Newly Engaged? Some Tips for You!

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If you are reading this with a shiny new ring on your finger (or enough of a promise of one to start the planning) – welcome and CONGRATULATIONS!!!!  We’re so excited for you!

The next months will be filled with a million and one decisions – here are a few basic facts to keep in mind:

*The average wedding in the Columbus, Ohio area costs about $28,000 and has around 150 guests.  Your budget can be more or less – it all comes down to the choices you make.  When deciding on a venue, bear in mind that a backyard wedding can easily cost more than a ballroom.  Also, be sure to check what is included with your venue – rental of tables, chairs, flatware, glassware, tableware, etc can take up a big bit of your budget!

*Bridal gowns take an average of 6 to 9 months to be made and delivered and some can take up to 12 months.  Bridesmaid gowns take an average of 3 to 6 months to be made and delivered.  Plan accordingly!  Visit here for a list of Columbus, Ohio Bridal Gown Shops.

*Not all wedding vendors accept credit cards so don’t count on putting everything on plastic for the wedding but many do, so make sure to ask!  I’ve had multiple couples pay for their honeymoon flights using points earned by putting expenses on credit cards with rewards programs and paying them off right away.

*Consider hiring a planner!   Even if full service planning isn’t in your budget, consider hiring a planner for a couple of hours.  Most planners offer hourly assistance for just a little bit of help and can get your planning process headed in the right direction.

This is a series I did a few years ago with the first things you should be thinking about as you get the planning process started:

A is for Attendants
B is for Budget
C is for Contracts
D is for Date
E is for Eating
F is for Formality
G is for Gowns
H is for Hair
I is for Inspiration
J is for Jewelry
K is for Keepsakes
L is for License
M is for Mailing List
N is for NCAA, NBA, NFL, NHL and MBA
O is for Old
P is for Priorities
Q is for Questions
R is for Relatives
S is for Size
T is for Theme
U is for Unfortunate Monograms
V is for Vendors
W is for Wedding Planner
X is for eXercise
Y is for You
Z is for Zzzzzzzzs

And if you aren’t in the mood to open 26 different pages, you can browse the whole category here: First Things First.

Good luck with the planning and remember to have fun and enjoy this time – yes, it can be overwhelming and a bit stressful at times but the result really does make all the work worth it in the end.

Congratulations and feel free to give us a call – we can’t wait to hear from you and get started planning with you!

{Big thanks to Kyle from Little Tree Studios for the lovely photo!}

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