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Tips for Keeping Organized While Planning Your Wedding!

You’ve recently gotten engaged and you know you want a wedding to remember. You have some idea of the décor that you want, have looked into which venues would be best, and want to keep everything organized. Unfortunately, the organization is harder than you expected and you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed.

I know I felt like I had gotten in over my head when I was planning my own wedding two years ago. I felt like I wasn’t prepared as I scrolled through Pinterest and wedding websites. As the date drew closer, I felt more nervous—not about marrying the person I loved, but instead about planning my own wedding.

Photographer: Derek Halkett

 

During this time, I got the best piece of advice I could have gotten from one of my best friends: Don’t panic. You just need to take things one step at a time. With that piece of advice and a few more, I had an amazing wedding that my friends and family still talk about to this day.

Now with a bit more experience under my belt and having learned from my own wedding, here are a few tips for keeping your cool when planning your wedding.

Book Your Venue First

One of the most important things to do is to book your venue first. Not only will this determine how many guests you can have at your wedding, but will also determine what sort of decorations you can have, and which caterers are available to you. Each venue is different, and each has its own policies. Not only that, but booking your venue means that you’ll have a solid date to work from for invitations and other plans. Keep in mind that if you plan to book at the gorgeous Wadsworth Mansion, keep the season in mind! We have different flowers and foliage depending on the season, and each gives a different feel for your wedding.

Avoid Getting Bogged Down in Details

While you may have what you think is the perfect time line for your big day, or an idea of what your centerpieces need to look like, remember to not get bogged down in the details. Fine details can help enhance your wedding, but don’t stress too much over them. At the end of the day, the big picture is what matters. I remember being worried about the color of the napkins at my own wedding. In the end, no one notices the napkins. Instead, they remember and enjoy the overall experience of the day. At the Wadsworth Mansion in particular, you’ll have a stunning backdrop for your wedding no matter what. Even if you can’t find the exact centerpieces you want, it’s okay; you’ll still have a beautiful wedding.

Make a Plan…And Stick To It

At the beginning of the planning process, you’ll want to make a list of things that you need to take care of and deadlines for each of these items. This may include things like booking a venue, finding a florist and deciding on your floral arrangements, picking a caterer and deciding the menu, and more. While making your plan, keep in mind that the people you hire and book are there to help give you advice and guide you through the process. If you wind up booking at the Wadsworth, we’ll give you planning tools and resources to work with to help with the process!

Communication is Key!

Remember to communicate throughout the planning process, especially with your caterer and venue. While your vendors have likely planned many weddings in the past, it’s important to communicate what you want for your own wedding. Not only will this allow your vendors to let you know what is and isn’t possible, but will make the week up to your wedding and your wedding day run a lot more smoothly! Make sure to also remember to communicate with your bridal party and family about date, timing, and schedule; that way, they’ll know where to be and when!

Most Importantly, Relax

There is no event or wedding out there that runs perfect. There will always be snags or hang ups that you don’t expect. But don’t worry! At the end of the day, you’re going to have a beautiful wedding with friends and family while confirming your vows with someone you love. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, take a step back and take a few, deep breaths; you’re going to have a great wedding.

 

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Rennie and Jonathan – A Stunning Summer Wedding

As we approach Autumn, we wanted to take a look back as some of the gorgeous summer weddings that we had this season. Rennie and Jonathan’s wedding stood out as one of our early June weddings. With stunning florals, a tea ceremony, and surprise fireworks, this wedding created a truly memorable experience for both friends and family who attended.

Kate’s planning helped Rennie and Jonathan create their vision at the Wadsworth Mansion. With the backdrop of the historic location, the bride and groom spent their time with friends and family as they celebrated long into the night. We loved having them as one of our couples, and wish them all of the best!

