Become a Top Wedding Planner – Get Wedding Planning Wisdom from Famous Professionals

 

The current, Spring/Summer 2011 issue, of Town & Country Weddings magazine has an article in which top professionals share tips about their areas of expertise.

Here are some of the tips that they shared that might inspire you when you plan weddings for your brides:

FlowersJeff Leatham, floral designer (he did Chelsea Clinton’s wedding)

  • Always chose seasonal flowers (these will be the most cost effective and freshest).
  • Hydrangeas have a lot of impact and the florist doesn’t have to use as many since they have large heads (another cost-saver). He also likes calla lilies, orchids and roses.
  • Color combinations he likes – Lavender, blue and black. Yellow, orange and green. Different shades of pink with a black ribbon.

CakeMargaret Braun, sugar artist  (you’ll find her designs in almost every major wedding and fashion magazine)

  • Crowds love classic flavors – chocolate, buttercake and tart lemon pound cake.
  • Brides should avoid flavors that are unusual and won’t appeal to everyone. They should also stay clear of perishable creams and mousses (this is especially true in the summer when cakes have been known to melt).
  • Suggest brides select an interesting-looking cake that will wow her guests, it doesn’t necessarily have to match her theme (you and your bride may have a different opinion)

Margaret doesn’t bake low-fat or vegan cakes. If this is something your bride needs, be sure you check with the cake designer before you refer your bride to one of your vendors and she wastes time meeting with someone who can’t help her.

FoodMarcy Blum, wedding planner and Culinary Institute of America graduate (she has designed and planned events for many celebrities)

  • Brides often forget to ask detailed questions about as what the staff will wear, what they are trained to do, and how long it will take them to set up and breakdown, so be sure you find out before the wedding day (these things should be in the contract the bride signs with the caterer).
  • Don’t have a caterer make food they are not familiar with, suggest another caterer (there are caterers that specialize in different types of foods, make sure you have a number of them in your network so you can refer the one who is the best fit).
  • To avoid long food lines, ask the caterer to have servers pass the food that is available at the food stations and have wine stewards circulate to make sure guests’ glasses are never empty.

 



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