Guest Blog: Jena from An Affair to Remember Wedding Consultants
This week, your guest blog comes from Jena from An Affair to Remember, a wedding consultant.
You said “Yes”…now what?? Below is a snapshot of what to do next!
Agree Upon a Budget
Sit down with all pertinent family members, discuss who will pay for what then find a number that is realistic for everyone. Keep in mind that the time of year, day of week, formality of the wedding and anticipated guest count will impact the overall cost.
Envision the Overall Style & Theme
First thing, decide on the location for your wedding reception – upscale hotel ballroom, city loft, suburban reception hall or backyard barbeque. Start flipping through magazines and browsing wedding websites to get ideas of colors, flowers and décor (always remember to tear out the magazine ad or bookmark the website so you can remember your ideas when it comes time to booking your vendors).
Set a Timetable
The type of year you wish your wedding to take place will affect the planning timeline (i.e. Summer weddings should be planned at least a year in advance due to the competitiveness; Winter weddings are less traditional so dates are typically still available across the board).
Determine a Date
Summer, Fall or Winter wedding? Friday, Saturday or Sunday reception? All choices you should think about as you jump into planning. Be open to a handful of dates just in case the date you first selected is not available.
Consider Hiring a Wedding Consultant
Now that you’re engaged, you will soon realize what a whirlwind wedding planning can become. If you work full-time, it might not be a bad idea to hire a full-service wedding planner to lead you through this (at times) overwhelming process. If you’d prefer to do all the work yourself, consider hiring a Day-of-Coordinator to ensure that everything goes as perfectly as possible on your wedding day.
And Always Remember….
This should be one of the most exciting times for you so try and not let it become overwhelming or stressful. Ask for help from friends or family members if possible!
For more information on hiring An Affair to Remember for wedding planning services, please visit An Affair to Remember or call (708) 207-7650.