Wedding Planning Advice From A Real Bride: Amy West & Gary Becker

Wedding Dress: David Peck | Design, Flowers, Decor & Rentals: The Events Co. | Photo: Chris Bailey Photography
To celebrate a relationship that has been, right from the beginning, “nothing but romantic, fun, spontaneous and loving,” Amy and Gary went big and bold, with fireworks, rock-concert-worthy special effects and a guest list topping out at 500. As you might imagine, pulling off such a spectacular wedding taught the couple several important lessons along the way. Find out how Amy pulled off her rockstar celebration with her very own wedding planning advice!

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Design, Flowers, Decor & Rentals: The Events Co. | Photo: Chris Bailey Photography
Weddings in Houston: What is the best piece of advice for other couples?

Amy: “Once you make a decision, i.e., vendor, wedding decor, favors, food, colors, etc., MOVE ON! Do not rethink, reconsider or spend valuable time trying to find more or better options.”

Second-guessing your choices can lead to stress, which is something that every couple should strive to avoid during their wedding planning. That is why, once you’ve decided on a particular wedding vendor who is just perfect for the job, you should go ahead and sign the contract. This can benefit you in several ways: First, the best wedding vendors book up months or years out, so you don’t want to miss your chance because you procrastinated. Making a firm vendor commitment and moving on also gives you even more time to handle other planning matters, and actually enjoy this special time in your life

Wedding Planning Tips From A Real Bride - Real Houston Wedding
Wedding Dress: David Peck | Design, Flowers, Decor & Rentals: The Events Co. | Photo: Chris Bailey Photography

WIH: If you had to do it all over, what would you do differently?

Amy: “I would not try to get creative with the wording about dress or attire. Brides may be tempted to add something catchy or clever, but this is important, and should be simple and clear for guests.”

Amy hits on a very good point in this wedding planning advice: While wedding invitations typically call for more formal or flowery language than we’re used to using in everyday life, important details about your wedding should be clear and to the point. If you expect black-tie attire for your grand wedding celebration, just say it. Date, location, time, directions, whether uninvited plus-ones or children are welcome—all of these are best worded plainly, as well

Wedding Planning Tips From A Real Bride - Real Houston Wedding
Wedding Dress: David Peck | Design, Flowers, Decor & Rentals: The Events Co. | Photo: Chris Bailey Photography
What was most important to you when planning your wedding?

Amy: “1. Hiring the best and most experienced photographer and videographer. You can cut back in other areas but not these. People will forget the fancy extras, but your photos and videos last forever and cannot be recaptured. 2. Making sure we had a great wedding planner.”

Your planner should show you in advance that he or she has impeccable organization and scheduling skills. Be wary of those who offer lower-than-average pricing, as the old saying will ring true, and you will most certainly get what you pay for. A great planner will know the true professionals in the area, and he or she can guide you in making your selections. Start your planning right, and make it a seamless experience every step of the way, by finding the right planner for your big day!

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