Congratulations! If you’re reading this, it means you’re planning your special day. While every couple has their own vision for what makes their wedding perfect, one theme that never goes out of style is classic and elegant. It’s a timeless look that will never go out of date and will always make for beautiful memories. Here are some tips to help you plan the perfect classic and elegant wedding from our top wedding pro friends.
Stick to Timeless Colors
The colors you choose for your wedding can make or break the overall look and feel of your celebration. When it comes to a classic and elegant event, stick to timeless colors like black, white, navy blue, blush pink, ivory or champagne. These colors are sophisticated and allow other elements such as flowers or décor to shine without competing with them.
Conch Concierge Weddings
“Take the stress out of destination wedding planning and hire a planner who knows the top locations and has strong relationships with talented event professionals,” says Michael Vernon owner of Conch Concierge Weddings, a company specializing in Key West wedding packages.
Big Daddy Walker Productions
“Be sure to add a couple of bridal shows or venue open houses to your planning mix,” says Allen Walker, owner of Cincinnati DJs Big Daddy Walker Productions. “You’ll find lots of fresh ideas and it’s a good way to get to know your potential vendors.”
My Event Pros
Alan Chavez, a Los Angeles wedding DJ and owner of My Event Pros, is a firm believer in entertainment teams. “The DJ experience kicks in only when the dance floor is open. A talented MC will keep your event on schedule, keep your vendors on track and engage your guests while they are seated.”
“Don’t forget your ceremony,” reminds Benden Lafferty, one of the top wedding DJs in Rhode Island and owner of B-Sharp Entertainment. “Not only your musical selections but mics and a sound system as well. You worked hard on those vows – make sure everyone hears them.” Live ceremony music can also enhance the guest experience.
Choose Quality Vendors
When selecting vendors for your big day, remember quality over quantity! A few well-chosen vendors who understand your vision will do much more than a large number who do not quite get it right. From catering to photography and everything in between, select vendors whose work resonates with you and whose services align with the classic and elegant theme you’re aiming for.
“DJ’s are an invaluable resource when it comes to putting together a reception timeline. They understand there’s a flow to a reception and know how to adjust a timeline when necessary – we do it all the time,” says Rob Schneider, owner of Volume Entertainment and a wedding DJ in Connecticut.
“Take advantage of multiple consultations and planning sessions with your vendors,” advises Jim Slaiman, a wedding DJ in Buffalo NY and owner of Premier Sound. “Whether it’s face to face, Zoom, or a phone call, these opportunities are the place to iron out details and do some creative brainstorming that will make your wedding uniquely yours.”
“Consider live streaming your wedding,” suggests William Sanchez, owner of Hercules Entertainment, specializing in DJs in Northern Virginia, including bilingual. “It’s a great way for those who can’t make the wedding to still enjoy being part of your day.”
Exquisite Sounds Entertainment
“Don’t micromanage your playlist,” says Toryn Lankford, a DJ in Atlanta and owner of Exquisite Sounds Entertainment. “You’ve hired a professional to create an amazing party atmosphere. We’ll make sure we get your favorites seamlessly blended into the mix and avoid songs you do not want.”
Planning Ahead is Key
You don’t have to have every little detail planned three years ahead (unless that’s what works best for you!), but give yourself enough time so that when the big day finally arrives you can enjoy it stress free. Allocate time for research before making any decisions on vendors or aspects of décor – from bridesmaid dresses to centerpieces – this way all elements come together cohesively in the end!
The Mackey House
“Get your partner onboard with planning and delegate certain tasks,” says Trey Mackey, owner of The Mackey House, an elite wedding venue in Savannah, GA. “It’s only fitting that you take this journey together. And you’ll get a lot more done – and quicker – if you have your other half help you.”
The Estate at Florentine Gardens
Says Ciro Diadone from The Estate at Florentine Gardens, a top wedding venue in north New Jersey, “Venues are great resources for finding other wedding professionals. They witness the talent of vendors on a regular basis. Build your vendor team with experienced pros who work well together.”
Coastal DJ & Video
“Entertainment companies offer more than just DJ’s,” explains George Wainwright, owner of Coastal DJ & Video and a wedding DJ in Wilmington, NC. “Ask about packaging entertainment with other services like lighting, photo booths, and videography that really enhance the event.”
As wedding decorators in Chicago, Aly Heintz Raddatz and his team at Elevated Events, affirm “Lighting is one of the most transformative decorating elements and always adds a “wow” factor to any reception. It creates amazing ambiance for your reception.”
We hope these tips help make planning your dream wedding a bit easier! Remember – stay focused on what matters most – each other – while making sure all decisions are made with an eye towards creating an unforgettable experience that captures the spirit of your union in a timeless manner. Good luck! With these tips in hand, we know you two will create something truly special that both of you will remember forever. Enjoy every minute of it!
Brian Lawrence is a wedding business marketing expert who has helped thousands of clients like Alan Berg and Joe Bunn with consulting, marketing and web design. We’ve partnered with Brian Lawrence to bring this great advice from some of his amazing clients.