If you ask any romantic, weddings are celebrations of love, unity and commitment. And if you ask a realist, they are complex events to plan.
Because your wedding is one of the biggest celebrations you'll likely ever coordinate, and one of the best days of your life, getting a jump on organization is important.
Practical considerations don't take away from the magic; in fact, creating a solid plan that addresses key wedding elements can prevent breakdowns and miscommunications that could put a damper on your big day. Here are some key steps to planning a seamless wedding.
Create a guest list
When you begin to plan your wedding, step one is to create and refine your guest list. Making decisions about the size of your event will help you create invitations, choose a venue, make catering choices and make seating charts.
Wedding sizes vary widely. In the U.S., the average wedding in 2016 had 139 guests, according to CNN. The size of your family will have a big impact on your wedding's specific numbers.
Along with a general list of guests, you and your fiancé should create a list of bridesmaids and groomsmen.
When choosing a site for your wedding, look for places with elegant atmospheres and great views such as the new at Fountain View Event Venue.
Having the right backdrops for photos and a beautiful look should be a high priority for the venues you visit.
Another consideration should be luxurious bride and groom suites. Finding a place that will provide the bride and her bridesmaids a private place to do their hair and makeup, as well as a separate area for the men to iron their suits, will help everyone feel comfortable on the big day.
Some venues, such as Fountain View Events Venue at Station Park, have an open-door policy for caterers and decorators. Others require you to use their in-house staff services. Choosing the venue and catering at the same time will help you eliminate options and prioritize the elements that matter most to you.
Bridesmaids and groomsmen are great resources to help you plan your wedding. They can also help offset pre-wedding jitters by setting up bachelor and bachelorette parties.
Many brides and grooms create packages to invite their best friends to take part in their wedding. This means selecting small gifts for each group that commemorates the event. Brides can shop for their bridesmaids in one stop at Station Park to select matching earrings or necklaces or cosmetics. Many grooms choose groomsmen's gifts from sports retailers.
You'll also want to consider the area you choose to get married. Making sure there are proper accommodations for guests is thoughtful and important. Consider finding a place for out-of-town guests at classy places like Hyatt Place at Station Park.
Most guests go to weddings with high hopes for the food. After all, it is a celebration.
When deciding on your catering, make sure you can sample entrees, appetizers and cake. Working with caterers who are helpful and offer a wide selection of gourmet food will make the process a lot smoother.
Although weddings in the past have featured traditional chicken or fish dinners, today you can find tasty, non-traditional catering choices such as Blue Lemon for braised beef short-ribs or vegetarian options.
While it's not possible to cater to everyone's liking, make sure you choose food you and the majority of your guests will enjoy.
Get it all in one place
Ask anyone who's ever planned a wedding and they'll tell you it's easier when everything is located in one simple place. Get your venue, catering and details taken care of at Station Park.