If there’s one thing we love, it’s sharing in the joy of a recently engaged couple, followed by giving them a complimentary copy of TriadWeddings Magazine! Of course, they are overflowing with excitement about getting married, but then reality sets in that they are also getting ready to plan one of the biggest, most involved parties of their lives! Big, small, simple or ornate, planning a wedding involves lots of decision making, countless details to manage and major coordination to make it all happen!
The most popular question we get from brides and grooms (and others helping them to plan their special day) is….What advice do you have to help us plan the wedding of our dreams and NOT STRESS and be completely overwhelmed throughout the process?
Our top five STRESS RELIEVING wedding planning tips are:
1. Keep your complimentary copy of TriadWeddings on hand!
Not only do brides and grooms love all of the inspiration, real feature weddings and expert tips to jump start their planning process, our magazine is filled with resources to the area’s most talented and trusted wedding professionals! And although our upscale magazine has the look and feel of a national wedding magazine, it’s much more helpful to YOU because what you see is what you CAN get! The inspiration in our magazine showcases the work and talents of our LOCAL vendors! See a cake or floral design you love? Pick up the phone and call the local professional that created it! And our 8 page step-by-step planning guide, included in every issue, keeps brides and grooms on track with the many details and to-do’s while planning their special day!
2. Hire a wedding planner!
Wedding planners provide all types of services, from full-on event design and coordination, to partial coordination, to day of coordination. Chances are, you are planning your first wedding (and hopefully your last) and are unfamiliar with all the vendors you’ll need and should turn to for your wedding, whereas planners work in this industry on a daily basis. They are a wealth of knowledge in knowing what vendors would be best suited for your style, your needs and your budget and are experts at pulling it all together to create your flawless event. Your mom, or Aunt Betty, should not be spending her efforts on your wedding day trying to coordinate all the moving parts. Their only concern for the day should be celebrating YOU! Wedding planner = money well spent! Check out our amazing group of planners here!
3. Avoid hiring the cheapest wedding vendors!
It’s no secret that hosting a wedding can get expensive, and we realize that not all brides and grooms have a budget where the sky’s the limit! However, if you’re booking your wedding vendors strictly based on how much they cost,…well, you know the old adage…you get what you pay for! Your wedding day is a once in a lifetime celebration and trust us, once it has come and gone, you will want the memories to be great ones, not ones of disappointment. We’ve seen it time and time again. Bride and groom hired so-in-so photographer because his/her pricing was “the best”. Then, it came time to see, and enjoy, their wedding images only to discover it wasn’t such an enjoyment. You get one shot at your wedding day, no dress rehearsals and no do-overs! Do your homework and get to know your QUALITY options! Meet with them and get to know them. Does their personality mesh with yours? What sets them apart from other wedding professionals? What type of service will they guarantee for your day? Ask for references…and CALL THEM! Make the time to get educated about your options. The vendors you hire can make – or break – your event! Visit our website to see all of our incredible wedding professionals!
4. Find the perfect venue for YOU!
Venues come in all shapes and sizes and the Triad area is filled with wonderful options from which to choose. Where you host your wedding reception sets the entire tone and feel of your big day and can also play a role in the other planning aspects, including your gown, the menu, the décor, the number of guests it can accommodate and more! Reach out to and tour several venue options…and ask LOTS of questions. What’s their process? Do they have a preferred vendor list? What if you want to use a vendor NOT on their preferred vendor list? Can they accommodate your guest list size? What is their cost and what does and does NOT that cost include? If you absolutely know where you want to host your celebration, and have appropriately covered all the details to ensure it’s the right venue for you, BOOK IT! Having your heart set on a certain venue is one thing, but whether or not it’s available for your wedding date is another. Typically, the venue is one of the first things a bride and groom secure in their planning process. Click here to see our beautiful venue options!
5. Save yourself some time and HAVE FUN!
- In addition to using TriadWeddings – our magazine – to inspire and guide you through your planning experience, you’ll also enjoy the benefits available on our website at www.triadweddings.com! All the trusted and talented wedding professionals you’ll see and learn about in our magazine are also on our website. You’ll find descriptions about them, read reviews from past brides and grooms and have direct links from our site to theirs! No need to spend hours googling your various options. We've done the work for you!
- Have fun and create your very own customized wedding website! With our easy to use template designs, this is the perfect way to share your love story, introduce your wedding party, share details about your upcoming event, your wedding registry and so much more! Your family and friends will not only love reading your story, they’ll also appreciate having a place to go to keep up with the details of your upcoming event.
- Once your wedding day has come and gone, be sure to “Share Your Weddings News” with us for a chance to have your special day featured in an upcoming issue of TriadWeddings!
Need an extra copy of TriadWeddings Magazine to share with a friend or family member, but don’t have one handy? No sweat! You can also view our magazine, in full, in digital format here!
This joyous occasion is a time to celebrate, so don’t let the planning process interfere with the true meaning of what brought you here to begin with…your love for one another. Best wishes for an extraordinary Triad wedding and most importantly, a lifetime of happiness!
What planning advice do you have to help future brides and grooms? Share with us in a comment below!