Vendor Spotlight | The Wedding Lady

Danielle Baker or otherwise known as “The Wedding Lady” is today’s Bridal Open House Featured Vendor. She will be at our Bridal Open House on July 21st!

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The Wedding Lady is an ordained, non-denominational minister who has been officiating weddings since 2009. As one of the most experienced officiates in the Upstate, you can expect nothing but the best from Danielle. She is not only professional and poised, but she cares deeply about each of her couples. Each of her ceremonies has a genuine and approachable atmosphere, which is cultivated through meetings in a judgment free zone. No matter what type of service you envision, Danielle is happy to perform religious, non-religious, civil or same sex ceremonies for all faiths.

 

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Danielle respects her couples and wants what is best for them and has never been tardy nor missed a wedding ceremony. Even more impressive, she has officiated over 900 weddings since 2009 and with all of these couples, she has created relationships with them to ensure they feel comfortable with her on their big day. As one couple recently said, “She invests time in each couple, which is so rare today.” Investment in each couple is what sets Danielle apart as one of the premiere officiants serving the Upstate.

True to this, Danielle says, “When you work with “The Wedding Lady” as your Officiant & Minister, you will have a true Wedding Professional on your team! You will feel like you have a friend marrying you and not a stranger. My desire is for you to feel like a princess on your wedding day and I will make sure you have the most amazing wedding ceremony that will leave people talking for some time! Your ceremony will be unique to your relationship and vision.”

In keeping with unique service, Danielle creates custom crafted ceremonies that are known for their “Love Letters.” She believes that you deserve to have the perfect ceremony that matches your love story as a couple! And trust us, Danielle is the perfect lady for the job. You truly will come away feeling like you were married by a friend, which will leave you and your guests feeling full of love on such an special day.

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For more information, check out her website!

Have you registered for our Bridal Open House? Visit www.oldcigarwarehouse.com for more information and to register.

Real Wedding | Erica + Isaac

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We are pretty lucky to know some fabulous people that work in our space from time to time. It’s even better when someone we see working events with us gets married with us! So needless to say, we were all pretty excited to see Erica, of The Erica Berg Collective, and fiancé Isaac get married at The Old Cigar Warehouse on December 4, 2015. There is nothing more beautiful than a bride and groom in love and Erica + Isaac were gorgeous! The love they share is undeniable to anyone that crosses their path. Don’t believe us? Just look at these stunning photos from their wedding day! There is no doubt in our minds that these two are meant to be.

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The couple choose to do a first look on our deck before their wedding party joined them for some stunning pictures captured by Red Apple Tree Photography. As their pre-ceremony photoshoot came to an end, Erica + Isaac said goodbye momentarily as they both prepared to be married in front of all of their friends and family. To music provided by the oh-so-wonderful WireWood, the wedding party began to take their places at the altar alongside Isaac as he waited for his beautiful wife-to-be. Always beautiful, a particularly stunning Erica descended down the staircase on her father’s arm as they walked together in a space so familiar but somehow so different all in that instant. Following an emotional moment shared as her father gave her away, Erica took Isaac’s hand and the two shared their love for one another with their friends and families as witnesses.

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After being announced as husband and wife for the first time, Erica + Isaac retreated to the Bridal Suite along with their wedding party to celebrate their union. Before being welcomed into their reception, Red Apple Tree Photography stole them for a STUNNING session of the couple in front of their ceremony and reception backdrop! How cute are they?!

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Guests enjoyed dinner (and that adorable cake!) provided by Table 301 in the cellar where people continued to buzz about the food and of course, about the happy couple! As dinner finished and the newlyweds danced, Liquid Catering started pouring drinks as guests were ready to hit the dance floor with The Erica Berg Collective. And in true Erica fashion, the guests danced and sang throughout the night – a true testament as to what life with Erica + Isaac will be like on this journey together: a constant source of energy and love! The event went off without a hitch thanks to Love This Little City‘s Jennifer Dennis, making for a truly incredible evening for everyone in attendance (and working!).

