Thursday, February 14, 2013

Love is in the Air!

Love is in the air! This Valentine’s Day we imagine there will be a few more engaged couples out there. Saying YES is only the beginning! After the proposal, and some time to revel in the moment, a couple begins their journey together planning their wedding. Some couples know exactly where to begin where others need a little help to get started.

We’ve put together a short list of places to start in the wedding planning process. With the right guidance, your dream wedding can come together quickly and beautifully! 


Start off Organized!
Purchase an accordion organizer or a binder to keep all of your wedding planning pieces. Label each folder or tab with various areas of wedding planning—church, rings, cake, wedding planner, photographer, music, etc.—where you can keep everything in its place.

Develop Your Wedding Budget
Begin to gather all your resources—parents, in-laws, your own contributions—and develop an overall budget for the wedding. Include everything from the wedding dress, bridal party gifts, decor, the rings, and the honeymoon. You can find wedding budget worksheets on popular sites such as Weddin
gWire, or enlist the guidance of your wedding planner. These worksheets help you to breakdown your budget into the amounts you should allocate for each area of the wedding.

Create the Guest List
Your guest list could be a determining factor for your budget. A lower budget might dictate you will need to keep your guest list small and intimate. Create an initial list to give you a sense of your total number. In some cases, parents may like to suggest some guests for the list as well, so be sure to add their list to yours.



Make Your Wish List
Spend some time talking with your fiance about what your ideal wedding would look like. Think about the location, the food, the overall experience you want for your guests and yourselves. You will also want to make sure both of your needs are met in terms of your vision. Do you have your heart set on
having an organic menu or perhaps you are searching for a rustic venue? Do you want a band, a DJ, or maybe additional options for entertainment? Spend some time talking about what each of you would love to see as part of your wedding day so that your wedding fits your specific personalities and style.

Hire a Wedding Planner or Day-of Coordinator ( should hire us!)
For some, the assistance of a wedding planner or day-of coordinator is an important place to start. You’ll want to find someone you feel comfortable with since you will be working with her/him over a long period of time. A Wedding Planner can be involved as much or as little as you need them to be. They can also help you save a great deal of time, money and frustration. So many couples find themselves stressed and over budget, which is not where you want to be during the wedding planning process. As wedding planners, we can keep you focused, on task, and well informed of the process.

Select a Venue
Many places book out a year or more in advance. If you are looking for a venue that could accommodate your ceremony and reception, your options might be narrowed down a bit. There are many gorgeous wedding venues throughout New England. It is a matter of finding the right place that suits your wedding vision and budget. 

These are just a few steps to get you started. If you are recently engaged and are looking for wedding planning guidance, we always provide a free consultation to our clients. You can contact us at to schedule an appointment.

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