Spotlight on Watercolor Lately, I just can’t shake my obsession with watercolor design themes! Especially when combined with another fav: ombre! One of the reasons why I love these trends so much is it prevents issues with color shade matching when decorating! I’m a little […]
Planning Your Wedding: Where to Start
Congratulations on your engagement! If you are like most brides you want to dive right in on your wedding plans! It is a day you have looked forward to for years…so where do you start? Right here! In this blog post I will lay out the first steps to planning your wedding, and exactly what order to complete them in.
Budget and guest list are the first elements of wedding planning you need to tackle. Each of these elements affects the other, and will dictate many of the decisions you make throughout the wedding planning process. Budget is often the most difficult element to discuss, but it is without a doubt the most important. Getting a firm grasp on what you can realistically afford early on, including family contributions is very important. Setting a budget and sticking to it is difficult, but absolutely do-able if you start at the beginning! Discuss contributions with parents, potential donors, or perhaps just consult your own finances. Many couples these days carry the burden of wedding expenses completely on their own, and it is important to know early in the planning process whether this will be you and your fiance as well.
Once you have a good idea of finances the next thing to tackle is the guest list. You and your fiance both need to sit down and make a list, separate or together, of people you would like to be invited. Keep in mind that this number will most likely increase over the span of planning the wedding. No matter how much time you spend on your initial guest list, there will be names forgotten, or even new friends made, that necessitate changes (usually increases) to the guest list.
Finally, armed with a good grasp of your budget and an idea of guest list size you are ready to start the venue search! I have found that completing initial planning elements, in this order: budget -> guest list -> venue, is the most conducive to stress free wedding planning! In my opinion one of the most heart-breaking situations is to fall in love with a venue you either can’t afford, or can’t fit in to. Space is a very important element in both your ceremony and reception; you do not want to crowd your guests. As you would expect, it negatively impacts their experience, as does a space that is too big for your size of wedding.
There you have it! You are now ready to dive into planning your wedding! Or you can go straight to the Contact page and bring me on board to dive in for you! Good luck!
Find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest and say HI! @eventsbyemerson 🙂
Last weekend Events by Emerson had the honor of executing Karen and Dylan’s wedding after about 10 months of planning together. Karen and Dylan are such kind people it was a breeze being involved in their big day! Here are a few pictures I grabbed […]
I wanted to share a few more photo of Patricia and Monte’s big day from photographer Samantha Morrow! These are some of my favorite photos and depict Patricia and Monte’s exit from the wedding reception. Don’t forget to check out the full blog post on […]
Update: New blog posts are up that include photos from wedding photographers Elizabeth Photography and Samantha Morrow! Patricia & Monte’s Wedding Photos Pt. 1 Patricia & Monte’s Wedding Photos Pt. 2 ————————– A few weeks ago I had the honor of being a part of […]
Our first Venue Spotlight! The Riverwood Barn and Amphitheater is located in Durant, Oklahoma. It’s actually East of Durant, more in the Blue area, right off Hwy. 70. There is a barn, house, and outdoor amphitheater area. Everything is brand new, as of the writing […]
I wanted to stop in and share a few photos from the Jamie and Brad’s wedding this past weekend! It was a beautiful rustic wedding held at the Riverwood Barn and Amphitheater in Durant, Oklahoma. It’s a brand new venue in the Southern Oklahoma area, there have only been a few weddings held there so far and it is just beautiful! If you are looking for a rustic or barn venue, definitely check out Riverwood. I took quite a few photos on venue walkthrough’s so I’ll do a separate post on the venue! Back to Jamie & Brad, I assisted with the planning process, centerpieces, and flowers. The theme was rustic, and the colors were hot pink, purple, and blue. Here are a few photos I took that day. I’ll do another blog post when the professional photos arrive!
A combination of silk and fresh flowers for this wedding. All the guest table centerpieces and arrangements in the barn were made using silk flowers, which means they could be made weeks in advance. I love being able to do this, and it cuts down on the number of things that have to be done either the day before or the day of the wedding. Pop a plastic bag over the top (like a Wal-Mart sack) to protect the flowers from dust, and store them til you need them!
Fresh flowers were used for all ceremony flowers, including the bouquets, boutonnieres and wrist corsages, and altar and aisle arrangements. The flowers used in the bouquets were: white Carnations, blue Cornflowers, pink and purple Stock, and some Solidago, Queen Anne’s Lace, and Larkspur.
The bouquet transport box was made from an old box and several .97 vases from Wal-Mart. I outlined all the vases with pen on the box and then used a knife to cut the holes. This allows the bouquets to sit in water AND travel safely to the wedding venue.
One of my favorite projects during the wedding planning process is finding and creating the perfect bridal party gifts. There are a million different options and Pinterest, as always, is a great source of inspiration.There are several things to consider when it comes to choosing […]
We were honored to assist a friend in decorating for a baby shower recently. The upcoming arrival of Miss Harper was celebrated in style at the Comfort Suites meeting room in Sherman. It was a colorful fairytale story theme that we loved working with! Here are a few photos from the event.