The Art of Planning
He has finally popped the question and you’re sporting a shiny new accessory on your finger. You are eager to start your wedding planning journey, as many brides are. Planning a wedding can be a rewarding art form. However, in many other cases, it can be a very taxing experience that can take a toll on your life, your relationship, and your family. We don’t want this to happen, instead, we want your entire experience to be the fairytale you have always dreamed of. That’s why we have put together some wedding planning advice and tips to help ease the process along the way. By the end, you should be ready to take on this large task with confidence and be able to enjoy every step of your planning journey.
The Planner- Wedding planners thrive off of planning weddings. With many years of experience in the wedding industry, they have learned to successfully deal with stresses and issues before they even arise. This is a huge weight lifted off your shoulders during what can be a very hectic time. We know brides love to plan their own wedding and experience every aspect, therefore, planners offer different packages so they are only as involved as you want them to be. Most planners will offer anything from an a’ la cart package to an all-inclusive package. We recommend wedding planners because of all the many benefits that you receive from hiring a planner, even if it is just help the day of your wedding.
For the DIY bride- We have many years of experience in the wedding industry, and we can tell you one of the biggest “regrets” brides have mentioned is that they wish they would have stayed true to who they are. This means, instead of having what the wedding society tells them they should have, or what their parents want them to have, they wished they would have done something more true to themselves. For example, if you’re an outdoor gal, think about having an intimate ceremony in thick trees with moss covered stumps as seating and a whimsical ivory gown. We have also seen so many fads become the highlight of weddings, and when looking back, those fads are long gone. Stay true to yourself, stay away from current fads, and don’t let anyone influence your choices. Those are just few of our biggest wedding planning tips! Now, with that said, before beginning your planning, you will want to start off with a wedding checklist. Study this checklist and give yourself time to complete it. Remember that there is no need to rush the wedding. It’s much more enjoyable if you give yourself plenty of time to plan. In the back of this issue we have a budget checklist and other helpful tools to help aid you along the way. Be sure to take advantage of these tools and the many incredible visuals in this issue. Just like the chalk art photos that accompany this article, there are some very talented vendors that have participated so that you can gain great knowledge and inspiration. After you are equipped with all of your planning tools, next up, research, research, and more research! We will touch on a few of the biggest aspects you will come across when planning your special day.
Photography- There are many different photography styles; make sure you are choosing a photographer that you are in love with! Someone that will give you the feel you want for your wedding and someone that embodies your personality. If you need to stretch the budget for any one thing, this is it! Instagram has become one of the largest and fastest growing outlets for wedding professionals everywhere. Use a hashtag like #utahweddingphotographer or #stgeorgeweddingphotographer and your search begins. Look through their feed and then study their website to really grasp who they are and if their style will best fit you and your wedding needs.
Gown- Just like your man, when you know, you know. Your gown should make you feel incredible and confident while bringing out your personality. Not only is the gown a symbol of love and marriage, it can also be an iconic piece to your surroundings. Visualize your venue and the style of your wedding and try to express that in your dress. Going back to our previous example- if your wedding is in the mountains, you wouldn’t want a ball gown. You want something that will compliment your surroundings, not take away from it.
Venue- There are two important aspects you need to consider when choosing a venue. Does it make sense for the style of your wedding and how many people will be in attendance? Think outside the box and take advantage of our beautiful region and what it has to offer before going with the norm.
Floral- Some of the best florists out there don’t have their name in bold letters on a billboard. In fact, this goes for most wedding vendors. Check Utah sites designed to feature these hidden gems and spend some time on Pinterest for another great outlet to find inspiration, and not just floral in nature. Study textures and tones for your bouquet and whether you want something asymmetrical or something formal. Find some examples you love and show it to your florist. They will create a masterpiece!
Southern Utah has incredible talent. You just have to take the time to research and find the perfect vendors that will compliment your style and your personality. We hope the advice and tips given will help make your wedding planning an art form instead of a burden. Just to recap, sticking to a wedding checklist and the other helpful tools found in this magazine will be a life saver. Trust the professionals, give yourself plenty of time to plan, think outside the box and avoid fads. Once again, stay true to yourself.
By Lindsey Murphy, Photos by Gideon Photography
Cake- Sweet Cakes by Karen
Chalk Artist- Susan Moss Grove
Design- Forevermore Events
Food & Beverage- Kitchen 435
Hair & Makeup- Julie Thomas – Blow Beauty
Photography- Gideon Photo