Last week, we asked you about transporting the stuff associated with your wedding to… your wedding. And when the resounding answer was, “I don’t know how I’m doing it!” the APW staff got more than a little bit worried. Because at the end of the day (before your wedding), Pinterest and wedding blogs aren’t doing us a ton of favors. They’ve refocused us on pretty inspiration, while hiding the ball on the fact that roughly sixty percent of throwing an event is getting everything there, set up, and then struck and out of the venue. (And about five percent of throwing an event is inspiration pictures, though it’s a fun five percent.)
When it comes to answering the many small questions that outline how your day is going to play out (Who’s bringing the beer? Did we remember ice… and something to keep the ice cold in? When the chairs will be setup? Who will put out the guest book? What people will be with your photographer at what time?) the answer you hear over an over is, “Hire a wedding planner.” And the truth? Good planners are amazing at solving these problems for you. But here is the more unvarnished truth: most people can’t afford a wedding planner. For most of us (the entirety of the APW staff included, at the time of our weddings), a planner isn’t even within the realm of possibility. Because even if you know how much easier a planner can make your life, if your choice is food for your guests or someone to help you coordinate the day of, most of us are going to have to pick food, and then try to figure out the rest ourselves.
That’s where we come in. We want to make sure all of you have a plan for how the stuff is getting to the venue and how it’s getting home. (Pro-tip: the people packing it up TOTALLY don’t have to be sober.) We want you to feel comfortable putting together a day-of timeline (and confident explaining to people why you need one). We want to make sure you know when to stop looking at Pinterest and start looking at your spreadsheets. We want to make sure you have a clear response the next time someone blows you off by saying, “Don’t worry, these things will work themselves out.” And mostly we want you to feel less STRESSED about working the things out. Because (at least with some help, and some good information) you’ve totally got this.
Let us help you. We know more than a few people who have more than a few answers. You just need to let us know what questions you want us to ask, and we’re on it.
WHAT ARE YOU HAVING A HARD TIME PLANNING FOR? WHAT PRACTICAL QUESTIONS HAVE YOU BEEN TRYING TO FIND ANSWERS TO? WHAT LOGISTICS POSTS SHOULD WE TACKLE NEXT? WHILE WE’RE OFF DOING RESEARCH, MARRIED FOLKS PLEASE DISH ON ALL THE ADVICE YOU WISH YOU’D HAD BEFORE YOUR WEDDING.