If you have just become engaged, the sooner you start planning the better. Why? Because with so many details to set, having things the way you want with minimal stress is more likely if you start early.
Of course, take a minute to enjoy your new engagement. Share the news with family and friends, post pictures on social media, and then consider the following.
Set your budget – An exact figure is not necessary but establish a general budget that is realistic, so you have a starting point.
Start a guest list – Yes, this is just a draft, but like your budget, you need a starting point for number of guests.
Decide on a season for your wedding – If the time of year and the weather are important to you, make this decision early.
You now have the basics to move forward with choosing your date and your venue. If you are set on getting married during the most popular months – June and September are the big ones – you should do this quickly. Visit venues with a list of dates in mind so once you settle on your location you can book the date that is available.
Depending on the type of wedding and your venue, you may need to act quickly on some rental arrangements. For outdoor venues, for some barn or warehouse style venues, or if you are using a park or your yard for your reception, you may need to rent tents, tables and chairs, linens, and more. At Sully’s we can transform your backyard or park into a perfect reception venue.
Tents are available in pole and frame styles and allow for accessories such as sides and café lighting.
You will want to consider seating arrangements before deciding on round, rectangular or serpentine tables and appropriate chairs.
Linens, including a variety of tablecloths and chair covers, are available in many colors and textures that can enhance your décor.
Depending on your venue and catering arrangements, you may also need to choose table wear, including china, glass wear and utensils.
If you are looking for help in making decisions for your wedding, there are many wedding planning websites that can help with options for any budget. Many couples also are choosing to plan a celebration of their engagement with the special people in their lives at least in part as a practice run to their reception. A small party provides an opportunity to test out caterers, photography and videographers.
The team at Sully’s is ready to help you plan the perfect wedding, with rental options for tents, tables and chairs, linens, table wear, bar service, lighting, dance floors, and sound systems. Call for details on how we can help in planning your wedding, engagement party or both.