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You’re Getting Married! | What Now?

The day has come, you’re engaged! The wonderful news has made it from family to friends to colleagues to that sweet clerk at the grocery store. Now that the euphoric bliss of being engaged is turning to a romantic whisper it is time to talk about planning your wedding! I know it can be intimidating to take those steps from just daydreaming about this once-in-a-lifetime experience to actual “planning”, so first, take a breather! Before you jump into the exciting world of never-ending choices and decision making, take a week or two to really enjoy and savor this time with your soon-to-be. Now let's do this!

Choosing the Wedding Date |

A lot of different aspects can be considered when choosing the perfect day to marry your special someone. There is the sentimental dates, choosing a day filled with love and meaning. The day you two went steady or the day of your first date together or maybe the day he or she first said “I love you!” Also consider your favorite season. If wanting an outdoor ceremony and reception, maybe choosing a beautiful Spring day or the first cool days of Fall will be the best starting place. Narrowing the day down even more, your budget will help you to determine the day of the week and even the months in the year. Opting for the classic weekend wedding in a high-volume season may steepen your budget, especially on a Saturday, but the weekend can be more optimal for your guests with work and children in school. Also, the availability of that dreamy venue you’ve had your eye on may tell you all you need to know.  

Choosing the Venue |

There are certain traditions that can be forgone, the cutting of the cake, even the tossing of the bouquet, but a venue? A venue is the one thing you cannot skip. For some, it can be the most difficult of decisions. Consult with a wedding planner. An established planner is familiar with local spaces, as well as the capabilities each dreamy venue has and does not have. After clearly explaining your desired vision, your planner can point you in the direction of venues that compliment your elegant aesthetic. If you want a natural, rustic diamond in the ruff, you will not find that in an elegant ballroom. Consider the number of guests and the kind of experience you want your loved ones to have. You do not want to overcrowd or even under-crowd your venue. If holding a destination wedding, keep in mind the proximity of your guest accommodations to the venue.

Everyone could use that extra help! Choosing Your Wedding Planner |

Many question the need to devote a small part of your wedding budget on outside coordination, but let me tell you, the actual experience of attending your wedding is not something you want to miss! Having a coordinator ensures the most seamless, blissful day without the stress of wondering if the cake arrived or if your seating chart and table numbers are displayed correctly.  Set-up to break-down, your planner is behind the scenes handling any small obstacle that may arise throughout the day and immediately resolve them in a flawless manner. When it comes to a full days’ timeline, a planner can keep every memory-making activity in a flowing rhythm, leaving you to mingle and enjoy your guests.

Planning your wedding can be a demanding process therefore you want to work with someone that you trust and that fits you and your soon-to-be’s personality. He or she will be with you every step of the way to logistically detail each component, from budgeting and floorplans to scheduling tastings and fittings, ensuring no gem is left unturned.

Choosing Your Key Vendors |

The #EBS rule of thumb | Venue, Entertainment, Photographer!

With the endless variety of lovely vendors there are three that must be considered first and foremost. You want to lock in your desired wedding date with your dreamy venue as soon as possible. While a baker or florist can book multiple events in one day, a venue can book one and only one. The same is true with your photographer and choice of entertainment. Standardly booked as single individuals, they cannot be in more than one place on a given day, so it is crucial to reserve their attendance and services promptly.

We cannot reveal all of our secrets, but you now have the #EBS guide to get you started and experience a wedding of creative ideas, unique designs and flawless execution!

 

XOXO,

EVENTS BY SANTANA

 

PLANNING / DECOR / DESIGN | EVENTS BY SANTANA 

VENUE | Pine Lakes Country Club 

PHOTOGRAPHY | Magnolia Photography 

INVITATION | Charlotte + Lily

BRIDAL GOWN | Fancy Frocks Bridal 

 

Pour le Désire do Mon Coeur | For My Heart’s Desire | EBS Guide to Valentine’s Day

One of the hardest things to do on Valentine’s Day is pick the perfect gift and plan the perfect date! We are here to help you plan a loving and thoughtful day for you and your sweetheart from gift ideas to romantic nights, we have you covered! 

A night out is always lovely, but nothing brings a couple closer than making a home-cooked meal together. More than a casual night at home, make it a real date experience! The most private dining you could have. Dress up, open a bottle of your favorite wine, and gentleman don’t forget the flowers! Add some adventure and create a menu out of your culinary comfort zone. If you want to incorporate mystery to your Valentine’s festivity, candles and flower petals to illuminate the way to your private Bistro J’adore are always a nice touch. SWOON! Then sit down to a table decorated with candle-lit love and set with romantic detail.

Make it a whole day! Start with breakfast in bed finished with a hand-made legend and map revealing a romantic scavenger hunt of all the places special to each of you. From the first date spot to where you first kissed to the moment you realized, I love you. Each location to be marked with a small gift and a note revealing all the things you love about your paramour. Finished up with a night cap at home illuminated with candles and for the the nights end, a Wishing Jar. Designed with love, each of you write out a wish for your life together and put it in the jar. Keep the tradition for every milestone and in a few years, open it together. 

Alright friends, this may take some planning and sneaking to keep it a secret! Surprise your loved one with a collage of loving sticky notes designed to spell “I LOVE YOU” on their powder room mirror. And when they peer back through the door, breakfast in bed will be waiting for the two of you. What a way to start the day! If you want to keep the fun going, for dinner, instead of going out, each of you order a meal to be delivered with food you think your significant other would love most. Let’s see who knows who best!

We could keep going with thoughtful gifts and date ideas, but lets talk about setting the perfect table!

I bet red and roses are the first thing to come to your mind, but remember, the beautiful plethora of colors and flowers is endless. Do not be afraid to try something he or she will not expect. Minimalism, in fact, with soft whispers of romance is something to think about. Instead of roses, incorporate their favorite flowers. Keeping the surrounding decor subtle and soft. Greenery is often over-looked, but it is so beautiful. Center your table with greenery and illuminate the table with either tall, delicate candle sticks and/or small votive tea lights. 

Lets add elegance with a full place setting. In a clockwise direction you will start with the following :: wine and water glasses, dinner spoon, knife, dinner fork, charger then dinner plates with the napkin placed sweetly on top. Soft blush napkins are an amorous touch to detail your private table. Ending with the dessert spoon and dessert fork. He or she will not wait to sit down! 

Now you have all you need to plan the most romantic of days to show your loved one just how special they are!

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day sweethearts! <3 XOXO