There is such a great amount of work that goes into planning a wedding. Countless hours are spent communicating and negotiating with vendors, completing lists, creating timelines, and so many tedious details. Wedding planners which were once a luxury to have, are now an indispensable commodity in today’s wedding planning.

Who should hire a wedding planner?

You might consider hiring a planner if you and your partner both work full time jobs or if you have children and do not have at least 400 hours to give into your wedding planning endeavors. It can be very time consuming. You might also benefit if you are not typically a very organized person or if you find yourself to feel stressed or overwhelmed by many details.

How can a planner help me?

Most people will ever only plan one wedding in their lives while wedding professionals typically have the pleasure of planning several each year. A planner will be your guide through all of the many details. They will provide their expert opinion for and recommendation on vendors they know and trust for the best quality work. Your wedding professional will help you to plan your budget so that you will not overspend and they may even save you money. In fact, a good planner is likely to pay for him or herself in most cases with all of the money you will save. This is the part that makes a wedding planner affordable to just about anyone!

Full service or partial planning?

Full service planning is for the bride who has little to no time to plan her wedding. You will be able to rely almost completely on your wedding planner for communication with your vendors, guest management, and even some errands.

Partial planning is for the bride who would prefer to do most of the footwork herself. But in any case, she would also like the benefit of being able to rely on a wedding professional to guide her through the process and help her to keep organized and stress free.

What’s the difference between a wedding planner, a wedding coordinator, and a wedding designer?

A wedding planner is a person who will Generally take charge and plan the details of your wedding from the day you say “Yes” to the day you say “I do.” The couple is still involved, but most of the leg work is left to the planner. Some couples may even entrust a planner with the duty to making wedding arrangements on their behalf. A planner does typically include day of services as well.

The role of a wedding designer is often confused with the role of a wedding planner since many planners do also offer design as a part of their service. However, most designer do not offer planning as a part of theirs. A designer’s role is to take charge of wedding décor and rentals. They handle things such as floor plans, floral arrangements, lighting and such. Designers often have experience as florists or interior design.

A wedding coordinator, often referred to as a Day of Coordinator, will handle all of the final details of your event. He or she will take over where you left off about 30-45 days prior to your wedding date and tie any loose ends. They will coordinate your vendors and your timeline, and they will become your point of contact for the big day. All concerns are placed on the shoulders of your wedding coordinator on the day of your wedding so that you can focus on having fun and enjoying the company of your guests.

That's all for now. If you have any questions about how a wedding professional can help you or which kind of wedding professional will best suit your needs, please give us a shout at 843-224-9676.

Long gone are the days of wedding clichés. Wedding traditions are being revamped, restyled, and it is awesome! And, one of the top things to go are traditional wedding foods. I have always felt that there is nothing more boring than a chicken breast at wedding reception. It is a massive wedding cliché as well as your common crab cake, quiche, and of course, let’s not forget the shrimp cocktail. Not anymore! Brides everywhere are making some very unexpected but awesomely appealing decisions about what will be served in their marriage celebrations. Here are just a few hot new wedding food trends sweeping the nation that are sure to be a real hit with your guests.

1. Pizza

Make it the biggest and best pizza party ever! Create a pizza buffet complete with all of your favorite toppings, because seriously, who doesn’t love pizza? And to add a little something special try creating a specialty pizza all your own; perhaps something that pairs well with your signature cocktail. Our friends at Towin the Dough are great at helping couples to customize their menu and give it some flair with something distinctive like a Spicy Thai Chicken pizza with spicy peanut sauce, chopped pecans, and thin shaved carrots. Yum!!!

2. Tacos

Here’s a question I bet that you could never really answer entirely. Why are tacos so good? Truly they are the most versatile comfort food there is. You can eat them for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even as a midnight snack, with chicken, beef, shrimp, fish, eggs, potatoes, and so much more. Talk about a SUPER FOOD! So, why not at your wedding? Taco bars are a lot of fun and they are easy and affordable. Nothing a little salsa can’t fix.

3. Late night snack

After tearing it up on the dance floor and knocking a few back, there is nothing more refreshing than a late night snack. Sweets and other treats or even a little fast food will solve a case of the munchies or the drunchies in no time. Lowcountry Party Flavors puts their own twist on the food truck wedding and they bring the after party to you. They bring their cart stocked to the brim with all things sweet, salty, and refreshing, and just like that yours just became the GREATEST WEDDING EVER!

4. Chicken and Waffles

I don’t know. Maybe this is just a personal favorite of mine, but who am I kidding, chicken and waffles is the best-known staple for southern urban living. Who can resist a fluffy golden waffle paired with crispy fried chicken? It’s a meal that is sure to hit the spot just right. For a little fun, try hanging your waffles in midair. Hanging food is a great wedding trend to follow in 2017.

5. Farm fresh

Choosing a caterer who specializes in farm to table gives a special touch. Work with your caterer to come up with a menu packed with the freshest ingredients like fresh picked mango salsa or a locally grown green salad or even locally caught seafood. These are all great ideas that will certainly add to the overall experience.