Congratulations! You're getting married!!! Now what?
The internet is chock full of advice...some of it conflicting or confusing, or just plain out-dated. You may notice that your family and friends also will have much advice for you. It's going to be up to the two of you to filter all of it, and decide what advice to accept, and what to ignore.
We're all about planning over here, and that said, there are hundreds of ways to get through the wedding planning process. We've helped plan numerous weddings over the years, and our best advice is a three-parter:
So starting with that first bit of advice: do the two of you know HOW you and your betrothed plan things? Are you list-makers? Do you like to brainstorm together? Do you like spreadsheets and timelines?
On the other hand, are you less linear in your thinking? Are you more intuitive in making decisions? Are you more visual and less text-oriented? You'll still get there, you just might enjoy a slightly different route. Picturing your wedding plan instead of listing it might be the way to go. Pinterest, Instagram and even a sketch book will be very helpful tools for you.
Starting with a firm understanding of what is most important for your big day is key. Have that conversation, and reach an agreement on the things that are non-negotiable for your wedding. It might be the type of food, or a certain style, or the date, or the location, or pleasing certain special guests, or expressing your personality in a special way.
Once you have your wedding goals defined, your path forward should be much more clear. Select your vendors and make decisions that will support your goals, not create a conflict or try to talk you into something else.
Deciding together on the things that are most important for your wedding at the outset will also help you avoid some conflicts later on, and lets you filter all your decisions more easily. In short, every decision should support your wedding goals.
It's December 2nd, and the trees are up, the lights are...in process! Holiday parties are already booked, and we have a pretty good idea how busy our little culinary tribe will be for the rest of the month.
Planning is more than half the battle, so we start thinking about holidays and Christmas parties in June. So what's on the menu? It varies from year to year...some folks like to be very traditional, with prime rib or turkey and ham, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes. Family gatherings tend to be the most traditional, with family recipes (and the stories that go with them) making the centerpiece of the meal.
Of course, something different can be very welcome, especially for business functions or more casual gatherings. For those wanting something festive and "holiday-ish" that is definitely NOT turkey, what to do?
Here are a few menu ideas from our stockpile: