Typically, after Valentine’s the phones start ringing pretty madly and today is no exception. Whether I will be working with some of these couples, or not, I do love to hear all the engagement stories. I’ve certainly heard the range over the years, from the very elaborate and precisely orchestrated to sweet and simple. They all have the same sentiment and that is what mostly matters (along with the perfect ring. Ha!). So I will devote this blog entry to some useful tips. You just got engaged, now what? First of all, breathe. Take it easy, if only for a moment. This brief moment in time (the engagement period) will pass quickly and soon enough you will be busy with guest lists, budgets, seating arrangements, and calligraphy samples. Once you’re taken a moment to take in your new status, there are some things you will want to consider and discuss with your fiancé and families.
Date – Figure out what time of year works for you and how quickly, or slowly, you would like to move forward with the planning/decision making. Once you have a general idea of the date (and definitely think about the weather in your region when making this decision), choose a couple of dates and run them by the important people in your life, to be sure there are no major conflicts. In actuality, the more flexible you are with the date, the easier it will be to find a location.
Budget – No one usually enjoys this topic, but it is one worth bringing up early on. Seems like so many people I speak with have no idea how much weddings cost, and there really is such a range, depending on what part of the country you are in and what your expectation are. Nonetheless, I believe in clarity and communication with this topic. Speak to all the parties who may be contributing and see what you have to work with. There is no sense in checking out a facility that is out of your price range, or find out the photographer you hired is twice what you should be spending.
Once you have discussed the above, do enlist the help of a professional if you can afford it. Most of the time I find, you can barely afford not to. A seasoned wedding planner can help you make smart choices along the way and avoid what could be costly mistakes. There are many wedding planners out there these days and there is a range in terms of their fees.
Happy Valentines Day and Happy Engagement to all the new brides and grooms out there.
PS- I am super excited about this week’s appearance for the Crate and Barrel Wedding Party Event at The Grove in LA this Sunday. Coming up with some exciting ideas for my tabletop designs. Maybe I will meet some of you there? Call the store directly to make a reservation 323 297 0370