Monday, November 23, 2009

Happy Planning!

Proposal? Check. Groom? Check. Venue, flowers, cake, wedding planner, photographer? We've compiled a top 10 list to keep the busy bride on the right path. While the list seems simple, each item is extremely important when creating the wedding of your dreams! So have fun and enjoy the planning!

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10. Set a Date

It is important to set the date as soon as possible so that you can begin the wedding planning process and get your vendors lined up. Congratulations!

9. Compile Guest List

The guest list is the frame work for the wedding plans. In order to choose the perfect location you must have an estimate of the number of guests that may be attending the wedding to make sure your venues are adequate to accommodate your guests.

8. Choose Ceremony and Reception Location

The location of the ceremony and reception helps determine the direction and feel of the wedding. Whether it's traditional/formal, fun, modern, unique or contemporary. The venue also helps drive the style of wedding.

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7. Hire a Wedding Planner/Coordinator

To ensure a stress-free and relaxing wedding day, a wedding planner is a necessity. The bride and groom and family can enjoy the wedding day without all the behind the scenes stress that often arise when it comes to a wedding. There is a wedding planner for every bride and budget.

6. Interview Floral Designers

Peonies, Roses, Hydrangra, Orchids, Calla Lillies, the list goes on and on! Floral decor can completely transform a venue! Have fun with colors, textures, and design to create a beautiful backdrop to your day.

5. Select Photographer

A picture can be worth a 1,000 words! Photographers have their own style when shooting weddings. Photogrpahers these days have more of a photojournalistic approach to their photography. Be sure to research their website to see styles of their work and meet with them in person to get a feel for their personality.

4. Select Entertainment

Make the reception the perfect celebration with entertainment that fits the style of the bride and groom! From a DJ to a Band, there are multiple options to make the evening fun!

3. Determine Style, Decor or Theme

Determine the style, decor or theme of the wedding to insure the proper vendors are chosen to create the wedding of your dreams!

2. Go Gown Shopping!

The day that every bride dreams about—Finding the perfect dress! Take a few key people to this appointment, as its such a special time for you and your Mom, Maid of Honor and/or Bridesmaids. Have fun and bring the tissues!

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1. Relax and Enjoy the Planning! (p.s. A Wedding Planner will ensure that this happens, leave the details to the professional)

Happy Planning!

Team Bella

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