You're Engaged! Now what?

We saw so many beautiful engagements over the holiday season, our hearts are full! If you are as excited as we are to get started on all the wedding planning, here are a few things we recommend you start with.

Image Source:  The Mrs. Box

Image Source: The Mrs. Box

1 | Enjoy being engaged!

It's tempting to rush into wedding planning but it can overlook the joy of being newly engaged. Take time to enjoy this exciting time with one another and discuss, big picture, what you both want for the wedding day before rushing into the details.

 

2 | Set a budget range

Crunch some numbers and be true to yourselves what you can afford. Family may mention interest in helping pay for some (or all) of the wedding. Discuss with them how much they wish to contribute now so you may plan your own savings accordingly. Before you make any down payments, know how your budget breaks down against all the details important to you. That way you'll avoid splurging in one area and finding yourself short on the budget required for a detail you really want down the road.

 

3 | Narrow down a season and choose a date (or two!)

Try envisioning the backdrop to your wedding day. Perhaps it is a lakeside summer wedding weekend at the family cabin, a unique brunch or sunset ceremony, photos in fresh snowfall, or a tropical getaway. Also consider how long you want your engagement to be. An engagement period longer than a year allows you time to really savour the moment and relax while planning, especially if you are looking to have a summer wedding, as venues, photographers, and florists often book up a year in advance. By choosing to wait you can book vendors based on what or who you want, not on limited availability. A longer engagement also allows you more time to save. If you have a small budget, you may want to have your wedding on a Friday or Sunday, or in the off-season months such as October through November and January through April.

 

4 | Start a guest list

Estimate the number of people you want to have at your wedding. Create a "must-have" and "maybe" list (also known as an A/B List), so you can add or remove guests from the maybe list to reach your desired guest count.

 

Wondering when to hire a wedding planner or designer?

The sooner the better. Full service wedding planning and design can begin right from the moment you are engaged. The next steps and many more to follow are what a wedding planner specializes in: breaking down the budget to determine how money is best spent, defining colour theme and style, narrowing down a venue/location style, and selecting vendors for each aspect of the day.

At Feast & Festivities, we start by helping identify your wedding style, outlining realistic budget expectations, making suggestions on where to celebrate based on your personality, and recommending vendors that can best meet your budget and style needs. We'll then schedule and attend venue and vendor visits with you, leaving you with no surprises down the road, and start curating all the elements to make your day completely personalized.

Want to plan together? Give us a shout!

5 Tips for Planning a Winter Wedding

Winter weddings in Manitoba are so romantic with many beautiful, warm and inviting venues to choose from. And, because they are unique, it's a great opportunity to splurge on a small budget as some of the best vendors offer discounts during this off season. Today I am sharing 5 tips for planning a winter wedding.

1. Send Save the Date cards well in advanceEspecially if it is around a main holiday. Let your guests know of your big day before they plan their out of town vacations or schedule get-togethers. Guests should receive their Save the Date 6 to 9 months in advance of your wedding day. Just make sure your stationery still sets the tone for a winter wedding.

2. Hold your ceremony and reception at one location. It's cold outside! Save your guests the trouble of chilly and slippery travels between venues and use the time between your ceremony and dinner for a cocktail hour. Your guests will appreciate staying warm and not having to find something to do between scheduled events.

A spacious foyer connects The Fort Garry Hotel Crystal and Concert Ballrooms on the 7th floor. These three spaces allow for an elegant flow from ceremony, to cocktail hour to reception. Image by  Sugar & Soul Photography .

A spacious foyer connects The Fort Garry Hotel Crystal and Concert Ballrooms on the 7th floor. These three spaces allow for an elegant flow from ceremony, to cocktail hour to reception. Image by Sugar & Soul Photography.

3. Serve a warm beverage. Consider offering a signature tea after dinner. Though your signature beverage doesn't necessarily need to be warm, such as tea or coffee. Red wine, whisky, spiced rum, and apple cider are all examples of rich beverages that put a fire in your belly.

Styling by Feast & Festivities, Image by  Sugar & Soul Photography

Styling by Feast & Festivities, Image by Sugar & Soul Photography

4. Oh the weather outside is frightful...embrace it! A Manitoba winter provides so many opportunities for great photos outside. Depending on the weather that day, you may be so lucky to get beautiful snowflakes falling, glistening fields of snow, or crisp foggy breath captured oh so perfectly in your wedding photos. It's also a great excuse to add some beautiful accessories to your attire, such as a scarf or mittens to match your colour palette.

5. Step outside the box for a colour palette. Winter doesn't mean white and you don't have to stick to deep or soft colour palettes. A red and pink colour theme or even so far as a neon winter wedding can be beautiful, and very unique.

We love winter weddings here at Feast & Festivities, and so do guests! Such a romantic and celebratory event is something to truly look forward to over the coldest, darkest season of the year. If you're thinking of choosing a winter wedding, give us a shout! We would love to help out.


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