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Big guest list or extravagant reception

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

You just got engaged – Congratulations! But, now you and your fiance have a decision to make: facing the reality of a finite budget, how will you decide?!

There is a lot to consider, so let’s break it down by decision:

Choosing A Large Guest List vs. An Extravagant Reception

Inviting large number of wedding guests

Invite Everyone:

  • Do you have a big family?
  • Does your fiance have a big family?
  • Will you be getting married locally?
  • Will people be upset if they aren’t invited?
  • Do you or your parents have an extensive list of social or business contacts it is important to invite?

These are all things that you and your beloved will want to think about if you are considering having a large guest list. Couples with large families may feel the pressure to make sure that everyone is included. Having to leave people out could potentially cause family drama, and no one wants that at their wedding! You also may feel the pressure to invite everyone you know if you’re getting married locally to where you work and live since traveling wouldn’t be a burden for people. Another thing to consider is whether or not leaving people off your guest list will offend anyone; you don’t want your wedding to cause hurt feelings.

Just remember that the more people you invite, the higher the costs will be. Wedding venues charge by the head. Even if you plan a massive outdoor wedding at home, you will amass more costs for food and drink with every additional guest.

Planning a lavish reception

Stage An Extravagant Wedding Reception:

  • Have you always dreamt of having special food or features for your perfect day?
  • Do you have expensive taste?
  • Do you want the best of everything?
  • Do you want to spare no expense for your big day?
  • Do you want a destination wedding?

These are just some of the things to consider if you want to have an extravagant reception. Whether you want shrimp appetizers and filet entrees or extra cost items such as a photo booth, a horse-drawn carriage, or high-end venue, especially at a distant location, your cost with being much higher than if you were happy with simpler meal, venue, or wedding events. If having the best is important to your vision of your wedding day, having a large guest list can turn your budget into a costly nightmare.

Lots of people have been dreaming of their wedding days since they were little and have a specific vision in mind. Most of the time, a large price tag is necessary to create your perfect day! If you want to look back on your day and not feel that you cut corners or dug yourself into a large financial hole to create the wedding of your dreams, then an extravagant reception with fewer guests is for you!

At the end of the day, there is no right or wrong answer. Just focus on the two of you, and your end goal: Getting married! Good luck!

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BIO: Today most people lead hectic lives juggling professional careers and don’t have the time, resources, and patience to investigate every little detail of planning their wedding, corporate or special event. Many times people begin planning their event only to realize the process can become consuming and very stressful. Platinum Planning can help you experience elegance and ease throughout the planning stages and duration of your special day whether you want a full-service Event and Design Coordinator, a “Month-of” Coordinator, or something in between. We specialize in planning weddings throughout California, Hawaii, Nevada and New Mexico. For information, check out our website at Platinum Planning.

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Planning a great wedding in a short timeframe

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

Are you planning a wedding in a short timeframe? We have brides all over the United States; some start their planning process between 12- 18 months ahead, while others decide to jump in and plan a wedding in 30 days. Which one are you… and is this even possible, you ask? The answer is, “YES.” As crazy and hectic as it may seem, not only can you plan a great wedding in a short timeframe, it can also be the wedding of your dreams. When it comes down to it, the key to planning a great wedding in a short timeframe is simple: focus on the important and key elements of your wedding and don’t sweat the small stuff. Here’s how:

Countdown to Planning a Great Wedding in a Short Timeframe – 30 Days

1. Determine your budget, guest list, wedding party, and theme

2. Book your wedding venue. Because it’s less than 30 days from the time you will be mailing out invitations, you should be conscious of out of town guest and possibly accommodate them with choosing one venue to have both the ceremony and reception. This will eliminate them having to pay for multiple trips on wedding day, especially with short notice.

3. Decide if you want to receive gifts from your guest. If yes, go online and create a gift registry or Honeyfund honeymoon registry. Then sign up for a wedding website, where you can all of your registry information as well as important wedding information. Also, if you do have out of town guests, I’d take a further step and text or email the link to your wedding website to them now. That way, they can start preparing for their trip, while awaiting the official invitation.

4. Speaking of invitations, It’s time to order and send them out ASAP. And don’t forget to add your wedding website to your invitation. These days many people tend to discard or misplace their invitations, so providing the website will help in the event this happens.

5. It’s dress-up time. Unfortunately, you don’t have much time for various fittings, but luckily you can find many local bridal salons that offer trunk shows or samples sales. So not only can you get a beautiful designer dress, you may even get it at a great price. Don’t forget your shoes and accessories!

