Engagement Chronicles : Planning : The First Steps

After getting engaged you feel like you must plan everything right away! Not really the case (depending on how close your date is). First things first… choose a date. Sometimes this can be difficult. Try and think of a season or month that you both like or a date that is special to you. This helps to narrow down some specific days. After you pick a date you need to make a guest list rough draft and a budget. This will help nail down venue choices.

When Steven and I decided to wait until 2013 to get married, we felt we had a lot of time on our hands to really plan the wedding. When we got back from our vacation, we sat down and started making a list of our family and friends for each of us. This is actually harder than it seems. You will start to literally list everybody you have known over the years. Then once you come to realize a lot of places don’t have a capacity over 600 you start to slim down your list. This is helpful in a way that it actually allows you to sit and think about all the people that really mean something to you and have contributed to your lives over the years. It makes the wedding way more real once you hit that point. For me, that made me so excited and nervous at the same time. I’m not one to be the center of attention and for me to be making a list for MY wedding was surreal for me.

Once you have a rough estimate of how many guests (don’t forget to include your bridal party in this count) and an idea about your budget then start looking online at different venues in the locations of your choice. This was exciting for me because I got to learn a lot about different places and new places that I had never heard about before. On The Knot you can actually go to your area and check out the venues they have listed there. There is contact information and testimonials on there for potential clients to see. This is a great place to start your search. The venues usually listed are the most notable and unique for that area. But if you are looking for maybe something more intimate check out other websites such as:

§  Google

After doing research I knew that I wanted an indoor/outdoor wedding. I love the feeling of kind of being free with the doors open during the reception for guests to move about as they please. For us, the Drees Pavillion at Devou Park was an instant hit. The gazebo was perfect for the wedding and the terrace overlooks the city of Cincinnati. The view is gorgeous! Once we saw it in person, we fell instantly in love. The only thing with this venue is that they book up more than a year in advance. We actually had to call on a specific date to request the date we wanted. I’ve been told they have brides lining up at 4 and 5 in the morning for their dates (May-June, August-October are the most popular months). Luckily we chose July and we were in the clear. Once we set the date and booked the venue we felt relieved. We were able to breathe for a little while.

To be continued…

Stay tuned for more.

Happy Planing!
xo, Loren

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