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With this wonderful couple about ready to celebrate 5 months of marriage, we wish you both a lifetime of happiness. Congratulations, Erica + Isaac!

Erica + Isaac | Vendors

Baker: Table 301

Band/DJ: Erica Berg Collective

Bar Service: Liquid Catering

Caterer: Table 301

Ceremony Music: WireWood

Photographer: Red Apple Tree Photography

Venue: The Old Cigar Warehouse

Wedding Coordinator: Love This Little City

For more Real Weddings like Erica + Isaac’s, click here!

 

2016 Summer Wedding Trends

Summer is just around the corner and we could not be more excited about the summer weddings this year! With a new season comes new trends, so we’ve compiled a list of some of the summer trends that we’re excited to see in our space this summer!

Laid Back Live Music

We love live music here at The Old Cigar Warehouse, so we’re thrilled to see the trend of having laid back, live music playing during the cocktail hour! Whether it’s a lone guitar playing classics or a string quartet giving your guests a taste of classical music, having live background music adds so much character to your cocktail hour!

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Nothing says summer like wildflowers! Completing your wedding décor with some of these wild blooms will really make your wedding stand out and add extra dimension and color to your wedding photos without seeming overdone. We definitely are loving these natural looking bouquets being held by our beautiful brides!

Bringing the Outside Inside

The beauty of nature inside of a beautiful venue? Sign us up! We love the trend of bring foliage inside of venues! Have the best of both worlds by bringing a wedding that looks like it’s outside, indoors!

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Emphasis on the Couple’s Story

Your guests are already at your wedding to celebrate your love and commitment to one another, but allowing them to see even more into your love story is a trend that we adore. Hanging pictures up as decoration during cocktail hour, producing a timeline of major events in your relationship, making table numbers that mean something to you, or even writing your vows as your wedding altar backdrop are just some of the ways to make your wedding day more personalized and unique to you!

Wow Factor Backdrops

You and your fiancé are already going to look stunning on your big day. You’ll be getting married in front of all your family and friends, so why not step up your altar a little more? Backdrops that bring a wow factor to your big day  will not only draw everyone’s eyes to you even more, but will help create whatever atmosphere you want. TIP: Note that some of these gorgeous backdrops are not all elaborate. Sometimes a simple backdrop (consider the written vows) brings the WOW just as much!

Hanging Lights

One of the best features at The Old Cigar Warehouse is our hanging lights…they’re in every space! So it’s no surprise that we love the trend of hanging lights at receptions and ceremonies! Whether dimmed or fully lit, hanging lights can change the atmosphere of your event and really wow your guests.

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Planning Tips | Including Others Outside of Your Wedding Party

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It can be difficult to add all of the people important to you to your wedding party, and once you’ve come to a decision there are always people left that hold a special place in your heart but not yet in your wedding. Here are some other ways you can ask those special people to be a part of your wedding day!*

1 | Give a Reading

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Is there a poem, song, or section of a book that means something special to you and your fiancé that you would like to have as part of your ceremony? Have one of your close friends or family members who aren’t part of your bridal party give the reading at your wedding! If they’re a talented writer, have them write something to read during the ceremony that could hold even more emotional meaning.

2 | Play a Song

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Some of your close friends or family may be gifted with musical capabilities. Have them sing or play a song during your wedding! Whether it’s when you walk down the aisle or during a portion of your ceremony that doesn’t necessarily involve speaking (unity candles, hand fasting, ring warming, etc.), having a friend give the gift of music during your ceremony can be extremely special.

3 | Give Advice during the Ceremony

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Do you have married friends who you want to be part of your ceremony? Or maybe you want to include your parents or other family members in a way more suited to them. Have them stand up during your ceremony and offer a small piece of advice to the two of you that you can carry with you as you begin your marriage.

4 | Match the Wedding Colors

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Many friends will try to avoid matching your wedding colors so as not to be confused with people in your wedding. To make sure that your friends know they hold a special place in your wedding day, ask them to match your wedding colors! If there’s an overall color scheme, ask them to match it or choose a specific color that you would like them to wear to show their importance to you!

