INSIDER TRICKS FOR WEDDING-DAY BLISS 33
This may be your first time down the aisle, but it’s not ours. We polled our editors and other top industry pros for behind-the-scenes secrets that will help you make the most of your big day.
“If you’re going with an expensive printing process, use it for the invite, and have the supporting pieces flat-printed.” —Elisabeth Engelhart, associate art director “Flowers cost a lot, so skip them on the bar and along the aisle. Nobody will miss them.”— Brooke Porter Katz, senior editor “Have a logo designed (seek out affordable design websites) and a stamp made. Use it on favors, bar signs, and menus for chic branding on the cheap.” —Cara Sullivan, contributing editor, and owner of Wild Floral Design, Chicago
“Once you have a blueprint for your day, stop obsessive Pinterest-browsing! Seeing all the options out there will make you second-guess yourself.” —Brooke Porter Katz
“Overstaff the bar! You can’t have too many bartenders. It’s a surefire way to keep guests happy—no one wants to wait at a party.”— Kristin Newman, founder and owner, Kristin Newman Designs, Charleston, South Carolina Rough percentage of guests likely to skip prepoured Champagne at the cocktail hour. Ask servers not to overpour.
“Go for edible favors at a destination wedding, so guests don’t have to squeeze them into a suitcase.” —Calder Clark, owner and creative director of event design firm Calder Clark, Charleston, South Carolina, and Raleigh, North Carolina
“After the first cut, have your caterer slice and garnish the cake out of sight. There’s nothing worse than watching a sous chef hack away at your beautiful, towering cake.” —Calder Clark “Number R.S.V.P. cards before mailing (on the back, in pencil) to keep track of anyone who doesn’t respond or forgets to write his or her name.” —Jamie Moore, co-owner, Sinclair & Moore Events, Seattle “Write vows in pretty notebooks, or tape them into a vintage book. A folded piece of paper is not superelegant.” —Cara Sullivan