did you ring in the new year with a new ring???

engagementHappy New Year! Ringing in 2013 sure was fun, and I wish that the new year has many wonderful things in store for you.

Over 15 years ago, I was one lucky girl and found a fabulous diamond ring in my champagne glass over the holidays. So I know how many of you feel starting the new year with a beautiful ring on your finger and wedding plans swirling in your heads. Get ready to field questions from the inquiring minds of your family and friends. Have you set a date, where will you have the ceremony, what about your reception, have you picked a venue yet, what about your dress, color theme, how many guests and you can’t forget about have you chosen your wedding party… so many questions, and so many things to think about!

Here are a few tips that are always helpful for getting and staying organized as you begin your planning, and of course answering all those questions!

Most of all enjoy your engagement.

You will only be fiances for so long, so flash that beautiful ring when ever your get a chance.  Go on romantic dates, share your dreams about the day you’ll say “I do”… spend  time to enjoy just being engaged.  Celebrate the love that has brought you together at such a romantic place in your lives before the real planning begins.

Announce it to the world!

Who isn’t excited about sharing the wonderful news of your engagement, so of course you have to spread the news. Choose whichever method best suits your personal style and budget. If social media is your thing, tweet about your joy and/or post a photo of  you and your man and of course that fabulous ring on Facebook. Send out a personal printed announcement to your family and friends or even announce your engagement in newspaper print. Everyone will be so excited to hear your news.

Celebrate with a fabulous party!

Gather your friends and family together to celebrate this wondrous new adventure you are beginning together. Choose a relaxed atmosphere like your favorite neighborhood bar, plan a casual lunch at the bistro around the corner, or invite everyone over to your place for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and don’t forget that champagne! Everyone is going to want to toast the bride & groom.

Find the perfect wedding organizer…let the planning begin!

Hit your local book store and check out the wedding section, and let the hunt begin for the perfect wedding planner & organizer. Colin Cowie, Mindy Weiss, and of course Martha Stewart all offer fabulous organizers. If you happen to be a crafty bride, than create your own organizer that best suits your needs.  Here is a fabulous template from russell + hazel for all you DYIer’s. Keeping notes and your inspiration organized is essential for planning such a big celebration such as your wedding.

That perfect date.

You don’t have to set a date just yet, but now is the perfect time to begin thinking about the perfect date. Begin by thinking about the season you wish to marry in. This will help with determining how much time you will have to plan, and will guide you in your search for venues, conversations with your venders and that most important wedding dress hunt. Even though you may not set a date for another few months, friends and family will be thrilled at knowing that you will be tying the knot in the summer of 2014.

Consider your budget.

Start the conversation about your wedding budget. Before you begin searching for the perfect vender, or buy a dress, you will need to know how much you’re planning on spending and how your budget will be broken down. This is also the perfect time to chat family and figure out if anyone will be contributing to your budget or if it will be just the two of you footing the bill. As the months leading up to your wedding zip by, and changes occur, having an idea of how you plan to spend your money will keep you from using your entire budget for that fabulous photographer or venue deposit.


Once you have the  basic’s set, it’s time to let your imagination go wild. Our galleries Facebook Page, and Pinterest boards are great spots to collect anything that speaks to you. Don’t forget to organize. A large binder with category dividers is a perfect way to gather your inspiration. You will see that in no time, that the wedding you have always dreamed of will come to together in the photo’s, design tips, templates and color swatches that you collect. Then it will be off to find that perfect vender to help you bring it all to life!


Most of all remember to take time for each other. Planning a fabulous wedding takes time, patience and understanding. Be there for each other with lots of love, support and encouragement … for in the end, the out come will be fabulous! And if you need a little help along the way with the planning process, remember we are just a phone call away!

As always, happy planning.








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