Never heard of it? Well, if you are a bride wanting to get married next year you need to know about Engagement Season. It’s a real thing.
Every year MOST couples get engaged between Thanksgiving and Valentines Day. This means that come January (after the holidays of showing off the ring to friends and family) couples are ready to get down to the nitty gritty with planning their weddings. Which means that they are all vying for the same vendors and sites at the same time. Don’t fret. But,be wise. IF you were lucky enough to get engaged before Engagement season…do not procrastinate. Get in what I call “decision making mode.” You will want to secure the following before engagement season if at all possible: Coordinator, Site, Photographer, Band/DJ, Florist. These are the vendors that book up first and in that particular order. If you have all of those set before engagement season you can rest easy and enjoy your holiday season. If you don’t get that done before, you will want to try to secure them DURING the holiday season. This can be a bit more difficult as vendors like florists are busy with seasonal events and don’t have as much time to meet and put together proposals. But keep on them and get those appointments on the books, even if its not till after the season, because as soon as January 2 rolls around their phones will be ringing off the hook for appointments and you’ll already have yours set.
I don’t mean to stress all of you out with this news that there is a time crunch on your planning. But I do think its good to be informed so you can plan wisely.
So you have two months to go. You have all your vendors. But there are a ton of fine details left. START CROSSING THEM OFF YOUR LIST. Whether you have a coordinator or not, there are certain things that your coordinator can’t do well for you such as your Table Assignments. And you DON’T want to do all of that the week before the wedding. But so many brides do because they are waiting on for the RSVP’s to come in…but the best best thing you can do is to start your seating assignments now! You totally can do that.
Make 3 LISTS:
1) you always know a huge group of the THEY WOULD NEVER MISS IT people as i call them.
2) and then you have your THEY WILL NEVER MAKE IT people.
3) and then there is the grey area…the THESE PEOPLE WONT MAKE A DECISION TO SAVE THEIR LIFE people…( :
….but you can usually bet that most of the people on the would never miss it list are going to be sitting near each other anyway…and you’ll have a work table, a friend table, a family table (obviously more than one on these) but the point is you can start putting a couple of people heading up those tables and then literally just fill them in as the rsvps come in…most brides dont do this and its my biggest biggest tip! ( :