We chatted on and on, and I got way too much information to include in my story in Sunday’s Living section. So here are the leftovers and his thoughts on:
Wedding planners: I think more and more people are seeking out wedding planners. It’s a matter of time. It takes a lot of time to plan a wedding, and a lot of people don’t have time to invest in it.
If you’re planning a wedding, you maybe go to the florist once a year. I’m using that florist 75 times a year. I’m pretty much buying at wholesale and saving you time.
Just explore it. I think you’ll find it will save you time and money. Not that a wedding planner has to do everything single aspect of the wedding.
What to splurge on: Photography and good champagne. Food is always a good splurge, depending on the time of the day, and the honeymoon.
Food and beverage trends: Specialty drinks, lots of food stations, maybe five or six around the room, small plates, bite-size appetizers (always without onion and garlic), salad and cheese buffets, foods that are labeled. One reception offered guests mini grill cheese sandwiches with tomato soup. Food that’s easy to eat, such as lollipop food on a stick (think meatball), even lollipop drinks such as a margarita popsicle.
What makes him cringe?: I don’t like to see a mother of the bride outshine the bride, either in actions or dress style. It happens, unfortunately, a lot. It’s not advisable for the mother of the bride to be walking down the aisle in a shocking red dress. No one should be outshining the bride.
Boosey groomsman (and bridesmaids), especially if it’s an evening wedding. Keep the bridal party entertained during the day — maybe a round of golf or watching a sports game on television for the guys; spa time for the girls. On this particular day, you have to keep the wedding party under control.
Celebrity weddings: They totally set the trends. Brides ask for the same cake that was served at Eva Longoria’s wedding. When Adam Sandler got married, his dog was in the wedding and that set off a trend.
Favorite wedding to plan: A couple in their 30s who have been living together. They both have jobs and know exactly what they want. They’re grounded and paying for the wedding themselves. That’s like a dream couple.