Congratulations to everyone who got engaged over this holiday season! I have been planning weddings at the Inn for the past 10 years and have some tips that may be helpful in the beginning of your wedding planning journey.
What is the first thing that every bride wants to do once engaged? Tell everyone she knows! While your parents and immediate family should be the first to know, telling them in person is the best way to share your news. Once your family knows your good news it is time to share with everyone else. There are numerous ways to get the news out quickly. Making phone calls is definitely one way to start, but you can also consider noting your engagement on Facebook and sending an e-mail to everyone you want to share with. There is also the traditional route in throwing an engagement party and posting your engagement in your local newspaper.
After the excitement of getting engaged starts to wear off it is time to officially start planning your wedding and reception. The first thing that every couple should determine is your budget and how much will be allotted to each segment of your wedding which can include the church, reception, flowers, entertainment, photography, favors, honeymoon, etc…
Your next step is picking your wedding date by seeing what dates your ceremony and reception venues are both available. Be open when considering dates especially if on a tight budget as most venues will offer a discount for a Friday evening or Sunday wedding. When looking at reception venues it is best to research all that you are interested in and then narrowing down your list to 3 – 5 and making appointments to check the ones that you are really interested in. Keep in mind that you will love and not love something about every venue you look at and should make your decision on what is most important to you. Continue reading