When it comes to wedding officiants, we often see family members and friends take this position in a wedding celebration. While we love that our couples want someone special to them to be the person to join them in marriage, there are quite a few reasons why this isn’t a good idea. For starters, if you have a non-professional officiant officiate your wedding, there’s a good chance your marriage isn’t legal! We want all our couples to take the appropriate steps to make sure their marital bliss is legit, and hiring a professional officiant is the one sure-fire way to make this happen. But beyond the legality, there are some other great benefits to hiring your officiant, and our dear friend Ann McKenzie of Joy-Filled Ceremonies shared her insight into the top 5 reasons.
No matter the number, you have a budget that you want to stick to for your wedding… and that isn’t always the easiest. Figuring out the actual cost of a wedding day is difficult enough; figuring out how to come up with the money is a whole different story. So today we’re sharing our 18 tips and tricks to stretch your wedding budget, make the most out of your finances and keep you calm through the planning process.
When you think about the morning of your wedding, it’s easy to daydream about being surrounded by your best friends, drinking mimosas and being totally pampered. I mean, who doesn’t love having someone play with their hair and make them look totally fab?! But before you can jump into the pampering, you’ll want to find the perfect hair and makeup artists for your wedding day so that you look your best and have a relaxing wedding morning. So how do you hire the right hairstylist and makeup artist to boost your wedding day confidence?
You and your fiance sit down to discuss your wedding plans and priorities, and you keep circling back to one idea – you just want your guests to have fun! Yes, you want everything to look and feel beautiful, but above all else, you want your family and friends to have a really good time at your wedding. But how do you make sure that happens? There are plenty of entertainment options if you want to get creative or give guests a fun surprise, but the most sure-fire way to show your guests a good time is to get them out on the dance floor with an incredible DJ leading the way. So how to you make sure you hire the best DJ for your big day?
Everyone wants a seamless and magical wedding day, and making sure the right people are there to witness the moment is a must – but have you thought about how your guests will get to your wedding and leave safely at the end of the night? The right transportation can make all of the difference between a well-managed wedding and a chaotic event! It’s important that you put in some research before making any official decisions toward your wedding limo or party bus. Whether you’re looking for a shuttle service for guests, a flashy exit vehicle, or the best solution to transport the wedding party from one destination to the next, the right transportation is vital. If you’re not sure where to start, here are four questions that will lead you down the right path!
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"Stephanie is the best!!! Her responsiveness and attention to detail made it so that we had every detail of wedding planning covered. We wanted to be involved in the planning so she gave us space to do our own thing and then was there to make sure all of the pieces came together! By the day of, we didn't have to lift a finger and she brought our vision to life perfectly." - Alyssa & Zach, Coordination 2021
Stephanie worked hard to make sure all of our vendors were up to date with any changes, that our guests would feel safe and comfortable, and that even though it was different than originally planned it still remained the day of my dreams. It was so nice to know that she was on my team. The day of the wedding all I had to do was sit back and enjoy the day because I knew everything was being handled by Stephanie and her awesome team. - Jasmine & Greg, Partial Service
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“I can't even begin to tell you how great of a job you are doing! I know this wedding will be HUGE and a long travel and just A LOT but you are coming up with such good ideas and staying calm through all of it. Seriously, you are doing SO SO SO wonderful and I could not be a non-bridezilla without you!” - Dakota Dukes, Full Service
"Stephanie was an absolute blessing for our wedding! She was always available when needed, made sure everything was in order and was so kind! Everything went so smoothly on our wedding day and we have Stephanie to thank for that." - Rachael & Michael, Coordination
“Stephanie was awesome! She was our full service planner and went above and beyond, from vendor recommendations, logistics and overall support! Our wedding day was absolutely perfect and beautiful. The day was scheduled impeccably and our family and friends are still raving about the whole day! I miss the whole process already, thanks Stephanie!! " - Brittany & Keahi, Full Service