6. Choose your tux. The typical timeframe for tuxedo shops is 14 days, so the fact that you are planning a great wedding in a short timeframe, doesn’t affect this area of the process at all.

7. Book your wedding vendors. Unless you are hiring a wedding planner, this next part will be the most difficult, tedious, and time-consuming part of the journey. Ask friends/ family/ coworkers for recommendations on good, local vendors to use on your special day. Do your research and book them ASAP. This includes: Wedding Planner/ Coordinator, Photographer, Videographer, Officiant, Event/ Floral Designer, DJ/ Entertainment, Hair and Makeup Artist (MUA), Cake Designer, Caterer, and anyone else you decide to have such as a photo booth.

Countdown to Planning a Great Wedding in a Short Timeframe – 25 Days

Find your dress

8.  Schedule Trials and Tastings. If you are using a caterer or cake designer you never used before, be sure to schedule a quick tasting of what’s on your menu. Also, take this time to schedule your trial hair & MAU appointments. You don’t want to get a new hairstyle or make that you’ve never had before, the day of the wedding… To turn out to not like it. This is why, as a wedding planner, we highly recommend having a trial done of exactly what you are wanting to look like that day.

9. Shop and purchase wedding rings. And make sure you schedule to have them cleaned and sparkly for the big day.

10. Going on a honeymoon? Now is the time to start honeymoon planning as well. Decide on a destination, number of days and book your trip, including flight, hotel, and transportation.

11. Create a wedding timeline. Share this with your wedding coordinator, officiant and caterer to finalize the details. * If you are hiring a wedding coordinator, this may be included in your package.

Countdown To Planning A Great Wedding In A Short Timeframe – 20 Days

Order your wedding invitations

12.  Plan your rehearsal dinner and inform everyone that’s invited.

13. Confirm and finalize all wedding details with each of your vendors. This is also a great time to send your photographer your shot list. That way you can make sure they capture your every detail.

14. Design, order and or print your wedding stationeryThis includes: wedding programs, thank you cards, wedding signs, etc.

Countdown To Planning A Great Wedding In A Short Timeframe – 10 Days

15. Purchase gifts for each other and your wedding party, as well as order wedding favors for your guests.

16. Prepare your wedding vows.

17. Check with vendors to confirm all final payments, timelines, delivery & set up, etc. You want to make sure everyone is on the same page with all details.

18.Last minute shopping. Be sure to purchase all your small items that easily slip your mind, such as; garter belt, something blue, something old, something borrowed, something blue, dress to change into at the reception, lingerie and honeymoon necessities.

Countdown To Planning A Great Wedding In A Short Timeframe – 5 Days

What to do 5 days before the wedding

19. Head to your local courthouse and apply for your marriage license. Determine who you will designate to be in charge of the paperwork until you arrive back from your honeymoon. Make sure it’s someone you can rely on, like your mother or Maid of Honor.

20. Start packing. Be sure to pack for the wedding day, wedding night and honeymoon.

21. Confirm & finalize all details again with your wedding coordinator. If you decide not to hire one, reach out to all of your vendors and confirm with them directly. You can do this by giving them a quick call or shooting them a quick email.

22. Schedule your mani, pedi, wax, and massage!

Countdown to Planning a Great Wedding in a Short Timeframe – 1 day

23.  It’s time to RELAX! You’ve put a lot of blood sweat and tears into this wedding thus far and now you can relax and prepare for your special day. But, while you still have time, head on over to relax and enjoy some quiet time as you get pampered at the spa. Trust me, you’ll need it!

Countdown to Planning a Great Wedding in a Short Timeframe – Today Is the BIG Day… Are You Ready?

Get married - enjoy your big day

24. Get Married!

I know it was a lot of work, but I promised it was possible to get this done. No matter how quickly your wedding day is approaching, as long as you have this hit list of what to do and when… you too can plan a great wedding in a short timeframe!

Bio: Porche Photography offers not only photography but wedding planning and printing services as well. Whether you are planning a wedding over the course of a year or the course of a month, Porche offers hands-on services to line up and coordinate vendors, manage your guest list, and handle every detail.

Begin in 2008 by Certified Event Planner Keeyawna Porche, the company has expanded  its services from event planning to include wedding planning. Sought after in the Atlanta area, Porche Weddings has an unrivaled set of skills in etiquette, design, and entertaining.





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