Time for installation #19 of Foodie Registry’s “LunchDate” blog feature, where they ask a distinguished panel of wedding experts from across the country the same wedding related question and serve up the answers for our readers in one delicious post.
You should have a wedding planner. Really, you should. The reason is because no one besides your planner tells you what sort of things you want to make sure you have done when during your wedding planning.
When should you have your dress sent for adjustments? How long in advance do popular wedding bands book up? Is this too soon to send save the dates?
Sure, you can find vague timing advice on wedding sites, but nothing replaces the drill sergeant precision (in a good way) of having a bonified planner on your side. They’ll have your back and make sure nothing slips through the cracks.
For evidence of this, just look at this week’s LunchDate question. With many couples gearing up for Summer weddings, we figured we’d turn to our wedding planner crew to ask what sort of things those couples need to be thinking about right now.
The question this week was: I’m a bride-to-be getting married in June. What stuff should I be worried about having done right now (mid February)?
Wedding planner Beth Bernstein of SQN Events: “Of course you can (and should!) interview and hire a planner while you are venue-hunting, or even beforehand so he or she can guide you through this process. If you don’t want to hire someone for “full planning,” it is a good idea to get them on board right after your date is solidified so they can begin working with you on all of the other elements.”
Stationery designer Peggy Lambert of Erickson Design: “The guy, the venue, the PLANNER even if it’s only day of, and your dress. In terms of stationery, you should have sent your save the dates or send them right now, hurry! It’s a good time to start thinking about the invitations and making sure you have figured out the logistics of the day including directions, parking, etc. so that your guests don’t have to fend for themselves or call you!”
Editor-in-Chief Claudia Antony Zompa: “At this point, you should be having fun! All your wedding professionals should be booked. You should be going to your first wedding gown fitting. Having a fun time with your shower(s) and possibly your bachelorette party. The next big push is two months out when invitations are sent and the detailed timeline is started. Take a deep breath & enjoy!!!”
Floral designer Alexandra Jusino of Exquisite Designs: “With four months to go until the wedding the best advice I can give you is don’t mess around and go hire a good planner. Why? You will find that a lot of vendors and venues will be booked. However, a planner can do the legwork of who is available, match you with the best vendors based on your budget & style, answer all your questions (and trust me there will be many) and be there you every step of the way.”