We have planned some amazing weddings over the past ten years, and when our couples trust us to do our jobs as experts, it makes EVERYTHING so much smoother. We're not out to run your pockets or push you around. Our only goal is to give you a stress-free, fun wedding day! So when we recommend a fellow wedding professional or back up weather plans for the back up plans, we always have the best interests of our couples in mind.
However...occasionally there are couples that think they know better than we do. Read on for our Top Ten Cautionary Tales.
10. My personal favorite, the couple decides to cater the wedding themselves and ignores all 30 of your suggestions for amazing caterers...
You know what happened? After waiting hours to be fed, there wasn't enough food. So some of the guests started literally walking into the kitchen and helping themselves to whatever they could find. Half of the guests ordered delivery and the other half left after yelling at us - the humble and horrified wedding planners because even though it wasn't our fault, it was definitely our problem.
The guests were literally rummaging threw the garbage for food.
9. Trying to save a buck on delivery fees and deciding to pick up your own cake, rentals, etc.
First of all, your family, friends and wedding party are NOT there to work your wedding. Trust us when we say your groomsmen are NOT going to pick up, unpack, set up 200 chairs and dozens of tables and linens and make sure the layout is done properly, then break down and reload and return all that shit after the wedding. It is not a thing.
And when your cake isn't delivered and set up by a pro, y'all are definitely about to eat floor cake. Eww.
8. You strongly advise them to hire a professional DJ and they totally ignore you saying their Spotify playlist and backyard speakers are totes fine.
No, Carol, your playlist is trash. You've only got 5 songs on it for Ceremony AND Reception, and they're weird, obscure, indie techno jams in FRENCH. And the backyard speakers don't even work so it looks like we're sticking my hubby's Bose speakers in a bucket and hoping for the best while one of our lovely interns frantically scrambles to download more music with almost no cell service because we're at a damn farm on top of a mountain. Awesome.
You can't expect me to do my job and be a DJ at the same time.
7. "I decided to do my own flowers."
Which in reality means mason jar centerpieces with any random flowers they can find wrapped in burlap.
6. You fail to get professional rentals, so you're stuck using Aunt Cathy and Uncle Marty's extra fold out tables and picnic tablecloths.
5. We highly suggest staying hydrated and eating actual FOOD the day of your wedding.
Once in a while we will have those "fun" brides and grooms who decide that's not important and go hard to the body on an empty stomach starting at the crack of dawn. Say no to shots and yes to food & water, guys.
Although we encourage you to enjoy your special day, you don't wanna be a #barfingbride and miss all the fun!
Groomsmen, we're looking at y'all too.
4. You buy your wedding gown on the internet from a sketch-balls website.
Alarm bells should ring if you've found the PERFECT knock off Vera Wang gown online and its only $189.99. What a steal, right?! Wrong. First of all, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Second, instead of buying from an unverified overseas website, you could just light that money on fire and save yourself the stress. Because, typically, this will play out one of two ways: your shit will never arrive or your shit will arrive and instead of a silk and tulle ballgown, you've got a lime green child-sized nightmare in your hands.
Go to the dress store the first time! Don't trust what you see on sketchy websites.
3. Your cousin worked in a bakery for a whole 2 months... at the register. And now they're going to do your wedding cake for 150+ people. You really do get what you pay for people.
Martha would be so mad at you, just take our advice PLEASEE.
2. We always have a wedding weather back up plan. Ignoring it is totally up to you.
1. Craigslist vendors. Enough said.
We couldn't pick just one.
Your lighting "pros" be like...
Hmm. A craigslist lighting "pro" means rolling blackouts or somebody is trying to send a message from the Upside Down...
It can mean many different things.. Especially on craigslist.
$300 for 12 hours of photography? RUN!