5 | Wear a Symbol of Your Relationship

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Yes, it would be great to include all of your sorority sisters or fraternity brothers and other school friends in your wedding. But having a bridal party of 20 or more girls and guys could be a bit overwhelming for some couples. For these close friends who aren’t in your bridal party, ask them to wear a symbol of their relationship with you instead!

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For your school friends, have them wear their class rings! There are so many cute photo opportunities with them all showing off their class rings while you showcase your wedding ring that will make great photos for them to share after the wedding.

Sorority pins, colors, flowers, or jewels are simple, yet meaningful ways to have your sisters recognized for their special meaning to you! You can even ask some of your sisters if you can use their pins for your bouquet as your “something borrowed”! And don’t forget about the guys! Fraternity badges and songs are also a wonderful way to welcome the new bride into their “brotherhood”.

6 | Ring Warming

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A trend popping up in recent years is having a ring warming during your ceremony. While many couples prefer to have all of the guest take part in the ring warming ceremony, having a few close friends seated near the front who take part in “warming” the rings will make the moment meaningful as well as take up less time.

7 | Ushers

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Asking someone to be an usher and escort guests to their seat is a great way to include males (especially younger ones) in your wedding! This can also take some pressure off of the groomsmen so that they can stay by the grooms’ side for the pre-wedding moments. But ushers don’t have to only be male. Female ushers are great too!

8 | Program and Guestbook Attendants

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To ensure that everyone gets a program, have a couple of your more outgoing friends hand out programs to your guests as they arrive. You can also ask some friends to be in charge of the guest book, making sure that everyone signs so you can you look through your guestbook for years to come.

No matter which route you choose to go, any of these options are special ways to make sure that you include those closest to you in your perfect day.*

*Be considerate of your friends’ feelings if you’re thinking of asking them to take part in a way that could be seen as “working” your event. Being a guest at your wedding is an honor in itself.

Real Wedding | Becca + Reimer

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What’s the best way to both end and start the year? A wedding, of course! Becca + Reimer’s New Years Eve Wedding was the perfect way to not only welcome the New Year, but also to welcome their newest adventure–marriage.
Becca, a graphic designer with a strong sense of style, and Reimer, a Greenville native and member of the Greenville Symphony, planned their wedding from Detroit, Michigan, by contacting local wedding planner Christine Faust. After in-depth planning weekends in Greenville and numerous video chats, Becca and Reimer’s wedding day finally came.

A fun loving and down to earth couple, Becca + Reimer set out with the goal of having a fun wedding–and that’s exactly what they accomplished! Starting out, their wedding celebration was a perfect mix of casual and formal, the guests were greeted on the tented deck with sliders, truffles, and champagne before being escorted down the staircase to their seats in the Main Hall for the ceremony. Mulfinger Strings provided music for the guests to listen to as they waited for Becca to make her grand entrance.

Finally, the time came for Becca to descend down the staircase and walk down the aisle. As Becca was escorted to the altar by her mother, the love and joy that Reimer felt as he watched the love of his life come toward him showed on his face. After a loving embrace from Becca’s mother, the ceremony began.
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Officiated by a close friend, the ceremony was full of sweet moments and laughter as four close friends and family members offered personal messages to Becca + Reimer during the ceremony. When the couple shared their first kiss, the deck doors opened to the sound of Shannon Hoover’s Jazz Quintet in full swing, beckoning the guests to cocktail hour on the tented deck.
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With the bride and many guests being vegetarian, Good Life Catering worked with the couple to make vegetarian options available including serving quinoa and black bean burgers as sliders during the cocktail hour. Coupled with an open bar provided by Liquid Catering, the cocktail hour served as the perfect precursor to the fun to come during the reception!
The newlyweds and their bridal party came back into the main hall during the cocktail hour to take some fun group photos before Becca + Reimer headed out to share a few private moments after the ceremony and to take gorgeous portraits outside of The Old Cigar Warehouse.
With place cards provided at the foot of the staircase, the guests reentered the building and were seated in the cellar where a family-styled dinner waited for them. Since Becca + Reimer are not big cake people, they had a gorgeous miniature cake to cut and multiple small deserts for their guests to enjoy after their delicious meal. In true NYE fashion, black and gold décor enhanced the celebratory atmosphere of the reception!

