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* (1 night) King Size Overnight Accommodations at Chateau Elan Resort
* 7:30PM Dinner for Two in Versailles Restaurant
* Breakfast for Two in Versailles the Following Morning, February 16th
* Package Includes Gratuity
* Check In Time: 3PM, Saturday Feb 15 – Check Out Time: 12PM Sunday Feb 16
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1. Spread the news. Start with your parents of course, then move out in concentric circles to siblings, best friends, and other close relatives (especially older ones who would appreciate hearing the news directly from you). If possible, deliver the news in person; if not, over the phone. Depending on your family dynamic, I think a group email to more distant relatives is perfectly acceptable. After all the VIPs have been notified, feel free to let loose on Facebook , Twitter or Instagram!
2. Put an organization system in place. Once you’re engaged, paperwork and information will mysteriously start to accumulate faster than butter melting on a biscuit, so figure out a way to corral it. A simple 3-ring binder works great, though tabbed dividers, pocket protector sleeves, and zippered pouches all might make it more useful. Of course, there are lots of readymade “wedding binders” on the market, too, so do what works for you!
3. If you haven’t done so already, start saving — and start the budget conversation. Even if you might not know exactly how much your wedding will cost, it’s a pretty good bet that it will be expensive. Like all expensive things, the sooner you start saving, the smaller the amount per month you need to save, and therefore the less painful it will be. Thankfully, even though it’s nearly impossible to know how much the wedding in your head will cost before talking to vendors, it’s still possible to set your budget, because your budget should be based on the amount of money you have, not the amount of money you want to spend. In addition to tallying whatever you and your fiance will contribute, check in with both sets of parents (if they haven’t made the first move).
4. Dream a little. After all, if you and your fiance decide that the perfect wedding for you is a intimate destination luau, that will certainly affect your guest list! Some gals will know right out of the gate what type of wedding they want (or, let’s be honest, years before) — and some will have absolutely no idea. Either way, it’s okay! Hop on Pinterest, check out our Pinterest page or create your own inspiration board. Aside from individual details, think about how you want your wedding to feel — the individual details will follow from there.
5. Draw up a guest count. Once you’ve got a rough idea of what sort of wedding you might be interested, it’s time to start thinking about who might attend. Ask your parents for their ideal lists, and draw up one of your own. There will be plenty of time later to add or subtract, but at this stage, all you want to know is whether you’re dealing with 50 people or 500.
6. Figure out where (in general) and when (in general) you want to get married. For some couples, the where might be a snap decision — maybe it’s the bride’s hometown, a family vacation spot, or the city where you both live now. For others, there might be a range of possibilities that need to be narrowed down. Same with the when. John and I knew that there was no other month for us besides September, but my sister in law and future brother in law (who just got engaged — whoo!) were considering months from January 2014 to April 2014 to October 2014. Openness like that is great because it gives you more flexibility with venues, but it also leaves a lot of things in flux — namely, how much time you have to plan.
7. Book a venue, and start thinking about priority vendors. I would not recommend booking any other vendor (or even buying your dress) before you’ve signed on the dotted line for a venue. However, if there’s a photographer or videographer or any other vendor you have your heart absolutely set on, absolutely reach out to them as you narrow down dates to make sure their schedules are clear. John and I knew that we needed a date that worked for our venue, photographer, and officiant, so we made sure all three were in the loop before confirming September 15.
8. Insure your ring. Your jeweler will likely have provided an appraisal by a certified independent gemologist with your purchase; if not, make sure you get one. Many existing homeowner’s or renter’s policies allow you to add a jewelery rider, but there are also great options for a separate policy. Whichever you choose, find out if you’re covered if the ring is lost, stolen, or damaged, as well as how the replacement value is calculated.
Friends! We’d love to hear from you. Who was the first person you told about your engagement? What did you book first?
