Photo by Amy Anaiz Photography After getting engaged, you are probably flooded with advice of what you should do next. Call your parents and your best friend, take cute pictures to post on social media, get a manicure… the list goes on. However, there are also plenty of things you don’t want to do right after you get engaged. Not just little things immediately after, such as sharing the news online before telling your family, but in regards to decisions made in the first few weeks ahead. Here’s what to avoid if you don’t want to start wedding planning off on the wrong foot: - Don’t pick a date without consulting your VIPs. Getting a 100% attendance rate from your guests is virtually impossible, but you’ll want to make sure your immediate family and closest friends don’t have a major conflict. - Don’t share details until you have an idea about ... Read More »
Photo by John Cain Photography; Planning & Design by Emily Clarke Events Wedding talk is often focused on brides, and as such, bridal party discussions tend to hone in on bridesmaids. However, groomsmen have a lot to offer as well. They may not typically be the ones helping with DIY details (although you could always ask!) or throwing showers, but they are still a part of the support team. There have even been reports that groomsmen on average spend more to be in a wedding than bridesmaids do! All of this is to say that showing appreciation for the men standing up on the big day is important. Often, gifts are used to show you care. While there are certainly other ways to say thank you to the special men in your life, a thoughtful present is still sure to mean a lot. Just like with bridesmaids, avoid the temptation to get ... Read More »
The average engagement period is 11 months, and most wedding-planning checklists that can be found online are based on having a year to coordinate the details. However, there are plenty of couples out there who pull off the wedding of their dreams with only a few months to get everything organized. Of course, doing so can create its own unique challenges. While we would always recommend hiring a wedding planner, this is a must when you are on a short timeline. The only exception would be if you are having a very casual celebration or eloping. A short engagement often means you need you need to make compromises. Accept that from the start with the knowledge that the payoff is getting to marry the love of your life sooner. One of those compromises may be shrinking your guest list so that you have more venue options. Be quick and decisive when ... Read More »
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