With Thanksgiving just a few days away, Christmas is definitely right around the corner . . . and with it comes the beginning of what I call Engagement Season. From Christmas Day through Valentine’s Day more couples get engaged than during any other time of the year. What a great way to warm up those cold winter nights!
If this season brings a little something sparkly to your left ring finger, may I be the first to say “CONGRATULATIONS”! What an exciting time . . . and what a wonderful way to start off the new year. As you begin to wade your way through the planning process, I know you may feel a little overwhelmed, so I offer some of my best tips for getting your Big Day Underway . . .
1. Don’t Jump Into Choosing Your Date!!!
When you start planning, the best thing to do is have a specific month or time of year in mind for your wedding date. Then start looking at venues. This gives you so many more options when booking a site . . . and helps you take advantage of specials or discounts that venues may offer for weekdays or off-season dates. The more flexible your date is, the more likely it is you can get the best deal possible on the wedding venue of your dreams!
2. Book the Site and then Buy Your Dress – it is all downhill from there
The wedding venue and your wedding gown are the 2 things you want to take care of the furthest in advance. Popular venues book up about 9 months in advance and wedding gowns typically take 4-6 months to special order. Checking these 2 items off the list first not only ensures that you stay on track with your timeline, but they also are the 2 elements that most directly influence the style and feeling of your wedding. It is much easier to make floral, decor and party decisions when the 2 biggest elements are already in hand.
3. Don’t let another Vendor talk you OUT of hiring a Wedding Planner
I love working with other dedicated wedding professionals, and the best vendors all understand the value that a Wedding Planner can bring to your special day. That said, be wary of vendors who try to talk you out of hiring a Wedding Planner. This is especially popular with venue event managers. They love to tell Brides that they can take the place of a Wedding Planner or Day-Of Coordinator, and that is just not true. They will set the site to your specifications and make sure that the food goes out on time, and they will even tear down at the end of the night . . . but that does not even come CLOSE to what a Dedicated Wedding Planner will give you. A Wedding Planner will work with you from Day 1 on EVERY element of your day . . . your dress, the invitations, collecting groomsmen measurements, helping out of town guests make travel arrangements and ensuring that you and your family are able to truly sit back and ENJOY your wedding day. Planning a wedding involves so much more than just deciding where the cake table should sit and what time the toasts should start . . . it means getting involved and creating a relationship with a Bride and Groom, creating a style that is unique and executing a wedding day that is everything the Bride & Groom could hope for.
4. Visit the January Bridal Shows to collect ideas and vendor information
I love Bridal Shows – they are my favorite way meet new Brides. As a Bride, this is your great opportunity to see what the wedding professionals have to offer and to start collecting ideas for your own day. Plus, many vendors offer specials if you book from a Bridal Show . . . I know I do! You get the chance to meet vendors in person and then decide if you want to pursue a consultation . . . and you will also get to register for prizes. It’s a fun and inexpensive way to get the planning process started.
Hopefully, these few simple tips put you on the road to the wedding of your dreams. Remember, As You Wish Events is here to continue to guide you down the path to wedded bliss, and we would LOVE to meet with you one-on-one to start creating you perfect day. Give us a call today, or stop by and see us at the Colorado Bridal Show on January 16th, 2011 – where we will be previewing 4 great new wedding table styles! We hope to see you there!
PS. We are giving away a free Day-Of Wedding Coordination package to anyone who registers at our booth at the show! So make sure you come by!