Have Your Cake and Eat It too: How to Enjoy Planning for the Big Day

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The snow is melting and the sun is shining which can only mean one thing: wedding season is on its way in! For those who greeted 2014 with new diamonds on their digits, the springtime is no longer just about budding plants and sunnier days, but also about all of those wedding plans that must be made.



Sometimes brides-to-be get caught up in the details too early on when they would be better off focusing on the big picture. Fortunately here at the Castle, we have a lot of insight on wedding timelines. For the most stress free planning, we recommend starting about a year in advance. Twelve months prior to the ceremony, the couple will need to decide the basics such as: the date, the approximate number of guests and fairly reliable estimate of their budget.

The next step is to shop around for venues, and the best way to go about it is to check out any reception halls you like before making any decisions.  When visiting each venue, inquire about available dates and lay out all of the options. Generally there is less flexibility with dates of the reception halls than there is with dates for the ceremony venues. It is a good idea to spend some time researching both before making ANY decisions. It can be very disappointing to a bride-to-be when she has reserved her church only to find that her favorite reception hall has already been booked on that day.

There’s a whole summer to enjoy!

Once the above decisions have been made, it’s time to start considering the rest of the wedding including the bridal party, the guest list, and all the elements of design. Bridal shows can also be a great resource for booking wedding day vendors, and they are tons of fun. Just remember, some venues, such as the Castle, are full service – meaning they include services such as catering, linens and custom lighting so you won’t have to book vendors for those options. This is another reason why researching and booking the reception hall first is key for a smooth planning process.  And that’s the ultimate goal: make the planning as easy as possible, so that all those brides to be can enjoy not only their big day, but also the whole beautiful Buffalo summer that awaits us!


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