind. Why? Because your guests really don’t want/can’t use them. Edible treats are one of the best favor options. They’re inexpensive, and your guests will actually use them.

11. Or omit favors altogether.

12. Choose escort cards that double as favors.
Double duty is a wonderful money saver.

Invitations & Other Printed Items

13. Send postcard style response cards with your invitations.
Not only will the postcard RSVP cards cost less, you’ll also need less postage on each one.

14. Skip the fancy custom or vintage postage stamps.
wedding love postage stamp
Your guests won’t miss the fancy postage stamps, and regular stamps (check with your post office for pretty floral or LOVE stamps) cost less than the custom ones.

15. Skip square or odd sized invitations.
They may look great, but the post office charges more postage on non standard shaped or sized envelopes.

16. Use a sign instead of a ceremony program.
Rather than printing up programs all of your guests, do one large sign and have it at the entry to your ceremony.

17. Proofread everything twice before ordering.
Having something reprinted is definitely a cost that is not budgeted for. Eliminate this possibility by proofreading everything multiple times. Have someone else proofread them as well – a second pair of eyes can spot things that the first may have missed. Double check all spellings, dates, and addresses.

18. Order thank you cards when you order invitations.
Saves on extra shipping and handling charges.

19. Print guests names on a board instead of individual escort cards.
wedding reception seating chart

20. DIY your invitation assembly.
From standard envelope stuffing to attaching rhinestone embellishments or pretty belly bands – paying the invitation company to assemble them costs more money. Save by assembling them yourself (or have your wedding party help out).

Wedding Cake

21. Choose a small one or two tiered cake.
2 tier wedding cake
Have the small cake on display for your cake cutting ceremony, but also have unadorned (just iced) cakes hidden in the kitchen.

22. Skip the dessert table.
You don’t need additional desserts. Your wedding cake is enough.

23. Choose buttercream icing instead of fondant.
Fondant may look gorgeous, but you’ll end up paying at least twice as much (maybe more!) for your cake.

24. Skip on the cake fillings.
Fillings typically cost more, and if you’ve got delicious cake to start with, your guests won’t miss a filling.

25. Serve cupcakes instead of cake.
wedding cupcakes
You’ll save on the serving price (cupcakes can be up to half the cost per serving as cake). Also, since cupcakes don’t have to be cut/plated, you’ll save on the plating fee most venues charge.

Food & Beverages

26. Offer beer and wine, and a signature drink.
signature drink
Serving alcohol can get expensive. Save by offering only beer and wine, and perhaps a fun signature drink.

27. Serve champagne to the head table only.
You don’t need to provide champagne to all of your guests, and they will be fine toasting with whatever beverage they’ve chosen from the bar.

28. Skip the late night snack.
Sending your guests off with a yummy little nibble may sound like a fun idea, but it’s a cost that you can easily omit, and no one will miss it.

Flowers/Décor

29. Choose less pricey flowers in your bouquet.
Your florist can give you lost of flower cost-effective options that achieve the look you are going for.

30. Re-use decorations from the ceremony at the reception.
You’ve already paid for them, so why not get more use out of them? This includes altar arrangements, unity candle flowers, and bridesmaids bouquets.

31. Pick simple tablecloths.
Many venues provide standard linens at no additional cost. In love with a pricy specialty linen? Use it on just the cake table and sweetheart/head table.

32. Choose flowers that are in-season.
seasonal wedding flowers
Flowers that are in-season are more abundant, and will cost less than flowers that have to be imported.

33. Choose short centerpieces.
Tall centerpieces are elegant, but often need more flowers to look so grand. More flowers = more cost.

34. Skip the chair covers and sashes.
Unless the chairs are ghastly, save money by not getting covers. Another option is renting resin or samsonite folding chairs. These common chair rental styles often cost less than renting chair covers/sashes.

35. Choose a ceremony venue and/or reception venue that requires little decoration.

36. Skip the aisle runner.
In reality, aisle runners don’t enhance the overall look of your ceremony. Save yourself a bit of cash by omitting an aisle runner altogether.

37. Use more greenery and less blooms.
Greenery is elegant, abundant, and less costly that flowers.

38. Use non-florals in your centerpiece design.
birdcage centerpiece
Candles, books, bird cages, lanterns, and bowls of fruit are just some non-floral ideas that cost less than a floral arrangement, yet are still pretty and stylish.

