Summer is officially here! The season brings blue skies, sunshine, colorful flowers, and…heat. Don’t get us wrong, we love the warm summer months in Wisconsin (sure beats the subzero temperatures in January)—but the hot weather can be a lot to handle on your wedding day. If you’re having an outdoor wedding, the last thing you need is sweat-soaked dresses and tuxes, melted makeup, deflated hairstyles, or guests roasting in the sun. That’s why we’ve come up with some great ideas to keep you, your bridal party, and guests feeling cool on your wedding day when the weather is extra hot!
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.
Thinking about where to start with your wedding vows? Not sure how you are going to sum up all the promises, love, and other meaningful words for you partner into just a few sentences? We know it can seem overwhelming and frustrating (writers block is so annoying), but we’re here to help! Read our advice on when you should start writing your vows, how long they should be, and more!
1. When to Start – Don’t be that bride or groom who waits until the night before the wedding to throw together your wedding vows. The words you are promising to your love are so important and what you are going to be living by for your whole marriage. Put some real thought into what you are vowing to your significant other. We recommend having your vows written at least 3-5 weeks before your big day. That way you’ll be less stressed, have time to make edits if needed, and become comfortable reading them with enough practice. If you want to write them even earlier that’s fine too!
2. The Writing Process – You’ve got your vow book, pen, and are ready to begin writing! But, where do you even begin?
3. Final Moments – You have your vows written! YAY! And with plenty of time before your wedding day. Now is when you should practice saying them out loud. Doing this will help you feel more confident and comfortable when you have to say them on the big day. Try practicing in front of a mirror, in front of family or friends, and even recording yourself to see how well you do. Enough practice and you’ll be sure to nail those vows when it’s your turn to speak!
4. Keep Them A Secret – Wedding vows are a special gift of promises from you to your fiancé. So, try not to share them with one another beforehand. Expressing all your love and feelings the day of your wedding to your soon-to-be husband or wife with be a moment that you’ll both be able to cherish forever.
In the end, your vows should be your own. Let these promises come right from your heart. Decide what is most important to you and your significant other. Have fun writing these and reminiscing about your relationship and dreaming about what is yet to come with your marriage. Wedding vows don’t have to be perfect, they should be exactly what you want them to be.
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!)