Many couples take on the challenge of planning their entire wedding themselves. We think it’s great if you’re up for it! But people don’t realize how much time, energy, and work go into planning a wedding until they’re in over their heads. Wedding planners, like us, are great because we take away the stress and craziness of planning your wedding on your own. We have connections with many different vendors, know how to work with your budget, are familiar with the industry, and much more! Still convinced you can plan your wedding from start to finish on your own? See what couples struggle with the most planning their wedding themselves. You may change your mind and decide you do want that extra help from a wedding planner.
Spring has officially arrived! (Finally—goodbye snow! 😌). Birds are singing, the sun is staying out longer, warmer weather is rolling in, and soon we’ll see flowers blooming everywhere. It’s no wonder why so many couples choose this wonderful season to get married. So, we’ve decided to give you the inside scoop on this season’s top spring wedding trends!
1. Colors – This year, Pantone’s Color of the Year is ‘Living Coral’. However, it generally takes a few months for designers and manufacturers to catch up to the trendy color selection with their products. So, for this spring, expect to see Pantone’s Color of the Year from 2018 – ‘Ultra Violet’. Don’t be fooled by this color’s name, it doesn’t mean a bright, in-your-face purple. This color is inspiration for beautiful shades of purple such as lavender, lilac, and dusty purple. The blush color is finally stepping aside to welcome the gorgeous shades of purple. *Be sure to keep an eye out for the ‘Living Coral’ color this summer/next spring!*
2. Plants & Flowers – The use of greenery that’s been done the past couple years is going to change. Potted plants will be used to create a natural feel to an otherwise plain lawn or green space. They can also be used to spruce up the ceremony aisle, reception entrance, or even on the tables as part of the centerpiece. This eco-friendly option can be gifted after the wedding to guests or even used for the newly-weds to start their own garden. Another trend on the rise are “living bars”. Soften a bar’s hard edge by placing lattice draped with greenery or garlands in the front. This is a great way to still get the greenery feel from the last couple seasons while moving away from the greenery and hand laid garland that’s strewn down the center of long banquet tables. Lastly, what is a spring wedding without beautiful flowers? A recurring “theme” is abundant fresh flowers. Everyone is so excited at the thought of things finally blooming after a long winter, that flower accents go well with just about any wedding color scheme or overall wedding theme. Anything that feels alive (fresh flowers and touches of greenery) brings life to a wedding.
Emily Steffens Photography
3. Décor – A trendy new décor option for you wedding this spring is to add textured linens. These are a great way to add interest to the reception tables. Transparent overlays with lace appliques are another option that’s subtle yet can impact the overall look of the reception space while providing some interest for guests as they walk about the area.
Erin Jean Photography
4. Attire – It’s time to shed those winter layers and go for something lighter. Bridesmaids are still drawn to the light and airy chiffon dresses. You’ll see their dresses in light pastel and neutral colors such as lavender, dusty blue, and off white. Floral jumpsuits are a fun, new trend for bridesmaids this spring too. How chic! Brides will be drawn to the deep V, plunging neckline dresses. There will probably be fewer tea length dresses, and more of the form fitting silhouettes with flare on the bottom. More bridal gowns are going to have some texture to them this season. And since it’s still not summer and evenings can be cool yet, half sleeve dresses are going to be the popular choice. Men are opting for 3-piece suits and moving away from the standard colored tuxedo vests. These suits give off a more polished look and can be accented with color ties instead. Blue suits are still in and more shades of blue are growing in popularity.
5. Venues – Barn weddings became very popular a few years ago as the location every soon-to-be married couple wanted for their venue. With barns as the venue, we saw burlap, lace, and mason jars (…so many mason jars!) as the décor every bride wanted to incorporate into her big day. But these trends have just about run their course and things are changing again. The once popular rustic, old barn as a venue is being moved aside to make room for the “modern-build barns” as the trendy new venue spot. More couples who are looking for a barn location are choosing converted structures over restored structures. The modern-build barns have neutral details such as clean, white exteriors with only a few raw barn-wood accents inside. They are a blank slate to create a more formal and refined wedding design while keeping with the comfortable atmosphere of a barn setting.
Dani Stephenson Photography
6. Ceremony - Setting the stage for ceremonies has traditionally been with an arbor and often a square four-post backdrop. But more and more couples are choosing to frame their “I Dos” with structures in different shapes. Circular arbors are giving the traditional square arbors a run for their money. Aisles lined with wildflowers will make any spring wedding look like it just came into full bloom.
