{ 10 Most Common Questions by Brides-to-be }

{ 10 Most Common Questions by Brides-to-be }

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Author: Virginie from Virginie Wedding Planner Dubai

{ 10 Most Common Questions by Brides-to-be } 

Planning a wedding can be pretty stressful, it’s your big day after all!

The best way to avoid confusion and problems is to hire a wedding planner. I am sharing with you below a few of the most common questions planners get from brides-to-be.

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1) What exactly do you do as a wedding planner? 

Even if this seems like an obvious question, but one thing you have to know is that wedding planners do not all work the same way. All planners mainly coordinate the logistics and vendors of the wedding. However, some would also design and execute the wedding production from A to Z for you in terms of décor, flowers, invitation cards, entertainment and furniture. Thus, it’s important to know what services does your planner provide and which of these services you are interested in.

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2) When should I start planning?

It is never too early to start brainstorming and getting ideas or working on a mood board. However, the ideal time frame for planning a wedding is 6-12 months prior to wedding day. The bigger the wedding the more planning it requires.

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3) Where should I start?

It is best to start by selecting which time of the year you want to get married, approximately how many guests you will be inviting and then choosing a venue respond best to your wishes.

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4) How much does the wedding really cost?

This is the most asked question. Most couples don’t realize that wedding planning is a service and not a product. Therefore, there is no fixed price. It all depends on what they want, which includes: how many guests are they planning on inviting? Which venue? What is their budget? Is it a simple dinner with minimal décor or do they also want entertainment and go for wow factor? You can start by doing research on flower, DJ, photographer, and venue pricing in your area, to have a rough idea about how much of your budget you want to allocate on the these things.

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5) When should I buy my dress?

It depends if you want to rent a dress, get a ready-made one fitted to your body or have a dress customized for you not to mention haute couture dresses. Obviously, if you want it customized or couture you should start searching for a designer at least 6 to 12 months before to ensure you have plenty of time for alterations later on. These dresses will be made especially for you so allow ample time for the tailors to custom make it to perfection

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6) When should I send invitations out?

I encourage invitations to be sent out no later than 3-6 months, especially if you are inviting people from abroad. It’s great to give your friends and family as much time as possible to ensure they can attend your big day. If you are having a destination wedding, you should consider sending Save the Date at least six months before your big day by emailing everyone you REALLY want to see there! Your family and friends might want to spend a week or so at the wedding destination in case there is a lot to see and/or do over there.

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7) Do we have to give favors/souvenirs out to the guests?

It’s up to you and your budget. Favors can range from edible items to an object that your guests can take home with them. This is not a major factor, so don’t stress too much about it. After you choose your theme and know your budget you will then decide about this. It’s not a make or break wedding day thing, rather a detail that will enhance the wedding experience.

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8) How many of my guests should I expect to actually attend my wedding?

The general rule of thumb, if you are inviting more than 200 guests 15-20% of your invites will not attend. If you are inviting less than 200 guests, the percentage is much less.

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9) What is the best wedding theme?

There is no best wedding theme. This must be said once for all! It all depends on the brides taste and character. The more personalized the wedding the more beautiful it will be. You can still check what’s trendy and what’s not, but add a twist to it and make it your own signature wedding. Going for trendy weddings can also be tricky as they are more likely to be out of fashion when looking back at the wedding pictures. It’s a personal approach brides and grooms should have when thinking about what their wedding should look like, how they picture it in their head. The wedding planner is there to make it a reality

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10) Is it cheaper to do a destination wedding?

No, not necessarily. Even if having a destination wedding means lesser guests, it all depends where you will have your destination wedding. If you will do it somewhere in Europe for example or on some island it might be as expensive as having a big wedding in your home country because of shipping costs or the mere fact of you choosing an expensive country. So, don’t be fooled and think that the lesser the invites the cheaper the wedding.

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