In our 20+ years in business, we’ve been able to learn a few things about planning the perfect wedding. With the help of our talented event designers, we’ve prioritized a list of five things to do in the first few weeks after you get engaged.
This moment is about you and your partner! Feel the joy and let it sink in. There is only a certain amount of time where you’ll be able to call each other fiancés so make sure to say it often.
After you’ve enjoyed engagement bliss for as long as you’d like, this is the time to start gathering inspiration from online sources and advice from people you love. Even though things will probably change during the planning process, it’s important for you to have a rough idea of how you envision your special day before you start meeting with vendors and putting down deposits.
Relish tip: At this stage, it’s not essential to have all the details sorted out. Be yourself and have fun with the brainstorming process!
A professional photographer should be one of the first vendors you book for two reasons. Number one: The best photographers usually get booked months in advance for popular wedding seasons like summer and spring. Making this one of the first things you book will help you be ahead of the game. Number two: It’s always a good idea to have professional engagement photos early on for the numerous announcements you’ll have to make leading to your wedding day. These pictures would look beautiful on your save-the-date, website and social media.
Relish tip: Try to negotiate with your photographer on combo deals! A lot of the time, photographers will provide a better price when they’re booked for both the engagement and wedding shoots. Plus, the engagement shoot is a great way to practice posing with your partner so you feel more comfortable and natural on your wedding day.
This step is an important one – it will determine details like guest capacity, decor and vendors so consider spending a big portion of your planning time and budget on making this decision. Most couples we’ve worked with will book their venues 12-18 months in advance to have enough time to plan their perfect day. When researching and visiting venues, make sure to select a location that feels right and has the atmosphere you’re looking for. Look back at your original drawing board and assess what venues are available that meet your criteria.
Relish tip: If you’re planning on having your wedding in Colorado, you’re in luck because we live in one of the most beautiful places in the world. We are surrounded by the natural beauty that can easily be integrated as a backdrop to your special day.
Drafting, making iterations and cutting your guest list might not be as fun as cutting your cake but it is an essential step that only you and your partner can do. Start off by writing down your ‘dream list’. Think about all of the people who you’d like to share this special day with. For this part, take venue size and budget out of the equation. You’ll have to do some trimming eventually but it’s better to exhaust your thinking and not leave anyone out by accident. Once you’re done with your list and you’re ready to come back to reality, think of your venue’s capacity and budget before starting the trimming process. When trying to reach your ideal guest number, consider aligning on some rules between you and your partner to make the process easier. Some examples are no kids under 12 or if neither of you has spoken to them in 3 years and they’re not related, don’t invite them.
Relish tip: Once you send out RSVPs make sure to track every single one of their dietary restrictions and menu preferences so that it can transition easily into catering planning. Be aware of the most common dietary restrictions and preferences.
Love is the food that will fuel your union with your partner on your special day. When it comes to your guests, it is the meal you serve that will be fueling them and keeping them on their feet dancing all night long. Hiring the right caterer not only ensures that you will have delicious food that people will be talking about after the wedding but also gives the added level of organization and comfort for a stress-free day that you can enjoy. Contact your caterer after choosing your wedding venue and start sorting out the menu. Work collaboratively with your caterer to plan a menu that tells your story and make sure to ask for tastings since that’s part of the fun.
Relish tip: Once you found a few caterers who you think would be a good fit, make sure to ask each of them these five questions so you can compare their responses and select the one that works best for you.
Congratulations once again on this new chapter of your life. Enjoy the wedding planning journey and trust that everything will work out!