Well I got married on May 20, 2001. It was small, just family and close friends. We hired a coordinator who did a lot (hired photographer, rehearsal)--it was wonderful! We did that because I was in school with no spare time to plan. All I had to do was approve. I had family friends who could do the flowers, food, and decorating for the reception. And allow friends to help with serving food, decorating, etc for wedding gifts.
One suggestion is to buy your bride's maids' dresses as soon as possible. With yours being in May (very close to mine, BTW
), if you wait very long you'll get into high school prom season, thus higher prices. That goes for getting/reserving the tuxedos as well.
Once I find the number to the company who did my invitations and personalized napkins, I will post it. Their prices were amazing. We got 150 invitations (personalized with envelopes), 150 "love" sticker to seal the envelopes, and 200 personalized napkins (large dinner napkins not drink napkins) all for $87
I highly recommend them, everything was perfect and beautiful, and arrived in less than 3 weeks. So I will get you the number so you can check them out/order a catalog.
How about a photographer? The pictures are expensive and stressful! Every member of the family will want their pic taken with the bride and groom! Just get photographer that will allow you to look at proofs before buying. And again about getting married in May....it is beautiful outside, but warm. So if you do outside pics (we did and they were my favorite ones), do those last. You don't want to be outside...getting sweaty...then come back in to do more with possibly wind blown/runny makeup
Our photographer said that the proper e
I know some of this is obvious stuff, but you will be stressed that day and stuff will easily slip your mind! Believe me!
Make an emergency kit: EXTRA PAIR OF PANTY HOSE--which I failed to go and of course ripped mine putting them on, clear nail polish--for little runs in the hose, needle and thread, scissors, breath mints, etc.
If possible get your hairdresser to come to the church and do your hair/makeup there, you will have "fresher" look and not as many chances to mess it up!
If you don't have an idea for centerpieces on you table at the reception...glass 'bowls' with floating candles works great.
That's all I can think of. It's very exciting and stressful. Good luck and congratulations. And I will get you the number for that catalog.