You’re engaged, now what?


I am beyond excited to report that we have over 1500 entries after just one week!  I couldn’t help myself over the weekend, and started reading some of the entries, and I’m thrilled. A little tip as I’ve been reading the entries thus far.  Do tell your story in detail and make it compelling, I love a good love story, and so will everyone who will be voting for you.

It’s Monday, and we are all back at work and busy with our upcoming projects.  Really loving the way our client’s Valentine’s Day birthday dinner is shaping up.   Today, I thought I would give some tips to all of you who are knee deep in trying to figure out your wedding plans.  You just got engaged, now what?  There are obviously a million details to think about but I am going to start you off with the basics.

Where do I start when hired?  The first thing I have my clients work on is organizing their guest list.  After all, if you don’t know how many guests you are inviting, you will probably have a hard time figuring out an appropriate budget and you really can’t be looking at locations yet, lest the places may be too large and cavernous for your needs, or potentially too small.  Once you’ve gotten your guest list down on paper, so to speak, you can rest assured no matter how much people love you, not everyone will be able to attend, so this is not your final number but certainly a good place to start.  Starting to collect everyone’s address will be another task you may want to take on sooner rather than later.

Now that you have a guest list together, the next task at hand is budget.  You may need to discuss this with both of your families, as well as amongst each other, if you are planning to contribute.  Having a budget means you have a guideline.  This will help you keep your costs in line.  Clearly, a guideline is important, if you commit to a photographer that is too high, you may not be able to have the cake you are dreaming of.  Imagine the travesty!  There are many applications online that can assist you in putting a budget together.

Once you have your guest list and a budget you are ready to start some serious planning.  You are ready to look at locations.  When scouting locations, again, be sure the space is neither too cavernous, nor too small for your wedding, as neither is appealing.  It’s also important to get a thorough cost estimate from the locations you are considering, as to avoid any costly mistakes with your budget.

Gotta run… I have locations to scout and budgets to review.  Have a great week everyone.


PS – My friend stopped by at the Crate and Barrel store in Beverly Hills over the weekend and took this photo… I can’t say I wasn’t a little giddy.