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Planning your dream wedding

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime….

Before the planning of your dream wedding begins, take some time to celebrate with your new fiancé. This may be the only time the two of you get to share this special, once in a lifetime, moment before the world knows. Be sure and commemorate this special moment with pictures. Just don’t upload them to social media until you read our advice below.

10 Tips For Planning Your Dream Wedding

Here are ten things to do to make planning your dream wedding a reality:

Share your good news

1Share Your Good News

This is the time to let your family and close friends in on your secret and share the joy you feel with them. Even if you have not spoken to some in a while, reaching out in person or with a phone call will make everyone feel they are an important part of your lives. Now is not the time to send an email or do a social media post. People want to hear the news from you, personally. After you have told your family and close friends, then you can announce your engagement via social media.

2. Listen to Each Other

What type of wedding do you both envision? If you are polar opposites when it comes to your dream wedding, it’s important to talk it out and find some common ground. What are the things you both want and what can you both live without? Listening to and being very clear on what you both want and don’t want will make future planning much less challenging!

Collect wedding ideas

3. Start Collecting Ideas

Today, there are lots of resources for wedding and reception ideas and inspiration:  magazines, images, books, blogs, websites, Pinterest, Instagram, television, and online media wedding programs.

4.  Set Up Your Website

Having a wedding website will help you present information in an organized fashion to everyone who “needs to know” and give people the opportunity to check up on wedding news and information as it happens. Be sure to include links to your bridal registry and any pre-parties leading up to your wedding. You can set up your website using free services; Wedding Wire, TheKnot, and are just a few sites you can use.

Send Save-the-Date cards

5.  Set a Date

If you haven’t yet set a date, set an approximate or tentative date.  Do you want to get married in the spring, in the summer? Is fall the time of year that makes your heart sing? Did you always envision a winter wedding? Whatever time of year you choose, start planning and reserve all those things you need as early on in the planning process as possible. Some venues require that you book their space a year or more in advance.  In-season flowers are often less expensive than out-of-season flowers… details, details, details. Having a set date will help you as you fine tune the details. Once the actual date has been set, send out “Save the Date” notes; people need time to plan, and this allows your guests time to plan to attend your wedding.

6.  Now That You Know WHEN, it’s Time to Choose WHERE

Do you want to get married in town or in a rural setting? In your hometown?  if not, then where you currently live? Have you always dreamt of a destination wedding? A wedding on the beach can be so romantic and memorable for everyone who attends. Whatever your choice, it’s a good idea to start thinking about where very early on in the planning process. Ask your planner to help with ideas for venues. The best venues are often booked a year or more in advance, and you don’t want to have to settle for your second or third choice.

Insure your engagement ring

7.  Insure Your Engagement Ring

It would be a shame if something happened to one of the most important pieces of jewelry you will own in your lifetime. Nothing can replace the original, but insurance can help lessen the blow if it is lost or damaged and will help you get a suitable replacement.

8.  Set Your Budget

You should have an idea of what you want to do for your wedding and what you can feasibly spend. You also need to know who’s paying for what. It’s easy to get carried away but it may not be practical. Whether or not you have not saved for your BIG DAY, or your parents don’t have an endless stream of money to help you pay for your wedding, a budget will keep you on track so your costs don’t get out of control. Ask your planner for a budget tool.

Registering for gifts

9.  Sign up on Registries

It is important to register early. While many people are last-minute gift shoppers, others like to know what you need as soon as they find out you’re engaged, so that they have access to the largest group of gifts to choose from. Choose registry gifts with your spouse-to-be; it’s fun to see what your partner wants and vice versa. Be sure to check the store return policies to help you better plan your registry. List the places you are registered on your newly created website. And, be sure to check out Honeyfund, a perfect one-stop wedding registry site where you will find thousands of five-star reviews, and sign-up is FREE.

10.  Enlist the Help of a Wedding Planner

There are so many details that a wedding planner can help with that will save you time, alleviate needless stress and even save you money, especially when it comes to destination weddings. A wedding planner, from the area where you are being married, is familiar the venues, vendors and local traditions and can save you hours of work and cut your destination education in half or more!

Wedding plans come through

As you go through the wedding planning process, never lose sight of why you are getting married in the first place. Be sure to find time to focus on each other. And remember to enjoy the planning. Your big day will go by more quickly than you expect, the memories you make leading up to your big day will last a lifetime. Make sure they are positive, fun and filled with love and anticipation.

Bio: A Beautiful Florida Wedding is a full-service destination wedding team of wedding professionals whose desire is to help you plan, coordinate and officiate the wedding dream that lives in your heart.

With over 20 years of wedding planning experience, we are dedicated to helping you plan, coordinate, and officiate your wedding in a timely manner that respects your budget and your timetable. We have served over 1,500 couple and their 50,000 guests enjoy a stress-free, beautiful destination wedding.

