June – the favourite wedding month! Here is why:

June marks the beginning of the wedding season, due mainly to its popularity to exchange wedding vows. This late spring, early summer month tends to boast some of the best weather, so,  it makes sense to set your wedding date sometime in June. However, why exactly did the sixth month become the world’s most popular to get married in? Like most traditions surrounding life’s celebration, it started with superstition and the hope for a long, happy marriage. 

It’s In The Name:

June was named after the Roman Goddess, Juno. She was the protector of women, especially when it came to marriage and childbearing. So, in a time when marriages were arranged and giving birth was extremely dangerous, it made sense to get married under the protection of the goddess who would bring luck to both your wedding and any future children. By celebrating a wedding in June, the Romans believed they were paying homage to Juno, who would then grant good fortune to the couple. 

Good Weather and a Bath:

Even as Christianity grew in popularity, June remained the most common month to get married. With good weather, longer days, and a break between planting and harvesting, a June wedding seemed the perfect time to relax, celebrate, and have more hands to help with gathering of crops. Plus, any pregnancies starting in June wouldn’t get in the way of the harvest. 

Strangely, it is also believed in medieval times, May and June is when people took their first baths of the year. So, a June wedding meant the couple still smelled fairly fresh. 

Daring To Be Different:

For most couples in the modern world, bathing times and harvests aren’t something they have to worry about. Yet, June still remains the most popular month to get married. However, there are some really great perks if you are willing to buck tradition and plan an off-season wedding. 

Not only will you have a wider variety of venues to choose from, since there tend to be fewer weddings in the off season, they will also be at a fraction of the price. This means you can have a fantastic location and not break the bank. Also, most vendors’ prices will also be lower. So, creating your dream wedding, in say October or April, will be far more budget friendly.

It also means your guests will have fewer wedding invitations to pick from. And who doesn’t want their nearest and dearest to help them celebrate one of the most important days of their life? 

This months guest blogger: Wendy Dessler from honeyfund.com, the #1 honeymoon registry

Finding the right wedding planner to organize your wedding is no easy feat. However, your search will be worthwhile when you see the wedding of your dreams coming together. Here are some tips that will come in handy when choosing a wedding planner:

Do Your Homework

You should look at the websites of a few planners to narrow down your list. Look at elements such as color and lighting to see whether the different weddings share a common style. If you like the overarching style, you should choose that planner.

If the weddings that you are looking at have an over-the-top look and you want a simple ceremony, you should consider looking elsewhere. You should also find information about the type of planning services the planner offers.

Follow up Your Favorites

Once you narrow down your list to several planners, you should call them. During your conversation, you should ask their price range, cost of their average weddings, and wedding date availability. If the answers to these questions fit your vision and budget, you should go to the next level and plan a meeting.

Prepare Your First Meeting

You should bring magazines, photos, and Pinterest picks and show her what you want. For instance, if you want to choose one of the hot wedding colors for 2018, you should let the wedding planner know. At the meeting, you should ask as many questions as you want without fear of offending the person. After all, it is your wedding and you are paying for it.

You should also get a sense of the person to see whether you can work with her in the long term. Make sure that you voice your ideas about style and color to see how the person responds then ask how the planner intends to fulfill your vision. The right person for the job will listen to your ideas instead of shutting them down.

Call the References

You should not feel pressured to hire a wedding planner no matter how much you like her. Make sure that you take your time to call their references and ask the following the questions:
– How well did the planner interpret your ideas?
– How did she stick to your budget?
– Can you email pictures from your wedding? This is the best way to confirm the professionalism and consistency of a planner. Do not just rely on the portfolio because it is full of the planner’s best work.

– Did the planner have good vendor recommendations and does she coordinate with them?
– Did any problem occur and how did the planner deal with it?
– Did the planner respond to your emails and calls in a timely manner?
– Did the wedding go smoothly and meet your expectations?

Seal the Deal

You should take your time when comparing notes and prices to see which planner meets your overall needs. Once you find a planner who meets your needs, you should tell her of your desire to work with her. Make sure that you let the planner know early enough before she gets another client.

As soon as you sign the contract, you will have to pay the deposit then you will have a helper to plan your wedding. You can now start planning the wedding with your planner instead of leaving all the work to her. If you let her do all the work, you might not like the result.

Instead of letting the guests bring any gift that they want, you should consider signing up for a wedding registry such as honeymoon travel registry by Honeyfund.

About the blogger: Wendy Dessler is a super-connector who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses her efforts on developing customized blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition.

Why we are not super active on Social Media

I know Social Media is an important way to stay in touch and connect. But after the recent scandal involving Facebook and data theft I just do not feel comfortable about using it as a business and unknowingly and unwillingly perhaps exposing you to something equally disturbing. Data of 87 million users was acquired. 87 million. That is equal to the entire population of Europe’s biggest country: Germany. And we are only speaking of ONE app and ONE company. Where does it end?

So I have decided to take steps because one of the many things we care about at Plan Your Own Wedding is making sure all of your information is safe and secure. This is why, despite helping couples all over the world to plan their perfect wedding, we have chosen to have our email hosting servers located in Europe where privacy laws are much stricter. What this means is your private information is only used to keep you updated on new blog posts, when we publish new course materials, and any other wedding-based information we have published around the web. It also means we can never, and will never, give or sell your info to third party vendors. This is also why we have a minimal presence on social media, to make sure your details stay as secure as we can make it.
Our goal is to help you plan your wedding as stress free as possible. What we don’t want is you having to worry about whether or not your data is secure or if you are going to be bombarded with tons of emails from vendors you didn’t sign up for. So, sit back, relax, and know that your information is safe with us.

Love,
Beatrice