Wedding Planning 101

It’s a brand new year with lots to celebrate! From resolutions to embrace, to planning that ultimate vacation, people are keeping a positive outlook to fresh beginnings and ways to make 2019 their best year yet. Since the holidays are a popular time to get down on one knee, those who got engaged are looking forward to the biggest party of their life this year. We are kicking off our January blog with helpful tips to ease into the world of wedding planning and offer advice to make 2019 a year to remember!

Photography by Jacqui DePas Photography

The first words of advice I give clients is to not procrastinate. The biggest issue in the Northern Virginia/Washington D.C. area is venues and vendors book quickly. Many are booked a year in advance, so if you really feel that connection to an event professional or particular venue space, book them! We have a dedicated list of preferred vendors with whom we offer referrals when working with B.Mingled clients. These are professionals who provide exceptional services, who we have worked with at multiple events, and people we trust. There is a reason they are on our “special list”, therefore they often have limited availability, especially if trying to get them for a wedding less than 6 months before the event date.

Photography by Hannah Hudson Photography

Follow a checklist. We provide a to-do checklist to all B.Mingled clients with a timeline to get things done. It’s crucial to follow a guideline to ensure all bases are covered when planning a wedding. There are A LOT of things to consider and the last thing you want to happen is forget to buy a liquor license or be scrambling the day before your wedding with escort cards. The week leading up to your wedding day should be a relaxing time visiting with family and out-of-town guests, not stressing over what still needs done.

Photography by Bow Tie Photo

Incorporate your personalities. Your wedding style should integrate a few of your favorite elements starting with the type of food you serve, to the music guests hear the moment they arrive, to the flowers and signage decorating the space. It sets the stage for the day and showcases who you are as a couple. If you enjoy spending weekends with friends at the local breweries, look for a venue that has the same vibe (not a hotel ballroom). The benefit of living in this area is having numerous choices of different kinds of unique event venues.

Photography by Stephanie Dee Photography

Choose your design carefully. The overall design of an event provides a cohesive look and feel for you and your guests. I have clients that either come to me with no idea of how to get started or many ideas with multiple color palettes and fun reception elements, but do not know how to put everything together. We are fortunate to have access to the world of Pinterest and often suggest couples start there and save images of things they are drawn to. It is amazing how you can see a person’s style from what they “pin”. Utilization of inspiration pictures help us to gain a starting point and pull together a cohesive design that fit into a vision for the big day.

Photography by Jacqui DePas Photography

Getting married this year in Loudoun county? Be sure to get out and see us, along with the many participating venues, during Visit Loudoun’s Wedding Tour March 9th & 10th. Taste yummy cuisine, meet the professionals behind the beautiful pictures of past couples, and gain ideas of this year’s trends!

Happy Planning & Cheers to 2019,