When working on the timeline, I start with the ceremony time and work my way to the end of the night. I allot thirty minutes for ceremony and forty-five to sixty minutes for cocktail hour. Work with your caterer on how long it will take for dinner, but usually an hour to ninety minutes works. Keep in mind when you need to be out of the venue. The middle of the timeline is for toasts, cake cutting and formal dances.
First, research and determine what style you like, such as formal, candid or photojournalist. Review your venue’s preferred list, and look at portfolios of photographers you are drawn to. Before meeting with them, figure out how long you would like them for and let them know if you are doing an elaborate getaway or not seeing each other before. Ask their opinion. But most of all you must like them. They are with you ALL DAY!
On the wedding day, a day-of venue coordinator will take over. Their job is to ensure that everything related to the venue and their staff runs smoothly and follows the requests outlined in their banquet event order. They will make sure all the dietary restrictions and menu substitutions are correct, but at the end of the day they are responsible for protecting the venue, not calling your vendors or other tasks unrelated to the venue.
A planner should be your advocate during the planning process, taking your vision and making it happen with the right venue and wedding professionals. There are times, however, when this might not be possible, so it is the planner’s job to work with the professional to try to make it happen, or give you options if the vision needs to be tweaked.
Spend time with your fiancé. Do not jump into planning the instant you have the ring on your finger. Take a month and just be engaged, getting used to the fact that you are getting married. Take time to dream, to buy every wedding magazine, join every Facebook group, etc. Everything else can wait. Just enjoy the new journey of being engaged!
Create a master suite that feels like a private oasis. Use bedding with a bold but elegant pattern and add accent pillows in a restful color like blue or green. Carry this color into the bath with new, fluffy towels, a few elegant accents on the counter, and some white orchids. Complete the retreat with a tea-for-two tray on the bed and soft music. See more master bedroom retreats and spas.
There should be no sign that work actually happens in this kitchen! First, clear EVERYTHING off the counters. To make it easier to live in the staged kitchen, I like to create vignettes of items on trays which can easily be moved when it’s time to cook dinner. My go-to kitchen trays include an Italian-themed, high-end pasta tray and a French press coffee tray. See more kitchen trays.
I had a listing that was in foreclosure. It needed a new roof, windows, flooring and electrical panel, and had rodents in the crawl space. The seller did not have any financial resources, but he was able to get friends to help him paint and clean. I then staged it to the max and generated a bidding war. We got nineteen offers and sold for $25,000 over list price. See more fixer-uppers.
Most staging companies in the greater Seattle area only stage vacant homes and will not bring their inventory into a home that is occupied, especially if there are kids and pets in the home. You can usually book a consultation with the stager for an hour or two to give you advice, or your broker may be like me and do their own staging or be able to recommend the two or three staging companies that still do occupied homes.
First, do the basics. For the home to be financeable for the largest number of buyers possible, including FHA and VA buyers, the most important repairs are a sound roof, fixing safety issues and no peeling paint. The next priority is to fix obvious problems that may scare buyers away (plumbing or electrical problems) and make sure all your systems are in working order.