Saturday, February 21, 2015

Refresher...Getting the most out of your initial consultation

This was a great informational post I published back in 2008 that is a great read for the newly engaged.  Enjoy!

The initial consultation is a get to know each other meeting for both the Bride as well as the Bridal Consultant. In order to get the most out of this meeting, it is best to come prepared. Although most Bridal Consultants are very knowledgeable and creative, your input puts a personal touch on the wedding. Whether you are starting from scratch or you have finalized some details of your wedding, these are some things you can do to enhance your first experience with the bridal consultant:

  • If you have selected your dress bring a picture, or the style number and designer and be prepared to describe it. If you have not selected your dress give the consultant feed back on the color you plan to wear, as well as the style and formality. Your dress sets the tone for the entire event. If the groom is going to be present at the meeting your consultant will work around this situation without giving the groom an advance vision of the dress.
  • Bring pictures of flowers, linen, table settings or any other decor or ideas that you have seen and want incorporated in your wedding.
  • Have an idea of the color scheme you want to use in your wedding.
  • If you have booked any vendors or your ceremony and reception venues, bring those contracts with you as well as any contact information.
  • Set a realistic budget and be prepared to discuss it with your consultant honestly. The more your consultant knows about your budget, the better he or she can maximize your dollars.
  • Have in mind an estimate of the number of guests you plan to have at your wedding.
  • Decide on how many members you want in your bridal party.
  • Most importantly set a wedding date, and have an idea of the time of day you want your ceremony to begin.
  • If you have any family or cultural traditions that you want to incorporate into your wedding make your consultant aware of those as well.
  • Make sure your consultant is aware of any special family situations.
  • Prepare a list of questions that you want to ask the consultant.
When selecting your consultant make sure you are comfortable with their personality, as the two of you will be spending a great deal of time together in the months to come planning your wedding. Always make sure the consultant you hire is licensed. A coordinator that is a member of a Bridal Association is a plus, because this means he or she is dedicated to their profession. Never make a decision based on price. The cheapest is not always the best. Remember as with everything in life you get what you pay for. An experienced consultant is priceless.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

You're invited to a Budget Planning Workshop 3/14/15 Jacksonville Florida

Elegant Weddings by Lisa Presents: 
Budget Planning: how to set your wedding budget and stick to it
Wedding Workshop for Brides to be... The foundation for every wedding begins with the wedding budget. Master Bridal Consultant Lisa Burnett will cover every wedding budget category, and will present you with planning advice sure to arm you with the knowledge needed to make informed decisions in your wedding planning. This workshop is very interactive and hands-on. At the conclusion of this workshop your wedding budget will be set and it is up to you to stick to it. Have questions about your wedding? Get them answered by the expert at the post workshop Q & A session. Don’t want to go it alone…bring the groom, a friend, family or bridal party member. RSVP Today! You wouldn't want to miss this event. Unsure what everything should cost? Then this workshop is for you! Take a tour of the Holiday Inn I-295 E & Baymeadows. View their spacious ballroom and deluxe sleeping accommodations. This is a great location for Weddings. Learn Tips to save money on your wedding. This workshop will pay for itself.
Meet new friends * Share ideas
Doors open at 9:15 AM please arrive early for registration and preferred seating

Jacksonville, FL | Holiday Inn I-295 E & Baymeadows
Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM 

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