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After the dinner, it was party time!  The party kicked off with a choreographed dance by the couple, the bride’s uncle, and the groom’s mother to “Jump in the Line” that lead into a conga line with maracas. It didn’t take long that all of the guests to join in on the fun! Two of the bridesmaids kept the fun going by giving a musical toast to the happy couple, with Groove Collection following afterward to keep the party hype. As midnight and the New Year approached, there was a certain magic in the air that was heightened by the evident love shared between Becca + Reimer, and how happy they were to be celebrating with their family and friends.

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After a countdown by the band, balloons fell from the ceiling, creating the ultimate New Years Eve atmosphere for everyone present. The pure joy and awe from the celebration carried on as the band played a cool rendition of “Auld Lang Syne” to welcome in 2016.

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Becca + Reimer Vendors:

Bartending Company: Liquid Catering

Baker: Buttercream Bakehouse

Balloon Drop: And Why Not Balloons

Caterer: Good Life Catering

Ceremony Music: Mulfinger String Quartet

Cocktail Hour Music: Shannon Hoover Jazz Quartet

Florist: Statice Flowers

Getaway Rickshaw: Reedy River Rickshaw

Makeup: Cotton Rouge

Photography: The Mondays 

Reception Music: Groove Collection

Rentals: Professional Party Rentals

Shuttle: Eastside Transportation

Wedding Planner: Christine Faust

 

Vendor Spotlight: Erica Berg Collective

This spotlight is on a crowd favorite, The Erica Berg Collective! This local favorite will be a featured vendor at our Bridal Open House on February 11th.

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The Erica Berg Collective “loves music as much as you do” and if you’ve heard them you’d be sure to agree! This band gives soul, blues and rock covers a unique twist with their signer, Erica Berg’s AMAZING voice. Offering a guitarist, bassist, drummer and pianist, the Erica Berg Collective is extremely versatile and can be tailored to fit clients’ needs and wants when it comes to entertainment. This versatility along with the exceptional customer service and vibrant energy of the band makes for an all around phenomenal experience.

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The Erica Berg Collective is one of our preferred venders, and it isn’t hard to see why. Wherever they are playing, an energetic atmosphere ensues. They bring their services to many places including weddings, events, clubs and restaurants. When the band is playing for the public, people flock – Erica’s voice is known around Greenville and people love it! They pride themselves on making sure that everyone is having a good time, and their ability to read a crowd is a true testimony to that. Haven’t heard the music yet yourself? Here’s just one of the many amazing things bystanders have to say about this band:

“Erica Berg brings great energy to any event. Whether playing background music for a seated dinner, or performing for a crowd during a reception, everyone is sure to have a great time and come away raving about the music.”

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Whether you are planning an event or searching for a great new musical act to check out, The Erica Berg Collective is definitely worth a look. Don’t forget, they are a featured vender at our Bridal Open House, so be sure to stop by to get a listen!

For more information, check out their website at http://theericabergcollective.com.

Have you registered for our Bridal Open House? Visit http://www.oldcigarwarehouse.com/upcoming-events to sign up!

Vendor Spotlight | Professional Party Rentals

It’s time for another featured vendor spotlight! Today we’re focusing on Professional Party Rentals a featured vendor at our Bridal Open House on February 11th!

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It takes a village to make the vision for your wedding come to life. One of the most important elements is the decor. Specializing in Corporate Functions, Weddings, Community Events and Private Parties, Professional Party Rentals has you covered from tents to tables to linens to decor. The Upstate’s source for complete party planning and rentals, Professional Party Rentals will work with you to make sure that your wedding day is nothing short of perfection.

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They will be at our open house available to talk about all of their services, so be sure to check them out!

For more information, check out their website at http://www.professionalpartyrentals.com.

