He asked. You said yes! Now what? Wedding planning can be a bit overwhelming. It’s hard to know where to begin and there are so many things to think about. Your wedding day will be an event that you will remember all of your life. Here are a few of my favorite resources to make the planning painless.
1. Your friends and family. Chances are you know someone who has recently been married. They may be a friend, a coworker, or a relative. Check with them to find out if they have any recommendations for professionals that they absolutely loved working with.
2. Your venue. Most good wedding venues keep a list of the professionals they have enjoyed working with. It takes a lot of work and a good relationship to get on a preferred vendor list as most venues only want to recommend professionals that they are confident will do an amazing job.
3. Wedding Planners If you are short on planning time or just overwhelmed consider hiring a wedding planner. It is a wedding planners job to know the best professionals in the area. They do the research for you and narrow down your vendor choices to the ones that will be the best fit for your day. A few of my favorite Kansas City wedding planners.
Lynn Henderson- Above and Beyond Weddings
Hannah Klamman- Weddings by Hannah
Christine- Celebrations of Love
Erica Piquant- Eco Posh Events
Jessica Corbet- Hitched
4. Bridal Fairs If you have the time, I highly recommend getting the girls together and making a day out of a bridal show. A dedicated bridal show brings together many professionals of all varieties and gives you the opportunity to meet many of them all at once. They can be a bit overwhelming so check out my tips on how to survive a bridal show.
Here are a few shows coming to Kansas City soon:
5. The Knot is one of the biggest online resources for wedding planning. Check the local vendors section for the top Kansas City wedding professionals sorted by category. Use the search feature to sort professionals based on budget, location, amenities, etc. Read lots of reviews to get the experiences of other brides that have come before.
6. Pinterest is a wonderful for gathering ideas and getting inspiration. The trick is to keep yourself organized. Create lots of boards with very specific topics. It is easy to get carried away so once you decide on a theme or design for the wedding, create one more board where you re-pin only the ideas that are most significant to your wedding plans.