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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.

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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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