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Creating Your Wedding Day Timeline

Creating Your Wedding Day Timeline

Wedding Day Timeline

WEDDING DAY TIMELINE

 

Working on your wedding day timeline?  Check out Episode 24 of the Wedding Planning Collective Podcast to get my tips on putting together a realistic timeline!

Grab your sample timelines below to get started!

SAMPLE TIMELINE – MASTER TEMPLATE WITH DETAILS 

 

Wedding day timeline template
Wedding day timeline template
Wedding day timeline template
Wedding day timeline template
Wedding day timeline template

SAMPLE TIMELINE – TRADITIONAL CHURCH TIMEILNE

Traditional Wedding Day Timeline
Wedding day timeline template
Traditional Wedding Day Timeline

SAMPLE TIMELINE – FIRST LOOK WITH CEREMONY & RECEPTION

IN THE SAME LOCATION

First Look - Ceremony & Reception in Same Location
First Look - Ceremony & Reception in Same Location

SAMPLE TIMELINE – FIRST LOOK WITH CEREMONY & RECEPTION

IN DIFFERENT LOCATIONS

Wedding Day Timeline First Look
Wedding Day Timeline First Look

SAMPLE TIMELINE – JEWISH WEDDING DAY TIMELINE

Jewish Wedding Day Timeline
Jewish Wedding Day Timeline
Jewish Wedding Day Timeline

SAMPLE TIMELINE – MULTIPLE DAY WEDDING TIMELINE

Jewish Wedding Day Timeline
Multi-cultural Wedding Timeline
Multi-cultural Wedding Timeline

SAMPLE TIMELINE – MULTIPLE DAY WEDDING TIMELINE

Jewish Wedding Day Timeline
Multi-cultural Wedding Timeline
Multi-cultural Wedding Timeline
Wedding Day Emergency Kit

Wedding Day Emergency Kit

You never know what might come up on your wedding day, so it’s important to stock a wedding day emergency kit to have with you just in case!  In today’s episode, I chat about what’s in my emergency kit, FatMax, and breakdown the most important items I think you should have with you on the big day.

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Wedding Vendor Tipping – What you need to know

Wedding Vendor Tipping – What you need to know

Tipping Your Wedding Vendors

One of the most common questions I get is what wedding vendors should we tip.  There are many different variables that can come into play, but I can share some general advice and suggestions for what to consider when putting together your vendor gratuities.  

There are some vendors that require a gratuity for their staff.  Most often, this is written into your contract and added to the final balance.  These vendors typically include your caterer and/or reception venue, transportation, and beauty team.  So, make sure to check your contracts with these vendors to see if your gratuity has already been included, or if there is a required amount you are responsible for. 

 

Listen to the Podcast Episode on this topic here! 

After that, gratuities can be considered for those vendors who have helped make your day special.  The unwritten rule is that if the vendor works for someone else (for example, a photographer shooting for a larger company), it is more common to give them a gratuity.  On the other hand, ff they are the owner of the company, it is less common to give them a gratuity.  My personal opinion, if you’re grateful for that persons role in your big day, it’s never a bad thing to show your appreciation!  If you have had issues or concerns, don’t feel the need to give them a gratuity.

If you’re unsure if you want to give a wedding vendor a tip, you can certainly hold off until after the wedding.  You can always mail a gratuity or thank you card or gift after the wedding 

What Wedding Vendors Expect a Tip?

  • Catering/Bartenders/Wait staff
  • Hair & Makeup
  • Transportation
  • Officiant/Church
  • Ceremony Musician

What Wedding Vendors are Optional? 

  • Photo/Video
  • DJ/Band
  • Planner
  • Baker
  • Florist
  • Photobooth/Entertainers
  • Rental Companies
  • Venue Coordinator  

How much do you tip vendors? 

The only real “protocol” would be the standard 15-20% that you would consider in the rest of the hospitality world.  However, if you paid $4,000 for a photographer, they are definitely not expecting a $600-800 gratuity.  I typically recommend you consider how much this vendor helped you throughout the planning, and anywhere between $50-200 would be appropriate. 

Alternatives to a cash tip?

However, your budget might not allow for you to tip all the vendors you would like.  There are alternative ways you can  show your appreciation.  For instance, if you know your DJ loves a certain kind of beer, or your photographer loves a good glass of wine, pick up a case or bottle for them.

Another way to show your appreciation is to leave them a review on sites like WeddingWire and TheKnot.  You can also make sure to “tag” them in your post-wedding social media pics, and make sure to recommend them to friends and family.  That can go A LOT further than even the most generous tip!

One last tip!

On a similar note, I have a recommendation for handling any final payments that will be due on the wedding day.  While most of your vendors will require final payment in full well before the wedding day, some will will be due  the day of.

