Yeah, you’ve officially booked your venue and your wedding date! Congratulations, that is a huge check mark on the “to do” list! What do you do next? Well, often times after a venue search things can be left very scrambled in your head. But please don’t start overwhelming yourself by jumping ahead…let’s start with your foundation.
1.) Confirm what’s included.
Read thru your venue notes and your contract. Make a list of everything that’s included with your venue. What do the chairs look like for the ceremony, what about the reception? What type of existing furniture does the venue already have in place? What type of linens are included? Are they lap length or floor length? What colors do they come in? What about napkins? Does the venue offer any type of centerpiece options? What about vases? Do they offer candles? Uplights? What are the table options? Really understand everything that is included and everything that is not included, before you move forward with any of your décor decisions.
2.) Decide on Your Colors
Really consider your venue, the season, and your overall personal style. It’s important that your colors work with your venue and not against it. It’s important to consider the season due to weather and your floral options. And of course you’ll definitely what your colors to reflect you and the style that speak to you.
3.) Select Your Linens
Start by choosing your linens. This will be helpful for you do even before selecting your bridesmaid’s dresses or invitations. Decide on whether or not you’d like to use the linens that are provided by the venue of if you’d like to upgrade to specialty linens. Linens make a HUGE impact on the overall look of your reception, and the options are endless. I recommend making an appointment with a rental company to visit their showroom in person. Once you’ve selected your linens, your foundation for your reception will be laid and you can then begin building on top of it with all the other beautiful layers (floral, beautiful menus and paper products, and candlelight.)