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5 Steps to Organizing your Wedding Brain {Plus 3 articles from other wedding pros}

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Five tips to organizing your Wedding Brain

Congratulations! You have found the man of your dreams and he asked you to be his wife! Now what? Where do you start? Bridal Show? Wedding Magazines? Pinterest? With so many planing options out there today it takesIt is hard to stay focus on the reason why your getting married with a never ending task list.

Step #1 Show me the Money!
Long are the days of tradition when the “Bride’s family paid for the wedding”. Talking about money is never easy, but it is crucial step in the wedding planning process. Sit down with both sets of parents and discuss the budget and your vision. This will help you narrow down your choices of venues Take care of this ASAP so that you can start planning for the wedding you can afford.

Step #2 Guest who’s coming to dinner?

Your guest list will be dictated by your budget and will assist you in choosing your venue and vendors.

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When creating your guest list think about who in your lives you would want present on your Wedding Day.  Create a must invite list first with your closet family and friends.  These are the people that mean the most to you.  Cut guest that you haven’t spoken with in over a year, eliminate co-workers, second cousins, etc.  Everyone will want to be invited but not everyone is a VIP on this day.

Step #3-So, When is the big day?
The number one question after you tell your engagement story is When’s the big day? Finding the perfect wedding date can be overwhelming. Here are a few key things to consider: season and time, budget, destination, schedules, venue and vendor availability. Then choose 2-3 dates in case your preferred dates are not available.

Step #4  What’s your wedding style?
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Are you Classic? City Chic? Vintage? or Rustic? Your wedding style should be determined by your personal styles; from the way you dress, decorate your home to your passions. Who you are couple should be visible in the details throughout your wedding day

Step #5  Choose your Dream Team
View More: http://brimcdanielphotography.pass.us/angelicapaulweddingChoosing the right vendor can be tricky, so where do you start? Referrals are the best research you can do.  Talk to your friends (especially if they’ve been married recently). Personal referrals are the best. Browse through local blogs, magazines & wedding directories for advice and inspiration. Once you have researched and narrowed down your choices make an appointment with at least two vendors per category to help you compare. It is very important that you not only like their portfolio you also like them on a personal level. You need to have a team that you trust with the most important day of your life!

Bonus-Book your Vendors in the following order:

Ceremony Location
Reception Venue
Wedding Planner
Photographer
Catering if not provided by the venue
Entertainment
Stationary/Invitations
Designer {Floral & Decor}
Rentals

I hope these steps will help ease your “Wedding Brain” and get you focused. Remember to take some time out from planning to stay connected to your fiance and remember the reason why your getting married.

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3.  Corianne Elizabeth at  Corianne Elizabeth Makeup
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XOXO,

Irene

Chief Event Officer

 

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Real Bride Chat-Post Wedding Reflections

Sarah & William Winter Wonderland

On February 15, 214 William and Sarah said “I Do” at the magnificent Callanwolde Fine Arts at the end of the second snowstorm of 2014 surrounded by their family & friends.   When I met Sarah & William in August 2013 they shared their vision for a winter wedding.  With the help of an amazing design team their vision was executed perfectly. 

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How different was your original wedding vision from your actual wedding? My vision for the wedding actually was brought to life by amazing planning and a wonderful decorator!  Some things were actually much prettier.   I think it’s very important for a bride to know what she wants and know how to communicate that to her planner 🙂

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What surprised you most about the planning process?  Probably the length of time it takes to get it “right”, to research options, and the countless little details you don’t even think about.
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What surprised you the most about the wedding day?  Just how beautiful and emotional it was. Also how quickly the night flies by!  Enjoy it because it’s over too quickly!
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What was your favorite moment of the wedding day?  Seeing how happy William was all night.  Also seeing that smile on my mom and dad’s and granny’s faces.
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Finally, what is your best tip for future brides?  Let’s see-know what you want and hire a planner who you love to work with and who shares your vision too.  Know your budget, research options, try to stay calm, and enjoy every single moment.

Thank You to the Wedding Pros assisted with Sarah & William’s Vision 
Planner: Irene Tyndale Events
Designer/Decor: Donna Lipscomb of Confetti
Floral: A&K Affairs
Catering: Zest Catering
Photographer/Video: Chris Brock Photography & Decisive Moments Photography
Entertainment: Fonix Entertainment
Vintage Car: Special Day Limo
Cake: Buckhead Bakehouse
Bride’s Hair & Makeup: Dina Marie Makeup 
Photobooth: TapSnap
Rentals: S&K Rentals

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