Are you newly engaged? Congratulations! Now that you've shared the news with family and friends, you may be ready to plan your future nuptials. Organizing the event of your dreams can be overwhelming. You have to pick a date, decide where to have the ceremony and reception, choose who to invite, and the list goes on. Not to worry though—we recommend breaking it into steps to make it easier. Since we're experts in hosting events, here are some tips for planning a Boston wedding.
Get Something to Help You Stay Organized
Having a place to store wedding-related information is essential for staying organized and less stressed. You can use a wedding planner/organizer, binder or document box to save magazine tear-outs, addresses, and much more. You can also start a wedding board on Pinterest if digital organization is more your style.
In addition, Google Docs is an excellent tool for sharing information with your fiancée. You can use Google Sheets to track addresses and Google Calendar to set reminders for important dates such as venue appointments, tux rentals, and cake tastings.
Do a Little Research
If you need some inspiration, check out The Knot and WeddingWire. Those sites can help you visualize your day and give you planning advice. Chat with other brides in the forums, read wedding vendor reviews, and more. You can also easily set up a wedding website on either platform to share important information with guests. Include your website address on your save the date cards if you're sending them.
Venezia Ballroom. Photo courtesy of Berryphotos.
Book A Boston Wedding Venue and Ceremony Location
We suggest booking your venue and ceremony sites simultaneously. Couples typically chose these locations five months to two years in advance. If your dream is to get married in Boston during a peak season, give yourself plenty of time. Venue booking is the hardest part of the whole planning process and the most important. When visiting potential sites, be sure to take notes and snap a few photos. Jot down likes, dislikes, and overall impression, so you have something to refer back to later.
Because a reception is the biggest part of your overall budget, be sure the venue checks all your boxes and feels right. This is the time to trust your gut. Can you see yourself celebrating at the site? Does the event coordinator share your vision, and can they make it happen? Are they attentive and responsive to you?
Photo taken at Venezia. Courtesy of Berryphotos.
Keep Out-of-Town Guests in Mind
Guests traveling to your wedding will need to make travel arrangements ASAP, especially if your wedding is during peak tourist season in Boston. To get the best prices for your guests, book a block of rooms at a hotel as early as you can to get the best rates. Hotel block rates work on what’s called “rack-rates” which are tied to occupancy.
Consider Attending a Bridal Show
We love bridal fairs because they're low pressure. You can get information from a variety of professionals including photographers, event spaces, florists, and more all in one place – saving time. You can also see the latest wedding trends and taste cakes. The New England Bridal Affair is hosting a show on Sunday, February 24th from 1-3pm in our ballroom. At the event, register for a chance to win a free honeymoon in Paris! Purchase tickets and find more info here.
Wedding at Venezia. Photo courtesy of Berryphotos.
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