 

 

Planning: Kate Jubboori Events
Photographer: Spagnolo Photography
Catering: Gourmet Galley
Florist: Ladybug Floral Design
Entertainment: Dhoom Events
Fireworks: Celebration Fireworks
Hair/Makeup: Naomi Martinez Studio

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Bridesmaid Proposal Ideas

Allison poses with her bridesmaids in front of the mansion.
Photo by: Jewel Photo

You’ve just gotten engaged and know exactly who you’re going to ask to be your bridesmaids. The problem is, you’re not exactly sure how to ask. While there is no wrong way to ask someone to be your bridesmaid, we’ve taken the opportunity to give you some of our favorite ways of asking!

Drinks with Friends

This one takes a bit of preparation. First, you’ll need to order a few customized glasses that say “Will You Be My Bridesmaid?” on the side, or get crafty and make them yourself! Then, invite your bridesmaids for a fun night out at your favorite local bar or for an enjoyable evening at your home. Once they’ve gotten there, pour a round of drinks in the customized glasses before serving them. It’s a great way to have a fun night, while also giving your bridesmaids a keepsake to take home with them.

Movie Night

Grab a copy of “Bridesmaids” and invite your own potential bridesmaids to come to a movie night! Pop some popcorn, grab some snacks, and enjoy. Once you’ve watched the movie, ask them to be your own bridesmaids. Alternatively, you can send them each a copy of the movie to enjoy with the simple question of “Will you be my bridesmaid?”

Delectable Delight

You can always send your bridesmaids a sweet treat along with a sweet message! Ask your bridesmaids by sending chocolates, macarons, or other delectable sweets to their homes with your burning question. They’re sure to love the food, and will likely love being your bridesmaids, too!

Adventure and Fun

Take a trip with your bridesmaids to a fun location! You’ll want to set up a spot beforehand where you put a piece of paper or small sign that asks the question, “Will you be my bridesmaids?” Once both you and they get to the spot, you’ll likely get some great reactions from each of them!

Simple and Sweet

If you and your bridesmaids live far away from one another, a great way to propose is with a simple card that expresses your personality. Whether you decide on a card that’s fun, sweet, lighthearted, or funny, your bridesmaids are sure to enjoy receiving it in the mail.

 

No matter how you ask your bridesmaids, they’re sure to appreciate that you asked them to be part of your very special day!

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Your Wedding at the Wadsworth Mansion

Photographer: Joanna Fisher

The Wadsworth Mansion is a truly elegant location, with a sweeping drive through woods and flowers that eventually leads to the steps of a remarkable mansion. Once inside, beautiful floors and high ceilings lift your eyes toward the curved windows and French doors that lead out onto a stunning terrace and green lawn and gardens. To the left and the right are the ballrooms with chandeliers and ornate mantles above working gas fireplaces.

With that said, many brides and grooms at the mansion tend to ask the same questions about how to plan their celebration. That’s exactly why we’ve assembled a list of some of the most commonly asked questions, and their answers.

I’m afraid it’s going to rain during my wedding! Should I get a tent?

If you’re going to get a tent, then we recommend that you get one over the terrace! This provides an extra covered area for your guests, but also keeps them from needing to walk in heels through wet grass. With that said, the mansion itself is expansive, so it’s very easy to move all wedding celebrations indoors.

What do you usually use the terrace for?

The terrace is a great location for having a cocktail hour, drinks, and dancing! If you want to add some extra fun to your wedding, you can also include games on the nearby lawn. It’s a great location for mingling and enjoying the outdoors.

Do you have an in-house caterer?

We do not have an in-house caterer. However, that is what makes the Wadsworth such a great location for customization! We have a list of amazing caterers that you can choose from that allow you to have a menu that’s truly unique to your wedding.

What are other weddings like here?

This is perhaps the hardest question we’ve been asked, because each wedding at the Wadsworth is so personalized to the couple that celebrates at the mansion. We’ve had weddings that involve a helicopter entrance, weddings that have fireworks, weddings that include yard games, weddings that include entertainment, and so much more. What are other weddings like here? They’re unique and reflect the couple that celebrates their big day. If there’s something you really want to do at your wedding, odds are you can at the Wadsworth.

 

If you’re looking to have your wedding at the Wadsworth, then don’t hesitate to reach out and share your vision! Not only will we help you bring it to life, but we also may have recommendations on how best to use this amazing space.

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