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Planning: What Vendors Do I Need? And How Far Ahead Should I Book Them?

A wedding is a once in a lifetime opportunity filled with family and friends celebrating the love of the bride and groom. It is important to hire the right people who will be working behind the scenes to make your big day stunning and stress free.

After getting engaged be sure to put your budget together first so you know how much you can spend before selecting your vendors. Here are the list of the vendors you should think about first and how far out you should book them:


When you picture your wedding day what do you see? A whimsical, outdoor garden wedding filled with greenery? A ballroom reception full of beautiful centerpieces and candlelight? OR something in between? Whatever you see – make sure you choose a venue that matches your look. Go on as many site visits as you want & don’t settle – when you get that ‘feeling’, that’s the one! You will know it when you see it.

*You want to book your venue at least a year to 8 months in advance.


Whether you need help putting all of your ideas together or you are looking for someone to take your dream and make it a reality from day 1, a planner is there to let you enjoy the planning process and minimize your stress level! Meet with a planner and tell them what you want your big day to look and feel like. You will find a perfect match and a huge weight will be lifted off your shoulders.

*You want to book your planner once you have decided to begin the planning process.


You want to make sure you have the right person officiating your marriage ceremony. Choose someone that has the same religious and personal views as the two of you and someone you both feel connected with.

*You want to book your officiant once you have selected your wedding date.


Once you have selected your venue, determine whether you are required to use their in-house caterer. If not, you may be able to look for someone outside. Look at sample menus, research local chefs and go to tastings. Bring someone with you so you have some opinions – the food is SO important to many couples!

*You want to book your caterer at least 8-10 months in advance.


Floral and design elements play a big role in making your dream wedding come to life. Remember when you closed your eyes and pictured your special day, what was on the tables? What were you carrying? Whether your florals were all white or bold and colorful, there is a floral designer perfect for your look and your budget. Meet with different companies to find the perfect fit!

*You want to book your florist at least 8 months in advance.


Wedding Dress
Some of the best dress fittings with my Brides have been when they have brought some of their dearest friends with them. Some had signs that had YES on one side and NO on the other.

The Bride entered the room several times in different gowns and allowed everyone to take a minute and then, before you know it, one by one her friends pulled out their signs. It made the whole experience incredible and not at all stressful.

*You want to purchase your dress at least 6-8 months in advance but it doesn’t hurt to start looking at styles you love beforehand.



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Sharon’s Favorite Wedding Ring Designers

Diamonds are a girls best friend! There are so many incredible jewelry designers in the industry and we love to see the beauty that pops up on all of our beautiful brides’ left hands.

Here are some of Sharon’s favorite designers that we just can’t get enough of:

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Summer Wedding Flowers | Some of our Favorite Blooms

Summer is in coming to an end and we can’t help but think of the beautiful ways we watched summer wedding flowers transform all of the gorgeous seasonal weddings.

Whether you are looking for inspiration for your bridal bouquet, ceremony arch or reception centerpieces for next summer, here are a few of our favorite summer wedding flowers to consider:


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Destination Wedding | Bridal Packing List

It’s finally time! You’re ready to pack but feel anxious, excited and so many mixed emotions that you don’t know where or how to start.

Here is a list of things you can’t forget when packing for your big day, especially when you’re traveling so far:

  1. All Legal Documentation (passport, ID, marriage license)
  2. Final Vendor Payments (including tip envelopes)
  3. Rings – His and Hers!
  4. Your Dress and accessories
    1. Jewelry
    2. Shoes
    3. Undergarments
    4. Special makeup
    5. Hair accessories
    6. Veil
  5. Outfit change? Make sure your entire outfit is ready to go so you can quickly change during your reception or right after.
  6. Honeymoon clothes, shoes, etc…
    1. If you are going straight to the hotel or airport following your send off – make sure your bags are packed and ready to go well in advance so you don’t forget anything.
  7. Bridal Party gifts
  8. Gifts for parents and/or anyone special
  9. Emergency day of Wedding kit. Here are a few things that are good to have on hand throughout your wedding weekend:
    1. Aspirin
    2. Band-aids
    3. Breath mints/spray
    4. Cash
    5. White Chalk (Handy if something gets on your dress!)
    6. Comb/Brush
    7. Dental Products (Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Floss and Mouth Guards if needed)
    8. Eyedrops
    9. Granola bar or quick snack
    10. Hairpins / Ponytail holders
    11. Hairspray
    12. Makeup For touchups
    13. Mini Sewing kit
    14. Instant Stain remover (like a ToGo Pen or wipe)
    15. Nail File, polish and remover
    16. Perfume
    17. Straws (so as to not mess up that perfect lipstick)
    18. Feminine products
    19. Tissues
    20. Tweezers
    21. Magnifying mirror
    22. Antibiotics
    23. Hankey





Featured on Downbeat LA | Celebrity Wedding Planner Tips

Featured on Downbeat LA for the top wedding tips from celebrity wedding planners!

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“Your vendors are your family within the industry. They are the ones who will help bring your vision and ideas to fruition. The vendors I work with trust me and enjoy working with my team. Make sure you are kind to those who work alongside you to help make the event a success. – Sharon Sacks, www.sacksproductions.com (source: www.bizbash.com)” Downbeat LA


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