Attire

39. Borrow a veil.
veil

Borrowing is always cost-friendly. Plus you’ll have your “Something Borrowed” covered.

40. Buy shoes you’ll actually wear again.
wedding shoes
Why spend money on shoes you’re only going to wear just once? Save money by choosing a pair that you will be able to wear again and again.

Vendors

41. Hire a DJ instead of a band.
dj disk jockey
Simply put, having a DJ costs less than having a band.

42. Skip the limousine.
A fancy ride is fun, but you’re only going to be in it for a relatively short time.

43. Hire a wedding planner.
A wedding planner has the know-how to stay on budget, yet stay stylish with creative alternatives.

44. Have ceremony & reception at same place.

45. Choose a venue that doesn’t require you to use their vendors.
Not having to use their “short list” of vendors gives you more options.

46. Borrow items.
toasting glasses
Not interested in keeping the cake knife/server or toasting glasses? Borrow them.

47. Buy items instead of renting them.
You can purchase just about everything for your wedding, from table linens to vases. What to do with them after the wedding? Sell them of course. These days, many areas have bridal resale shops. Or check out online sites such as Wedding Recycle.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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The First Thing to Do When You Get Engaged

diamond engagement ring in a red rose
Congratulations to all the couples who got engaged over the holidays.

The next thing you should be doing is . . .

. . . enjoy being an engaged couple.

I know you’re excited (and rightly so!), and probably want to dive in with all of the fun of planning your big day.

But, I repeat,

Enjoy being engaged!

Getting and being engaged is a once-in-a-lifetime experience so for right now savor this time and . . .

. . . show off your ring

. . . lose yourself while gazing into your beloved’s eyes

. . . relish being a “fiance/fiancee”

Of course it’s normal to want to start working on your wedding plans, and some folks even wonder why it’s recommended to just enjoy this period without doing any actual planning.

  • It will give you a little breather before you get knee-deep in the plans and details.
  • If your honey spent a lot of time and effort on the proposal, give him (or her) a break from another round of planning.
  • It’s very likely that the two of you haven’t even talked about how you’re envisioning your wedding day to be. So how can you really start planning it?
  • Once you do start in on your wedding plans, you may experience “wedding overload” – where you’re thinking about wedding stuff 24/7, everywhere you turn someone is asking about your wedding. If you do, you’re going to thank yourself later for taking this “newly engaged period.”

Then, when you do start in on your wedding plans, give me a call so we can create a “game plan” that allows you to enjoy the next phase of your engagement.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

Have questions or looking for fun ideas for your wedding? Contact me at 937-235-2586, 937-581-3647, or jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net and schedule your free, initial appointment!

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I’m Dreaming of . . . My Wedding!

bride dreaming of her wedding

If you’re engaged and planning your wedding, (or even if you aren’t engaged, but thinking about “someday”), I imagine you’ve spent some time dreaming about your wedding . . .

. . . the dress

. . . the cake

. . . the flowers

EVERYTHING!

You’ve probably spent some time looking at wedding magazines, surfing through Pinterest, checking out the wedding planning sites like The Knot, Wedding Wire, and MyWedding.

And you’re getting ideas of how you want YOUR wedding day to be.

Recently in the “wedding industry world” it’s been floating around that we, as wedding professionals/vendors, should not be telling you that we will help you have your dream wedding.

Um, WHAT??!!

Of course we’re going to help you with that.

I mean, how can we not help you achieve what you are wanting?

Any wedding professional who is good, respectable, and has integrity will help you achieve this.

In the process we are also going to be honest and realistic with you, because, let’s face it, sometimes our dreams are bigger than our wallets.

Like I tell my couples, after your wedding I want you to be able to have money to buy groceries, put gas in the car, and not have just racked up a boatload of debt for your wedding day.

We’re not going to promise a “perfect” day. Sorry, perfection does not exist in real life.

We’re not going to guarantee that everything will be exactly as imagined, or planned. Again, sorry. There are just too many factors and too many details that just cannot be controlled (such as the exact shades of the flower colors).

Wedding professionals are creative people. If necessary, we can offer suggestions to help you create that dream, yet not break the bank.

