Set up your bridal registry- for a wish list of things you both would like- try to include a range of different priced items from economical to extravagant to suit all budgets of your guests. If you have established a home residence together already, consider a “honeymoon registry” – this option offers guests non materialgift ideas, such as, buying you a “candlelit” dinner on the beach, a couple’s massage, romantic excursions, or a fun booze cruise.
Set up a wedding website- look for free and easy. This is a great resource for guests, such as your venue choice, local hotels, your bridal or honeymoon registry. The knot.com is one of the more popular sites, or you can search for other sites as well.
“Save the Date” notification-help your family and friends plan to celebrate your big day with postcards, magnets, stamps or invites. Typically these are sent our 6-9 months prior to the date, or you can also send out as soon as your date is set.
Plan your Rehearsal Dinner- this has traditionally been planned by the groom’s side of the family but is subject to each couples individual circumstance. Try to choose a location that is convenient logistically to your wedding location. The dinner can be casual or formal but should not upstage your wedding reception. Please remember that Celebrations offers multiple options for our couples to consider.
Seriously consider the “recommendations” of your venue’s event coordinators. This is what we do for a living, and we have years and years of valuable experience. Your big day is not the day to “try out” someone you found on craigslist. Celebrations has a list of “Preferred Professional” this is an exclusive list of vendors that we put our stamp of approval on. Our experience is your advantage! “Use it!
Is a DJ worth the money? Can’t I just plug in my ipod? There are many advantages to selecting a professional to provide your music. Your DJ controls the energy of the crowd. The DJ also provides “professional” equipment suitable for the venue size and acoustics.
Are you tech savy? If so, come up with a fun hashtag to share with your guests, so you can maximize shared experiences from the big day.
Remember to eat a “good meal” prior to or during your event, especially if alcohol is being served.
A great time to “mingle” with your many guests is during dinner. This is so you can enjoy yourselves later on the dance floor.
Wedding planning can be very stressful. Many couples look back and say how fast their day went- Don’t sweat the small stuff. Have Fun! Enjoy your day! Carpe Diem!