Monthly Archives: November 2012

Wedding Planning: In The Beginning…

So you’re engaged and want to get married. Now what? Well first off, congratulations! Getting married is one of the biggest steps in your life so don’t rush into it. If you truly want to have your dream wedding then plan it wisely and follow these few tips.

1. Make sure that your wedding date gives you enough time to plan everything that you want to plan. Most major vendors for services that you would want, such as venues, caterers, photographers, DJ’s, etc. may not have any availability less than 9-10 months away.

2. Make a list of everything that you want, everything that you must have, and things that are maybes for your special day. This will come in handy when looking for vendors, talking to them and setting a budget to stick to.

3. If it seems too much for you to handle, hire a wedding planner to help you with it. Your wedding should be fun and enjoyable. If you are going to be too busy to plan it and do it all yourself, have a knowledgeable person guide you. After all, this is what they do, they know the ins and outs, the tricks and tips, the things to make sure you spend time and money on, and the things to avoid. You will not regret it in the end. For some amazing planners, visit our Vendors page.

4. Attend bridal shows. You get to see what is out there, what your options are, what is being offered and what is possible when it comes to your wedding. Talk to people, don’t just take a pamphlet and run, talk to them. Pick their brain, throw some ideas out there and see what comes back. A wedding cannot come out of a box and be done, you have to have your touch to it and truly make it yours.

5. Create a wedding binder with the information you receive. From quotes to contact information and conversations that you have had. Some companies, such as the Perfect Wedding Guide have made it even easier for you. On top of their ultra-portable size book, you can keep all your information portable by having it all online. That way you can access it wherever you are without having to carry anything but your cell phone with you.

6. Ask questions. Many people will volunteer information to you, but that does not mean that everything is useful to you. Ask questions of the many wedding professionals you meet and speak with and find out what exactly they can do for you specifically.

7. Sample. Sample. Sample. Look at photos, whether it be for a photographer, a baker, a DJ, a venue, etc. Visit the venues that you are considering and visualize it all. Taste the different cakes from the bakery you are considering. Have a tasting with the caterer of the food you want. Listen to a mix of the DJ or band you are thinking of hiring.

8. Budget. You may want many things, and when planning a wedding, a lot may seem very appealing, but that does not mean that everything is possible financially. Set a budget, know what you can and cannot afford and plan around that. Allow some room for extra spending just in case you want to add something as the day gets closer, but have a layout of what you want to spend on each vendor for your day.

Planning a wedding is no piece of cake. Nothing great and wonderful ever is, but we, as wedding professionals are here to make it all happen for you and help you along the way. If you want some initial direction, please make sure to visit our Preferred Vendors page for some great vendors that can make your wedding day sparkle, and most of all, ENJOY IT!

Be a 21st Century Bride

Weddings are an enormous production, even if your wedding only has 50-75 people, think about all the little parts that have to come together to make it all work and flow together. Here are a few things to always keep in mind, whether you are 1 week, 1 month, or 1 year from your wedding day.

1. Stop thinking of your wedding as “Perfect”. Murphy’s law always says, “if something can go wrong, it will”. Think about how less stressed you would be if you didn’t expect perfection to begin with. We are all people, we are all human, and sometimes things just don’t go “perfect”. However, you shouldn’t let one thing ruin the rest of the hard work and effort that you put into your wedding. Figure out what your options to fix it are, and move on. After all, it’s not just about the wedding, but the marriage itself too.

2. Everything in moderation when it comes to your theme or decorations for your wedding. Sure, orange may be your perfect color, but making everything orange will just make people dislike the color that much more. Try combining colors, ideas, and decor to have a lively appearance to your venue. Consult an interior designer on good matching colors, check out Pinterest, or even just Google around some and see what other brides have done.

3. Take care of your supporting cast, whether it be your bridesmaids, parents, groomsmen, ushers, etc. They are there for you to help you plan your special day and make it all flow. Keep in mind, they do not owe you anything, they do not have to do this for you, but they have volunteered because they care about you and your happiness. How about sharing some of that happiness and niceness with them? This comes in handy when you are deciding what they will wear, what their duties will be, how much of their time are you taking up outside of your actual wedding day, and much more.

4. There are two people going into this marriage, and even though your groom may not want to have much input on what things will look like, an opinion should always be asked. It is helpful to both be on the same page, rather than him finding out something on the day of the wedding. Start the marriage together, rather than by yourself, and it will lead to a better walk down the road of life.

5. Make it memorable. Everything you plan about your wedding, make sure that it is something that people will remember. Put that special touch to things that stand out. After all, if you don’t think anyone will notice, or no one will remember, why spend your hard-earned money doing it at all? From the atmosphere, to the food, to the music, to the flowers and more, make it memorable.

6. Don’t forget to eat. Most brides are on a “don’t eat much” diet before their wedding so that the wedding dress fits perfectly. However, the day of the wedding, eat. Don’t spend all your time walking around, worrying about everyone else. Take care of you first. If you eat small meals throughout the day, it will ensure that you have the energy to enjoy the day that you have been working so hard to make it amazing.

There are plenty more that you can keep in mind when planning your wedding, but our goal is to make you think of some of them in the hopes of refreshing your memory and keeping the big picture in mind. Weddings are supposed to be fun and enjoyable, make sure you have fun and enjoy yours!