DIY Bride…how can I help you ?

Oh how we love those Wedding Sites like the Knot, Martha Stewart Weddings, and so on….They all provide excellent tools to plan your own very special day. Professional tools indeed as we Wedding Planners use them ( well…the simplified version indeed ). It makes it look so easy and thinking about it now…what do we need to pay or hire Wedding Planners for anyhow ???

Well there is a simple answer to that. Because you are none, period. Does that sound mean? You are still with me? Good…keep reading. Here is an example. Let’s say somebody offers to you the gift of an old 1963 Chevy that needs to be restored; you get all excited and can’t wait to get started. First you get online and have all these choices of sites that show you how to repair and restore these old car parts. So now you go ahead and sign up and order all the tools needed , as they recommend on the website. Sounds familiar right ?

Now ,after you purchased the tools, you are anxious to start and look for the instructions on where and how to begin. …..

What makes a good Wedding Planner ?

We hear alot about Wedding Planners. Alot of Couples are torn between the decision to hire a Planner or not.

What kind of Experience do you need to be truly successful as a Planner.

First of all you have to have a Vision of the Completed Event. You have to be a Peoples Person in order to become a successful Planner. It’s important to have a Network of Vendors around you, that you can trust.

Wedding Planning is a tedious Process and takes alot of understanding of the Process in the whole. A Background in Banquet Service or Food & Beverage is an important part in understanding how this process works. It is important to know what China and Silverware to include if you have a Sit-down Dinner versus a Buffet. It is important to know how to setup Food Stations and where if you have a large numbered Event and to keep the lines as short as possible. There are so many factors involved , that go beyond the centerpiece and the color scheme…..

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Setting Up and Sticking to a Budget


There are 2 ways to create a budget.

1. Determine the amount of Money that is available right now. This includes Money that you and your fiance may have sqirreled away for the event, as well as any contributions that you are aware of. for example : Your parents saved up for your wedding day, your grand-parents etc saved money for your wedding. The total of these resources determine the total of your budget assuming you are paying cash for most of the expenses.

2. Create a ball bark figure to present to your parents for a better idea on how much they will chip in. there are many ways to get to the numbers as certain services provide ballpark figures.  This is the way to plan , if there has been no savings setup for the wedding. Your Weddingplanner will be a great resource and help to create the budget for your ideal Wedding.

3. Against common belief that a Wedding Planner would not fit into your budget, you will find out after the first free consultation, that the resouces and experience of a seasoned WeddingPlanner can help you stretch your budget out . Since WeddingPlanners have a wide range of vendors they work with, they have in most cases a better offer for you than a random choice of vendor.

How to chose you Color Scheme For Your Wedding !

1. Set Your Eyes On Your Site

When deciding on a wedding color palette, play up the prominent colors of your site or setting. For instance, if your wedding is by the sea, the natural choice is blue. And, if you’re marrying at a country club with navy and maroon oriental carpets, lime green and hot pink details won’t work.

2. Get Inspired By the Season

Let Mother Nature be your guide — they say she never makes a mistake. Pink may work year-round, but light pastels and barely there hues like buff can look washed out for a fall or winter weddings. In the summer, reserve dark colors like burgundy only for accents.

3. Do Your Research

Become aware of color combinations that you like, whether browsing art galleries or flipping through a stack of home or fashion or interior design magazines for the must-have colors for the new season

4. Scout It Out

To choose an exact hue, visit a fabric store or neighborhood paint shop and collect swatches or chips of colors you might want to use. This will help you get specific, so that when you decide on green you’ll know if it’s lime green, Kelly green, sage green, or forest green.

5. Choose a Dominant Hue

Pick one general color first — say, blue — and then start thinking about shades and tints (aqua, robin’s egg, navy) or other colors to accent it with.
6. Play with Paint Websites

. Pair Wisely

Stick to wedding colors of the same intensity, such as lavender and baby blue rather than royal blue with light brown. 

8. Set the Mood

Figure out what emotions you want your celebration to evoke. A peaceful, Zen-like retreat? A regal, romantic affair? A jumping, high-energy party? For instance, a vibrant summer yellow mixed with chocolate-brown (think sunflowers and bees) is perfect for a country-chic wedding — add gold to the mix, and the combination becomes more reminiscent of regal France. 

9. Get It On Paper

Spend time looking for wedding stationery in color combos that inspire you and express your style and fit with the feel of the reception — rich violets, oranges, and teals for a Mediterranean or Near East flair, or pink and green for a preppy summer affair. 

10. Vary It Up

Can’t settle on one scheme? If your wedding takes place in multiple rooms, each can have its own palette. But choose one consistent color to keep it from looking like a kaleidoscope. 

11. Take Flower Notes

The most obvious way to add color is with your wedding flowers. But first, get familiar with the different types of flowers — especially your favorites — and the colors they come in. If you want an all-blue wedding, your petal picks will be more limited than if you went with a red celebration. 

12. Don’t Forget Your Linens

Look through party rental catalogs for colorful cloths like napkins and overlays that you love. Use them on guest, cake and buffet tables, underneath the escort cards, and more. Or, focus on the table accessories. Maybe a beloved china pattern could set the palette for your reception tables. Colored glassware is also huge right now and can be rented. Do most of your glasses in clear, and select one or two to be blue, pink, or green — you get the idea. 

13. Light It Up

Lighting can make or break a space. Talk to your event designer or lighting expert about colors you can use to wash bare white walls (especially important for loft spaces). Pink and amber tints will soften the room without overpowering it. Blue is tricky, but can work well if you’re looking to showcase cool crisp angles. 

14. Drive Home Color

Don’t forget about the impact of repetition — trimming doorways, tables, centerpieces, and the bar with the same simple ribbon in your signature hue will give more oomph than one large, ornate display in the same color. 

15. Consider All of Your Elements.

The last, but most important, thing to remember when making your final choice: Not all colors are easy to wear, and you’ve got bridesmaids to dress.

Read more: 15 Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Colors – Wedding Color Ideas – Wedding Color Combinations –

From seeing colors in action (by virtual room painting) to recommendations for popular color combos, paint companies know a lot about color. Visit sites like,, and even has an interactive color wheel.