Engaged? Check. Where do I start planning for my wedding day, you ask? Right here…
Do you have a budget?
It’s time to get started! So what’s the first thing you should do when you’re planning your wedding? Check your funds. Break down all the resources of how you will be paying for your wedding. Not only will it help you avoid any surprises or disappointments, you’ll also have an idea of how much goes to each part of your wedding plans and services, especially your venues and caterers. Check out our blog 4 Steps To Finding Your Perfect Wedding Venue to get a step-by-step guide of starting off on the right foot, understanding major costs and services, and booking your wedding date!
Stay tuned for Day #2 of our 12 Days of Planning Your Wedding!
Did you just recently get engaged?
We are super pumped to help you in your wedding planning journey! We’ve got a line-up chock-full of tips, tools and inspiration to get you started on the right track and get you through all things wedding related. From how to find the right venues and vendors, to expert insights for dress shopping, and even curated collections of Real Weddings, decor, favors and more to inspire you and your bridal party.
Stay tuned each week for new posts from our new blog series, titled “12 Days of Planning Your Wedding”, that will lead you, your bridal party and your guests to a beautifully planned dream wedding with all the wonderful details that will make your special day uniquely you. We hope that the information we provide here and throughout Walk The Aisle Weddings is truly helpful to you planning your wedding, and that we are able to make the planning process less intimidating and stress-free for you.
P.S. Congratulations! And if you haven’t yet, be sure to pop open a little bubbly with your fiancé, friends and family to get the celebration and excitement going.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you’re starting out. Download our free Wedding Planning Checklist below to help you keep track of your progress and ideas. Make sure you have a place like a binder or folder to make notes and save important information that you can go back to later, like your venue brochures, vendor contracts, color swatches, etc.
Stay tuned for our next post for Day #1 of our new blog series 12 Days of Planning Your Wedding.
This photo collection features Kari and Tom Brockmeyer, who were married on August 25, 2018. Kari was our winner of our photo contest where we asked couples to send photos of the most unique part of their wedding day. The bride requested that her sister perform an interesting stunt while on stage for her speech at the reception. Kari had convinced her to have a trained hawk fly in over the guests and land on her sister’s arm! That’s certainly not something you see every day. The Ceremony took place at Sts. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church in Easton, Maryland and the reception was held at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Marina, and Spa in Cambridge, Maryland. Flip through the photo gallery and find inspiration for your own wedding style and planning.
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Photos by: Living Radiant Photography
This series of photos tell a romantic wedding story that took place at Spring Hill Manor in Cecil County, Maryland by B.O.B. Photography. If rustic chic and lush farmland is your thing, you’ll love getting swept away by these photos! Check them out and get inspired for your own wedding!
Want to share photos from your own rustic chic or barn wedding? Post your photos on Instagram with hashtags #realweddings and #wtaweddings and we will post them to our blog!
Home of the United States Naval Academy and capital of Maryland, Annapolis is a charming and bustling waterfront town. Take in the worn cobblestone streets and brick-laden historic buildings along the downtown streets. Not to mention all the romantic nooks and quirky spots for impromptu photo ops. This photo gallery features the work of one of our listed preferred photographers, Formica Studios. Check them out and get inspired!
Want to share photos from your own military wedding? Post your photos on Instagram with hashtag #realweddings and mention us @wtaweddings and we will post them to our blog!
There will be enough challenges in your life as a couple to not need to overly complicate your first day as husband and wife. Professionals can be expensive, but the saying is quipped so often for good reason. You get what you pay for.Read More
Every wedding is as unique as every couple is exclusively different. But if you are the couple that wants to kick your theme up a notch, here are our picks for Mid-Atlantic venues that will exemplify your vision and make the most of your day. We bring you our favorite romantic, vintage, modern, rustic and historical settings that will create an event to remember for you and your guests.Read More
The Dress Hunt is on! Here is an insider's look at what every bridal stylist wishes you to know before you get to shopping.Read More
It might be all the pumpkin spice in the air, but we’re excited to share some tips about getting engaged!
When is the best time to get engaged?
If you’re planning on proposing to your significant other in the foreseeable future, there are a few things to consider before you decide on the right time to pop the question. We’ve seen that Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day are actually very popular holidays for when couples get engaged and December is the most popular month for marriage proposals. There’s certainly no right or wrong time to propose or to announce your engagement, but it might be beneficial to think about some of the details we’ve highlighted below prior to the engagement.
Make it a family affair.
Do you visit your families during the holidays, such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s? If so, you will definitely want to share such wonderful news with them as soon as possible. You can plan to propose with your family and friends surrounding you to witness the wonderful occasion, or set it up shortly before the holidays so the news is fresh conversation for when you do pay them a visit. The holidays can be super romantic and bring heart-warming sentimentality to the special day, so make sure it’s a memorable story that you’ll want to tell over and over again.
Give yourself time to plan.
The latter half of the calendar year is a great time to get engaged if you have your heart set on a spring or summer wedding. Getting engaged before the end of winter allows time to research, plan, and book your venue(s) and vendors for your special day. Spend time over your holiday break with friends and family to help you get ideas for your wedding’s location, theme, colors and menu. Check out our Find A Vendor page where you can find all kinds of vendors and services that you’ll need for your wedding.
Put some money in the bank.
Getting engaged during the Fall or Winter not only gives you time to plan your spring or summer wedding, but it will also give your friends and family time to plan and save up some moolah. It’s especially helpful if you are planning a destination wedding or if you have out of town guests. Check out our Wedding Destination and Venue Books for beautiful location options and wedding style inspiration.
We hope these tips are useful in helping you plan your engagement and would love to hear from you!
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If you didn’t already know it, there are tons of options when it comes to your wedding cake. Infinite choices of flavor, color, design, size and shape. You name it, it's out there! Here are a few ideas to consider.
You’ve Got Great Taste!
The flavor of your wedding cake can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be. It can get overwhelming with all of the choices and you may not want to taste every single concoction, especially when there’s a dress you’ll be wanting to fit into on your special day! POPSUGAR has compiled a useful flavors chart that breaks down flavor combinations to help guide you with your decision. Be sure to also get help from your Cake Designer if you are working with one to ensure a satisfactory outcome. Check out the chart here!
Raise The Stakes…With Cake!
With all of the different styles of cake design out there, you are bound to find something that suits your fancy. Here’s a little inspiration to get you going.
Au Naturel The Naked Cake is quite a popular style these days. This style keeps your cake looking fresh and simple and works great with the addition of fresh fruit or real flowers that go along with your wedding theme.
Metallic Flare Metallic accents on your cake can create an elegant and upscale feel to your cake. Hints of gold, silver, copper, rose gold, you name it! If you like a multi-tiered cake, mix and match a solid metallic tier with simpler tiers for extra oomph.
Painterly Strokes If you and your significant other have an appreciation for creative talent, show it off with a hand painted cake. Use a sentimental scene or keep it abstract for a more modern look.
Beauty is on the Inside Who says all the fancy stuff has to be on the outside of your cake? Give your cake several layers of different colors to create an Ombre look or coordinate the layers with your wedding theme.
Unique Alternatives There’s no law that says your wedding has to serve Wedding Cake. If you’re not exactly a fan of cake, make it a lovely display of macarons, cupcakes, cookies, donuts, pies, even cheese!