So . . .

In the immortal words of Steven Tyler and Aerosmith,

Dream On!

And when you’re choosing your wedding vendor team, choose those who will be happy to help you reach that dream.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

Looking for fun ideas, or need help with your wedding plans?
Weddings From The Heart can help. Contact me today at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647!

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Your Wedding Planning Timelineby Erica Bond, Adorn Wedding Invitations

 

Between the time your partner asks “will you?” to the moment you both say “I do,” so many decisions need to be made.

Before you feel completely overwhelmed by the massive task ahead of you, have a glass of wine and check out our wedding timeline infographic.

ORGANIZATION IS KEY

Your wedding binder is going to be your new best friend. Budgets, timelines, and contact details need to be easy to find at all times.

Budget:
Always remember your budget. Your day needs to be special but that four-tier cake is not worth selling your first-born child for. Plan with your partner early where you will be spending the big bucks.

To give you an idea of a typical budget break down:

  • 48 to 50 percent of total budget to reception
  • 8 to 10 percent for flowers
  • 8 to 10 percent for attire
  • 8 to 10 percent for entertainment/music
  • 10 to 12 percent for photo/video
  • 2 to 3 percent for invites; 2 to 3 percent for gifts
  • 8 percent for a wedding coordinator

Keep an extra 5-10% of your budget tucked away for any extra expenses like reprinting additional invites.

Contact details:
Having these listed for all vendors can help you delegate, ask a bridesmaid or your future hubby to chase up vendors.

Timelines:
DIY jobs may help your budget woes, but make sure you don’t stretch your time too thin. Taking on too much can cause a lot of extra stress and sleepless nights leading up to your big day. Make sure you have a good understanding of just how much these DIY jobs will cost (are they really saving you money?) and how long they will take.

Brides need their beauty sleep.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT VENUE

Before setting out on your quest to find that perfect venue, be prepared with a list of questions, that are as detailed as possible. Many brides get wrapped up in the overall feel of the venue and book, only to find many restrictions will hinder their planning later on.

Remember the big questions like:

  • Number of guests: are you restricted to a cocktail party rather then a sit down meal to squeeze all your guests in the door?
  • Date availability: this may be a deal breaker if your date is already set
  • What exactly is included in the price: catering, linen, decorations, A/V equipment?
  • Restrictions: number of children, end time, noise restrictions, public transport, parking?
  • Weather options: what wet weather options are available for outdoor ceremonies or is shade adequate enough for hot days?

Research is the key here ladies.

CHOOSING YOUR DATE

Carefully consider having your wedding date shared with a holiday. Extra costs may be involved for both you and your guests, vendors may be harder to book in over the holiday periods. If guests are traveling, consider accommodation and transport availability at this time of year.

Weather will influence the style and mood of the wedding. If you’re planning an outdoor cocktail party in the middle of summer, your bar tab may also be higher than expected.

Adorn Biography
With branches in the UK, Australia and soon to be in the U.S – Adorn Invitations is the leading supplier of exquisite wedding invitations and stationary for brides looking for exclusive and remarkable designs. Initially established off of the back of a global graphic design studio, Adorn’s design team boasts over 20 years of design and print experience. With a rare combination of incomparable design ability and with the resources to produce and manufacture high quality pieces – Adorn is truly a trailblazer in its field in delivering beautifully crafted wedding stationary.

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Need vs Want: What Do You Need to Get Married?

 

 

 

 

 

While talking with a bride several months ago, she mentioned that a friend of hers told her that she doesn’t need a wedding planner.

She then asked me what I thought.

Of course, since I am a wedding planner, you’re probably thinking that my answer was, ”Yes, you absolutely, positively, unequivocally do need a wedding planner.”

Well, sorry. No, that was not my answer.

Instead I told her that no, she does not NEED a wedding planner. But then again, to get married you also don’t NEED a florist, or a dj, or a photographer, or a caterer . . .

What DO you need? Well, to get married, there are really only 3 things that you need. They are:

  1. Two people
  2. A marriage license
  3. A person who can legally perform the ceremony

Everything else beyond that depends on what you WANT.

