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So he’s popped the question and you’ve announced your engagement to your family and friends. You’re giddy with anticipation and you have a million bridal magazines littering your coffee table. These magazines are filled with all sorts of fun ideas – each one so different and yet so tantalizing from the last idea that you’ve forgotten what it is YOU really want for YOUR special day or you’ve changed your mind so many times you’re officially stressed, confused and have no idea where to start.

Well, I’m here to help. As fun as all those magazines are, you need to put them away and take a little hiatus from them for a few days.

First step: Take some quiet time to really focus – close your eyes and imagine yourself walking down the aisle to your fiancé, what do you see? Are you outdoors, indoors, lots of flowers or candles, is it daytime or evening. Imagine walking into your reception as Husband and Wife – what do you see, smell, hear? Write it all down, write out your script of how you imagine your day – from colors, to smells, to light, to what you’re wearing, to how you envision your hair. This will be your starting point.

Second step: Get everyone on the same page. Have a sit down with your honey and ask him what he envisions. Some may say they don’t really care, they know they’re just supposed to show up. Some have definite opinions about many things. And, some have definite opinions about only three things: what they’re going to wear, the music and the alcohol. Whatever the case may be, explain what your dream and vision is and ask for his opinion as well. If there’s something that he is passionate about – ask him be a part of it. If you’re parents are paying for any portion of the wedding (and even if they’re not), this is when you’ll want to sit down with them and explain everything you’re hoping for. Show them the script you wrote out, tell them why certain things mean so much to you. And, of course, ask them if there’s anything they’ve always dreamed about for you. Is there anything they’re concerned with? Some parents are more opinionated than others, but keeping an open line of communication and letting them know that you value their input and want them involved, may help a lot in the long run. Remember, it is your day, but you’re not the only one who has imagined this day for you – your parents have feared it and hoped for it your whole life. Treat them with kindness and respect and hopefully, they’ll return the favor.

Third step: Next, ask yourself what is MOST important to you out of the whole day. Hopefully, the answer will be marrying your honey:) But, we mean, what is most important that you envision beyond that. Is it a special date that you want to get married on? Is it a specific location? Is it food or flowers, or… If the most important thing to you is a place that has a beautiful view, start searching for those locations. If you have a special date in mind, but know that wherever you get married, you can have it decorated to your specifications, start calling around to places you like that have that date available. And, yes, all the books aren’t lying – some places need to be reserved up to 18 months in advance. You see where I’m going with this right?

Well, you should be well on your way now. Everything should start to fall into place – budgeting, booking each vendor, etc. There is a lot to think about and a lot to do. It is a fun experience, but can be a lot of hard work. If you find that you just don’t have the time and want more time to enjoy the journey, please be sure to contact a few coordinators and set-up a meeting.  Most are happy to meet with you for a free consultation to see how they can meet your needs.

Have a FANTABULOUSLY Eventful Day!

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