Drafting Your Dream Team

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Jenna’s Journey

Jen­na not only works in Mar­ket­ing at Gen­er­a­tion Tux, but she is also a bride-to-be! Jen­na has worked on the bride’s side of the aisle in bou­tiques locat­ed in Vir­ginia; Charleston, SC; and Louisville, KY. She has since trad­ed in the fix­ing of veils for the straight­en­ing of bow ties. Fol­low along as she con­tin­ues to pre­pare for her big day.

pink wedding reception table decorations

You’re engaged! Ahhh!

If you are like me, you can bare­ly con­tain your excite­ment. There­fore, you start wed­ding plan­ning pret­ty much the very next day. One of the first, and most impor­tant, steps is to assem­ble your wed­ding plan­ning team. Your crew. Your squad.

First of all, when plan­ning any­thing, it is a relief to have some­one on board who has expe­ri­ence. A vet in nav­i­gat­ing the mine­field that is wed­ding plan­ning is cru­cial to ensur­ing that you have min­i­mal wed­ding stress. A wed­ding plan­ner will keep you on track and will remem­ber any details that may slip your mind. Hav­ing a reli­able pro­fes­sion­al present through­out the entire plan­ning process will sure­ly result in a less stressed bride and groom.

An alter­na­tive to a full-ser­vice plan­ner is an “à la carte” plan­ner who is hired only for spe­cif­ic ser­vices. An event design­er is also a won­der­ful resource. This per­son is respon­si­ble for bring­ing your vision to life through the decor and design con­cept.

wedding reception place cards

Your per­fect plan­ning com­mit­tee needs bal­ance. If you are a cre­ative soul, then maybe you need to recruit some­one with struc­ture and orga­ni­za­tion. If orga­ni­za­tion is your mid­dle name, then you should look into hir­ing some­one with an artis­tic eye. Think about what you and your fiancé can bring to the table, and then think about the gaps you need to fill. Be sure to do a bit of research and gath­er some rec­om­men­da­tions from those who have planned a wed­ding before.

Try­ing to stay on bud­get? Your team may sole­ly con­sist of fam­i­ly mem­bers and close friends who are well-orga­nized and under­stand your vision. Odds are that you know some­one who has planned a wed­ding before. Take advan­tage of any tal­ent­ed peo­ple with­in your cir­cle who are will­ing to con­tribute.

Hav­ing a year-and-a-half-long engage­ment, my fiancé Grant and I did not feel that it was nec­es­sary to have a full-ser­vice wed­ding plan­ner. We have had more than enough time to do our own research and think about what exact­ly we want for our big day. With that being said, we did hire a day-of coor­di­na­tor, or in some mar­kets, an on-site event man­ag­er. We feel that it is imper­a­tive to have a third-par­ty point of con­tact —some­one who is not a fam­i­ly mem­ber or close friend involved in the wed­ding. Our coor­di­na­tor will be present dur­ing the wed­ding rehearsal and the major­i­ty of the wed­ding day.

In addi­tion to the coor­di­na­tor, our dream team con­sists of myself, Grant, my moth­er, my old­er sis­ter (maid of hon­or), and Grant’s mom. Our wed­ding would not be pos­si­ble with­out any one of these indi­vid­u­als and their con­tri­bu­tions. Team­work makes the dream work!

To be hon­est, if I could hire any wed­ding plan­ner in the world, it would be Mary (Jen­nifer Lopez) from The Wed­ding Plan­ner. The only prob­lem would be if she stole my fiancé!

jennifer lopez in the wedding planner

In the end, there will always be things that are out of our con­trol. No mat­ter how tal­ent­ed your plan­ning team, things may not go per­fect­ly. You will still be mar­ried to the love of your life at the end of the day whether you choose a full or par­tial-ser­vice wed­ding plan­ner, wed­ding day coor­di­na­tor, or nei­ther! Your mem­o­ries will last a life­time, and you will cher­ish the moments for­ev­er.

There are so many small details that go into cre­at­ing your dream wed­ding, but that does­n’t mean you should have to stress. Gen­er­a­tion Tux lets you sam­ple your cloth­ing before the big day, in the com­fort of your liv­ing room. See what we have to offer to make your union extra­or­di­nary.

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