If you have received a ring in the months of December to March (Christmas, New Year’s, Valentine’s Day or even St. Patty’s day – if you’re lucky!) then you are probably wanting to pick a wedding date that gives you time to plan but doesn’t make your engagement last forever. Consider a winter wedding!
Peak wedding season has traditionally been April-June and October, but if you just received your ring in February, that might be a tight turn around for you. Why not consider breaking away from the norm and getting married in November, December or January? Here are some great benefits:
- Vendors and facilities are more likely to be available during “off season”
- They are also more likely to offer a seasonal discount or a winter package that saves you money
- During the holiday season you can find great items for favors and decorations – stores are full of goodies that match the season
Additionally, décor and color schemes can be rich and vibrant. There is no need to stick to traditional red and green if that is not your flavor! You can use rich jewel tones, lush fabrics such as a velvet and velour, and sparkle, sparkle, sparkle – metallics are totally in for winter weddings! Also for a different spin, try a light blue with brown to mix warm and cool colors into your winter theme.
So why not winter? You can’t beat great seasonal discounts, wonderful color choices, and easily accessible décor!
Now that you are engaged, you are more than read y to grab the scan gun and make your wedding registry, but what are important things to consider?
- Do register with store that located in the area where the majority of your guests live. While your bridesmaids are comfortable with ordering online from a store not located in their area, your Grandma Betty might not be.
- Do register with more than one store – give your guests variety and options, but do not get carried away (no need for 6 registries with all the major department stores in your zip code!)
- Do register before your invitations go out – people will want/need time to decide what to buy you for your special day
- Do keep you guest in mind. This means registering for items that accommodate a wide range of budgets. General rules of thumb – 40% of your registry should be gifts $50 and under, 40% $50-$150, 20% $150 plus BUT you know your guests, so adjust these numbers to suit who is attending your wedding
- Do end thank you notes –generally within 6 weeks of receiving the gift – this is really important (and just as FYI – emails and typed general thank-you’s are not appropriate)
- Do not send out registry cards or include registry information in your invitation. This makes guests feel like you are more interested in the gifts then their presence on the day of your wedding.
- Don’t register for $5 or less items. You can pick these up on your own or use a gift card. A guest might be thrown off by a $3.99 item on your registry.
- Do not ask for cash. If you are seeking cash and checks only, it is considered taboo for you to tell guests that – let your relatives and bridal party tell guests. Word of mouth works best for spreading the word that you would rather have money than items, BUT if you do receive a blender or toaster, graciously accept it.
- Do not use wedding gifts prior to the wedding in the event that something happens (God forbid!) – it is etiquette to send back wedding presents if for some reason the wedding is called off
If you are looking for a venue in the southern part of the United States – there can seem to be more than plenty – BUT have you considered what all those venues offer? Some offer a historic home, but you have to provide the tables and chairs. Some offer a beautiful garden for your ceremony, but a less than ideal reception area. While others book more than one event at a time (yikes!) If you are looking for an all inclusive place – this is it! We not only have a well taken care of historic home that dates back to 1829, we also have a gorgeous ballroom and picture perfect garden areas. Our staff will gladly walk you through the entire wedding process from the time you say yes to the ring until the time you depart to a cloud of bubbles. Whether you live in Atlanta, Macon, Savannah, Augusta, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, or even on the other side of the world – we will gladly help you achieve the southern charm you want for your big day!