Congratulations on your engagement!
If you are recently engaged you may still be up in the clouds about your engagement!
After he proposes there is so much to do….you have to call all of your friends and scream that you just got engaged, post it on Facebook so everyone knows, bask in the attention of friends and family congratulating you, show off your beautiful ring, and then……start planning the wedding of your dreams. Once reality hits that you now have to plan a wedding many brides are left with the question….now what?
Well, I am here to help!
In my experience the first thing that any bride should do is decide on a budget. Over the next few weeks I will give you insight on how to start a budget and give clear examples of what should be done and some things to expect.
Look for my next post on “Who Pays For What?”…
Whether your budget is $10,000 or $50,000 every bride is looking at ways they can stay within budget… no matter how big or small that budget may be. One of the Glendalough Manor brides getting married in October found a great website she shared with me where you can find elegant decorations for any event at reasonable prices. You can buy glass vases, crystal curtains or trees, aisle runners, preserved flowers and much more!!
The best thing about this website is that if you are trying to cut costs you can create your own centerpieces or favors to cut labor costs associated with vendors. Try this link and let us know what you think!
I think every bride is looking for ways to make their wedding day as special and unique as possible. After seeing many weddings I have come to think the best way any bride can do this is by taking a look at her and her fiancés interests and incorporate it in to the wedding. I have given some examples below how real brides make their day unique …
Table Numbers: One of the many ways to make your wedding unique is by naming your tables instead of numbering them. It can be of all the places you have been together or maybe cities you want to visit. My favorite was a bride and grooms that are hockey players and named all of their tables off of their favorite players….the guests understood the table names right away and loved that they brought hockey (which they both loved) to the wedding. I also had a teacher use small chalkboards at each table with numbers written in chalk. Super cute!
Place cards or place card table: Oh! I love place card tables…yes… I know they are a pain, but if you think about it the place card table is one of the first things your guest will see as they enter your reception. Anything goes with the place card tables! I have had brides that love to read give out bookmarks as the place card and decorated the table with their favorite books. I also had a bride with a wine theme use corks to hold up the place cards.
Favors: Anything edible always is always great for your guests. I love candy or sweets stations that incorporate all of the bride and grooms favorite themes. I have a bride and groom that play softball and baseball having a “baseball” themed candy buffet….peanuts, cracker jacks, sunflower seeds you name it they are having it on their candy buffet.
I hope all of these examples have helped jump start your creative ideas…….Happy Planning!