You Said “Yes!” – Now What? Cleveland Wedding Planning List Tips
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Wedding planning lists
Weddings don't just happen. Just like two people coming together and deciding to spend their lives together isn't magic - it's work. Weddings and their receptions are joyous times but they can get complicated. There is often a lot of pressure from friends and family on both sides of the isle based on a variety of expectations. Regardless, it's just a few hours of only one day. You only have a narrow window for everyone to get what they want. If all of that sounds negative and exhausting on the heels of the happiest moment of your life, we understand.
It's never our goal to scare people or make things sound worse than they are. However, we want you to know that we understand where you are or where you will be soon. At Selective Sound Entertainment, we pride ourselves on de-stressing a process that shouldn't be stressful. In fact, we use our experience to break things down to a few wedding planning lists of priorities.
Why you should take our advice
Here are a few tips that we've picked up over the years. When you specialize in weddings for decades, you see patterns of behavior that can lead people down the wrong roads. While we are specialists in entertainment and decor, our real super power is that we listen. By focusing on listening, we've been able to make subjective visions of what our clients want tangible. Beyond that, true listening has made us invaluable to couples for more than just advise on things like DJ's and lighting.
Time and time again, couples face problems that could have been avoided. With more of the right information going into their planning process, so much stress could have been avoided. While these wedding planning lists aren't meant to be the end-all /be-all of wedding planning tips, they're a few of what we consider the most crucial steps you can take in order to have less stress while still having your absolute dream day.
Guest Count First
Often times, determining who is invited to your wedding can be a very pragmatic and collaborative process. Rest assured there are usually less hard feelings than you'd think. Those who don't make the cut are typically well aware of the costs associated with wedding receptions. The reason we tell our couples to focus on the guest count first (even before budget) is because it's more important to determine who you want to share your day with than how much you spend. Couples we've worked with in the past have voiced less regrets about things like venues and vendors than who was cut from their ideal list.
We use the guest count for what we offer in a multitude of ways. This includes sound recommendations, photo booth add-ons and decor elements that are tied to the number of tables you have. If you want to read more about guest count tips, check out this recent blog post that goes deeper on the ins and outs of creating this kind of wedding planning list.
Create Budget & Must Haves
The hardest part of planing a dream wedding for many is balancing what you want with what you can afford. If you ask a veteran wedding professional if they can do something, the answer is almost always "yes". We're in the "yes" business and are trained to find ways to take intangible ideas and make them real. That said, that kind of work can carry a high price tag if depending on how grand the dream is. That's why it's important to share your budget with anyone collaborating with you on your wedding. It's just one more challenge for a creator and most can adapt to it if everyone is being transparent. While you set limits on what you are willing to spend, you should also create a list of the most important features you want to see included in your wedding.
Break your list up into three groupings:
- Needs - These are your must haves. Make sure everyone with a say weighs in and base your budget around these items first.
- Wants - These are wish list items that you've thought about for a while. These could be the deal breakers when you are between one vendor and another.
- Extras - These are all of the fun things you would like. However, they would be the first to get cut from your budget.
Venue Pros & Cons
Venues for weddings can offer some flexible options but, due to their very nature, they can't be flexible on everything. That means that most spaces meet some of your criteria for the perfect spot for your reception while they also lack in other areas. Since no place is truly perfect for everyone, it's best to determine what you want most from the reception location. Once you know what is most important to you, you can start your research and tours with open eyes and asking the right questions. Once you've looked at a few places (and you really should see more than one spot), you can create a list of each venue's best and least desirable attributes. With this in mind, you can make more reasoned and sensible decisions.
Is there anything more satisfying than checking a to-do item off of a list? It's something we at Selective Sound Entertainment love to do, at least! We believe much of the stress associated with planning a wedding comes from feeling overwhelmed with the sheer volume of tasks you have in front of you. To have the weight of them all on your back at the beginning of planning isn't fair or realistic. Consider spreading out the tasks you have to accomplish over the time you have between engagement and your wedding. You don't need everything figured out in the first month of planning and focusing only on the things that help you build towards your event will enable you to make better decisions.
Your initial priorities should be things like guest count, date, venue, catering, and entertainment. These are the core elements of a wedding reception. Don't forget ceremony details as well. You'll need to lock down a venue, officiant, and some basic logistics (sound, seating, timelines, etc.). A list in the form of spread out deadlines will take away the feeling that planning is a burden. Therefore,you will be able to make way for a calmer experience.
We Love Lists!
At any rate, those are a few wedding planning lists we think everyone should make when planning their wedding. We believe in lists because it's a big part of how our business runs smoothly. In our meetings with you, we take many notes that we use to make lists of our own. We have lists such as "must play songs", venue logistics, and even the phonetic spellings of the names of your bridal party. This level of organization saves the day every time and separates professionals from people who just try to wing it. If you're an organized couple, we'll get along immediately! If not, you're probably going to want to partner up with people like us fast because you don't get a do-over on your wedding day! Reach out today and check off one more item on your to-do list.