At the "Weddings with a View" event at Piropos, Michael Nolte gave a "Weddings 101" presentation - he had some really great tips. Here are some of my favorites :
- Be realistic about the budget. Your wedding should be the best that you can afford. Instead of inviting 300 guests and serving chips & dip, invite 100 of your closest friends and family and serve a lovely meal.
- When communicating with your vendors, be efficient with emails & voicemail. Do not say, "Hi, it's Jenny, call me!" Instead, say, "Hi, it's Jenny Steffens, my florist would like to know what time she'll be able to get in the church to set up." This way, your vendor can call you or email you back with an answer... avoiding a potential phone tag game!
- Need to cut your list? Ask yourself this question : "Would I (or my fiance) be able to introduce this guest by his or her first name without my parents assistance?" or "Has this person been invited to our home? Have we been invited to theirs?"
- Budget : The average wedding in the U.S. = $30,ooo! Typically, 50% will go directly to food & beverage/bar.