(Closed) Ok Brides ask me ANYTHING–I’m a Wedding Planner

posted 11 years ago in Boston
Post # 77
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011


First, thank you SO much for your sharing your time & knowledge! It is greatly appreciated. Having said that..I’m stuck and I need a professional, kick in the pants.

Basically, a recently engaged service woman currently serving in SE Asia and my access to Bride-ish information is somewhat limited. Sans the internet and the mountain of colourful magazines that my euphoric Mother has mailed….I feel like I’m not doing enough. What, if anything can I ‘plan’ from across the Pond??? Should I remain in brainstorming mode until I get home next month?? 


Thanking you in advance!!

Post # 82
69 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012



I was wondering if you knew of any parks in the CA Bay Area that would be really good for a wedding. I’m thinking of having it outside for both the ceremony and the reception. 


And please let me know of any tips. I feel so clueless =] Thank you so much!



(PS. Maybe you could message me =] )

Post # 83
6 posts
  • Wedding: July 2011

Hi! Thank you so much for doing this! My date is 7/2/11 and I’m already having weekly panic attacks so it’s nice to be able to get some advice!

I am still hammering out a DJ for our reception but am wondering if there are bands in boston that aren’t crazy expensive? I would love to have a band but some of the prices I’ve seen are seriously scary. Do you have any band recommendations or could you tell me how much bands typically go for in Boston?



Post # 85
314 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Phebelasha: First, I want to say thank you sooo much for doing this! I am sincerely grateful.

My question is about tablecloths. I got a great deal on 132 sized round tablecloths. I didn’t realize until after I had bought them and opened them that my tables only fit 120 rounds. Do you have any suggestions on how I can fit them to the table? I thought about spray painting large saftey pins (tablecloths are burgundy) and adjusting them that way (by pining the excess fabric towards the underside of the tablecloth). I also thought about using ribbon to some how hold them up. The sizing doesn’t appear to be crazy big……but it is definitely big enough where I would like to make some sort of alterations. Do you have any suggestions?


Thanks again! I hope you have a lovely day 🙂


Cory 🙂

Post # 86
121 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I haven’t read through all the previous questions, so I apologize if this question has been asked before.

Are save-the-dates really necessary? I don’t want to blind side anyone with our invitation, but the people in our lives will already know we’re getting married, right? So after the initial round of phone calls, is an invitation enough? Or do I need STD’s?

Post # 87
12326 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Phebelasha: I’m getting some total sticker shock while looking up DJs today.  Do you have any recommendation for DJ/entertainers that wont break the bank that service Greater Boston? 

Post # 88
552 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Thanks for helping everyone Phoebe 🙂

I am having trouble with caterers right now. I am trying to do all I can to work with a 6K budget for up to 150 people. I am having a Sunday afternoon brunch and keepign it as simple and cheap as I can- but all the vendors I talk to are charging me around 1,600 just for servers, delivery, & serving rentals. Is there anything I can do to cut down on serving staff??? The venue requires catering staff to be there for the entire meal. I got a quote for $15/person from some caterers and it’s so ridiculous that the cost of non food stuff is more than the cost of food! I want to keep the total to $3,500 if possible for just a simple brunch.

Post # 90
3354 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 1900

Hi again Pheebes,

Fiance and I are having a hard time finding the venue that we want to celebrate our marriage at.  We are looking for a reception venue that provides variety for our guests.  We don’t want a country club, hotel ballroom, or other “traditional” reception venue.  We found Elm Bank (Massachusetts Horticultural Society) in Wellesley, MA and we both love how guests can roam the multiple gardens, dance in the carriage house, and have dinner in the air conditioned tent.  However, Elm Bank is pricey so we would like to look at other options.  Our budget is $20,000 but this has to include everything, so the whole budget cannot go towards the venue alone. 

I have seen multiple venues already, but most had one indoor-only area for guests (e.g. ballroom, tent, restaurant).  I have some elderly and handicapped guests that would prefer to stay in an air conditioned space, so having an outdoor-only reception on Labor Day weekend is out of the question.  I would like to be able to offer both indoor and outdoor access for my guests, if possible, even if it is an outside deck or garden area.  We are looking for variety.

Do you have any ideas for locations that provide both indoor and outdoor space, or multiple spaces with different views, in the Greater Boston/Southern New Husband area?  I am in Lowell, as are most of my non-OOT (out of town) guests, so the closer to the Lowell area the better.

Thank you!

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