Guide to Smart Wedding Planning by Edna Dratch-Parker & Jeri Solomon / #Review #BlogTour @Bookgal @RDWedInsiders

The Real Deal Wedding Insiders® Guide to Smart Wedding Planning gives you practical and actionable steps to take control of your wedding planning, make the best decisions, and keep your sanity along the way.
You’ll learn how to:
* Navigate stressful relationships
* Create a vision that represents you both
* Understand and build a realistic budget
* Choose the right venue and vendors
* Stay present and enjoy your wedding day
With a combined 30 years and hundreds of weddings produced, the Real Deal Wedding Insiders®have seen it all. Edna Dratch-Parker, founder and creative director of EFD Creative-Event Planning & Design, and Jeri Solomon, owner of Jeri Solomon Floral Design, together bring their depth of knowledge and real life experiences to help you on your wedding planning journey.




Finding the love of your life… This must be the best day ever and when one day they go on one knee and ask THE question, you are on cloud nine.

Getting married.. a perfect day… that’s what you want for yourself and your family. But it takes quite some time and preparations before the wedding bells start to chime.

Venue, flowers, invitations, dresses, … 1001 things you have to consider and to pick out before can finally walk down the aisle into the waiting arms of your significant other.

You no longer see the trees through the forest…

I live in Belgium and I got married a long time ago. Things have probably changed here too since then, but it felt like it was a lot easier. Of course in the USA there are other traditions people like to cherish and it’s interesting to compare notes.

In my time, we did not bother with bridesmaids, a matron of honour, a guest book or gifts for the guest. I guess it was a lot simpler to organise everything without the help of a wedding planner.

I can only imagine if you have to deal with all what was described in the book, it must feel like climbing a mountain wearing flippers. 😉 I guess you are only to happy to include a professional to lead the way.

If you do decide not to hire a planner, you have this great guide to help you see the light 😊

Great tips with very useful tips. 5 stars

Thank you


About the Authors

As the founder of EFD Creative – Event Planning & Design, Edna Dratch-Parker combines her passion for event planning with more than 25 years of experience as a graphic designer, creative director, and advertising and marketing entrepreneur to help clients turn their visions into reality. Edna established The Wedding Brander™ as a core service at EFD Creative to help couples brand their weddings.Edna is a member and distinguished graduate of the Association of Bridal Consultants and is a Professional Bridal Consultant™. She is also a member of The Boston Wedding Group, the National Association of Catering + Events, International Special Events Society and AIGA, the professional association for design. Edna is a graduate of Maine College of Art.

Edna’s work has been highlighted in publications such as Southern New England WeddingsBrides Boston magazine, Bliss Celebrations GuideThe Knot – Ultimate Wedding Lookbook and a coffee table book, Art of Celebration: The Making of a Gala, New England edition. Her work has also been featured in blogs such as Style Me Pretty.

EFD Creative was honored with the Social Event Planner of the Year Award from BizBash – the leading trade media for the event industry. Edna was named Wedding Planner Magazine’s, Trendsetter of the Year, 2012. She was also the recipient of National Association of Catering + Events Wedding of the Year 2012.

Her first job, at age 16, was in a flower shop. She found her calling early in life and never looked back!

She purposely maintains Jeri Solomon Floral Design as a small, boutique event studio because she believes in attention to detail and that each and every client deserves gorgeous flowers, impeccable design and exceptional service.

She LOVES flowers and helping people especially when it means being a part of a significant event in their lives, no matter how big or small. She’s passionate about taking a seed of idea from a client and finessing it into a gorgeous floral event.

She believes in an inclusive, and equitable environment , where all clients, staff and vendors–whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or identity–feel valued and respected.

Her other loves include her incredibly supportive husband, Jim (he understands he doesn’t see much of her on weekends) her very witty and handsome son, Jason (of course she’s biased!) her tuxedo cat, Hiro, her perennial garden and any kind of chocolate.

She believes practicing yoga solves most dilemmas, and is a Certified Yoga Instructor (RYT-200)

Her motto is: Weddings are stressful. Flowers shouldn’t be.

She’s a founding member of the Boston Wedding Group and has proudly maintained her membership for 20+ years. She has served on the executive board in the capacity of president, vice president, secretary and web chair.

She is a member of the Boston Chapter of NACE (National Association for Catering & Events)

She has won the prestigious WeddingWire Couple’s Choice Award every year since 2010 and The Knot’s Best of Weddings award annually since 2017.


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