Top Five Things to Do After You Become Engaged!

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?
We have created a list of the five most important things to do over the next few weeks to start your wedding planning!

1. SET A DATE:

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Setting a date may not be as easy as it sounds!  Of course your need to think about the time of year you want to get married.  Do you want a Spring, Summer or Fall wedding?  You will want to consider the day of the week to get married.  To save money look at getting married on a Friday evening or even a Saturday afternoon versus an evening wedding.  Make sure the date you choose allows enough time for planning and enough time to pay for the wedding of your dreams. Giving between six months to a year to plan and pay for a wedding is usually best.  Also, try not to be too specific on a date before you visit venues.  Having a few dates in mind (maybe 1st, 2nd, 3rd choices) can open up available venues for you!

2. CREATE A BUDGET:

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One of the hardest things you will do during your wedding planning is to decide on a budget.  Talk with both sets of parents and see what each will contribute, if anything.  This will help in deciding on an overall budget.  Most parents have no idea how much a wedding costs.  Preparing a sample budget is a great way to show realistic numbers to your parents.  A great tool available for any bride to use is the Cost Calculator at Glendalough Manor.  This tool gives you accurate numbers on everything from your venue to your flowers.

3. WEDDING PLANNER?

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You will need to decide on whether or not you will need a wedding planner.  How much time do you have to plan a wedding?  If you don’t have much time to contribute to planning a wedding, consider a planner that will take some of the stress off of you.  Are you planning a destination wedding that requires local knowledge and expertise?   Do you want someone to be there on your wedding day to execute the day so it runs smoothly?  Answering these questions will help in determining whether you may need a planner and how much help you will need!

4. OVERALL THEME:

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Think about what you want your wedding to look like.  Do you want an outdoor or indoor ceremony and reception?  Do you want a traditional venue or untraditional venue?  Do you have certain wedding colors you want to use?  Make a list of the top five words you would use to describe your dream wedding.  Keep these words in mind as you make decisions along the wedding planning process.

5. BOOK WEDDING VENUE:

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Most brides say finding the perfect wedding venue is one of the most difficult decisions you will make.  Make sure to do your research.  Come prepared with questions.  Look for hidden costs that can add up as well as making sure you can afford any minimum requirements on food or alcohol.  Trust your gut.  If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Once you set a date, create a budget, hire a wedding planner, decide on an overall theme for the wedding and book a wedding venue you can start on what we like to call the “fun stuff”.  Buy magazines and search the internet looking at wedding dresses, cakes, flowers and all of the fun and exciting wedding details.  Try to enjoy the experience as stressful as it can be sometimes.  At the end of the planning you will be marrying the man of your dreams so that is what is most important!

Congratulations again and happy planning!

Glendalough Manor Real Wedding: Stunning Fall Wedding

Angela and Justin were married on November 3, 2012 in the beautiful gardens of Glendalough Manor. The couple could not have asked for a more perfect backdrop for their Fall wedding. Glendalough Manor in the Fall is surrounded by trees with leaves in red, orange and yellow making a stunning location for a November wedding.

The bride chose an ivory lace Allure bridal gown and tied an ivory satin sash at her waist. Her bridesmaids wore one shoulder full length dresses in a radiant shade of blue. They accented their blue gowns with yellow shoes! The groomsmen wore gray tuxes with the groom wearing a gray tie and the groomsmen matching the bridesmaids with a blue tie.

The bride and her bridesmaids carried bouquets from Blueberry Spring Florist. The bride carried a bouquet filled with yellow calla lilies, sunflowers with touches of green hydrangea and hypericum berries. The bridesmaids carried bouquets of yellow sunflowers and green hypericum berries.

The couple had a heartfelt ceremony under the pergola and enjoyed the beautiful weather by taking some of the most gorgeous pictures in the gardens.

One of A Kind Music Productions kept the party going all night.

Congratulations to Angela and Justin from the entire family at Glendalough Manor. It was truly an honor to be a part of your day!

And a big thank you to Making Memories Photography for allowing us to use these beautiful photographs!

The Yummiest Late Night Snacks for your Wedding!

If you don’t know yet, one of the hottest trends in 2012 and 2013 are late night snacks!  These tiny bites of goodness usually served towards the end of your wedding make the perfect snack after a long night of partying and celebrating. The more unique the snack, the more impact it can make.  Most guests aren’t expecting any more food for the evening so this little sweet or savory treat can be a great unexpected surprise!

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Some of my favorite late night snacks are ones that the bride and groom enjoy!  If you love hamburgers or hotdogs, try serving mini versions.  I love how one bride packed these up in a “to go” box for the guests to take home!

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Guests love comfort food!  You can even choose to pass out small small containers of french fries or have a french fry bar!  This would go great with the mini hot dogs or sliders!

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If you or your groom prefer sweets, serve your guests doughnuts, milk and cookies, or my favorite from Glendalough Manor is the homemade assorted mini milkshakes.  Delicious!

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Everyone loves something at a fair so why not offer some of the same yummy choices like snow cones, cotton candy or popcorn!!

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Or if you can’t decide choose something savory and sweet….my favorite is bacon dipped in chocolate!!! Yum!!!

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Which is your favorite late night snack? Leave us your comments!