We play quite a few weddings every year so we have done hundreds of weddings through the years. It, obviously, wasn’t as polished back in the early years as it is now, but we have always tried to do our best. Every wedding is different, but every wedding is also very similar.
There is a lot that goes into planning a wedding, as you may know if you have done anything like that before. You don’t just decide that you’re going to get married and then show up that day and decorate. Most of the time, you have to book several different vendors in order to have everything taken care of. There are some exceptions, of course, but it’s not an easy feat by any stretch of the imagination. You could end up with a venue, caterer, cake designer, florist, photo booth, DJ, band, etc. Each are normally separate so you can see how this could get complicated very quickly.
Some try to do it all by themselves, but often they turn to a professional wedding planner to help keep everything up in the air. Honestly, you can tell when couples are doing it by themselves versus having a planner. There’s usually a huge difference.
With that being said, if your vendors are willing to help you along, it doesn’t have to be so stressful. I know that I speak with clients all the time about best practices when it comes to the timelines for the wedding day and reception. The rest of the band have said many times that they can tell when I’ve had a hand in the timeline and when I haven’t.
The bottom line is that if you don’t already know a lot about planning weddings, you really only have two feasible options. The first is to hire someone that does know a lot about it, or be prepared to ask lots and lots of questions to your vendors in order to collectively figure out the best course of action for your wedding day. If you ask questions and they can’t or won’t answer, you may want to rethink your vendor.
I hope that helps!