Emily Steffens Photography
We want to educate couples who are thinking about hiring a wedding planner! One of the best ways to do this is to clarify and debunk some of the most common myths about wedding planners and our services.
1. Wedding Planners Are The Same As Venue Coordinators
If you’re questioning hiring a wedding planner because the venue you booked already has a venue coordinator, then you need to know that these two people are not the same. Don’t get us wrong, many venues have very skilled event professionals that know exactly how to manage your celebration, but they are generally there to work on part of your event. Because they only work on the part of your event that happens at their property, they can’t always fully dive into your event overall. A wedding planner can completely focus on your wedding needs from start to finish. Depending on the service you select from Witt & Co Events, you would receive help developing your budget, creating a planning check list and day-of timeline, reviewing vendor contracts, and coordinating between all vendors throughout your wedding planning process!
2. Wedding Planners Always Get You Discounted Services
While it's true that we love to help you spend your money wisely, we can't always get you discounted services and products. Several professionals offer a vendor discount for our referral clients, but some do not. (No one wants to work with the planner who is always asking for money off and essentially de-valuing their work.) Their pricing is generally sound and is based on the time, talent, and products needed to fulfill their service. We try to find ways that might benefit both parties if referral discounts are not offered up front. For instance, if the vendor has the wedding date open and it's unlikely that they will book that date because it is in the near future, they might be flexible in their pricing in order to add one more booked date to their calendar. We also look for ways to add value to a service, without asking for money off. For example, in the past, rather than asking for a flat discount, we requested additional uplighting accents. The DJ obliged because they were going to be at the location regardless, and in the end, it made their service as the overall atmosphere of the wedding look that much better.
3. Wedding Planners Are Available 24/7
We love our clients and try to be available to them as much as we can at the drop of a hat. If you feel panicked, have urgent questions, or are going through a tough time, we are usually just a phone call away. It’s a great feeling to have our clients rely on us for their needs! But wedding planners are real, hard-working people and even we need some time for ourselves. We enjoy having time to spend with our family and for our own well-being. There isn’t a day where we aren’t thinking about someone’s wedding, but we do need to hang the “Do Not Disturb Sign” up once in awhile to focus on our personal lives.
4. Wedding Planners Are Over Priced
Did you know our service prices are often lower than many other vendors? As a planner, even a coordinator, we know intricate details about every. other. vendor. Not only do we create our own wedding details, we coordinate everyone else's. Our day starts when the first vendor arrives and will sometimes end after the party concludes. That's easily 16 hours on a wedding day. We monitor your budget and purchases and can help guide couples on different ways to create a similar effect without breaking the bank, or we can help clients re-allocate money from a different category while staying within reason to get you bother services. Therefore, saving you from over-spending and sometimes even through receiving partner/referral discounts.
5. Wedding Planners Won’t Work With Small Budget Weddings
This is so not true! There are some wedding planners who specialize in big budget affairs, but most of us work with a wide range of couples and wedding budgets. We help to create your perfect day with the budget you want!
6. Wedding Planners Only Recommend Vendors That Give "Kick-backs”
There are vendors out there who offer wedding planners incentives for sending them clients, but for us, that isn’t the case. We choose vendors specifically to fulfill our clients' needs. We typically like to recommend vendors we’ve worked with previously, so that we can speak to their services. Clients are never referred to vendors just so we can get additional money or gifts.
7. A Wedding Planner And Wedding Coordinator Are The Same Thing
While both roles mean we are there the day of the wedding to ensure that everything goes according to plan, it's what happens prior to the wedding day that makes a difference. A wedding planner can be as involved as you want them to be, from step one, to 6 months out. They'll work with you to be sure there is a cohesive plan between all aspects of the wedding design (For example, decor that fits with the venue, ensuring that flow of the reception space matches the number of guests.). They'll do all the vendor communicating for you so you don't have to make the phone calls and then wait for the replies. When you hire a wedding coordinator the planning is on you. The Wedding Coordinator will take the plans you have in place, review them for any detrimental issues shortly before the event, and then ensure that everything comes together on the day of the wedding.
Hi there! I'm Jo, owner of Witt & Co. Events in Neenah, Wisconsin. Wife to my amazing husband and high school sweetheart Matt, mama to our sweet little James, (and fur-mama to Scarlett and Charlie!)