My wife and I have been working in the wedding industry for well over a decade and this is by far the best wedding planning book we have come across! Wedding planning can feel like a full time job but Edna and Jeri clearly have a wealth of knowledge that will help you plan your wedding more efficiently and probably save you money as well! If I was planning my own wedding all over again the first thing I would do is start with this book as a guide, even after working in the industry for many years there were a lot of surprises when we planned our own wedding but this book seems to cover all of those things we never thought about and a lot more to help you plan the wedding of your dreams.
If you are wedding planning or know someone engaged, buy this book! It’s honestly the greatest gift you can give someone (or yourself) who is planning a wedding.
I have a sister who is recently engaged and have already sent her a copy to use as she and her fiance figure out what the next steps look like for them.
The Real Deal Wedding Insiders® Guide to Smart Wedding Planning gives you practical and actionable steps to take control of your wedding planning, make the best decisions, and keep your sanity along the way.
You’ll learn how to:
* Navigate stressful relationships
* Create a vision that represents you both
* Understand and build a realistic budget
* Choose the right venue and vendors
* Stay present and enjoy your wedding day
MORE INFO ABOUT GUIDE TO SMART WEDDING PLANNING:
Being engaged is one of the most exciting times in your life, but it can cause some unexpected challenges, and at times it can get downright chaotic. So, let’s help you get organized and get into a more manageable mindset.
Your life is already busy, and now you’ve emotions and multitude of details that come with it. We know you want to make wise choices from the get-go. And that’s what we’re here to help with.
SMART Wedding Planning
A lot needs to happen in order for you to realize your ideal wedding, no matter how big or small it may be.
To get there, you’ve got to be SMART about your decisions. Your choices should be:
S – Specific to your priorities and needs
M - Manageable within your budget, time frame, and comfort zone
A - Articulated clearly communicated to family and vendors
R - Realistic of expectations
T -Timely made with enough information and with enough time to execute them
This book gives you the SMART approach to develop and refined your wedding vision, bring it to life within your particular budget and timeline, and manage your family and vendors to get the best results.
Real Deal Fact #1
Planning a wedding can be extremely stressful. There’s no other period in your life where the expenditure of time, money, and emotions churn together to create a perfect storm as much as when you’re trying to create The Most Important Day of Your Life!
SMART wedding planning includes the Three Cs of what it really takes to produce the wedding you want:
Communication, Comprehension, and Calculation
You will need to:
-Communicate with your family and partner, as well as your vendors.
- Comprehend what it takes to produce the wedding you envision.
-Calculate the real cost of your wedding.
Almost from the moment you announce, “We’re engaged!” the tension starts to mount.
Within days (or hours), the questions start coming:
When’s the date?
What’s your color scheme?
Do you have a venue/photographer/dress?
Your stress level rises as to-do lists swirling in your head. Your first instinct might be to try to get a head start by making appointments to try on dresses or visit venues.
The first thing you should do is press pause.
Wedding planning requires you to look at the big picture.
Every decision you make, from the venue you choose to the size of your guest list to the number of bridesmaids, will affect other decisions down the road.
This road may be new to you, and it’s difficult to know what lies ahead,
so it’s important to take your time and plan your journey.
Real Deal Fact #2
If you’re going to have the wedding you envision, then shopping for your dress or finding your venue is not step one.
These are all exciting and important aspects of planning but prioritizing, budgeting, and research need to be done before those steps are started.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
With a combined 30 years and hundreds of weddings produced, Edna Dratch-Parker, founder, and creative director of EFD Creative—Event Planning & Design, and Jeri Solomon, owner of Jeri Solomon Floral Design, bring their depth of knowledge and real-life experiences to help couples avoid common mistakes, reduce stress, and truly enjoy the wedding planning process.
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