Congrats to our the newly ENGAGED!! As you start the new year we want to give you some budgeting tips for your wedding! It’s possible to have a wedding on any budget, but it’s not possible to have any wedding on any budget. Your wedding will be gorgeous and meaningful and memorable because you two are at the center of it — blissfully happy and in love — no matter how much you spend or don’t spend. Years from now, that love and happiness is what you and your guests will remember above all else! Here are some universal tips from experienced brides.
1. Start saving early if you have “champagne tastes on a beer budget.” Even if you might not know exactly how much your wedding will cost, it’s a pretty good bet that it will be expensive. Like all expensive things, the sooner you start saving, the smaller the amount per month you need to save, and therefore the less painful it will be. If you know you’re going to want some of those amazing extras that a parent might not be as willing to splurge on, like videography and photography!
2. Set your budget. Thankfully, even though it’s nearly impossible to know how much the wedding in your head will cost before getting engaged and talking to vendors, it’s still possible to set your budget, because your budget should be based on the amount of money you have, not the amount of money you want to spend. In addition to tallying whatever you and your fiance will contribute, check in with both sets of parents (if they haven’t made the first move). I would recommend going into the conversation with a grateful heart and without expectations, and being thankful for any contribution they might want to make.
3. Prioritize your budget. Once you’ve determined the pool of money available to spend, it’s time to begin slicing it up. Start to talk with your fiance about what’s most important to you both, and start to reach out to vendors and venues with whom you’re interested in working. As quotes come in, you’ll start to see how your money might need to be allocated.Wedding quotes can be eye-popping and confusing at first, but there are lots of articles out there that will help you understand them better (two I recommend on flowers: here and here). It also might be helpful to look at how other couples have split their budget — mine is right here, and Ruffled also runs a great series on real budgets. Also: don’t forget to calculate tips into the cost of each vendor. You can find our tips for tipping here.
4. Set up good relationships with vendors from the start. Tell them about what you have planned for your wedding and why you’re excited about it; tell them why you love their work. Vendors tend to go above and beyond for clients they genuinely like and who are appreciative of them — it’s just human nature.
5. Negotiate with care. A photographer might be willing to take 10% off his package price under certain circumstances, but please don’t expect a discount — they’ve set their prices with careful thought. Instead, if the price quoted is beyond your budget, see if you can subtract something from what he’s presenting — an album, hours of coverage, number of prints — for a lower price. A florist should be able to work with you on what flowers are in season and which blooms will have the most impact per dollar. Some vendors who love to travel may waive their travel fees for certain locations that they’ve always wanted to visit — if you’re getting married in a particularly stunning location, it might be worth a shot! If you have the luxury of a long engagement, you might be able to book vendors like photographers or videographers at, say, their 2013 prices even though your wedding is in 2014.
6. If necessary, cut based on your priorities. That being said, a few ideas to get your wheels turning: skip ceremony flowers (choose a beautiful location instead); skip favors unless you can think of something that’s truly meaningful to you as a couple; buy a pre-loved gown or sell yours post-wedding; borrow a car from a friend or just ride in yours instead of renting a limo or vintage car; skip a reply card and have guests email their RSVPs; order a simple cake design and crown it with a gorgeous topper (bonus points if it’s a family heirloom!).
7. Supplement your professionals. While some things should ALWAYS be left to professionals, there are some amazing ways to cut costs while working hand-in-hand with the pros you’ve hired!
8. Borrow! Not everything has to be bought new (or even old) for your wedding! Borrowed pieces can lend a beautiful air of family and heritage to your wedding day, and, in my experience, guests love having a hand in the magic!
9. Share! There are some amazing stories of brides getting married on the same weekend at a venue using the same tent draping, for instance, or the same arbor for their ceremony. See if your venue will put you in touch with your fellow brides, or put out feelers on social media or through friends of friends to see who you might be able to connect with!
10. Take care of your guests. We LOVE details, but at some point (especially when you’re on a limited budget), start thinking about how it will FEEL to you and your guests. People will remember when you made them feel comfortable and included and welcomed, and they will also remember when they had to wait in a line or ate cold food or trek a mile to the bathroom because you didn’t want to pay for a port-a-potty. They will almost certainly forgive you for those things, because they are your dearest friends and family and they love you, but wouldn’t it be better to avoid them altogether? Gracious hospitality is always a budget “do.”
