Your Rosabelle Manor wedding is a chance to make a public vow of your love for your significant other. There will be laughter and there will be tears. But, in order to have your beautiful wedding, you have to plan the wedding!
While having a Georgia estate wedding is a dream for many brides, planning a wedding can be stressful as there are so many moving parts involved with planning for the day you say “I do.” From picking flowers, to hiring entertainment, to finding a caterer, the wedding planning details are endless – and your time spent on planning can seem endless too. The trick to planning your dream wedding is to get (and stay) organized.
Rosabelle Manor has put together a helpful checklist for newly engaged brides that can help in getting started with planning your wedding at our Georgia wedding venue. This is not by any means an all-inclusive list, but rather a guide to get you started.
Don’t get your heart set on a date right away. Often times, brides pick their wedding date and start spreading the word. But, think about all of the vendors that will need to be available to pull off your dream wedding. If your favorite photographer or musician, for example, isn’t available on your date, other arrangements will have to be made or you’ll have to choose a different date. Wait to save the date until you’ve researched your favorite vendors’ availability.
Create a wedding planning folder. It is very important to keep all of your planning information in one place to stay on track and highly organized. Your folder should hold your checklists, vendor contact information, etc. Also, if you think you may need passports for your honeymoon, this is a great place to store them after you receive them.
Determine a budget for your wedding. Create your master budget and begin allotting different amounts for different needs specific to your wedding vendors and wedding venue. These micro-budgets need to be flexible as you may end up spending more on one aspect of your wedding and less on the other.
Decide on bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls, and ring bearers. Once you’ve decided, ask them to participate! Start thinking about your bridesmaids’ gifts and groomsmen’s gifts, too. You’ll want something to give them as a thank you for being by your side on your wedding day. Also, start a where-to-be list for your wedding party – including rehearsal dinner date and plans and wedding timeline.
Start shopping for your wedding dress, groom and groomsmen attire and the bridesmaids’ dresses. Set fittings as soon as you find the attire. This is extremely important to check off your list early as many dresses have to be ordered in advance – you’ll also need to keep in mind that you will need time for alterations. This is also a good time to shop for your wedding rings.
Begin drafting your guest list. This too needs to be flexible. It may help to prioritize by absolutely must come, I would like them to come, and they can come if we have extra seats. Using a database like Excel will make it easy to store addresses for invites.
Find a band, a videographer and a photographer. Start looking for your band and your photographer, as these vendors are very important to the success of your big day. The entertainment is what many people will remember from the big day (that, and the food). And the photographer and videographer provide the ways in which you will remember your day for years to come.
Find a wedding caterer, florist and any other vendors you may need. Make sure that all vendors are willing to capture the vision of your theme for your wedding and then book them as soon as you’ve found the ones you’re happy with. Don’t forget an officiant! Once you’ve booked all your vendors, start discussing your day-of-wedding timeline, as well as the meetings you will need in advance of your wedding to finalize the details.
Buy invitations and start addressing envelopes. Send them out as early as three months before the wedding. If you will be registering for wedding gifts, don’t forget to include where you are registered. This is also a great time to order your wedding favors and create any printed material that will be needed for your wedding and reception (programs for guests to receive at the ceremony, as well as seating charts and menus for the reception).
Finishing touches. Get your marriage license and keep it with you in your wedding planning folder. Make any final payments and write checks that need to be given to vendors the day of. Then, delegate someone to deliver them on the day of so you don’t have to worry about it.
Good luck with planning your wedding at Rosabelle Manor! Let us know if we can help in any way.