Last night was the first night of Simply Love Studio’s Bridal Benchmark series and let me tell you, it was awesome. As into weddings as I am, I knew there was a lot to think about and do when it comes to wedding planning, but I didn’t realize there was so many vital aspects to think about. Here are a few of the most important tips that could be valuable to any bride (or right-hand helper of the bride) during the planning process!

-Pinterest is a great way to gather ideas and help remember concepts you want for the big day, but keep in mind that many of those photos are set up for photographic purposes only and don’t show the price tag of the items. Many of the dresses are one of a kind and were created for the sole purpose of that photo shoot. The beautiful bouquets and center pieces you might fall in love with can also cost hundreds of dollars a piece. I am not downing Pinterest, by any means. I am an addict myself. Just remember to use Pinterest as a collection of ideas and try not to fall in love with a single picture, as it may end up not being feasible. If you do fall for a single centerpiece or dress, talk to your vendor about what options there are to come as close to idea that is within your budget.

-You are not officially booked with a vendor until a contract is finalized and signed! Also, make sure you are aware of cancellation policies just in case of a date change or other unforeseen events.

-Have a back-up plan in case of rain if any part of your wedding is outdoors. It is better to be over-prepared than to be stuck in a bad predicament two days before your wedding. Tent rentals, especially during peak wedding season, get booked quickly the closer to you get to your date. Do not wait until the last minute to come up with a plan.

-This is the big one. The most important lesson I pulled from last night was ask questions. It doesn’t matter which aspect of the wedding it is, what vendor it is, or if you think the question is stupid; ask it anyway. At some point, all of the vendors that presented stressed how significant it is to be inquisitive and know what you can and cannot get from each vendor. It is a great idea to Google or Pinterest questions to ask your photographer, venue site, caterer, DJ or anyone in between.  Does your venue set up and take down decor and how soon can the decorating start? Does you photographer give you a print release or a copyright release for your photos? Does your dress purchase include steam pressing before the wedding or is that a separate charge? Your wedding day is about you and what you want, so make sure you are asking the right questions to ensure that is what you are getting.


I loved being able to hear all the vendors from different parts of a wedding speak open and honestly about what to expect, what to ask, and how to get what is best for each bride. In the midst of all the good times, I can’t forget about the food that was provided by Type A Catering. From the goat cheese and tomato tarts, the spinach artichoke dip, and the prosciutto wrapped melon, even the grooms that were forced to be there were happy. As if the food wasn’t enough, there was cake. If you have never had the chance to try anything from Tinker’s Cake shop, you are missing out.

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Last night was just night one and I know I cannot wait until next week. It was such a good experience for myself and the brides that attended. If you are a bride and want to get involved with the Bridal Benchmark series, don’t fret! You can still sign up and start with us next week, which will include more vendors, more food, and lots of fun. You may even get to do a DIY project led by a certain intern who loves crafting. 😉

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A huge shout out to Type A Catering, Wedding Wonderland, The Hilton Lexington|Downtown, Clear Pro DJ, Tinker’ s Cake Shop, and Five By Five Photography & Design for everything last night! Thanks for teaching the brides and I so much!