11. Remember it’s not the only party you’ll throw in your lifetime. As I was planning our wedding, every so often I’d see an idea that I really, really wanted to include… except that it didn’t fit in our budget, or it didn’t fit with the aesthetic of our day. Whenever this happened, I sat myself down and issued a reminder: this party was not the last one I would throw in my life-time. It might be the biggest, and it might be the most expensive, but I had years of dinner parties, birthday parties, and anniversary parties ahead of me, and there would more than likely be a place to incorporate my idea of the day into one of those future soiree’s.
Friends, we’ve hardly scratched the surface with these budgeting tips, even though this post is astonishingly long! What do you all have to add? Where are you splurging and where are you saving for your wedding? Are you borrowing or sharing or supplementing? We’d love to hear your comments!!
A retirement party is the opportunity to celebrate one’s past accomplishments as well as their future endeavors. A time to celebrate with family, friends and work colleagues. This was such a great milestone for the families father after working for 36 long years and we were excited to design this event with a gold, silver and black theme. We incorporated a 4o person estate table adorned with various candles, beads, mercury candles and holiday ornaments. Congratulations once again on your retirement!
When our client called us regarding her baby shower we immediately fell in love with the theme and the mint green + lavender color scheme. The tables were draped with lavender table clothes and accompanied with mint green hand painted mason jars and fresh lavender roses with pearl bows. The candy station displayed large gum balls, sugar beads, apple twist marshmallows, cupcakes, and apple twist lollipops. The guests had a ball and showered Reachelle and baby Raileigh with much love!
Great article on Brides.com! Couples aren’t only shopping together for an engagement ring, more and more soon-to-be Mr. and Mrs. are splitting the bill, too.
According to the Today show, women are fronting some of the money for their most precious piece of jewelry because nowadays they bring home the bacon, too.
“Today, because both the man and woman earn money and contribute to the financials and the decision-making, it’s not surprising that both of them are involved in all aspects [of choosing and paying for the ring],” Samantha Daniels, professional matchmaker and founder of Samantha’s Table Matchmaking, told Today.com. “I think it makes for a better connection between the two people.”
To lower the cost of an engagement ring, some couples will choose the more affordable option of updating a family heirloom rather than buying a brand-new diamond. Overall, couples want to split the bill to save money for other important milestones in their marriage.
Of course, not all couples are on board with this burgeoning trend. Late Night host Jimmy Fallon, tweeted his disapproval.
Head over to Facebook and tell us, what you think about couples splitting the cost of an engagement ring.
This is such a sweet wedding montage we saw on Southern Weddings blog. And if we might add, a bit of a tear jerker!
Jordan and Bryan could not be sweeter together, and their whole wedding was centered around faith, family, and music. Limestone Films did an amazing job capturing the joy and excitement of their big day!
How they met: Jordan stats, “Though we attended high school together, it wasn’t until we were both working at Cohutta Springs Youth Camp that the spark began. I was a drama instructor and life guard and Bryan was a swimming instructor. We life guarded together, and over many flirty splashes, late summer night talks, and a country contra dance, we knew there was an attraction. Two and a half years later he proposed to me on a beautiful dock in my families’ traditional vacation spot: WaterColor, Florida. Both of our families even hid behind the bushes to congratulate us immediately after he proposed!”
I’ve visited Cohutta Springs on several occasions and its such a beautiful place to reconnect with friends, family and God.
Check it out!
This past weekend we had the opportunity to see two people become one. Elon and Mirio’s wedding processional was supposed to begin from outside of the church. Unfortunately it began to storm heavily a few hours before the wedding started so plan B went into full affect! Rain symbolizes blessings, cleansing, unity, and a new beginnings. In some cultures it’s also a symbol of fertility. Due to these positive connotations, a rainy wedding day is very often considered a wonderful thing! Congrats again Elon and Mirio, may you continue to cherish many blissful rain drops and long lasting love.