May 2017

What to do after your engagement

You are engaged! Now, what do you do first? Below are the 5 most important focuses that I feel you should consider when starting/before you even start the planning process. I have planned and spent many years being a part of this industry, here are a few tips that I give all my brides when they first get engaged. Deep breath. You can do this!

Enjoy your significant other

1. Do not neglect your significant other 

You are getting married. Be sure you never lose sight of the reason this process started in the first place. Plan date nights regularly that do not involve wedding planning or even wedding talk. Your life together is the most important factor. It is the reason why you even have to plan anything at all…do not loose sight of each other by getting all caught up in the details. Have a glass of wine together and just enjoy why you said YES.

2. Choose your top 5 non-negotiable aspects of your wedding

Decide what is most important to you as a couple and at your wedding. Are pictures the most important? Weather/time of year? Make a list and prioritize these things first. Do not compromise on these non-negotiable, only compromise with items and details less important to you.

How many wedding guests?

3. Your Guest List

Probably the hardest thing you will have to do in the planning process. Start now. Make your A, B, C list and start collecting addresses. Start a google drive that you both can view and take it day by day. You can never start collecting addresses soon enough.

4. BUDGET

Set a heart attack budget, meaning you may not have a set price for each vendor or item, or even know what to expect but, you do know how much you DO NOT want to spend. You can develop a budget percentage/break down from that “heart attack” base. Then do a little research on the average cost of items and delegate a percentage to those items.

When you have the all these numbers ready provide them to your vendors. Letting vendors know your budget when you start a meeting will help them provide you with the options available. When/if you go over budget in a specific area, remember to not compromise on the non-negotiable items (see #2) you can pull from your budget in areas that are not a priority to you to help balance everything out.

Select your wedding venue

5. Your Wedding Date

Venues book up sometimes a year in advance (or more). Narrow down your search for what you want to have in a venue (bar, food, time frame, price). Pick three dates and call the venues to see if they are available on those dates. Have a few options can help you get the venue you desire.

Remember enjoy this process. Do not lose sight of #1 and #2 and your planning process will go much more smoothly and enjoyable for all!

Happy planning!

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Caribbean

Most likely when you think of The Caribbean, your mind conjures up an image of a pristine white sand beach, picturesque palms, and warm, sultry breezes. It’s true it’s hard not to find ideal island scenery just about anywhere you go in the Caribbean. But, The Caribbean actually represents a vast area with over 700 islands reaching from the Gulf of Mexico to the north of South America. What separates the islands the most is the culture. The customs, language, currency, even the side of the road you drive on is different from island to island depending on their sovereignty. So, we know you want that white sand beach, but what else will make your honeymoon stay picture-perfect? How do you know which island is right for you? Here’s a quiz to help you decide.

  1. I speak, or am at least comfortable conversing in the following languages:
    1. Spanish
    2. Dutch
    3. English
    4. All of the above
  1. We might want to catch a game while we’re there, our preference would be:
    1. Baseball
    2. Soccer
    3. Cricket
  1. You should see our killer (fill in the blank) dance moves:
    1. Merengue
    2. Club-style
    3. Dirty
  1. Our idea of adventure is:
    1. Horseback riding and zip-lining
    2. Discovering a shipwreck
    3. Taking our chances at the casino
    4. Driving on the left-hand side of the road
    5. Taking a nature hike (complete with monkeys!)

Add up your points:

A’s = 1

B’s = 2

C’s = 3

D’s = 4

E’s = 5

If you scored 4-5 points, the Dominican Republic and/or Cancun is perfect for you. There is no shortage of thrill-seeking adventure either place. The beaches are spectacular, the food spicy, and the nightlife abounds with Spanish rhythm.

If you scored 6-7 points, you’ll love the Dutch ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao). The culture is laid back, yet thrilling. Whether you’re scuba diving through a shipwreck or putting it all on black at the casino, you’ll fill your days and nights with lifelong memories.

If you scored 8+ points, you are the type of person that wants it all. We recommend island-hopping, but if that’s not in the plan you should definitely check out Barbados, the Bahamas or the Cayman Islands! These islands offer adventure at every turn, unparalleled beaches, nightlife that’ll keep you going well into the next day, and they speak English!

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