How lucky are we to feature Pavone Events as our Trendy Vendy not once, but twice! In this Trendy Vendy pt. 2 Lead Planner & Designer, Andrea Pavone, is sharing some of her tips & tricks for planning a wedding, in her own words!
A wedding is one of the most important days in any couple’s lives. From engagement photos, to selecting vendors, to making checklists and choosing your wedding party, there are a lots of items that need to be planned out in an orderly fashion up until you say those two magical words “I DO”
With May, comes spring (actually more like summer because..Florida) weddings & specials! Be sure to read all the way to the end to check out an extra special, promotion that Pavone Events is extending to couples looking to #planwiththepeacocks. We hope you enjoy this goldmine of planning tips from a planner!
Planning a wedding can be stressful but it doesn’t have to be! I have been a firm believer in having a great team of vendors that work together. That usually starts with either the venue or the planner. As a planner, I usually like to work with vendors that are familiar with our client’s venue and that also have a great working relationship with each other. The more vendors you know, who know each other, the smoother the day will go. They know best how to work together towards the common goal, which makes for a seamless day for our couples!
Hire a planner.
I cannot stress this enough. I got married two years ago and had been in the industry for over a decade and hired a planner for my day. Not because I couldn’t plan the wedding on my own, I knew most of the vendors I wanted to work with, but I didn’t want to have myself or my family and friends worry about anything that day except for having a great time. Depending on your specific needs a planner can help throughout the whole process starting with budget and design, attending vendor meetings all the way to just simply managing the day of and taking over 1 month out.
Your venue/catering coordinators, while helpful are not wedding coordinators and will only manage certain aspects of the day. Your wedding planner will be there with you to help make decisions, shield you from any mishaps and make sure all the vendors and events start on time.
Be realistic about your budget.
The Knot released an article that the national average for weddings is $35,329. While there are some weddings that can be done on a budget, weddings still cost money. Hiring a planner can help you save some money as they are able to recommend vendors that match your vision & budget. Also certain vendors offer vendor pricing which many planners pass along the savings to their clients. A planner can think of ways to maximize the $$$ on items that are a high priority to you and figure out ways to make the budget stretch on items that aren’t as high on your priority list.
Hire professional vendors.
While friends and family may want to help, at the end of the day they are wedding guests as well and should be able to enjoy the day as a guest. Planners have access to some of the best in the industry and will work to match you with the best fit for your budget, style and personality. While Mom and Aunt Susie may want to make the centerpieces they too should be celebrating with you while you are getting ready and enjoying the day instead of running around trying to set up miscellaneous items for the wedding. These are moments you cannot get back and it’s a time to share the day with those closest to you.
Make your wedding your own.
Remember what’s important..your fiancée/ fiancé, family and friends. You’ve found the love of your life and the wedding is a celebration of you both. That being said, you want it to reflect your fabulous style and taste. Incorporate things you enjoy into your wedding, whether it be your love for travel or music to your favorite colors. Make your wedding unique. A lot of our couples are doing things like having color in their wedding dresses, naming tables and theming décor to incorporating cultural aspects into their day.
We have also had couples include their children into the wedding, whether it be a son walking his mom down the aisle to having both bride and grooms children be the bridal party and doing a family unity ceremony. We also see a lot of our couples forgoing some of the traditional parent dances, cake cutting and bridal party introductions.
We have also had couples include cultural aspects into their wedding. Recently, we did a multicultural wedding (Indian and Columbian) and we did a two day wedding celebration incorporating both cultures. For the indian wedding, the mother of the groom made a traditional Guyanese Black Cake. For the American Wedding, we had Colombian coffee as the favors and also had Hora Loca dancers for a “Crazy Hour!”
Enjoy the moment!
During dinner, stop for a minute and take your new husband or wife’s hand. Look around the room at all of your guests….take a deep breathe and take it all in. This is the only time in your lives when all these people will be in the same room together, and it’s all for you. Feel that love!!
We are running a special promotion during the month of May, plan your 2017 wedding with us and get 15% discount off any of our wedding packages**. Contact us today to secure your date and save. We can’t wait to be a part of your special day! #planningwiththepeacocks
** Valid for any wedding or event taking place by December 31, 2017. Date assurance based on availability, some restrictions apply. Applicable for new bookings only + cannot be combined with any other promos or discounts. Contract must be signed and deposit paid by May 31st. Mention this ad in your initial inquiry for the discount.