Susan Ties the Knot, Part IX: Plan for Planning Meetings
I’ve sat through hundreds of wedding planning appointments - as the Wedding Coordinator. But now I’m on the other side of the table as the Bride! I was so excited to talk wedding plans with someone who cared about the color of my linens, because FH (Future Husband) can’t seem to tell the difference between ivory and ecru. But I wanted to make sure I got all the planning business taken care of, too, so I can check things off my list.
How to make planning meetings effective:
If you're working with a Wedding Planner or have a Coordinator for your venue, you want to make the most of those meetings so you can get everything you need out of them. It also saves time in the planning process...you have all of the info you need right in front of you.
1. Ask what info you can bring to the appointment. It will give you an idea of what you will be talking about. And if you don't need to bring anything - just ask what topics will be covered, such as room layout, linen colors and menu.
2. Prepare a list of questions to ask. Remember, there are no stupid questions. Weddings are all about details, and you won't know if you don't ask. Most people only plan an event this detailed once, so no one expects you to be an expert.
3. Write down anything you think might be important. When you write things down you are more likely to remember them and it will be a good point of reference. This is especially true for deadlines of the guest count, food choices, etc.
4. Don't schedule your planning appointment until you are ready to really make or at least seriously discuss some decisions.
5. Bring decision makers with you to the planning meeting. Discuss ideas with your friends and bridesmaids ahead of time, but keep the number of people at the actual planning meeting to just a few.
6. Trust the professional's advice. The planner and the venue coordinator are on your team. Use their knowledge and experience to help you create a wonderful wedding.