Wedding Planning Advice & Tips from the Experts

Planning a wedding is not easy. From trying to decide a date, location and guest list, the process can be very overwhelming.  We surveyed our experts to compile the list of 12 planning tips every couple should read before they start the planning process. 

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Hire A Planner! This is, in my opinion, one of the most valuable wedding investments. While your hotel wedding specialist is available to guide you through all things hotel related; so much happens outside of the venue. A wedding planner will manage the overall process to ensure a seamless event. They will work with you to create your vision, assist in vendor selection and manage everything on the day of the event. While it is an added expense; a bride and groom who are able to relax and enjoy their wedding is truly priceless!

KATIE FRIEDMAN
Director of Catering
THE WESTIN PHOENIX DOWNTOWN

Don’t be afraid to ask questions! You may think it is a “silly question” but you should ask anyway as that will ease you mind knowing you’ve gone over everything – it’s probably not silly at all!

DIANIA KRIST
Social Catering Manager
SHERATON FORT WORTH DOWNTOWN HOTEL

It’s important to make time to EAT! Share a quiet moment during cocktail hour and have a private first look at your reception room just the two of you. Share a plate of hors d’oeuvres and enjoy all of your fabulous food selections while taking in your beautiful wedding venue and decor!

TRACY HERNANDEZ
Catering Sales Manager/Wedding Specialist
THE WESTIN SAN DIEGO GASLAMP QUARTER

Remember your wedding day is about the two of you. Family and friends, whatever their issues, will figure it out for one day of the year so that the two of you can truly enjoy this moment in life.

GREG WIRTH
Sales Manager, Catering
THE PHOENICIAN, A LUXURY COLLECTION RESORT

Take your time planning! Create a countdown calendar to stay on track with the wedding details. This is YOUR big day, unload your worries on the Wedding Planner. Remember to stop, take a deep breath and enjoy YOUR day!

RICKY HAWKINS
Sales, Catering Manager
W DALLAS – VICTORY

Choose vendors who love what they do and whose only goal is to make your day the only one that counts. Surround yourself with seasoned professionals.

ED KUTCH
Associate Director of Catering
THE US GRANT, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Diego

Do a walk through with your photographer prior to the big day. This way you can get quality pictures taken quickly and get back to your reception!

MELANIE BROCKWAY
Sales Manager, Catering
THE WESTIN GALLERIA DALLAS

Make a commitment to one another that when others try to interfere or influence your decisions on wedding plans, you will politely listen, and mention that you will take their ideas and suggestions into consideration.

KASEY LUITHLE
Social Catering Sales Manager
SHERATON ARLINGTON HOTEL

Save time by doing your venue research first while keeping in mind the most important factors that will impact your decision. This will tighten up your list and cut out unnecessary viewings.

LORA GREEN
Catering Sales Manager
W NEW YORK UNION SQUARE

Have YOUR wedding, YOUR way! If you worry about making everyone happy, you won’t make yourself happy! So pick the music, the menu, and the flowers that YOU like!

LISA PRITCHETT
Catering Sales Manager
W AUSTIN

The party is over?! No way! Make sure you have an After Party location for those guests who are not ready to go home. Make a weekend of it and explore the city where you are hosting your wedding.

CHRISTINA LEAMER
Catering Sales Talent Coach
W HOBOKEN

Stay true to the visions of you and your fiancés dream day! As planners, we are here to assist in making those dreams a reality. In the end when you see your vision come to life, it will be such a magical moment!

SHANNON WALKER
Sales Manager, Catering
THE WESTIN STONEBRIAR HOTEL & GOLF CLUB

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Happy Planning!

 

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