The Wedding Planner Magazine

Charleston 1-2

A magazine highlighting the premiere wedding professionals in Charlottesville, Virginia and surrounding areas. Includes interviews, real weddings and numerous articles written by local and professional wedding planners.

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Select Your Dream Team PLAN YOUR WEDDING Let the fun begin! Finding your team of creative vendors can be daunting -- or delightful. This is the time to plan your cake -- and eat a few samples, too! Your wedding planner can guide you to reliable vendors who are the best match for your needs. Before interviewing vendors, know what your venue offers and allows. Some venues include catering in a package deal, while others allow you to hire an outside caterer. Determine if your venue provides items such as tables, chairs and linens. Once you know what is included with the cost of your venue, you can set out to book remaining vendors. As you talk to vendors, you will develop a clear picture of your budget needs. We recommended you have a realistic budget set at this point in the planning process. Ask vendors for recommendations. Their behind-the-scenes insight is incredibly valuable. Most local vendors often work together and are happy to make recommendations. You may hear the same names frequently mentioned. Also, get recommendations from couples who have recently tied the knot. Friends and family will be more than happy to recommend vendors who went above and beyond for their big day. Most wedding professionals book on a first come, first serve basis. When securing a vendor, expect to pay a retainer to reserve your date. Be sure that everything is in writing by signing a contract that outlines exactly what services or products are being booked. Your wedding planner can assist in reviewing each contract. TIP: Bridal shows are a wonderful way to find inspiration and meet local vendors. Kara Blakeman Photography THEWEDDINGPLANNERMAG.COM 31

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