Wedding Planning Checklist!

Wedding Planning Checklist!

So you're engaged, you’ve got the man of your dreams and a beautiful sparkling ring that you can’t stop raving about! With all the excitement you may be out trying on dresses, looking at venues and thinking of all the things you need to get done and it can easily get overwhelming. We have some great tips to get you at the right starting point so you can stay organized and timely with all the details of your dream wedding!

First and foremost you and your fiancé should figure out a budget. With a realistic budget set in place you can then move forward with what type of wedding you both want. Weddings can get pricy and sticking to a budget will help avoid unnecessary headaches in the future.

When setting a date choose one that works best for both you and your fiancé as well as loved ones. Discuss with one another of how many guest you’ll have so you can choose an appropriate venue. From there you can figure out what type of setting you want for your ceremony and reception that will still leave enough in your budget for everything else. Once you have that part done you can start on all the details, from catering, flowers, decor, and music for your venue depending on what is included with the location you’ve chosen. The fabulous venue in the pictures is the Red Cliff Ranch. With meadows surrounded by red cliffs, aspen groves, and waterfalls you are sure to get an elegant mountain destination wedding!

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Finding the dress is just as important! A woman wants a dress that makes her feel and look amazing. Give yourself time to shop around so when you do find that dress to die for you’ll have time for any alterations and accessories to make your bridal gown complete. The team at Alta Moda Bridal is experts at finding the perfect dress for the bride to be. With bride Ashley (lower left) she is absolutely glowing in her A-Line beaded lace gown by Augusta Jones. (Photo by Alixann Loosle Photography.) Bride Daynia (lower right) looks gorgeous in her fashionable modest dress by Monique Lhullier. (Photography by Brooke Brakken.)

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blog quote Now that you have the date and venue locked in you should start thinking about the invitation. Your invitation is a key element for relaying needed information to your guests. With all the time you place into planning your wedding you want your guests to be able to plan accordingly so they can join you in the celebrations. Especially if you need a head count and depend on a RSVP reply. The invitation process takes time and can sometimes be overlooked as far as what goes into them. You should start the design process four to six months in advanced and send them two months prior your wedding date. Your invitation should reflect who you are and the theme of your wedding giving your guest idea of what’s to come. Depending on your budget the invitation can be as simple or elaborate as you want. With so many options to chose from, narrow down what your wants and needs are for the occasion.

Things to think about:
• Do you need a separate announcement?
• Should you send a Save the Date?
• How detailed do you want the invitation to be vs. guiding guests to a website for the details?
• Do you need a separate ceremony card?
• Do you need directions and accommodation cards?
• Will an RSVP be needed?
• What type of thank you cards do you prefer?

Here at Ann Elizabeth we take pride in having helped numerous brides create custom invitations that fit their budget and needs.

Janellen Peterkin’s chose a patterned paper, which gives her invitation a soft romantic feel. We used multiple layers on both the outer monogram and inside details giving it a rich look that accented the pinks. Then topped it off with an icing wrap for the envelope making this invitation pure elegance!

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There are so many details that go into planning a wedding that hiring an event designer/planner can really help. Consider cutting some of the budget elsewhere so that you can hire a professional to guide you through the process if at all possible.

Taking the time to do your research can really pay off in the end. Magazines and websites like Utah Bride and Groom, Salt Lake/Park City Bride and Groom, Utah Valley Bride are some of our local magazines and are a great sources for information.

If you are looking for a great checklist you can download the Martha Stewart checklist.  It is well put together with complete breakdowns of all the details you’ll need to stay organized.

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Bridal Shower Etiquette

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Bridal Shower Etiquette - “Who should host the party?”
Traditionally, the maid or matron of honor hosts the party. In some cases family members, bride’s maids or close girl friends will do the hosting so make sure the communication is there. Never let the bride host her own party!

“What should be included on a bridal shower invitation?”

  • Bride's full name (and sometimes Groom's)
  • Date
  • Time
  • Location
  • RSVP name and number
  • Date to RSVP by
  • Short description of any food details
  • Registry

“What time frame is proper etiquette for hosting a bridal shower?”
Most would say anywhere from a two month to two weeks before the wedding. When mailing invitations you will need to do it no less than a month prior to the bridal shower so guests have time to respond to the RSVP.

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[/one-half-first][one-half]When choosing a theme for the wedding shower, select one that reflects the personality and interests of the bride. Here are some examples we’ve done for our bridal shower invitations from top to bottom.

Jennifer Vigor-Kalm’s goldfish bridal shower invitation was themed after brides name Melissa Fisher and grooms Jon Goldman. She also had a menu themed after the bridal invitation for the restaurant where the bridal shower was held with choices of what entrees they could choose from!

Hailey Kandell’s sushi themed invitation for Sara Little makes a bold yet chic announcement. This invitation has it all! With a full color two-sided pocket that holds the RSVP reply card and envelope. Even the envelopes are tastefully printed from the flower design on the main envelope to the reply envelope with chopsticks. Not only is this theme colorful and youthful, it’s the very essence of femininity.

Julian McKeon's Fiesta theme relayed a relaxed get together with a southwestern buffet lunch.

Ann Jager’s invitation for Alyson Garff was a traditional themed invite focused on incorporating her wedding colors keeping a flow throughout her invitation suite.

Kimberlee Sirstins' invitation is a great example where multiple family members come together to host the bridal shower. The details of layers and clean lines make for a beautiful classy invitation![/one-half][one-half-first]Hailey Kandell’s invitation for Sarah Klothorr indicates a more formal dinner party with her details for cocktail attire. The invitation itself is gorgeous down to the last detail. With the layering on an elegant wrap and champagne ribbon, it really captures the mood for the occasion.

Rachel Francis' invites for Kate Feinstein is a fun and more modern invitation with an additional teaser of the upcoming Bachelorette party. Fun side note: Rachel has gone from bridesmaid to one of our current brides!

With a few good guidelines you can create the perfect bridal shower for your bride to be![/one-half-first][one-half]bridal shower 3[/one-half]bridal shower 5


Meet Dustin Schrecengost and see his Fabulous Announcement

Here at Ann Elizabeth we're a lot more than a one trick pony. Sure, we love designing wedding invitations, but we also have lots of fun with other design projects as well. Our client, Dustin Schrecengost, recently joined the staff of skilled professionals at Blakemore Real Estate as a licensed realtor. Our friends at Blakemore Real Estate sent Dustin our way to design and print an announcement for him and we like it so much that we thought we'd share.

We started with a gold and black color palette and developed the announcement from there. The whole announcement pulls out of a nifty pocket and there is a removable business card attached to the announcement. The business card itself features a matte coating and a shiny gold foil logo. So, even when the announcement is long gone, Dustin can rest assured that his business card alone still packs a punch.

Have you made a business move lately? If so, sending a business announcement of the change is a social grace that your clients are sure to appreciate. Anything from a move of location, expanding office space, moving to a new company, a new phone number any business transition is noteworthy. More than anything else, it keeps your name in front of your clients and lets them know that you care enough about them to keep them in the loop.

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And finally, we don't endorse just anybody around here (we tend to be pretty persnickety about that kind of thing) but if you're in the market you need to check out Blakemore Real Estate. http://www.blakemorerealestate.com/

In all my dealings with professionals, I must say that Blakemore Real Estate really pays attention to the details and their customer service is pretty incredible. These guys really know what they are doing.

So enjoy Dustin's announcement and think about sending a business announcement of your own. It's sure to instantly make you look like a pro.