Stephanie was our rock during the entire planning and day of process. She knew exactly when to encourage us to just breathe and not stress about every single little detail. The best thing about working with Stephanie was that it felt like she was not just another vendor, but a friend in our personal circle. She really made sure everything came together so our day could be everything we dreamed. Thank you, Stephanie!!!” - Roscoe & Steph, Full Service
“Stephanie’s theme design workshop was perfect for creating a cohesive vision and making our ideas a beautiful reality! Through the theme design workshop, both of our voices and ideas were heard and recognized. Stephanie was able to blend both of our individual preferences into perfect harmony...definitely recommend this service!!” - Sarah & Ernst, Wedding Design Workshop & Coordination
“Stephaine was AMAZING to work with. She made sure our wedding day went off without a hitch and really helped make it the best day EVER! She was always willing to answer any question I could think of and gave some amazing advice. I had a lot of anxiety about my wedding day but she helped so much that I didn’t have to stress about anything and knew it would be perfect ! Stephaine and her team would be a great addition to any wedding team !” - Katy & Robby, Coordination
“I want you to know that every time I started feeling anxious, that it always went away the minute I saw you. I know I probably wasn't the most "chatty" (let's say?) of brides and I wasn't always sure of some things, but you did a perfect job organizing the day and making the timeline so seamless. Because of you, everyone had so much FUN!” - Amy & Chris, Coordination
“She was on top of everything. She was able to help with all the vendors, the venue, and the decorating. She helped calm down the bride on the wedding day. She gave us food when we were getting pictures done. She helped give us ideas when we asked for decoration ideas. She was so flexible on meetings and extremely nice. When we had a problem, she responded quickly (Sometimes within 10 minutes). Overall she was the most pleasant person to work with. 10/10 for sure!” - Hillary & Andrew, Coordination
“Stephanie was amazing! We highly recommend using her for your big day plans. She truly was thorough in the planning and coordination. We met up multiple times or even did a chat here and there. It help minimize a lot of extra unnecessary stress. On the day of she was on time (early) with her assistant and I didn’t even have to lift a finger (which was huge)! Even after the big day she kept a good communication on what’s next to come and to expect. We highly recommend beauty and budget events for coordinating your big day!” - Shefa & Louis, Coordination
“Stephanie was excellent to work with. From the first meeting until after the ceremony she was prompt, professional, and strove to understand exactly how *we* wanted our wedding to be so that she could ensure that all the details were just so. This was made more difficult by our wedding being mostly DIY, but she put in the work to ensure that everything was setup and coordinated perfectly.” - Brad & Emily, Coordination
“Absolutely amazing! I cannot imagine planning my wedding without Stephanie. She kept me on track, everything was so organized, she thought of all the little details, and made my day run so smoothly. Nothing but great things to say!” - Brittany & Ryan, Coordination
“10/10 Would Recommend Working with Stephanie! Stephanie was the perfect person to help plan our wedding! We did the partial planner package with her, and I couldn't imagine a better counterpart (other than my husband, of course!) in planning our wedding! She was perfect in affirming our decisions, providing guidance when we weren't sure which direction to go, and assuring confidence in all of the details!” - Madison & Zach, Partial Service
“We found Stephanie on Wedding Wire in January of 2019 and hired her as our Day of Coordinator. "Day of" is just a speck of what Stephanie actually does for couples - she is the backbone of the entire communications with vendors and logistics of the ceremony/reception. She is amazing at problem solving and eases any nerves you may have. Stephanie has a knack for answering the questions you never even thought to ask. We could have never asked for a better planner - she is professional, extremely organized, and makes your dream wedding day come true.” - Kellie & Dan, Coordination
“Stephanie was a God send to us, from the moment we met her at the wedding show. She has a fun personality, and truly tailored our planning process to not just me, but my now husband as well. I am more of the planner and visionary, and my now husband is more laid back, and she worked great with both of us. The monthly, (then weekly- as we got closer to our date), skype calls were amazing, I always felt like we were all on the same page. She is extremely organized, and works with the best vendors. She picked our wedding photographer, and we fell in love with her too! My favorite part was feeling like we were gaining friends by working with Stephanie and Matt- they are just that personable! It was certainly a bit weird not talking to her weekly, or seeing her name pop up in our emails. If you are planning a wedding, STOP immediately until you call Stephanie!!” - India & Colin, Full Service
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