Posts Tagged ‘ceremony site’

Outdoor Ceremony?

April 26, 2010

Do you want your ceremony outdoors with all the beautiful flowers in bloom and the trees and other foliage in the background? But what if it rains?

Rain isn’t the only thing to consider when planning an outdoor wedding. There are so many other elements to take into account –

Temperature – It might be too hot, too humid, too cool

Wind – We all know Chicago is not the only windy city as seen by this past week!

Sun – Is that outdoor ceremony right out in the sunshine? If so, you and your guests will have the sun beating down on you during the entire ceremony.

Soggy Turf – The sun may be shining today but has it rained for the past week? The chairs may not be able to be put on the ground due to possible sinking as guests take their seats. And don’t forget about those stiletto heels – no one wants to walk on tip toes to your ceremony!

Bugs – EEEK!

With that said, if you still want to plan your ceremony outdoors, please be sure to have Plan B in place. And more important – be sure you love Plan B as much as Plan A! We’re in Texas!

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THE BUDGET!

April 5, 2010

No one likes to talk about the B-word. However, let’s face it – without a budget number, your wedding planner has nowhere to begin.

Right after you have hired your planner, one of the first questions will be “What is the budget?” Please don’t think your wedding planner is intruding on your privacy. It’s the only way possible to know which venues to check into or which wedding industry professionals to call. Decide who will pay for the wedding and if there are multiple contributors, find out their participation in determining your spending plan.

How the money will be spent should be based on YOUR priorities. No matter what the magic number might be, only you and your fiancé know what is important to you. Conveying this information is most important to make certain you get all the items on your wish list.

Following are most of the things that are included in a wedding budget –
Wedding Planner
Ceremony Site
Priest or Minister
Ceremony Music
Reception Site
Food
Entertainment (DJ or live Band)
Photographer
Videographer
Florist
Bakery
Stationery
Hair and Makeup
Rentals (linens, chair covers, etc.)
Lighting (pin spotting, uplighting, gobo, etc.)
Tipping – yes, there are certain people who might be deserving of a tip and these costs should be put into your budget as well.

Decide where your priorities lie and be sure to tell your wedding planner because no two budgets are the same, just like no two weddings are same!

Happy Budgeting!