Now that Christmas is over, I know it is only the day after, but it got me to thinking that it is time to get in gear for my 2010 weddings. And it is also time for all of those 2010 brides out there to get back on the planning wagon. Once the ball drops and we ring in the new year, it is time to focus.
The first thing to do in January is to pull out your checklist - I recommend the one on www.theknot.com where you put in your wedding date and it makes the list for you based on your date, and when you check items off the list they disappear. I only manage checklists for my full service brides, so I highly recommend this free service to all of my day of service brides. See if you can cross a couple things off in January, it will get you back in gear and get your excited for the big day.
Once you verify your checklist, I would also recommend sending a short email out to all of your vendors and check in just to say HI and to let them know you are looking forward to working with them this year. Don't let them forget who you are and also see if they want to meet in the next could months during their down time when they will have time to spare.
This year I have four weddings booked so far and I love everyone of my brides. One wedding in June at Chatham Bars Inn, two weddings in July, one in South Dartmouth - twin sister of the wedding I did last year there which is really cool - and the other at the Chatham Beach and Tennis Club, and one wedding in October, again at Chatham Bars Inn. I am really looking forward to working with all of my brides and their families this year.
Happy New Year!!
I recently received a save-the-date in the mail from one of my brides - it was simple and to the point. A magnet with their names, a Cape Cod image, their wedding website and a calendar with their date circled on it. I love magnet save-the-dates, especially if they are original. Most guests are likely to put your save-the-date on their refrigerator anyway, so why not be one step ahead of them.
When it comes to save-the-dates there are a couple of things I recommend:
- Keep it cheap - there is really no need now-a-days to have an elaborate save-the-date when all of the information your guests need can be on your wedding website.
- Postcards or magnets are the best - I have seen everything from a photo of the couples date in the sand at the beach turned into a postcard, to a print of a Nantucket basket turned into a magnet and then there are the hundreds of wedding sites where you can buy them if you aren't that creative. But if you can do it yourself, it can be a great way to save money.
- Build a wedding website - This is a must have. You can find them for free by registering on TheKnot.com or by mooching off of one of your friends or relatives that know how to make them. I would not recommend spending money here if you can. On your site you can include a page for the day of festivities and where they will take place, a page for places to stay near the event, a page about you and your finace, links to your registries, travel options if necessary, and things to do around the area for those that are traveling. If you want to go crazy you can add a page about your wedding party with crazy pictures and stories of them, a virtual guest book (free on TheKnot.com), and any other special/crazy things about you and your event.
Send out your Save-the-Dates about 9-12 months before the wedding. If it is a destination wedding - which a lot of Cape Cod weddings are - the sooner the better.
Good luck and have fun!
Plan. Relax. Enjoy.
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