5 Wedding Planning Tips from a Pro

Updated: Aug 23

At Crest Hollow Country Club, we know wedding planning is not for the faint of heart. A lot of time, effort, and money go into making this day everything you’ve always dreamed of and more! There’s no reason to feel overwhelmed, though. Here, Crest Hollow event planner Helen Tull shares her five best tips for a smooth planning experience and a day to remember.

1. Research Blackout Dates. 

Before you get your heart set on a specific wedding date and book your wedding venue, make sure it doesn’t fall on the same day as something that would affect hotel room availability or create an atypical increase in traffic. This can include the major and minor holidays, religious days, and major sporting events.

2. Take a Second Look at Your Guest List. 

Half of your wedding budget is spent on food and drinks for your guests. While your venue may have a minimum guest count, you shouldn’t feel pressured to invite your grandmother’s neighbor’s nephew and your childhood girl scout troop leader. If your per-plate cost is $100, removing just 10 people from your guest list will save you $1,000!

3. Stay Organized. 

This may sound like a given, but preparation and organization are key to planning a successful wedding. There are plenty of online wedding checklists (