Ask a Wedding Planner

There is so much that goes into planning a wedding and we are sure you have a ton of questions. We asked five Central Florida wedding planners to answer some of the most frequent questions that we have received from local couples going through the wedding planning process.

Is it ok to use some of our ceremony decor for the reception?

Ceremony décor is easily transferable to the reception. Décor items like bouquets and aisle décor can be used for not only centerpieces but also additional table setups like gift, cake, and welcome tables. Using ceremony décor for the reception will always be my first recommendation and it provides a significant cost savings.

Candace Battle
The Event Company

Should I pay for my bridesmaids’ hair and makeup?

“You definitely don’t have to but I always suggest to our Brides that this is a perfect Bridesmaids gift. Most of the time our Brides are often stuck and are unsure of a good gift to give their girls but what better way than treating them to hair and makeup on your wedding day. They would have to have had to pay for it in most cases anyways so I think it’s the perfect gift!”

Jennifer Lopez
Bella Sposa Events

If I am having an intimate wedding (under 50 guests), do I need to have a seating chart?

“Even for an intimate wedding, it is important to assign guests to specific tables. This will eliminate any awkwardness when it’s time to find a seat for dinner. You don’t want anyone to feel like they are back in middle school, looking for a table in the cafeteria! Also, designing a seating chart in advance allows you to get creative with a fun reception layout.”

Beth McIntyre
Your Favorite Day

Should I have a band or DJ?

“I have always told my clients to use their gut. Whatever they feel best suits their group and will mesh the most with the family dynamics. DJs are Terrific & Bands can be Fantastic! What is truly important from a Coordination/Planning perspective is making sure someone is versed on a microphone! Someone who can truly communicate to the group and keep them informed without being obnoxious or talk too much.”

Bonny Finck
P.S. I Love You Productions

Who should be invited to the rehearsal dinner?

“Traditionally, the rehearsal dinner was reserved for the
immediate family and wedding party only and would typically take place in a formal, sit down restaurant. These days, couples are opting for a “welcome party” as an
alternative so they can include out of town guests. This allows for a more casual setting, if preferred, like a house or bar. You can also choose to do both options, where you have the formal dinner first, then have a more casual welcome party with just drinks later.”

Casie Caldwell
Sparkleigh Productions

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Cover Photo – Photo: Flora Bloom Photography | Rentals: RW Style | Florist: Flowers by Lesley