You’re Engaged – Now What?  | Advice From a Wedding Planner

Woo HOO!  He asked and you said the that sweet reply of “YES!!”  As wedding photographer, I am in many groups where brides are newly engaged.  In a 24 hour period over Christmas in one particular group, I saw the same question of “What do I need to be doing now?  What do I do first?”  I wanted to ease all of your worries and show you the fun that you will have and I found it best to pull in an expert, a wedding planner, to give you all some great advice!

Captured By Belinda Photography, Orlando Wedding Photographer, Leu Gardens Weddings

Captured By Belinda Photography, Orlando Wedding Photographer, Leu Gardens Weddings

Let’s introduce to you Kim from Pearl White Events!  She is such a wonderful professional here in the Central Florida Wedding Industry and is full of the perfect advice for the newly engaged couples!

So let’s get to it and start planning the wedding of your dreams with the help of our friend Kim.

  1.  Decide on the date! Start with the year and the season that you would like to get married!  Next plan for the month and date. Being flexible within that month you choose for your dream venue is a big help.  Most venues will book out especially for Saturdays 12-18 months or more.
  2.  Determine a wedding budget once you set a tentative date so you know how much you can allocate toward your wedding.  Please keep in mind that the season, month, and day of the week can all affect these dates.
  3.  Go find your Dream Wedding Venue!  Seriously, Central Florida is home to some of the most gorgeous wedding venues.
  4.  Depending on how busy you are, hiring a wedding planner can help you find the right wedding venue for you.
  5.  Find your Photographer!  Photographers will typically book out just as fast as venues.
  6.  Wedding Dress!  I know you ladies are excited about dress shopping and it should be at the top of your list but I would recommend booking your venue first if you have the time because that could determine the style of dress that you would like to select.  Shopping for your dress should take place no less than 8 months before the wedding.  Some dresses only ship in certain months and seasons.
  7.  Find your Videographer!  If you have your heart set on a particular Videographer, this would be the time to lock him/her in.
  8.  Catering can make up 40% of budget for food and beverage so determining your caterer early will determine how much they have to put toward other aspects of their wedding.
  9.  Florist:  Bring your ideas and your floral dreams and get to designing the florals you have always dreamed of!
  10.   Start shopping for your cake artist, stationary, menu cards, signage, and all of the wonderful details that make your wedding unique to you.

 

If you would like to inquire with Kim for wedding day planning and learn how she can help you, please click here.

Here are the types of services she offers:

  1. Full Wedding Planning:  Full planning is from A-Z, determine your budgets, sourcing all of your vendors, and helping you to choose your venue
  2. Partial Wedding Planning:   Partial planning picks up from where you left off.
  3. Month of Coordination:  Kim would also help with the design aspect.
    ***Bonus:  Typically planners might receive certain discounts from certain vendors which can help you save money in the long run.

Tip:  Check out Real Reviews from reputable sites on vendors and be sure to ask your friends for recommendations.

Happy Wedding Planning!

 

 

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Kayla and Robert’s gorgeous Fort Myers wedding is on the blog today, and what a wedding it was. The day started with Kayla getting ready surrounded by her bridesmaids and her mother.  Family and friends filled the church with love.  They had a super fun bridal party, an adorable family, and hilarious friends.  I loved every second of this wedding day.

The two were then wed at the St. John XXIII Catholic church in a gorgeous ceremony. Afterward, we captured some insanely gorgeous portraits of the new bride and groom that you do not want to miss! Check them out below!
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bridal details on wedding day
bridal details on wedding day
bridal details on wedding day
bridal details on wedding day
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bride getting into her dress bride getting into her dress
bride getting into her dress

Nothing more special than a mother and daughter moment while Kayla is getting into her dress, these moments make us tear up and we love to capture them!
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bride getting into her dress
bride getting into her dress
bride getting into her dress
bride getting into her dress
bride getting into her dress

And a daddy seeing his princess for the first time on her special day, again, nothing like this moment.
brides first look with her father
brides first look with her father
groom getting ready
groom getting ready
groom getting ready
groom getting ready

We loved Robert’s moodly looking portraits, the lighting and shadow created such drama!
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ceremony details at st. john xxiii catholic church
ceremony details at st. john xxiii catholic church
ceremony details at st. john xxiii catholic church
ceremony details at st. john xxiii catholic church
ceremony details at st. john xxiii catholic church
ceremony details at st. john xxiii catholic church
ceremony details at st. john xxiii catholic church
ceremony details at st. john xxiii catholic church
ceremony details at st. john xxiii catholic church
ceremony details at st. john xxiii catholic church
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
reception details
reception details
reception details
reception details
reception details
reception details
reception details
reception details
reception details
reception details
reception details

Vendors:

Ft. Myers Ceremony and Reception Venue – St. John XXIII Catholic Church

Fort Myers Wedding Photographer – Captured By Belinda

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Lauren and Matthew’s classic wedding was held in Ormond Beach, FL. The two tied the knot inside the First Methodist Church and danced the night away at the Anderson Price Building! The two were absolutely inseparable, as you can tell since they got ready together! Their love and connection was so sweet, and truly shined through in their wedding day portraits!

Lauren had some of the most beautiful details, and dresses I have ever had the pleasure of photographing. She made my job so easy, because her natural beauty and grace just poured out of her all day! And man, Matthew is dapper, and quite a gentlemen!

Check out the pictures from the day below!

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bridal details

bridal details

bridal details
bridal portraits anderson price
bridal portraits anderson price
bridal portraits anderson price
bridal portraits anderson price
bridal portraits anderson price
groom details
groom details
groom details
groom details
groom details
ceremony at church
ceremony at church
ceremony at church
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ceremony at church
ceremony at church
ceremony at church
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraitsbride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
reception details at anderson price building
reception details at anderson price building
reception details at anderson price building
reception details at anderson price building
reception details at anderson price buildingreception details at anderson price building
reception details at anderson price building
reception details at anderson price building
reception details at anderson price building
reception details at anderson price building
reception details at anderson price building
Vendors:

Reception Venue – Anderson Price Building

Ceremony Venue – First Methodist Church of Ormond Beach

Photographer – Captured By Belinda

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This “oldie but goodie” Up The Creek Farms engagement session is one for the senses!  They are so seriously adorable together and combine that with the amazing property at Up the Creek Farms and you have fireworks!  Up the Creek Farms is probably by far one of my favorite farmhouse type venues ever.  The property holds such an array of timeless beauty.  If you are shopping around for the perfect wedding venue!  Up the Creek Farms which is located just outside of the Melbourne are in Valkaria is definitely one to put on your radar!

This shoot was put together a whole team of talented people.  Special thank you to all of the talented vendors involved and who helped to make it happen:

Florist:  Blue Grass Chic
Wedding Planner:  Big Day Celebrations
Hair:   Brie and Brie
Makeup:  A Brilliant Beauty
Venue:  Up the Creek Farms
Canoe:  Crystal and Crates

canoe inspired up the creek farms engagement

canoe inspired up the creek farms engagement
canoe inspired up the creek farms engagement
canoe inspired up the creek farms engagement
canoe inspired up the creek farms engagement
canoe inspired up the creek farms engagement
canoe inspired up the creek farms engagement
canoe inspired up the creek farms engagement
canoe inspired up the creek farms engagement
canoe inspired up the creek farms engagement

canoe inspired up the creek farms engagement

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