 I strongly recommend that you take care of these payments beforehand anyway.  It’s very easy for you, or the designated person for this task, to get distracted and forget.  You don’t want to be in the awkward position of having a limo driver or DJ asking for money in front of your wedding party or guests!  Therefore, it’s much easier to just take care of it beforehand to avoid any inconvenient or embarrassing moments on the wedding day.

 

Marriage or Mortgage?

Marriage or Mortgage?

Marriage or Mortgage?

Hey guys!  This weeks post is a bit different, and I’m excited to share it with you!  We’re going to talk about two of my favorite things, weddings and reality tv!

If you follow me on Instagram, @planningcollectively, I’m sure you’ve seen that I binged the new Netflix show called Marriage or Mortgage right away, and LOVED IT!   For those of you not familiar, the premise of the show is that engaged couples have saved between $20-$30k, and they are deciding on putting that towards a wedding, or a down payment on a home.  

Each of the 10 episodes features a different couple, and they work with realtor Nichole Holmes and wedding planner Sarah Miller to go through the options available to them with either option.  They tour 3 homes within their budget with Nichole, and Sarah walks them through potential venues, catering options, and other wedding details for their dream day. 

In the end, the couple meets with both Nichole and Sarah, and tell them what they’ve decided.   The episode wraps up by flashing forward a few months, to see the couple in either their new home, or on their wedding day.  

Earlier this week I had the privilege of chatting with one of my favorite  couples that was featured on the show, and I’m excited to share that with you all here!  Check it out, and then scroll down to see my key takeaways for all couples that might find themselves in a similar position.  

Denise & Nick are one of the most loved couples from the show. They are the absolute sweetest, and i’m so grateful that they could share a bit about their experience in not just the show, but how they went about making their decision.  This is your official spoiler alert that we do talk about their final decision, so if you haven’t watched yet, make sure to do that first.  Their featured in the second episode titled “Adopting New Traditions” 

 

     

    So what are my thoughts on the show?

    Many people have an immediate reaction when they hear about the premise of the show, and it’s definitely not in favor of weddings.  I have to admit, when I first heard about the show, I was very nervous that it was going to be a horrible reflection on the wedding industry.  That’s actually what initially made me watch the show right when it came out, planning to do a podcast episode defending the wedding industry. 

    I was very pleasantly surprised that the show really did a great job representing the decision making process, and how, for some, it can be a really tough call to make.  Of course, it is a reality show, so there there were some things that were thrown in for entertainment purposes on both sides that might not be standard for most couples either buying a home or planning a wedding.  And because we only see 44 minutes of a weeks worth of filming, there were some important details that didn’t make the final cut.  I can’t speak to the real estate side of things, but I did want to highlight a few of my main take-aways here.  

    1. Everyones financial position is different.  While we only get surface details on what the couples do for a living, and certainly not any info on the status of their bank accounts, we do know that they have a certain amount of money set aside for either a wedding or home.  I did love the approach that this meant they were taking with the wedding budget, having a big picture number of what you actually have to spend, vs. planning a wedding and then figuring out how to pay for it.   I get into this conversation about the budget, and how most couples plan their wedding backwards in Episode 2.  Make sure to check that out, if you haven’t already! 
    2.  Everyone’s life priorities are different. If you’re looking to start a family, spending money on in vitro, school, or other massive expenses, putting a chunk of money towards a wedding (or a house, for that matter) may not be at the top of your list. On the flip side, if your family/friends don’t live close to each other, or you don’t get to see each other often, the idea of having everyone together in one room to celebrate your marriage could be an amazing experience.  We often hear that the best gifts to give are experiences, and that’s exactly what a wedding day does.   Now, I would guess that a few of the couples could probably afford to do both at a similar level, but that doesn’t mean that both would be priorities for them 
    3. Everyone’s wedding priorities are different.  For this one, I’m going to refer you to the first episode of The Wedding Planning Collective Podcast.  I go over the main categories of wedding planning, and help guide you  through what your priorities would be fore your wedding day.  
    4. The negotiations seen on the show are definitely not the norm. Again, I can’t speak to what might be normal deals when you’re buying a house, but I’m guessing both sides received some of these amazing discounts because of the potential promotion of the show.  That said, a wedding planner can definitely help save you money.  Sometimes it’s in actual line item discounts from their vendor connections, but often it’s by saving you from making really expensive mistakes! 
    5. And finally, you can do both!  No one is saying that whichever you pick, you can never have the other!  You don’t need to spend all your savings, whatever that might be, on one or the other.  Whether you split the difference evenly, or favor one or the other.

    So, what are your thoughts?  Check out Marriage or Mortgage on Netflix, and then head over to the Facebook Group to discuss!