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4 Things to know before planning your wedding

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Planning a wedding requires logistics and lots of details. That is why there are important things couples should know before they started planning. The following tips or insights will make the months leading up to your big day easier for everyone including your vendors. You’ll want to read these recommendations before you get knee-deep into choosing a venue or hiring vendors.

1. Hire a planner before booking a venue

Involving a planner first can be a lifesaver. An experienced planner can assess the venue for logistical and design needs that you may not know to look for. This can help not only set realistic expectations upfront but also avoid costly surprises. Having a planner can help you navigate through timing, management, and costs. They know which questions to ask the venue that you might not even know about.

2. Research wedding blackout dates

Find out ahead of time if your wedding date falls on the same day as an important event (concert, local event, charity walk, etc.) that could affect traffic or even hotel room availability. If your wedding date happens to fall during a busy time, make sure to let your guests know about it on time to reserve their rooms early.

3. Guests come first

Before settling on a venue, make sure to get a grip on the approximate number of guests you’ll invite. This will ensure there’s ample space for your everyone. As a rule of thumb, allow for 25 to 30 square feet per person. That may seem like a lot, but it’s not if you count the space you’ll need for the tables, waiters, band, and dance floor.

4. Let one vendor lead you to another

People in the wedding planning industry are more familiar with vendors, and can therefore refer you to a wedding photographer, florist, entertainment, or catering that does amazing work. When your wedding vendors know each other, it makes it easier for everyone to communicate logistics and ideas, which means a more cohesive look and feel for your wedding pieces. Also, never be afraid to ask. For example, if your favorite florist can’t work with you, ask to see if she can recommend someone trustworthy.

When you first start planning your wedding, make sure to consider these points above. Advice is essential in order to avoid surprises that can be costly and cause lots of stress. For venues and ballrooms, come check out our amazing spots at our locations in Miami!