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Weducation Wednesday: FAQs Every Couple Should Know

Updated: Mar 6

As a wedding planner, I understand that navigating the ins and outs of wedding planning can be overwhelming. Stressful. Just too much. That's why I've compiled a list of frequently asked questions my couples want the answers to so I can help you streamline your planning process and make informed decisions. Let's dive in!

What is the difference between using real place settings versus disposable place settings (plates, flatware, glassware, linen napkins) and the involved costs with both?

Romantic and Vintage Wedding Guest Reception Table Place Setting

Sourced Co.

Real place settings offer a touch of elegance and sophistication to your wedding reception. Especially if the look and feel of your guest tables and tablescapes are important to you. Real place settings are typically made of high-quality materials and can be customized to match your wedding theme or color palette. While real place settings may come with a higher upfront cost, they can often be rented from your caterer or a rental company, which can help reduce overall expenses. Just be sure to read the specifics. Most rental companies require real place settings to be rinsed and clear of food and packed back up in their containers. If not, you may be charged.

On the other hand, disposable place settings, while more budget-friendly, may lack the same aesthetic appeal and durability as real place settings. While they can save time on cleanup, they may not offer the same level of elegance and charm. Disposables though have come a long way with items like gold rimmed dinner and salad plates, modern and sleek plastic flatware in many colors and romantic paper napkins. Consider your budget and desired aesthetic when deciding between real and disposable place settings.

When do I send out my wedding invitation suite?

Bride and Groom Wedding Day Details Flay Lay including Invitations

Chelsea Culp Photography

It's generally recommended to send out your wedding invitation suite around 6-8 weeks before your wedding date. This allows guests enough time to RSVP and make travel arrangements if necessary. For destination weddings or weddings held during peak travel seasons, consider sending out invitations earlier to accommodate guests' schedules as a courtesy to your loved ones.

How do I choose the right wedding venue?

Choosing the right wedding venue is crucial to setting the tone for your special day. Start by considering your budget, guest count, and preferred location. Visit potential venues to get a feel for the space and discuss details such as availability, catering options, and any restrictions or requirements. Don't forget to consider the ambiance, amenities, and overall vibe of the venue to ensure it aligns with your vision for your wedding day. You'll also want to make sure your venue can accommodate an outdoor wedding ceremony and a reception inside and what their inclement weather plan is if your outdoor wedding ceremony needs to be moved.

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony with Wood Benches and Asymmetrical Floral Arch

Danielle Lopez Photo

How do I handle guest RSVPs and manage my wedding guest list?

Managing guest RSVPs and the wedding guest list can be a daunting task, but with proper organization and communication, it can be streamlined. Start by creating a comprehensive guest list spreadsheet that includes names, addresses, and RSVP status. Set a deadline for RSVPs and consider using online RSVP tools or traditional RSVP cards for guests to respond. If you use traditional RSVP cards, in pencil, put a number in the corner of the card using a pencil. Put that corresponding number next to the invitee's name on your spreadsheet. That way if someone forgot to fill in their name, you know exactly who the card belongs to. Follow up with any guests who haven't responded closer to the deadline and not after the deadline to ensure an accurate headcount for your wedding vendors. That way you're not chasing down any loved ones.

By addressing these common questions, I hope to alleviate some of the stress and uncertainty that comes with wedding planning. Remember, your wedding day is a celebration of your love story, and with careful planning and attention to detail, it's sure to be a day you'll cherish forever. If you have any additional questions or need further assistance, don't hesitate to reach out - I've got your back!

Katie Taylor Events Wedding Planner Sitting on Couch Smiling

Biddle Photography

With love and gratitude,


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