Have you registered for our Bridal Open House? Visit http://www.oldcigarwarehouse.com/upcoming-events to sign up!

Vendor Spotlight | The Wedding Lady

Danielle Baker or otherwise known as “The Wedding Lady” is today’s Bridal Open House Featured Vendor. She will be at our Bridal Open House on February 11th!

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The Wedding Lady is an ordained, non-denominational minister who has been officiating weddings since 2009. As one of the most experienced officiates in the Upstate, you can expect nothing but the best from Danielle. She is not only professional and poised, but she cares deeply about each of her couples. Each of her ceremonies has a genuine and approachable atmosphere, which is cultivated through meetings in a judgment free zone. No matter what type of service you envision, Danielle is happy to perform religious, non-religious, civil or same sex ceremonies for all faiths.

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Danielle respects her couples and wants what is best for them and has never been tardy nor missed a wedding ceremony. Even more impressive, she has officiated over 900 weddings since 2009 and with all of these couples, she has created relationships with them to ensure they feel comfortable with her on their big day. As one couple recently said, “She invests time in each couple, which is so rare today.” Investment in each couple is what sets Danielle apart as one of the premiere officiants serving the Upstate.

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True to this, Danielle says, “When you work with “The Wedding Lady” as your Officiant & Minister, you will have a true Wedding Professional on your team! You will feel like you have a friend marrying you and not a stranger.  My desire is for you to feel like a princess on your wedding day and I will make sure you have the most amazing wedding ceremony that will leave people talking for some time! Your ceremony will be unique to your relationship and vision.”

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In keeping with unique service, Danielle creates custom crafted ceremonies that are known for their “Love Letters.” She believes that you deserve to have the perfect ceremony that matches your love story as a couple! And trust us, Danielle is the perfect lady for the job. You truly will come away feeling like you were married by a friend, which will leave you and your guests feeling full of love on such an special day.

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For more information, check out her website at http://www.theweddinglady.us.

Have you registered for our Bridal Open House? Visit http://www.oldcigarwarehouse.com/upcoming-events to sign up!

Wedding Trends | Guestbooks

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You want to remember everyone who came to your wedding–these are the people who wanted to celebrate the most important day of your life with you! But try as you or your photographer might, it’s almost impossible to keep track of every single person via camera or memory. That’s why guestbooks have remained a tried and true staple of weddings. But there’s only so much space in homes for a book full of names. Why not give this traditional wedding element a new twist?

Here are a few ways to keep the tradition of guestbooks while making it your own:

If you love playing board games…

…you may want to consider using Jenga pieces for your guest book! Have each guest sign a piece so you and your spouse can reminisce about the happiest day of your life on game nights or bring it out as a fun tradition for your anniversary!

If you love an extra personal touch…

…have your guests sign pieces of a quilt! Whether already attached or a project that you want to sew together yourself, a quilt guestbook is a practical and cozy way to keep memories that can also keep you warm!

If you’re a puzzle aficionado…

…try putting out puzzle pieces for your guests to sign! No matter if the pieces are blank or have a picture on the front, a puzzle is a great way to remember people who were pieces of your wedding and the celebration of your marriage! After they’re all signed, you and your spouse can put them together again and again, or you can frame the finished product and displayed it in your home!

If you love travel…

…maps and globes may be the way to go! Have your guests sign their favorite vacation spot, the place where they traveled from, or a place they think you should visit!

If you love music…

…consider having your guests sign vinyl records or a guitar! Have a vinyl copy of your first dance song for your guests to sign, a copy of the song you walk down the aisle to, or an instrument that you or your spouse use to serenade each other with.

If you love wine…

…have your guests sign wine corks! You may already have the materials for a guest book at your home – who doesn’t love saving a little money?! Display them in a shadow box or make them into cork art. Or, you may prefer to have your guests sign bottles of wine. Have a few marked 1, 5, 10, 15, etc. and open them on each corresponding anniversary! After you’ve opened them, you can use them as vases or décor in your home together.

