You're Engaged!...Now what?
The Question was popped and you said yes- now what?
Holidays are a popular and romantic time to pop the question. But what happens after the â€œyes?â€
According to Christina DiOrio, the wedding planner at the ocean front Inn by the Sea on Crescent Beach, just 7 miles south of Portland, there are some simple guidelines to follow to ensure the success of your big day.Â
- Get off on the right foot, make some calls
â€œDo call friends and family and tell them your news personally before posting to facebook. Itâ€™s far more fun to get reactions live, and you really want the very firstÂ thing you do together â€“ your announcement- to be a success, with no hurt feelings and no drama!â€
- Start thinking of a wedding venue, and decide on a budget
â€œVenues book up a year or two in advance so one of the very first things to do is decide, realistically, what kind of wedding youâ€™d like and start narrowing your choices. Availability of venues could play a role in the date you choose.Â Start by having a conversation about your dream setting- are you picturing an urban or coastal location- on a beach or a mountain top?â€
"Once youâ€™ve decided on your ideal backdrop you can start limiting the options. Creating a rough but realistic budget with the approximate number of guests you hope to have will also narrow choices. Finding a venue that is available and fits both your dream and your pocketbook can be work- plan to visit several options before making a final decision.Â Once you have a location and the date booked, everything else can fall into place. â€ Â Â
- Create a site or blog
â€œStaying on track and hitting deadlines for the myriad of decisions, big and small, is easier with a wedding planner or site.Â Friends and guests can also stay in touch with your plans if you share them online. Two things youâ€™ll want to schedule right away are sizing and insuring your new ring!â€
- Choosing a wedding plannerâ€¦.or not!
â€œIf youâ€™ve decided on a hotel or wedding venue they will probably have a planner on site who will not only help but will have a great deal of local knowledge for many of yourÂ decisions such as cake makers, photographers, music, lighting, tents, furniture rentals, linens or ceremony officiates. Since most wedding vendors you will use will be local, this insider knowledge and experience can be very important."
â€œIf you have decided on a farm or mountain top, you will probably be on your own to find vendors, so you might consider hiring an independent planner.â€
- Dream, chill and remember to have fun
â€œDonâ€™t let planning get in the way of having a romantic lead up to the wedding, and enjoy the day to the fullest.Â Something unexpected is bound to happen, but make a decision not to let whatever that is get in the way of making the most of your day.â€ Â Â
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Christina DiOrio, wedding planner at Maine's luxurious Inn by the Sea located on sandy Crescent Beach in Cape Elizabeth, just 7 miles south of Portland's urban chic small port city is ready to help in any way. Â The ocean front Inn by the Sea offers seaside tented weddings for up to 200, or inside for up to 75. Â 207-799-3134, or firstname.lastname@example.orgÂ