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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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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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Real Bride Chat-Post Wedding Reflections

On March 23, 2013 Nicole Ash & Jason Faulkenberry said “I Do” at the Doubletree Roswell surrounded 90 guest.  A lover of champagne and everything it stands for the couple wanted their weekend to be a celebration of their love.  

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How different was your original wedding vision from your actual wedding?
Fortunately, Jason and I had a long engagement (about 17 months). This gave us the time to not only plan in detail the things we wanted for our wedding day, but also the time to execute them and of course save the money we needed to budget them. With this being said, our wedding day went out without a hitch and it was everything we had imagined and more 🙂
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What surprised you most about the planning process?
What surprised me most about wedding planning was basically ALL the stuff there is to plan for! From all the vendors, to the venue, to the dress, guest list.. the list in endless. It was pretty overwhelming especially because I live away from all of my family. There is NO way I could have done it without some assistance. I was surprised that I really needed an experienced professional to keep all the details straight for me, and to keep me on track with deadlines.

What surprised you the most about the wedding day?
What surprised me most about my wedding was how fast it flew by! It was a wonderful night and I enjoyed every minute of it, but it goes so fast! Luckily, I had a FANTASTIC wedding coordinator who kept track of all the wedding things that need to be done throughout the night (cake cutting, bouquet toss etc) so I was free to enjoy my time with my husband, family, and guests with the occasional interruption from my coordinator to get these tasks done.
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What was your favorite moment of the wedding day?
My most favorite moment of my wedding day was the ceremony! While I was super nervous to have all those eyes on my when I walked in, it was amazing to see all my loved ones in one room there to celebrate with me. Of course while I had all those eyes on me, my eyes were focused on one thing… my groom looking back at me up at the Alter. I will never forget the moment I first saw his reaction to me decked out in the wedding dress. I looked at him the entire walk up the aisle. When I finally got up there, he whispered to me “You look awesome” Haha.

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Finally, what is your best tip for future brides?
My tips for future brides would be to really take the time to decide on the things you want for your wedding day. Explore all your options because there are A LOT! Also, make sure you take some time to actually eat the food! With so many things going on, and so many people wanting your attention its easy to let dinner pass you by. But, its a long day and you need to eat, and you paid for it! Haha. Finally, I would definitely recommend having someone who KNOWS weddings on your side. There are so many behind the scenes details I wasnt even aware of let alone knew how to handle. Yes, you may have family who can help you plan, but on the actual wedding day it is so vital to have someone who isn’t a guest there to coordinate all of the many activities going on around you. As I said earlier, this leaves you free to enjoy your special day!
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I said “Yes”…Now What?

10 Tips to Kickstart your Wedding Plans 

1.  Announce your Engagement

We live in a socially connected world via media these days. So when major events in our lives happen our first impulse is to Facebook and Tweet.  Pick up the phone and call your close family then friends and tell them the great news.  They will be so excited to hear the story from you and not reading it online.

2.  Set a budget

Long are the days of tradition when the “Bride’s family paid for the wedding”.    It is common practice to see both sides paying for the big day.  Talking about money is never easy for either side, but get it out of the way early so that you can enjoy the Wedding Planning process.

3.  Create your guest list

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

4.  Choose your Bridal Party

Like your guest list choose your closet friends and family members to stand with you on your day.  Big isn’t always better, a small group will be easier to manage.  Find a fun creative way to invite everyone to be your wedding party.  Be open if someone declines your invitation due to finances or work schedules.  

5.  Choose 3 possible dates/time 

Choosing a wedding date is not easy there are so many factors to consider.   Ask yourselves the following:  what time of the year to you prefer, the weather, work/vacation schedules and holidays.  Then choose three dates in case your preferred dates are not available.

6.  What’s your wedding style?

Knowing your wedding style will help you plan and design the wedding details from start to finish.  There are so many styles to choose from classic, vintage, modern, rustic, etc. Once you figure out your style create a board on Pinterest to share with your wedding vendors.

7.  Consider a hiring a Wedding Planner

Hiring a Wedding & Event Planner, needn’t be a luxury-it can actually help you to save both time and money.  If nothing else, consider hiring one for the big day to organize vendors and other details while you get ready.  Wedding planners have other bonuses, such as getting you deals you wouldn’t get otherwise.

8.  Research & Interview {Ceremony, Reception Venues, Planners, Vendors}

Referrals are the best research you can do.  Talk to your friends who recently got married who they used. Read online reviews on Facebook, Yelp, local wedding planning sites and magazines.    Contact and make appointments with at least two vendors per  category to compare.

 

Plan on booking your vendors in the following order:

Ceremony Location

Reception Venue

Wedding Planner

Photographer

Catering if not provided by the venue

Entertainment

Stationary/Invitations

Florist

Rentals

 

9.  Say Yes to the Dress!!

You have been working hard thus far grab your Mom and Bridesmaids and head over to the Bridal Salon and play.  You will say “Yes” to the dress that makes you feel your best.

10.  Enjoy the Planning!! Remember to take some time out from planning to stay connected to your fiance.

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Why You Need A Wedding Planner

Do I really need a Wedding Planner?  Can’t my friend just coordinate my day?

A Professional Wedding Planner will have experience with the “What Ifs”.  She will get to know and blend your personalities into every aspect of your wedding.  

She is a source of information, a negotiator, mediator and expert on wedding etiquette.  She will have a list of professional vendors who she has worked with personally to refer to you.

Hiring a Wedding & Event Planner, needn’t be a luxury-it can actually help you to save both time and money.  

So yes, you need a Wedding Planner, and choose to be a guest on your Wedding Day!!

 

 

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