If you find yourself stuck in the cycle of pinterest overload, constantly changing your color scheme, and swooning over the bouquets that With Love and Petals makes, get ready for a truth bomb! Planning and styling a wedding is not an easy feat these days. It’s hard to know where to begin and even harder to know when to stop making midnight runs to your local craft store for yet another set of electric tealight candles. Being a bride is hard work that comes with not only incredible joy, but odd and long hours, big expenses, and at times overwhelming stress. We’re Thirty Day Dash, and we’re here to help!
Photo by Day 7 Photography
We at Thirty Day Dash offer creative and planning assistance in Austin and Dallas to the modern-day bride through day-of decoration styling and breakdown, month-of coordination, custom guestbook creation, and home craft parties. We provide the creative expertise to help customize your wedding with personal touches and make your wedding day a true reflection of you and your significant other!
Photo by Everest Road Photography
Over the years we have found that the pressure to create a beautiful and unique wedding is higher than ever. We are obsessed with With Love & Petals, because they provide such a unique service and product that is completely customizable, adds an incredible personal touch, and doubles as a beautiful wedding keepsake! There are times to DIY and times to buy, and while there are a million paper flower tutorials out there (including a few that we have created on our blog) a bouquet is something that we recommend leaving to the pros, whether it’s real flowers or not. One of our past employees who DIY’d her own wedding recently even purchased a bouquet from With Love & Petals!
Photo by: Birch Tree Photo
We’re excited to share our top five Wedding Planning tips with you!
Stay Organized: There’s a lot involved in planning a wedding and there can be a lot to keep track of! If deadlines, budgets, contracts, seating charts, emails, and the like are not your thing, they make special planner notebooks for brides and grooms to help keep track of all of their vendor appointments, and wedding day details! Nothing beats a good set of google docs and sheets that you can share with any other friends and family members who want to be involved in the planning!
Overestimate When it Comes to DIY: Overestimate the materials, time, patience, and help that you’re going to need to complete all of your DIY projects. The last thing that you want is that wedding budget falling out of line because you thought a project was going to be simpler to complete, or wouldn’t take as long, or wouldn’t require quite as many pinterest fails, or wouldn’t cause as much frustration. Plus, if you do better than expected you may even get to return some unopened supplies for a little refund!
Use Table Numbers and Reserved Signs: If your guest count is over 50 people, and you’re not doing a plated meal, pop some table numbers and reserved signs out! Even if you don’t want formalized assigned seating, or even assigned tables, the more people you have, the crazier the line for food. Nothing makes your distant relatives crabbier than standing in a buffet line for 30 minutes waiting to get food. Table numbers give you a way to control that line by releasing only certain tables at a time, which allows the line to flow and not crowd the venue. Reserved signs are also super important if you plan on taking family photos after the ceremony because all of your other guests come into the reception and take their seats, while the most important people in the wedding party are still taking photos. They may end up having to sit next to random people they don’t know, split up, or worse, sit the farthest away from the couple.
Check Yourself!: Re-Read your wedding contracts to make sure you familiarize yourself with all of the policies and procedures of each company, and understand what exactly is included in each contract you signed a few weeks to a few years ago! You have a lot on your mind, and your brain probably needs a little refresher.
Know when to ask for or hire help!: There is no shame is asking for a helping hand. Full Service wedding planners and month of coordinators exist for a reason. Wedding planning can be a full time job and it’s easy to get overwhelmed with everything on your to do list. Friends and family members can be an incredible help, and provide great perspective, but we all know what happens when there are too many cooks in the kitchen… Event professionals and coordinators can provide an unbiased opinion and help wrangle all those pesky last minute details, and conflicting views from loved ones. A wedding coordinator works for YOU and ONLY YOU and has experience working with other vendors to fix any issues that may come up, and the knowledge of how to prevent many wedding day disasters as well! We are here to protect the investments you’ve made in your wedding day to ensure that everything you’ve spent months or years planning comes together seamlessly, without you having to lift a finger or stress about the details on the most important day of your life. We allow you to focus on the celebration of your love and marriage.