For those who’ve been following along, we recently partnered with an amazing team of local vendors to give away a dream wedding valued at nearly 20k! After happy (ugly) crying through all of the heartfelt submissions, we awarded the wedding to Mike and Ann (pictured above with Dominique from Wood Violet Events + Styling). Now we’re following along on their journey to the aisle! Throughout this series we’ll be highlighting the participating vendors and they will provide valuable wedding planning insight into their areas of expertise. And the most logical place to start is – you guessed it – wedding planning!
We partnered with Love, Madison Weddings featured vendor, Wood Violet Events + Styling for the giveaway. Dominique and her team will be working with Mike and Ann in the months leading up to their wedding and then coordinating all events on the day of – which will be MAY 19, 2017!!
If your wedding budget allows, we highly recommend a planner. Most planners offer different types of services at various price points to ensure that your budget matches your needs.
Event design can stand alone or be bundled with other planning services. A planner brought in as an event designer will create the overall look of the day based on your vision, but they will not handle specific details like budget, vendor contracts and day-of logistics. Consider this person as more of a stylist and consultant.
À La Carte Planning
Hiring a planner on an à la carte basis is great for couples who need help getting their timeline in order, or are looking for décor suggestions, vendor recommendations or assistance with specific projects. Services are typically charged hourly or as a flat fee, and allow you to cross any major stressors off your list.
A full-service planner handles everything – design, logistics and day-of coordination. Depending on your needs, a full-service planner may schedule and attend vendor meetings, manage contracts as well as coordinate all details leading up to and on your wedding day.
A day-of coordinator ensures everything runs smoothly on your actual wedding day but isn’t involved in planning beforehand. You plan all details and bring a day-of coordinator in about a month before your wedding day. At that time, you’ll review the day-of timeline and let your planner take over from there.
To help guide the months leading up to your big day, Dominique suggests following this 12-Month Wedding Planning Timeline.
Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! If you’re new to the site, welcome! We’ve listed ALL local vendors and venues by category, alongside Real Wedding galleries for inspiration.