Here’s what the wedding experts have to say about planning your big day

Some people have had their wedding planned since pre-school, neatly compiled in a binder complete with magazine clippings of all of their inspiration and dream decor (the original Pinterest). Others haven’t given a thought to their wedding day and most likely don’t know where to start when it comes to planning for the big day. We’ve compiled everything you need to know from local wedding professionals to help make wedding planning a little less stressful.

Sugar & Slice
Bakery

The most important thing to remember is not to be afraid to make your wedding be about YOU!  It’s admirable to want to make everyone happy, but at the end of the day, your wedding should be a reflection of the two of you as a couple. Don’t be afraid to incorporate the things you both love and enjoy. Ultimately, finding things that are “truly you” will make the day more special for you and more memorable for the people who are sharing it with you.

Sugar & Slice 
sugarandslicebakery.com
863.299.1166

TRIVIOSITY
DJ

When choosing entertainment for your wedding, meet with multiple companies and don’t base your decision on pricing alone. Find out how they plan to make your wedding special, if they have contingency plans, and if they offer written contracts. Be sure to ask if they agree to a do-not-play list, take or refuse requests, and if they will customize what they will do for you. 

Triviosity
triviositylive.com
863.274.2820

The Garden Ballroom
Venue

Do not skip the seating chart. It is a tedious task, but guests get very stressed when they are looking for a seat. This will also allow you to reserve tables for your immediate family or bridal party. 

The Garden Ballroom
gardenballroom.com
863.293.5565

Party Rentals Unlimited
Rentals

Any rental company you hire must have the appropriate licenses in place and carry liability insurance, and be willing to provide you with proof of both. Ask for a written quote that itemizes your expenses, including rentals, extras, taxes, and fees. Beware of any company that charges a nonrefundable fee or an exorbitant fee to scout the location you’ve chosen for your party. Learn about the cancellation and change policies, and make sure to get them in writing.

Party Rentals Unlimited
partyrentals1.com
863.294.2802

Venue 650
Venue

Experience, in my opinion, is paramount. On your initial visit [with a venue] and throughout the planning process: Do you feel welcome? Are your questions being answered? And most importantly, will this venue go above and beyond to ensure that dreams and expectations have been fulfilled?

Venue 650
venue650.com
863.287.3814

The Wild Hare
Florist

Trust your professional to guide you into a custom look and style created just for you. More importantly, DO NOT let your wedding become a Pinterest FAIL. Something may look simple enough to do yourself, but the outcome could be potentially disastrous and stressful. When in doubt, hire a professional to help out.

The Wild Hare
thewildhareflowersandevents.com
863.307.1161

Let’s Make It Extraordinary
Event Planner

Your wedding is about following your heart as opposed to following traditions. Hiring an event planner can help you put together a realistic budget to make your event memorable. Event planners are best for pricing and negotiating with vendors to help bring to life your vision for that special day so you can relax and enjoy it.

Let’s Make It Extraordinary
letsmakeitextraordinary.com
800.978.4130

Paris Scott Photography
Photography

There is such a huge diversity of photographers, ranging from more of a light-and-airy feel to more dark and moody. Make sure to extensively search on Instagram, Facebook, and all other social media platforms to find the style that clicks with yours. Pick a good top three [photographers] and start a conversation with them. Your wedding pictures are a reminder of raw, organic memories, and investing in the right person that you feel is true to you is a big deal. 

Paris Scott Photography
parisscottphotography.com
863.307.1472

2 Sisters Events & Design
Event Planner

If you’re on a smaller budget, look at different times of day for your wedding. A morning/brunch wedding or late dessert wedding can be less expensive than a sit-down dinner. Most importantly, always have a Plan B for an outside wedding, especially in Florida! 

2 Sisters
2sistersevents.com
863.698.6978

Jessi Rae Bridal
Dress

Shopping for a wedding dress can be stressful. Bring a group of people that know your vision and style. Less is also more. In the end, when a lot of different opinions are being said, it will be harder to commit to one dress. Bring a small group of people who will make the moment as magical as possible.

Jessi Rae Bridal
jessiraebridal.com
813.652.8131

Gourmet Goodies
Catering

When selecting an outdoor venue, be mindful of where the cake can be stored until ready to serve. Cakes cannot be exposed to high temperatures, humidity, rain, or adverse elements. Make sure there is a refrigerator on sight if needed and that someone is available to move the cake. Have someone overseeing this process so your cake can stay in one piece! 

Gourmet Goodies
ggcupcake.com
863.318.1400