    • Do you want a stunning ambiance to your wedding decor? Do you want to enjoy the day before your wedding sipping mimosas and relaxing at the spa, (instead of spending hours making bouquets)? Do you want your floral arrangements to be fresh, and beautiful, and dazzling, and WOW?

      You hire a florist.

    • Do you want to share a delicious meal with friends and family? Do you want to avoid having your mom slave over a hot stove and oven the week of your wedding? Do you want an experience instead of just “food”?

      You hire a caterer.

  • Do you want your wedding day to be creative, fun, and represent you and your fiancé? Do you want to save money and time? Do you want to remain stress-free and have the peace of mind that your wedding day will turn out how you envision it to be?

    You hire a wedding planner.

So . . .

What do you want?

Do you have questions or are looking for unique ideas for your wedding? Weddings From The Heart can help. Contact me today at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647!

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Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

Photo credit: wedding flutes with champagne and yellow cake with frosting pink roses flower bouquet and teacup via photopin (license)

Say “Cheese!” 5 Ways to Make the Most of Posed Photos at Your Wedding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When all is said and done, your wedding photos will be THE lasting memory of your special day.

Standing for posed photos may not seem like much fun, but don’t make the mistake of skipping them. This is a special day that will only happen once. Even if you think you don’t want them, years from now when you’re looking at your wedding photos, you’ll be glad to have them.

  1. All of the people who are most important to you will be together under one roof – at the same time! (How often does that happen?) Everyone is together looking their best. People you probably haven’t seen in years (and may be a loooong time before you see them again). There may be your grandparents and other elderly folks who are super special to you. Get their picture!

2. Still leery about a long post photo session? Then pare the list down to your top five “can’t miss” photos, such as the bride and groom together, the entire wedding party, the happy couple with their parents, and the couple with their siblings (one of my favorite wedding photos is of me and Rob with all three of my brothers), the couple with their grandparents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Sure, we always think of getting shots of the bride and her ladies getting their hair and make-up done pre-ceremony. Don’t forget about getting some photos of the groom and his men getting ready.

4. First Look photos are getting more and more popular. These are fun at a scenic location (an elegant staircase, a garden in full bloom). Your photographer will capture his reaction to the first time he sees you in your gown. And you’ll get a few moments for just the two of you (before the whirlwind of the day starts blowing!)

 

      Like the idea of a First Look but still want to follow the tradition of the groom not seeing the bride before the ceremony? A cute alternative is to stand on opposite sides of an open door, and reach around to join hands.

5. Most wedding ceremony photos (from the processional clear through to the recessional) are shot from the back of the ceremony area (with the camera facing the same direction as the guests). How about having your photographer capture the looks on your guests’ faces (particularly parents and immediate family members) as you come down the aisle? Believe me, even though you’re right there, you won’t even have noticed their reactions (nor will your groom because he will be focused on you!)

Keep in mind that wedding photos are more than just something you or your parents will be looking at. They will become a family heirloom for your children and grandchildren to enjoy. Take a little time to add to your record of family history. Think of it this way, if you had the chance, wouldn’t you like to see photos from your parents wedding, or your grandparents, or even great-grandparents?

Photo credits:
Photographer Behind Camera – © Tosher | Dreamstime.com – Girl The Photographer At The Wedding Photo

First Look – Sandra Reed Photography

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Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

Hello. How much do you charge?

“How much do you charge?”

That is usually the first question I get from a newly engaged bride or groom.

And it’s definitely a valid question.

However, my answer is “It depends.”

Now you’re probably thinking, “why does she give a vague ‘it depends’ answer when other planners can tell us a dollar amount?”

How can I (or they, for that matter) tell you the price without knowing any details of your wedding, without knowing what you want me/us to do for you?

There way too many variables from one wedding to the next that affect the level of service I can provide for any couple, and in turn, affects ‘how much I charge.’

Do you want to end up paying too much because you’re getting things you really don’t want, or end up paying too little and miss things that are truly important to you?

Of course not.

Some things (but not all) that affect price are:

  • The size of your wedding

– A wedding for 40-50 people is different than one for 250-300 people.

  • How traditional or non-traditional your event will be

– Although traditional is in no way “cookie cutter,” non-traditional events can require more time and effort.

