Over the last eight years, Onyx Bailey of Amoda Weddings, previously Amoda Flowers, has worked with over 800 couples, preparing them for their big day. She understands the challenges that come along with wedding planning, and knows that although romance is a big part of being engaged there’s a lot more to getting married than you can imagine.
“I’ve seen many brides try to figure things out on their own, without professional assistance and it often leads to disappointment,” said Onyx. “There are so many unforseen factors. Weddings are a complex to organise, and hiring a full-time wedding planner is usually more than you need and very expensive.”
So, she came up with the perfect in-between solution to maximise your budget with style, and leave the stress behind – Vancouver’s only DIY Wedding Planning Workshop – WEDDING PLANNING FOR BRIDES.
“I’ve seen many different approaches to wedding planning. What I’ve seen are many brides who waste time and money because they are trying to do everything on their own without any professional guidance and they’re not sure what advice to listen to when talking to friends and family.”
Some of the things that will be covered, among many others, are:
- Behind the scenes expert advice on planning a wedding
- Wedding day scheduling and understanding the logistics to eliminate problems
- 30-day count down and what you should be doing with each day
- Budget breakdown and strategies, including money-saving DIY projects
- Trusted vendor referrals, contract reviews, negotiations and the fine print
- Wedding etiquette – doing what feels right and keeping others happy too.
The workshop is going to be held on March 23rd, 2013. Click to register for the workshop at a special discounted rate, available only through this link. Until March 15th, you can buy your ticket for $238 plus a bonus extra ticket for one of your bridesmaids or another friend who is getting married (usually $368 for a single ticket)
The workshop also includes the following:
- a delicious lunch provided by Savoury City Catering
- a DIY craft session with Natalie from The Wedding Workshop
- a wedding planning work book and reference guide that will keep you on track
- an additional 1.5 hour follow-up appointment with the wedding planner after the work shop at your convenience.
Check our facebook page today for a special contest announcement as well!
Here is a little taste of what’s going to be covered in the workshop. Onyx has put together a special guest post today on the top five mistakes brides make, and how to avoid them:
1) Not having someone manage your wedding day (other than you)
This is a huge mistake that I have seen that can really affect the level of enjoyment of this monumental day. With all the planning, preparations and money spent, not having someone to coordinate your wedding day can lead to details being missed or forgotten. You cannot be behind the scenes making sure things are running smoothly and at the same time, be able to receive the attention and fully experience of this beautiful day with your fiancé, family & friends. I highly recommend either hiring a professional coordinator or having a family member or family friend take on this role. Keep in mind that the person in this role will be “working” at your wedding. You will want to make sure that this person will enjoy the responsibility of this important role.
2) Staying in “doing, thinking & organising” mode
Almost all brides will be “doing” some of the preparations themselves. This is fine; however you have to draw the line somewhere. It’s important to get your projects and responsibilities wrapped up as soon as possible. Whatever you take on, I recommend having everything possible done 3 days ahead of your wedding day. And for the things that cannot be done ahead of time, like decorating your venue, it is an absolute MUST that you have it all done the day before your wedding.
I highly recommend booking a massage before getting married. Even if that means you must get up a little earlier. This will create a transition from the role of doing, thinking & organising into the role of receiving all the joy, love and romance that is about to take place.
3) Not getting professional advice
When you try to figure everything out for yourself, you may end up wasting so much time and money it would have been easier and cheaper to hire or at least consult a professional. This is especially true in the areas of wedding day coordination, flowers, vendor selection, creating a realistic budget and scheduling.
4) Skimping on photography
There are a lot of corners that can be cut, but your photos are the images that will stay with you through the years. Your photos will tell the story and capture your precious moments. Make sure you find a photographer whom you are comfortable with. It must also be someone whose style is a good fit with your personal aesthetic. And if you are able to do a couple’s pre-wedding shoot, I would highly recommend it. This can be especially helpful if you are at all camera shy. This will give you an opportunity to feel comfortable with your photographer, which will help you relax in front of the camera.
5) Wanting everything to be perfect & failing to surrender
After countless hours of preparation and planning and all the money spent, with all your ideas & dreams of how every last detail will all be perfect, it’s also so very important to surrender to the day and go with the flow. A wedding is not scripted with actors doing take after take to make sure everything is exactly the way the director (you) planned it to be. It is a real life experience and things may turn out a little different than you had anticipated … and that is totally ok. Take a deep breath and focus on what matters most. This is a pivotal day for you and your partner that you are sharing with all of your loved ones. Go with the flow and know that it’s your enjoyment of the experience that creates true wedding perfection.