From venue site to officiating to flowers, photography, music and more we are your personal wedding team. Visit our website today.




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Ensure your day with a wedding planner

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

Your wedding day is a big day and one of the few milestones of your life you ideally celebrate once. So why do so many people choose to cut corners on it and leave so many aspects of it to chance?

Let’s look at it this way: you invest in many different areas of your life, paying insurance for services that will help protect you from any unforeseen and unpredictable problems that may arise in your life. And your wedding day should be treated no differently because it is a day that cannot be repeated!

So, how can you take care and enjoy your wedding day??

Answer: By hiring a wedding planner.

Wedding planners are your insurance policies for your wedding: they serve as a guide through the arduous, detail-filled process of wedding planning and protect you with actual insurance.

Five Main Reasons To Hire A Wedding Planner

Whether you choose to receive assistance every step of the way of the wedding planning process, or simply opt for wedding-day management, the following are five main reasons of why you should hire a wedding planner:

Invest in a wedding planner

Photo Credit: Tom Keene, LAdigitalphtos

1. It reduces stress and anxiety.

Wedding planners assist in eliminating the overwhelming anxiety, stress, and pressure accompanying the effort and work required to organize and plan a wedding, ensuring you feel in-control and relaxed as you enjoy your metamorphosis from Miss to Mrs.

Save time by hiring a wedding planner

2. They help you save time.

Now, you may be a person whose modus operandi is D.I.Y. due to a desire to save money. To accomplish this, you delegate different tasks and responsibilities to family members and close friends.

Orchestrating all aspects of the wedding planning to remain on task and schedule before, during, and even after the wedding takes time and manpower that will create a lot of stress and pressure, cause you to possibly overlook essential elements, and may even result in your not enjoying yourself at your own wedding.

You do not want this happening to you on your big day! Let the wedding planner take on all the hard work and research. Their experience in planning previous weddings allows them to advise you on what may work or not help achieve your desired wedding vision.

Wedding planners save you time in searching and know exactly who to choose to help turn your envisioned wedding into a reality. They have established relationships with an eclectic selection of trust-worthy vendors, caterers, entertainers, florists, venues, and other professional businesses.

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Flowers by Zima Design, Large Marquee letters by Lights for Nights, Event Planning and photo Zaza & Co. Events, Venue Tagalayan Complex in Hollywood.

3. They save you money.

This shared business history your wedding planner has with others is in your favor as you may benefit from special, discounted rates on services and packages that would be costlier if you tried getting them as an individual. A good wedding planner will help you stay within your budget and ensure you have a successful and impressive wedding.

Wedding planners save you money

Photo Credit: Robert Yu Photography , Flowers by Flower Duet, Décor and Event Planning by Zaza & Co. Events

4. They are detail-oriented.

A wedding planner knows the prices of services and what weddings demand.

By learning what your taste and wedding vision is, a good wedding planner will suggest amazing decor and ideas heighten the quality of your wedding.

They will orchestrate your entire wedding so all parts and vendors go well together like a symphony.

And a professional wedding planner will be sure to adjust any glitch that may arise before, during, or after the wedding so that your wedding vision is down to the tee (many times without you noticing anything went wrong!).

Wedding planners insure your wedding

Flowers by Palos Verdes Flowers, chuppah rental by Knights for Lights

5. Wedding planners will insure your wedding—literally.

Many couples have never heard of such a thing. Those who have most likely may purchase their own policy, but when you have a wedding planner, you are usually covered as part of the service.

Wedding insurance policy details are pretty exhaustive, so here is the gist of it:

All wedding planners must purchase and carry wedding insurance that will cover any mishaps.

For example, at Zaza & Company Events & Designs, our insurance policy is $ 2 million, and always covers our couple and venue. Other times, vendors cover their own equipment, bringing more policy coverage to the table.

I was not joking when I said having a wedding planner REALLY is an insurance policy!

Protect your wedding investment with a wedding planner

Photo Credit: Tom Keene, LAdigitalphtos

Bottom line: Life is based on decisions. Choosing to tie the knot is a very important life event, and investing in a wedding planner to guide you through the planning process and day is an important decision as well. One of the most popular and influential wedding and bridal blogs “Junebug Weddings” frequently asks its brides, “What is the best decision you made when planning your wedding? And the most popular response has been, hiring a wedding planner.”

Having a wedding planner both ensures and ensures that you will have a perfect wedding day.

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Bio: Written by Houda Itani on behalf of Zaza & Co. Events and Design.

Let Zaza plan your eventsSherine Zaza, owner of Zaza & Co. Events and Design, specializes in extravagant event planning. Featured in Ceremony Magazine, People Magazine, Big Fake Wedding, and awarded Woman of the Year Award by the National Association of Professional Women. We ensure each event is unique to our client’s taste, style, and vision. For events from business conferences to baby showers to celebrity-status weddings, call Sherine Zaza for a consultation at (310) 292-6578.

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