  • How hands on or hands off you want me to be

– Do you want me to schedule vendor appointments for you, and join you at these appointments? Or do you just want me to provide you with names and contact information of vendors that would be a good fit for you?
– Do you want help with DIY projects?
– Do you need help locating unique resources and products to enhance your wedding?
The main services I provide are planning (partial to full-service), wedding weekend coordination, and hourly consulting. But (other than the hourly consults, because well, an hour is an hour, no one couple’s planning or coordination needs are the same as another couple’s.

Perfect example –

    • Had a couple who lived out of state and wouldn’t be in town until the week of their wedding. Their wedding ceremony and reception took place on a Tuesday (late morning/early afternoon), with 25 guests, cake and punch, with background music only (no dancing).
    • Had another couple who were local with their Saturday afternoon ceremony to be held in the same church where her parents and grandparents were married, and be followed by a dinner and dancing reception in a country club.

     

  • While both wanted/needed “full-service planning,” the scope of both weddings was very different, as was the level of my duties. So although both were considered full-service, the price for both were different.

    Unlike so many other wedding planners, I do not have a price list to hand out, and am really surprised that others do.

    So please don’t think I’m trying to be secretive when I don’t immediately answer the “How much do you charge” question. Instead, let’s get together (in person, or by phone-chat), and talk a bit about your wedding needs. That way we can develop service programs specifically for you (with pricing), based on you and the wedding you want.

    Hearts, Joy, Love!
    Jean

    Do you have questions or are looking for unique ideas for your wedding? Weddings From The Heart can help. Contact me today at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647!

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How to Find Inspiration for Your Wedding

 

 

 

 

 

You have gotten engaged and thought about a date for your wedding; now it is time to begin searching for inspiration for your wedding day. It may seem easy to just jump online and begin saving beautiful images you come across, or using a website such as Pinterest to add photos to boards to revisit later, but inspiration can actually be a little more difficult to come by than just photos on the internet. Instead, there are many ways you can find inspiration without getting caught up in saving thousands of images. We have compiled a list of places you can turn to for your wedding inspiration to help build what will be the perfect day you envision.

The Outdoors
What is more inspiring than a star speckled sky or rolling green hills? Couples can turn to the outdoors for all kinds of inspiration, from decor to flower arrangements and even venue ideas. The seasons can be inspiring as well; if you want to create a warm and inviting winter wonderland for your reception, think about how the ice catches the light in the middle of the day, or how calm and peaceful a snowfall outside is while you are sitting in front of a roaring fire.

 

 

 

 

 

Take a walk along a beach or in a wooded area and take in the sights and sounds. Bring a camera to capture something that might inspire you while on your walk, whether it is the color of a plant or the beach at sunrise or sunset. You are bound to find inspiration in the outdoors, even in places where you might not expect it.

Your Own Personal Style
Talk with your partner and see what inspires the two of you, or what you have in common that you both love. This is the perfect place for some ideas about your wedding and how you can incorporate your own styles that will let all the guests know exactly whose wedding they are at! Think about family heirlooms, shared hobbies or something that brought you two closer together. If you are already living together, consider how your home looks, as that will be a familiar style to your friends and family. If you like earth tones and your home reflects that, it can easily be worked into the wedding to represent you as a couple. However, if you add lots of color, it may not feel like your style and you may not like the end results.

The Big, Wide Wedding World
It is important of course to see what is trending in the wedding world and what kind of designs that companies are coming out with in terms of dresses. Bridal magazines, blogs and bridal events are several places where you can start, and going to events gets you in contact with people who may also become vendors for your special day. This gives you the opportunity to not only see their work (and sometimes sample it, if they are a caterer) but connect with them on a personal level and get to know a little bit about them.

Some other brides choose to turn to Pinterest for their inspirations, but it is important to not get lost in pinning hundreds of styled wedding shoots because it can often times be expensive to recreate. Instead, look for inspiration in certain aspects of photos, such as color schemes or floral arrangements.

Finding inspiration for your wedding can begin just about anywhere, and can lead you as a couple on a road to creating your perfect wedding, from flowers and food to favors and photos. Always look for inspiration with an open mind and you never know what you might find in everyday life.

About the Author:
This article was written by Theresa Gibson, savvy wedding blogger and social media manager at Top10WeddingVendors.com, a leading go-to vendor guide for brides across North America. To connect with Theresa, follow her on Facebook.

