Planning A Wedding? Get Some Help Choosing Event Professionals

Have you recently gotten engaged? First of all, congratulations! Secondly, our condolences. Condolences? Well, yes — being engaged means that pretty soon you’re going to have to plan a wedding.

Although there are many fun details that you’ll enjoy taking care of, the wedding planning process can be a long, treacherous road. There are so many event professionals you will have to interview or whose services you will need to evaluate. At every step of the process, you and your future spouse (and possibly your future mother-in-law!) will have to agree on the decision. Not to mention the hassle and heartbreak of having to stick to a budget that’s probably tighter than you’d prefer.

Well, we can’t increase your budget, but we can offer some assistance when it comes to evaluating the professionals. Whether you just need a little help choosing a caterer or florist, or you want the whole shebang — everything from an event planner to a photo booth — there’s an app that you need to check out. It’s called Styckie, and it is an easy, convenient and even fun way to get connected.

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With Styckie, you can set your budget and choose the services you’re interested in, then receive quotes and information from nearby photographers, DJs, bakeries, caterers, and other professionals. Styckie makes it easy to chat with them directly through the app, or exchange information so you can get in touch later on.

Of course, you will want to do more in depth research yourself. After all, that’s half the fun of planning an event. Taste the cakes and the hors d’oeuvres, listen to the band, browse through the photographers’ portfolios. It’s also a smart idea to ask for referrals, and then chat with the folks who have used that service in the past, to get an idea of how their experiences were.

Some 77% of people read online reviews before buying a product or booking a service, and you should count yourself among that population. Approach reviews with a grain of salt — after all, there will always be outliers — but if, on the whole, the reviews are positive, then you’ll know to add that provider to your list. During the next step, when you actually meet with the providers yourself and check out what they have to offer, you’ll want to use your own judgement, of course. And maybe that of your mother-in-law.

Planning any kind of event more elaborate than a Friday night get-together with the girls or your regular Wednesday poker night can feel utterly overwhelming, but you don’t have to start from the ground up. Styckie can offer information and contact details in one easy, convenient app, so that you’re not reinventing the wheel at every step of the process.

The average total cost of a wedding these days is $30,000 — but no matter what amount you plan to spend, you want to make sure you get your money’s worth. Styckie helps you do the initial research, so you have more time to taste the cake and dream about your big day.


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