wedding advice

“Nothing is better than connecting with the person responsible for making your dreams come true.”

Regardless of how many items you can check off that all-important wedding to-do list at first glance, there’s one item line you won’t want to leave blank for long: Hire a wedding planner.

Not only can an esteemed professional make priceless recommendations (and introductions) on everything from venues to caterers, he or she will also forge a personal relationship with you, your betrothed and your family that will extend beyond planning the day of your dreams—and keep your guests talking about your soiree long after the last slice of cake has been cut.

Here, Eliana Baucicault of ellyB Events shares her insights.

What’s the most important thing brides should look for when it comes time to select a wedding planner? Brides must make sure that they connect with their planner.

Since you spend so much time together learning likes and dislikes, you have to ask yourself, “Would this person be my friend outside of this planning process?”Nothing is better than connecting with the person responsible for making your dreams come true.

How do you like to keep in touch with clients? I am a big fan of over-communication. I tell my clients to choose the method they are most comfortable with. This can be email, phone, text, faxes, whatever it takes to make them happy.

What’s the best month to get married in Atlanta? My favorite is April. The weather is just right, not too hot and not too cold, and you are not competing on prime dates with the rest of the other popular months.

What are some creative ways to ask friends and family to save the date? I love the idea of the save-the-date video. It is so cute to create and have everyone see the two of you (and your story) in action. It is also something that you can keep forever.

Beyond a DJ or band, what are some outside-the-box entertainment options available to Atlanta brides? On-site flip books are always a surefire hit. Also, food trucks or even ice cream trucks are a great way to end the night, like having Pinkberry or the King of Pops arrive for the last hour of the event.