Post # 1
I live in California. My wedding is in Massachusetts. I made a trip east already and secured my venue. I plan on making another trip because my venue is having an event where the catering companies they hire are all doing tastings and other vendors who frequently work with the venue will be there as well. I really hope that I can get the rest of the wedding planning that has to happen in person done on this trip. Is that completely insane?
Things I am doing remotely:
Photographer – we have one picked out. She worked a friend’s wedding so we know she is good and like her
DJ – my coworker is a wedding DJ and said DJs can be coordinated 100% remotely. Can always skype with them to figure out if they are super weird lol.
Bridesmaids dresses – Screw it, thinking of just telling them to pick a David’s Bridal dress in a color, legnth, and fabric.
My dress – figuring out how to get it on a plane is going to be fun!!
Stationary – don’t need to be on site for that!
Things I am thinking of doing in person on this trip:
Caterer – my choices are going to be in the same place all at once!
Am I forgetting anything? What do you think I should prioritize on my trip and what can I do at home? I’ve never done any of this and that time east is super precious. Seeing the venues in person was 100% worth it looking back if that helps anyone in the same boat.
Post # 3
We are in NY and our wedding is in Florida, and we did basically all the same stuff in person/remotely that you did!
I am not doing my hair/makeup stuff until right before the wedding, but we are having a pretty low-key wedding and I’m just going to an Ulta. They’re letting me do a preview the week before the wedding.
I also bought my dress in Florida and left it there, but that was NOT a good idea, because now I have to make a special flight there just for alterations, lol. So doing your dress remotely and then transporting it is the way to go! You just might want to find somewhere on site that can steam it or whatever.
The marriage license is another thing that has to be done on site!
We also did our rentals remotely–I probably should have checked them out in person, but, like I said, fairly low-key wedding. If they are not great, oh well, lol.
Post # 4
dont forget to ask for mock ups from the florist on the day of if you already have theme/color picked out
I live in northern california
my wedding is in southern california
I picked and met with:
DJ, Officiant, Florist, Baker, Venue coordinator, menu selection/tasting all in 1
I coordinated via email to all of my vendors and searched them on YELP before committing and then planned a trip gave them my itinerary/free days and they planned to meet me within 10 miles of my venue all within 2-3 days of that trip
I got mock ups of centerpieces/bouts, cake to take home, ate/selected my menu, made deposits for officiant, DJ and pretty much everything in one trip
stay organized. Go with vendors that the venue already knows/previously worked with, YELP is your best friend.
Post # 6
I have made one trip down so far. First trip, I booked the church and venue, bought my dress (I want it down in NC), and had our first round of marriage counseling.
Then remotely, we booked our photographer, the band, and the florist. The florist will mock up for me in the spring and send me pictures if I don’t want to come down for it. We flew our photographer here for engagment photos.
We haven’t ordered save the dates or invites yet but we are totally going to do that online.
Our next trip down (in March) we’re having our tastings (cake and food), I’m having my makeup trial, a dress fitting, and picking out linens for the venue, and picking out his tux.
Just make a list of everything that needs doing – divide it into “we can do this online” and “I’d prefer to be there”, and start dividing it into trips. I already have things booked for my March trip.