Day #1: 12 Days of Planning Your Wedding

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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!

12 Days of Planning Your Wedding

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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.

Get organized!

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.

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Let’s Get Engaged!

It might be all the pumpkin spice in the air, but we’re excited to share some tips about getting engaged!

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! 

Share your engagement story and photos with us with #totheaisle.

A Cake For Every Bride 🍰

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!


Top It With Love!

Cake toppers come in an array of styles from simple and sophisticated to dreamy and whimsical. Show off a little personality with your toppers. They can be edible, made out of twigs or stones, shaped with wire, cut out of wood and much more.

Military Weddings

 
Photo by Hamilton Photography

Photo by Hamilton Photography

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Military Weddings

There is something special about military weddings. The ceremonial attire, traditions of the archway of swords (sabers or rifles), and time-honored military wedding venues. The beautiful wedding parties adorned in the ceremonial attire including the men's uniform with white gloves give the special day an appeal of greatness. 

 

The Saber Arch is a common tradition, raising swords to create an arch and walkway for the bride and groom to walk through. "Saber" bearers approach the center aisle after the ceremony and the swords are raised in their right hands above the couple, signifying a safe entry into the bride and groom's new lives.

Slideshow images provided by Formica Studios, Frank Formica
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Rustic Farm Weddings

Farm weddings can take place in any season and be expressed in several variations of styles from earthy and vintage DIY to classic shabby chic with full decor. Some ideas for decor can be as simple as field flowers and seed packages or dish towels for favors for an organic feel. Others include handmade wooden guestbooks, chalkboard seating charts and elaborate custom made programs. Colors can range between subtle browns, pale pinks and rustic oranges. 

Rustic farm weddings are trending and we have the perfect venue on our 52 acre working farm with beautiful views of our pond and horse pastures. Stay in our Victorian B&B, arrive at our shaded wedding site in style in our horse-drawn carriage, and experience a dove release at just the right moment.  Our one-of-a-kind reception area will amaze your guests and give you a unique experience you will never forget.  Even finish off the evening with a bonfire if you choose! 

Fairwinds Farm was recently inducted into the Cecil County Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame! 

JoAnn Dawson, Fairwinds Farm & Stables, Inc.
click here to view contact info and other Venue options

3 Secrets For Better Wedding Day Vows

If you've got the jitters or need help getting started on your wedding vows, Sandra Lynch has given us some pointers on preparing the perfect words for your special day.

1. Cat’s got my tongue!

Lots of people fear to speak in public, but I have never heard of anyone dying from it. 
Write down a few simple things that you want to say. Not too cheesy and not too serious.  

To curb your fear, use these tips to help you: 
Big breath in, hold for 2-5 seconds, then release slowly.
Take your time, pause when needed, and breathe again.

2. This is serious stuff!

Getting married and making it work is serious stuff, but your ceremony…not so much. 
It can be fun and not too mushy. Here are a few lines from a fun groom: 

I promise to reach anything you may need off a high shelf.
I promise to never take your picture without giving you adequate time to prepare.

3. I am brain–dead!

Are you planning to memorize your vows?
With all of the stress of the day, why do that?! Ask your Officiant to put your vows on a card. You can take the printed cards from your wedding ceremony and put them into your wedding album, frame them, or even have your Officiant email them to the photographer or videographer to enhance your memories. 

Finally, remember, your vows should be special, not stressful!

Sandra Lynch, Ceremony Alchemy