If you love the faces of your friends…

…polaroids may be the ideal guestbook for you! Have your guests snap a picture of themselves, put it in a book or on a line, and write a note to accompany it! This way you’ll remember what everyone looked like on this important day (and maybe have some funny picture to post on Facebook later)!

If you love crafts…

…thumbprint guestbooks could be a good idea for you! Not only do you get something very unique from each of your guests, but you also have the opportunity to let your guests feel like they’re making something for you too.

If you love celebrating…

…have your guests sign their names to a calendar! Have them sign their birthdays or anniversaries so that you can celebrate important events in their lives for years to come.

If you love art…

…have your guests sign a piece of art that you made or that someone made for you. Not only does it create something completely personalized toward you and your spouse, but it also allows you to add some awesome art to your home after you tie the knot.

 

For more creative ideas for weddings or events follow us on Pinterest!

10 Planning Tips for the Newly Engaged

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Most of us girls have been planning our weddings since we were little. With the invention of Pinterest, the amount of time that we’ve spent planning our weddings has skyrocketed compared to that of our mothers and grandmothers!

But now the time has come for you! You are recently engaged to the love of your life and are excited to plan the perfect day to celebrate your love for one another! But where do you start and what exactly do you need to do? Here are some planning tips to help you create the wedding of your dreams:

#1 | Set a Budget

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Before you set a date, make your guest list or select a venue, set a budget. Outline how much you are able to spend and decide which elements of your wedding are worth the most to you. There’s no need to start out married life in debt.

#2 | Choose a Season–Not a Date

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When you start thinking about when you want to get married, it’s best to chose a season in which you want to marry and not a specific date. Tying yourself down to a date before booking your dream venue will likely result in heartbreak. Avoid this by thinking about what time of year you want to have your wedding instead, and narrow down dates based on what’s available to you and what fits all of your requirements for your big day.

#3 | Create a Guest List

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The sooner your create your guest list, the better! Once you’ve narrowed down the list of people that you definitely want to be at your wedding, you can finalize your budget and research venues  and caterers that will be able to accommodate all of your needs.

#4 | Choose Your Wedding Party

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Your wedding party is most commonly made up of the people who you have experienced life with. These people will stand by you on your special day, representing the valuable relationship that you have with them. They’re also the people who will be planning your bridal shower, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and other elements of the wedding that you delegate to them. The sooner you choose a bridal party, the sooner they can help you out. And celebrate, of course!

#5 | Book a Venue that You Love and Set the Date

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Find a place where you can envision yourself marrying the love of your life and celebrating your love with those closest to you! A friendly tip: The further out from your ideal wedding date that you try to book, the more likely you will get to have your wedding in the venue of your dreams.

 #6 | Hire Your Vendors

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Some of the most important elements of your wedding come from outside sources–your vendors! Choose vendors who can help make your dream wedding day come true! Caterers, bakers, DJs, videographers, bars–if you want them at your wedding, it’s best to book 6-9 months before the date. Tip: meet them! You want to be sure that your wedding day is filled with vendors who you get a long with. Not sure? Schedule a meeting!

#7 | Take Engagement Photos

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While you and everyone else are still reveling in the excitement of your engagement, take the time to get engagement pictures made celebrating your love and that gorgeous ring your fiancé gave you. This gives you some great insight as to what your wedding day photos will look like!

#8 | Hire a Wedding Coordinator

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Your wedding day should be stress free. There’s no need for you to worry about the vendors and small details when you can have someone else take care of it for you. Hiring a Wedding Coordinator will save you time and energy in the days leading up to your wedding. For full planning services check out our vendor list!

#9 | Take Time to Say “Thank You”

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Making sure to show appreciation to all of the people who have invested time and money into making your day perfect deserve to have their help acknowledge. Whether through a gift, a card, or in person, let them know that you know how much they’ve been a part in your special day.

 #10 | Enjoy Every Moment of Planning with the People Who Love You

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Enjoy your engagement and the planning leading up to your wedding day! This is an exciting time in you and your fiancé’s life as well as in your family and friends’. Enjoy the planning, celebrate often and remember the end goal – your wedding day!