Wedding Q&A – What Should the Flower Girl Carry?

 

Q – I have two flower girls. One flower girl (3 years old) will be carrying a sign that says “here comes the bride.”

I’m not sure what to have the other flower girl (6 years old) carry. I do not want her to drop flower petals.

The ceremony decor and reception centerpieces are lanterns, and I was thinking maybe she could carry a lantern with a flameless candle (but I’m concerned that it could break or the candle won’t stay in place).

I handmade all of my flowers out of satin fabric so I guess I could do a mini bouquet but I don’t want her to match the bridesmaids either! Any thoughts?

A – A mini bouquet is a cute idea, as it is scaled down for smaller hands, and it lets the flower girl feel like one of the “big girls” in the wedding party.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other options you can try are:

– Colorful pinwheels

 

 

 

 

 

– Ring a bell

– Balloons

 

 

 

 

 

– Ribbon wands

– Floral pomanders aka kissing balls (my favorite!)

– Something seasonal (a pine bough if in winter, for example)

– A tambourine or kazoo if your ceremony will heavily feature music

For more ideas, contact me today at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647 or at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net!

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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Flower girl photo by © iofoto
Flower girls with wedding party photo by Jack Hoying Photography
Pinwheels photo by Pinwheels via photopin (license)
Flower girls with balloon photo by © Kzenon
Floral pomander photo by © Susan

How I Got Started as a Wedding Planner

 

 

 

 

 
I was never one of those girls who dreamt of her wedding day since she was a little girl. Only once did I and my friends stage a wedding for Barbie and Ken (the highlight of that event was when Ken’s head popped off right after their first kiss).

Never threw parties or had big get-togethers. (Still don’t. We’re more of the homey types. Watching tv. Reading a good book. Love board games and cards).

 

 

 

 

 

So, how did I discover the world of wedding planning?

Planning our wedding is where I got the spark.

When my husband and I were planning our wedding (back in 1988) I was the most clueless bride ever. Heck, (dare I admit it), I didn’t even realize that there were wedding magazines available.

Because of our crazy work schedules at the time we did most of the planning on our lunch breaks (very few wedding vendors would meet with us after work, and we couldn’t get time off during work hours). Some vendors were no-shows for our scheduled meetings. Our reception venue was bought out by another company, and their catering style was ribs. Delicious yes, but very different that what we wanted and had contracted for (thankfully they honored our original menu choices). My aunt made our cake, and my cousin did our bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres. That was a tremendous help (2 less vendors that we had to deal with).

 

 

 

 

 

However, it was still S-T-R-E-S-S-F-U-L. But on our wedding day we were surrounded by our family and closest friends. And in the end, we were married, and starting this new stage in our lives together.

The decision to become a wedding planner was never an “aha moment.”

Instead something about planning my wedding stuck in the back of my head, and gradually evolved. I’d often think that planning weddings for others would be fabulous, but was a “wedding planner” really a thing? I didn’t think it was.

But it still stuck with me. I’d find myself thinking that there had to be a right way to plan weddings for other people. Planning your own wedding does not make you a wedding planner – I got that.

My interest and desire to pursue this career grew, and I continued to talk about wanting to be someone who plans weddings. (But is it even a real thing?)

Finally, one day my husband told me to stop talking about it and do something about it, or just stop talking about it. Ok, not those exact words. But he was giving me the push (and his support) to pursue this.

So, in 1994 I joined an wedding organization for wedding planners, took their training courses and shadowed with a local wedding planner. The following year I officially opened Weddings From The Heart.

That’s how I got started.

Through the years (it still doesn’t seem like it’s been over 20 years!) I’ve participated in other training courses, seminars, and workshops to continue to hone my craft. (There is always something new to learn).

It really is an honor and privilege to get to work with couples and help them have the wedding day they’ve imagined and hoped for.

 

 

 

 

 
I can’t imaging doing anything else.

Photo credit (Barbie and Ken): The flowers were the easy part. via photopin (license)
Photo credit (Monopoly Board): Monopoly via photopin (license)

I’d love to help you make your wedding day stress-free, enjoyable, and just the way YOU want! Contact me today at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647!

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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