FLOWERS

Splurge on your bouquet. It is typically the most photographed item at a wedding.
-- Janet Reese, Owner of Flowers on Orchard Lane

Visit florists with a budget in mind. Your flower budget should be at least 10 percent of your overall budget.
-- Janet Reese, Owner of Flowers on Orchard Lane

Take chances with color. A vivid contrast can create a stunning, modern look.
-- Judy Wood, Owner of The Daisy Basket



MUSIC

Choose music that both you-and your guests-will enjoy. "You have to find a happy medium."
-- Kasey Skobel-Conyers, Owner of Bliss Wedding & Event Design

Seek out entertainers with experience. "You really don't want to roll the dice for your wedding."
-- Paul Hoy, Owner of Class Acts Entertainment

Listen before you sign on the dotted line, especially when hiring a live band. Video is a good place to start, but there's no substitute for observing a band's sound (and stage presence) in person.
-- Paul Hoy, Owner of Class Acts Entertainment

Be wary of entertainers with egos. "Part of their job is to keep the spotlight and everybody's focus on the bride and groom, and that's a tough balancing act for groups. But the good ones know how to do it."
-- Paul Hoy, Owner of Class Acts Entertainment



PHOTOGRAPHY

Love your photographer as an artist and person. You're spending your entire day with him.
-- Janet Reese, Owner of Flowers on Orchard Lane

Interview several photographers. "You want somebody that you know you can trust to make everybody feel really comfortable."
-- Amy Carruthers, Owner of C Studios

Look for versatility-a blend of photojournalism along with modern portraits. "A wedding album is like a storybook. It should remind you of a handcrafted photo essay that beautifully illustrates your wedding day."
-- Simon Yao, Owner of Simon Yao Studios

Research your photographer's experience, and ask if weddings are a focus. "A lot of studios do weddings simply because they're there. I think it's really important to be in love with weddings; it shows in everything you do."
-- Amy Carruthers, Owner of C Studios