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Best Wedding Planning Posts of 2018

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bride above a beautiful wedding receptionAny engaged couple can tell you that wedding planning is a multi-step process. From the proposal to the final wedding vendor contract, the wedding planning process can be full of twists, turns, and an occasional yearning to elope. As wedding planners, we’ve seen it all—and helped couples navigate through every step of the wedding planning process.

We’ve put together the best wedding planning blog posts that can help you through planning your big day from the start to the end. (Contact us if you want more info. We can make your dream day a reality.)

Get started wedding planning…

Wedding Planning Guide: What is the first step in planning a wedding?

Tap into these tricks as you dive into wedding planning…

Tips from the Pros: 15 Tips (and Tricks!) that’ll Kick Start Your Wedding Planning

Setting a wedding budget…

How can I keep my wedding within budget?

Use these questions to screen wedding venues and find the right ‘one’…

24 Wedding Venue Questions You Shouldn’t Forget to Ask

This wedding venue tour checklist makes sure your wedding venue has all those ‘must-have’ spaces…

What should I look for in my wedding venue tour?

Deciding whether to host an adults-only wedding…

Should you host an adults-only wedding?

Keeping the wedding drama (with friends and family) to a minimum…

7 Ways to Minimize the Wedding Planning Drama

Choosing and hiring wedding vendors…

Complete Wedding Vendor List

And for when the urge to elope strikes…

25 Ways to De-Stress Wedding Planning in Milwaukee

Planning an epic wedding reception dance…

7 Tips for an AWESOME Wedding Dance

Deciding on a fun wedding reception surprise…

21 (Fun!) Wedding Reception Surprise Ideas

Setting up a stellar wedding website…

10 Musts of a Stellar Wedding Website

Dealing with any wedding day emergencies that might come up…

7 Wedding Day Curve Balls (& How to Deal with Them)

7 Winter Wedding Do’s and Don’ts Your Guests Appreciate

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winter wedding venue feature wall with beads and uplightingThere are some wonderful winter wedding ideas on the web (like these winter wedding ideas). While guests love every one, we’re focusing on those winter wedding planning steps that your guests really appreciate—especially on one of our freezing Wisconsin winter days.

DO warm them up.

We’re stating the obvious: it’s cold outside! Winter weather can be cold, snowy, wet—or all of the above. Don’t leave guests out in the cold. Take steps to warm them up as soon as they walk in the door; welcome them with a warm fire (add that to your wedding venue checklist) and serve them warm beverages and refreshments. Remember, that a cozy welcome shouldn’t turn into toasty wedding reception; take steps to keep guests comfortable so they enjoy themselves.

DON’T make guests trudge (too far) through the snow.

Nothing can put a damper on the evening like ruining guests’ best dancing shoes. When choosing a winter wedding venue, make sure you ask about available parking. Make your guests’ night; choose a wedding venue with an incredibly close parking lot so your guests have a short walk in the cold winter weather. (If you want to make the winter weather commute even easier, hold your ceremony and reception at the same wedding venue.)

DO choose the right venue for a beautiful winter wedding.

Choosing the right wedding venue is important part of any season wedding planning; a winter wedding deserves no less. Use this checklist for singling out the right wedding venue for your big day—and don’t mark a beautiful venue exterior off the list just because of the weather. Some of the most beautiful photos are taken outside (especially with beautiful shawls and accessories!) in the winter weather.

DON’T feel you have to plan a winter wedding all yourself.

Planning a winter wedding can feel overwhelming. There are so many winter wedding details to coordinate! To de-stress the process, take a break from the wedding planning (use this list of local de-stressing ideas in Milwaukee!) and don’t hesitate to ask for help. If you want professional assistance, hire a wedding planner or select a wedding venue with experienced planners that are intimately familiar with the venue, local vendors, and the wedding planning process.   

DO get inspired by the beautiful season.

Every couple chooses a winter wedding date for a different reason: to commemorate a certain date, because it’s their “down time,” beautiful wedding venues tend to have more wedding dates, they love the season…the list goes on and on. Whatever the reason, once you’ve chosen a winter wedding date, indulge the season as you plan BUT don’t feel confined by it. Winter weddings can still be colorful and diverse events; not every winter wedding has to be pure white or holiday-themed. Have fun with creating a beautiful winter wedding day.

DON’T neglect your bridesmaids.

Hopefully, you chose your bridesmaids because you prize them. Make them feel like prized guests on the wedding day—no matter how cold it is! Provide transportation so they don’t have to brave the cold weather. When they do need to stand in the cold (like for beautiful wedding photos!), provide fashionable weather accessories that keep them snug and warm. Your bridesmaids are going to appreciate shawls, muffs, mittens, hats…anything cozy and warm.

DO decide on the right winter wedding favor.

A winter wedding comes with incredible opportunities: beautiful winter wedding décor, scrumptious seasonal wedding menu dishes, and unique winter wedding favors. Think hot cocoa kits (with all the fixings), mittens, holiday ornaments, blankets, fire starters…the options for winter wedding favors are as numerous as the snowflakes during a blizzard (these winter wedding favor ideas can inspire you).