Our first ever vendor spotlight is with the fabulous Courtney Lampman, Massachusetts wedding planner and owner of Occasions by Courtney. Occasions by Courtney is a Massachusetts wedding planning company specializing in creating personalized and fun weddings for laid back couples who are too busy working to plan their wedding. I recently met up with Courtney to update her head shots and she is great! Super personable and friendly, (beautiful, too!), and I highly recommend her to all of my clients looking for a wedding or party planner!
Courtney was kind enough to put together 5 helpful tips for our bride and grooms when it comes to planning your wedding. Check ’em out! Personally, I wish I had taken #3 seriously – I am STILL paying off my own wedding from almost three years ago!
1. Start those DIY projects
The last thing you want on your mind the week before your wedding is the 300 paper flowers you have to delicately hand fold, glue and bedazzle. Start those time-consuming DIY projects as early as you can to get them out of the way and off your mind. The weeks leading up to the wedding will be packed with final vendor appointments, dress fittings and finalizing small details. By getting your DIY projects done, you will have more time and energy to spend making sure everything comes together seamlessly and enjoying those last moments before you become a married couple.
2. Consider your guests
Your guests are a very important part of your special day. They are spending a considerable amount of time and money to come and help you celebrate, so make sure you keep them in mind while planning. If you have a lot of people from out of town, think about setting up a room block with a local hotel or providing transportation to the reception. Remember the more fun your guests have, the better time you will have!
3. Create a reasonable budget
I can’t stress the reasonable part enough. Your expectations need to match your budget. You might be able to create a backyard tent wedding hosting 50 guests for $10,000, but you are not going to be able to have a Newport wedding for that much. Talk with your fiancé (and your parents if they offer to contribute). Make a list of the items that are really important to you and those that you are willing to spend less on or go without.
4. Try to relax
Wedding planning can be fun, but it can also be overwhelming and stressful. Try to set aside time to relax and enjoy this exciting time in your life. Dedicate some time to not think about/discuss your wedding plans. Get away for the weekend with your fiancé or have a sleepover with the girls and declare it “wedding planning free”.
5. Stay organized
Get organized at the beginning and try to maintain it throughout. It will help you stay on track and easy the “out of control” feeling wedding planning can bring. Create a spreadsheet for your budget, vendor payment schedule and planning schedule (when things are due). Start a binder to house your contracts, inspirations and fabric swatches.
“My passion is creating fun, personalized events that don’t try to fit your style into a box or neglect your guest’s experience. I handle every little detail so you can be free from stress. Because of this, you’ll be able to enjoy your entire engagement, be fully present on your wedding day, and may even find your guests sending you the thank you note because they had such a good time.
Get on my calendar so we can sip cocktails and get to know each other better. You can pick my brain about all your wedding fears/concerns/questions and the best part is it’s completely free! Go to http://occasionsbycourtney.com/cocktail-date/ to get started.”