I’ve been planning for our wedding for almost a year now, and I’ve learned a few lessons along the way. One in particular, stands out to me. It’s been probably the hardest lesson to learn, but also the one I needed to learn most.
We signed contracts and put down deposits for our DJ and florist. I am seriously so excited to work with both of the vendors we selected. One of the best parts about having a longer engagement is that we’ve been able to select the vendors of our choice for every single aspect of the wedding so far.
For the DJ we’re going with a recommendation one of my colleagues had, Magsino Mobile Entertainment. Many of the other DJ’s we interviewed were actually DJ companies, so we were meeting with a salesperson, not the person who would actually DJ our wedding. With Magsino Mobile, we met Vince the owner, salesperson, and DJ he’s the one who will actually be there at our wedding- this was a huge plus for us! We both felt like he ‘got’ us and that it was a great match.
As for the florist, I decided on Bella Flora Lindsay was so sweet and patient when I met with her. I only interviewed four florists, but she really stood out. Florals were a hard decision for me, I like almost everything- except for lilies (both calla and regular) I love, love, love that when she sent over her proposal she included some sample pictures. This totally helped me to visualize what it will look like on the big day! I’ve got a few decisions to mull over for the next year or so, mainly how big of bridesmaid bouquets I want ( 6″ vs 8″) and other smaller details. I’m super excited about mixing up the centerpieces- half of the tables will have tall florals, and half will have lower submerged orchids. I love the varied heights, especially in our room with the tall vaulted ceilings.
Here’s what’s on my checklist for this month:
- We ordered a handful of Save The Dates (STD’s) for our out of state families- I’m waiting to send out our ‘real’ STD’s’ until after we’ve had our engagement photos taken at the end of summer but we wanted to give our family members who live out of state a little bit of a heads up so they could plan and budget for it.
- G and I need to get our wedding website up and running. This needs to happen before we mail out the family STD’s because I’m including the URL on the STD’s.
- Narrow it down to 3-5 bridesmaid dresses that I want my BM’s to try on, then we’ll need to set a date for that. I’m hoping to make it a whole day thing and take the BM’s out to dinner afterwards so they can get to know each other a little better.
March has been a whirlwind of wedding vendor interviews!
- G and I met with 6 DJ’s
- I met with 4 florists
- I had 4 in person coordinator interviews, and 6 phone coordinator interviews
Phew! It makes me tired just thinking about how much I ran around this month! Thankfully, the months (and the interviews) are behind us. We’re 99.8% sure we found our DJ and we should be putting down the deposit and signing the contract in the next few days! We are so excited, when we met with him we had a really great conversation and I think he understood us, and what we’re looking for! Some of the things we liked most about him: he can spin, like you’d expect in a club, he also can provide custom up lighting that will change colors to the music, and he’s going to help us get our name in lights for the big night! We want our reception to have a party vibe, and I think this DJ will really help us to achieve it!
I can’t believe it’s already March and I’m totally blaming the weather here in Chicago.. gosh it’s been just brutal! I had been hoping so badly that when we got back from Hawaii winter would be over, but that has not been the case! Anyway, seeing as it’s a new month I figured it might time for another wedding update! This month I’ve got a ton of vendor interviews scheduled.. but one real goal: to have our DJ selected and contract signed by the end of the month. I’ve sprinkled in a few florist interviews and one day of coordinator interview for good measure. I’m so nervous to meet with the florists, I have a feeling that what I want is not going to work with our budget – doesn’t this always seem to be the case!
I finally asked all of my bridesmaids, and they all said yes! So I setup a secret Pinterest board for them so we could collaborate on ideas. I’ll be doing posts on both points later this month! G has asked 3/4 of his groomsmen. I loved asking each of my ladies and seeing their reactions, but I think I’ve been enjoying more listening to how G asked his friends, and how he recaps their reactions to me. I giggle everytime because I can totally picture how the conversation(s) went. Even though we won’t really need the bridal parties to do anything for quite some time, it’s a nice feeling to cross it off the list.
Let’s see what else.. we’ve already had two DJ interviews so far, and I’ve come to the conclusion that DJ’s are just seriously a different breed. We have had some interesting experiences so far, once we finalize our decision I might have to whip up a little post with some of the funny things we’ve experienced! I guess there’s not a whole lot going on, on the wedding front we’re just chugging along making good progress checking off the big things! I can’t believe that it’s only 14 months away.. which sounds like a long time, but I have a feeling it’s going to be here before we know it!
Yesterday we met with our first candidate for a wedding DJ … well technically I guess it was the second, but I’m not going to count the first one– it was totally weird (more on that later.) To prepare for our meetings, I scoured the internet looking for a checklist of questions to ask that I could bring with me. I couldn’t find one that I loved- so I decided to create my own. I hope you’re able to utilize this tool to ensure that you’re asking all of the important questions to each DJ you meet with!
Click to download printable version for yourself: DJ Interview Notes
Let me know how it works out for you!
PS: I’ve also created free Photography Interview Notes, check them out!
I’m coming to you today with a really neat infographic & article by WeddingMix that I think is totally worth checking out if you’re planning a wedding or know someone who is planning a wedding! I’ve shared the infographic below, and here’s a link to the article. I think it’s got some great tips and clever ways to save money, without compromising your big day. Then again, I may be a teeeeny bit biased because there is a quote from yours truly in the article! Check it out.. and be sure to let me know what you think! 🙂
Do you have any wedding hacks?
Tips you used when planning to save money?