I'm just starting to plan an OBX DW for May 2011. I have a weeklong scouting trip (and vacation!) planned for the end of June - any advice on who I should meet with? Of course I plan to check out (and book if I can) possible houses for the reception. (Really loving Rendezvous, the Ritz in Duck, and a few others...) Should I try to meet with caterers? Florists? Bands or DJs? Bakers? I'm not sure when I'm going to get back before the big day, so I'd like to make the most of this trip.
Also - I'm planning a small wedding - about 50 is the goal. I never thought I'd need a wedding planner but after reading some posts on the boards, I'm now thinking it might be a good idea to get some "day of" assistance since the reception will be at a rental house. Is this an unnecessary expense that can go towards something else, or is it really worth it?
I'd love to hear from you if you have suggestions on either topic! Thanks in advance!