How To Plan A Wedding

So it’s summer, and you just got engaged? Or maybe your sister did, your friend did, your daughter did; whatever the case may be it’s the time of year when people are usually ‘getting hitched’ as they say. After the romantic part has passed, and the excitement’s settled with that last glass of champagne, no doubt everyone’s asking – “what’s next?” Here are six tips for the bride-to-be from wedding expert Keija Minor; we’re pretty sure it’s going to get you through that year smoothly and sanely.

On the year ahead…

Enjoy the planning process. Don’t focus on only the Big Event; enjoy all that happens in the year leading up to it. Take photos of every outing, from your first dress-shopping trip to the cake tasting.

When you first go dress shopping…

Bring only one person with you. Too many opinions drowns out your voice. Plus, when you bring your BFF and your mother, your BFF may be afraid to contradict your mom. Bring one person with you, and if you’re not sure about a dress, bring the other person back for a second opinion. As for insider secrets, don’t wear your ring. Some sales assistants will size up your budget based on what your ring looks like. Only you know what you can afford and what you want to spend.

When you pick an outdoor venue versus an indoor venue…

I love an outdoor wedding followed by a reception under a sailcloth tent, but you must check the Farmers’ Almanac to assess the chance of rain, and you must have a backup plan that you love—not a Plan B but a Plan A. Also, choose decor that will work indoors if you have to go with Plan A.

When you pick the cake…

Choose a smaller cake that’s gorgeous to show, and keep a sheet cake of the same flavor in the back. It’s more cost-effective than serving everyone from one massive, highly decorated, customized confection. Think about when you go to a wedding: The couple cuts the cake and feeds each other a piece, and then the cake is wheeled into the kitchen to be plated. No one sees it being sliced beyond that first piece, and no one will know the difference but you—because you’ll save a ton of money.

When you pick the catering…

There are a few things you can do to avoid serving rubber chicken. Ask your favorite neighborhood restaurant to cater, or think of the last large event you went to where the food was delicious and find out who did the catering. If you go with your local restaurant, just make sure the chef has experience serving dinner to 150 people at the same time. Also, ask where the food is sourced to assess how fresh it will be. And, especially if you’re having a destination wedding, incorporate local ingredients and flavors to personalize your menu and to capitalize on your caterer’s area of expertise. Lastly, no matter where you’re having your wedding, have a full-on tasting before signing a contract and ask to sample the chef’s specialties.

When you pick the centerpieces…

I love candles in every shape and size. Clusters of black-and-white photos of friends and family are a a great way to personalize your tables. I’m also a fan of working fruit into table arrangements, especially if it goes with your venue and color palette.

Read Keija Minor’s full interview here

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