You asked, and I’m answering! A few weeks ago, I posed this question on Instagram: what do YOU want to know about wedding planning? You guys asked such great questions! I thought I would answer a couple of the most popular ones here. Have a question that wasn’t answered? Check my Instagram stories for the next q+a day!
Reminder: I am based out of the Twin Cities, Minnesota and these prices reflect the market that I am in.
I would say that most of my couples spend the largest chunks of their budget on catering/bar, venue, and floral. I would say that catering/bar is #1 by far, especially if you are wanting a plated meal and if you plan on hosting any of the bar for your guests! Obviously these costs can shift, some people splurge on an expensive photographer and do DIY flowers – it all depends on what YOU find most important!
You should send out your invites 6-8 weeks before your wedding! Make sure that you are not sending them out over a holiday weekend such as Labor Day or Memorial Day to avoid the influx of mail, or people being out of town. Make your RSVPs due at least 4 weeks before your wedding, that way you are able to track down those final few guests before you need to send the final counts to your vendors!
Photography, photography, PHOTOGRAPHY!! This is the one piece of your wedding day you will have forever. For some families, these are the only nice photos they get with parents/siblings in their adult life. Having an experienced photographer will be the best money you spend on your wedding day. They can completely manipulate lighting and elements of a space that you may not be in love with to make you look MAGICAL. Here’s an example of a photo I took on my phone, and one that the photographer took:
See the shadow over the bride and groom in my crappy photo? Look at how it doesn’t effect them in the photo taken by Lindsay Nicole Photography!
In the 60+ weddings I’ve been a part of, I can only think of 3 where the couple did not have a first look. It is a wonderfully sweet tradition, but it can create a tighter timeline. For example, all of the photos you are taking with your new spouse will have to be taken during your cocktail hour, or during a break in the day’s events. Family photos, bridal party photos, and couple photos – all of them. I typically account for around 2 hours of photos when making a timeline for my couples. This is so that they’re able to enjoy the photos and not feel rushed! I find that most couples want to celebrate and have a few moments alone after their ceremony – not be pulled in the direction of the photographer! I recommend talking through options with your photographer if you are set on not seeing each other until the ceremony.
That’s all for this week, folks! Comment below or on Instagram if you have questions for next time 🙂