Chrissy Teigen and John Legend’s Lake Como wedding in 2013 was a magical event.
The wedding was a romantic candle adorned night under the stars.
And their wedding planner Lisa Vorce xplains the 5 biggest mistakes when it comes to wedding planning.
- Underestimating Costs:
"I love to create a space for my clients in as natural an environment as possible. However, along with that come infrastructure costs that have to be factored in and that some people can typically forget about. In most cases, outdoor wedding locations will require additional lighting, restroom rentals, trash removal, satellite kitchens, flooring (to create a level environment), generators, and more. It’s all doable and well worth it in the end, but it’s important that you understand what you’re getting into so that you can budget appropriately from the beginning."
- Not Having a Plan B, C, and D:
"The beauty or the danger—depending on whether or not you’re a glass-half-full or glass-half-empty kind of person—is the unpredictability of weather in an outdoor wedding scenario. It’s critically important to have backup plans in place and cover all of the bases, from rain, snow, wind, and heat."
- Forgetting About the Guests:
"Don’t forget about the comfort of your guests. One of the greatest ingredients for a successful outdoor wedding is to have ‘comfort essentials’ in place. For example, in sunny and hot environments you can offer a hydrating welcome beverage, parasols, sunhats, or sunscreen to the wedding guests. For gravel or grass, consider providing flip-flops or inexpensive ballet flats for women to use as they navigate the grounds. Create a shoe check and don’t forget to have chairs and/or stools at the shoe check so that they can comfortably sit down and change. If you have rented restrooms, make sure each is stocked with amenity kits that include things like Band-Aids, safety pins, and breath mints."
- Setting Up Your Vendors for Failure:
"I know how crucial it is to make sure that I’m putting all vendors in a successful situation. Creating a great space for them to work in won’t just make them happy, but will also give you the best results."
"For the caterers, make sure their satellite kitchen is in close proximity to your dining area. The shorter the distance, the hotter the food! With that said, you also don’t want guests seeing the back of the house so make sure the kitchen tent is well dressed with things like beautiful boxwood hedges or draping in front."
"As for photography, keep sunset timing in mind as you’re planning the flow of your wedding. At your ceremony, will you be in direct sun? Will you be backlit? It’s important to think this through as you are selecting the outdoor location for your ceremony. Especially with a film photographer, it’s important to note levels of natural light so that they can be in the best scenario while shooting."
- Not Setting Guest Expectations:
"Communicating with your guests is key. I highly recommend setting guest expectations properly so they can plan accordingly. On your wedding website and invitation, let guests know what to expect. For example, in your details section, state something like, ‘the wedding will take place outdoors. Sunglasses for the day and wraps for the evening are encouraged.’"
Adapted from: Vogue