♥ Your Big Day
The scope and magnitude of weddings varies so much it could take another book or many to describe. The ceremonies and receptions are as unique as the couple getting married. From religious, to civil, to military to elopement, they vary greatly in content and formality.
Some of the customs that appear in wedding ceremonies include the exchange of rings, sharing of wine, the wedding kiss, the processional and the recessional. The customs you chose will reflect your personality, lifestyle and those of the guests you invite.
♥ Selecting Your Florist, Photographer Music, etc.
Selecting the right professionals to make your Big Day a wonderful memory for all, can be quite a challenge. In the big city there are literally dozens, even hundreds to choose from. In many cases, couples ask family and friends for referrals. What do you do when you are new in town or perhaps no one you know has recently married?
When it comes to the selection of your florist, photographer, baker, caterer, musician, etc., I suggest you find those who specialize in weddings. Pick up the phone and call to get a sense of her/his personality over the phone. Ask if he/she is available for your date. Ask for references. Once you’ve spoken to the references, set an appointment to visit their place of business.
In many cases people work from their home. If this is the case, ask them to bring several samples of similar wedding types.
Compare at least two to three professionals in each category, reviewing portfolios and policies. How experienced is she/he with your type of ceremony/reception? Compare prices. If one is too expensive, or too “cheap,” they may not be within your budget or you may run the risk of less-than -perfect workmanship. Remember “you get what you pay for,” and you will be more apt to make the right choices.
In addition to asking for the number of y ears of experience , who their contact person will be, whether they have liability insurance , d eposit and final payment requirements , ask if credit cards are accepted and, how they and their staff dress during wedding ceremonies as well as what their Gratuity Policy is. There are also other important things to consider when selecting your professional. Below is a list of items to cover in your selection process.
♥ Your Officiant/Ceremony Location
Did you know that roses are still among the most popular flowers for weddings? According to one survey, seventy-two percent of Americans polled chose roses as the perfect wedding flower. Carnations and lilies came in second and daisies and tulips were the third-place favorites. And although blowing bubbles, releasing doves or butterflies is still in vogue, a shower of rose petals remains the most popular ceremony send-off, replacing the once popular rice throwing and birdseed showers. Flowers symbolize good wishes of hope that your marriage will grow and flourish, thereby playing an important role in the wedding ceremony and reception.
Ask your florist the following:
WEDDING TRIVIA: In Germany, the Bride and Groom hold festively decorated candles during their ceremony. Dishes may be thrown against the Bride’s house to bring good luck in some areas of the country.
♥ Wedding Consultant/Planner
Even if you have a do -it-yourself wedding, a wedding consultant/planner can make a huge difference in the outcome of your Big Day. I highly recommend you consider enlisting someone to help with the multitude of things you will need to get done before you walk down the aisle and when you say your final good-bye’s to your guests after the reception. Hiring the right wedding consultant will alleviate stress and keep you on target. After all, planning should be as much as joy as your Big Day. Her are some questions to ask your wedding consultants:
Excerpted from ‘Yes’ Is Only the Beginning by Heidi Richards Mooney. Get your free copy here: https://edenflorist.com/get-your-free-wedding-planning-book/