‘Tis the season – engagement season that is! Did you know that 35 percent of couples get engaged between Thanksgiving and New Year’s? If that’s you this year, then you’ve come to the right place to get started. We’ve compiled five of our favorite tips to getting down the aisle stress-free and successfully from the start!
1. What to do first in wedding planning: “Decide what is most important to you as a couple – food, photos, or fun! Base your wedding budget on which aspect you care about most; if it’s food then make sure you have an amazing caterer, if it’s photos then décor will be your focus, and if it’s fun, then you will want to make sure you have incredible entertainers and a wedding planner to worry about the details.” – Laura Campi, Catering Sales Manager, Omni San Francisco Hotel
2. How to narrow your wedding location search: Start with your budget. Having an accurate idea of how much money you have to spend will narrow down the wedding venues that fit your event. Don’t waste time calling, searching, and touring until you’re set on that number. Then, if you want a hotel wedding, take that overall budget, cut it in half, and don’t spend more than that amount on your venue, food, and beverage. Now you have an idea of what locations are going to be a fit for you.
3. How to come up with a wedding theme: The biggest trend is no trend at all. Weddings are personal, and so are the details. To express who each of you are individually and as a couple, find favorite things in your lives to share with your loved ones on your wedding day. That could be a color, a menu item or even the musical selections. To determine what matters most, take two weeks and write down little things in life that you come across and love. Then come together, compare notes, and add accordingly to your wedding day ideas – you’ll be surprised how easily those ideas flow!
4. How to manage that growing guest list: “Make an A, B and C guest list. A should be immediate family only (no third cousins), plus close friends (people that you have known for 2+ years). B list should be extended family and friends that you have not known as long. The C list should be reserved for your parents’ friends, co-workers, and the people you would feel guilty about not including. Invite the amount of guests that fit within your budget starting with your A list and extend invitations to the C list if your RSVPs come in under your budgeted head count.” – Laura Campi, Catering Sales Manager, Omni San Francisco Hotel
5. How to share wedding information: A wedding website is a must as soon as that date and wedding location are locked in. It will not only help keep your guests informed throughout the wedding planning process, but it will also help keep you sane by simply directing everyone there instead of fielding oodles of questions. From registry information to wedding guest room block details, even the proposal story and fun photos can be housed here.
Congratulations on your engagement! Still needing a bit of wedding inspiration? Check out photos from real Omni weddings on Omni’s Storybook Weddings Pinterest Board.
Harmony Walton is the founder of The Bridal Bar and host of Bridal Bar Radio on iHeartRadio. Harmony also expanded the brand into her passion of destination weddings with Jet Fete, a destination weddings and honeymoons blogsite dedicated exclusively to weddings abroad and romance travel. Her company has been recognized around the world as a trendsetter in weddings and featured in 100+ media outlets, including The Associated Press, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Entertainment Tonight, People Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, and many more.