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

posted 11 years ago in Boston
Post # 93
552 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I have a question about my timeline- I created a mock timeline, do you think I allotted the correct time to everything?

1-1:30 ceremony

1:30-2:15 formal photos/ coffee hour

2:15-2:25 bridal party entry

2:25-2:40 toasts

2:40-3:10 Invite tables to go to buffet

3:10-3:25 Cake cutting

3:25-3:40 eat dessert

3:40-7 Dance


Thanks for your input πŸ™‚

Post # 94
3354 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 1900

@Phebelasha:  Thank you so much for those recommendations!  I would like to have an impromptu meeting with you.  I will PM you to discuss it.  πŸ™‚

Post # 95
1042 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@Phebelasha: Wow, this is so kind of you to do! I have a question for you. I’ve got a sanctuary with two aisles (no center aisle, the pews are bolted to the floor), a crow’s nest sitting maybe 8 feet above us at the front of the sanctuary (meaning nothing very grand or vaulting at the front), and the venue doesn’t allow us to use any candles. πŸ™ We’re having a black and ivory November wedding (at 1:00 in the afternoon), and the sanctuary is decorated in red and navy, which makes me think maybe we should stick to ivory since adding black would be too much. We chose the place because it’s my FI’s home church, but I can’t think of a way to decorate it nicely!

We’re decorating our reception space like this…

…so we’ve got 9 of those baby’s breath topiaries to work with in decorating the room. I’m not terribly keen on poofy stuff like bows and tulle… I’d like to create a feel of sophisticated elegance and romance, but it feels impossible to do in such an old, dated church! Can you help me? 



Post # 97
552 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012


Thanks so much Pheebes! That timeline looks great, and I love the double sided buffet table idea! I know waiting for food can be a big problem.

Post # 99
174 posts
Blushing bee


I was at one this weekend and it was beautiful!

Post # 100
174 posts
Blushing bee


First of all I love this post! And love and respect that you have kept up with it for so long!

My question is a bit different from the other girls as it is more personal πŸ™‚ I would like to know how you got started in wedding planning and how a person gets started in the field.

I have ALWAYS had a love for event planning. And now planning my wedding it has grown, and grown. I actually think that at this point I have so many ideas, themes ect that I could have 20 weddings.  I don’t think that there is anything that could make me happier than helping someone have their dream day. I have read that you need a degree in event planning, have heard that you don’t, ect. I would love to know your story and advice. And of course if you are looking for someone to do some job shadowing or assisting to get her feet wet πŸ˜‰

Post # 102
1 posts

Hi Phoebe!

I feel like you on here answering questions is a God-send!

I currently live in San Francisco but am starting to plan a wedding out in the Boston area. We are in the process of looking for a venue that will hold about 200-220 guests and accept an outside caterer. I have a caterer that is a very close family friend and they are willing to give us a great deal on food. They’re licensed and have been in the business for 30+ years.

So, we are looking for a venue that is no more than $4,000 to rent. The wedding will be on a Saturday in probably mid-October of next year… My family is from the Malden area, so anywhere around there (within say 30-40 miles) would be ideal.

Thanks a million!!!


Post # 103
1817 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Hi Phoebe,

First off, let me say that it is so amazing that you are taking the time to help all of us do this and I wish I lived in your area so I could meet you in person!

My SO and I are going to be paying for our wedding by ourselves so our max budget for everything is $15,000 but we are trying to stay around 10k. I know that there are a lot of beautiful weddings out there for that amount, but they involve a lot of DIY, but I am not very crafty. I also don’t want to sacrifice anything that is really important to us (food, venue, attire, and decor) because we can’t pay for it.

My question is do you think my budget is too small or do you have any suggestions for how to save some money and still throw the day of our dreams?

Post # 106
86 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Hi πŸ˜€ thank u so so so much for doing this… πŸ™‚

i have a question…. how much is the average price for a Chiavari chair? my venue does not include them and i REALLY want them, i really want to strech my budget to afford them without going to overboard

thank you!!!!!!!!!!!



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