You’re engaged! Congratulations! The words “now what?!” might be running through your mind- which is why I’ve made this to-do list for you to start your planning in the right direction. All of the vendors/locations are based in the St. Louis, Missouri area, but the to-do’s can be used for anyone!
As a florist (and former planner), I’ve been around the wedding planning block a time or two and have noticed a few similarities when it comes time to start in on the planning process. I’ve put together 5 to-do’s for you to start in on if you are feeling a little worried about what to do next.
#1 – celebrate, relax and take it all in. Starting your planning out in a ‘chill’ state of mind will help so much when the overload of information starts rolling in.
Café Osage at Bowood Farms (4605 Olive Street, St. Louis, MO) is a great spot to grab a coffee, relax and walk around the garden for some inspiration.
#2 – start a general inspiration board with no more than 5 images per category. Think time of year, colors, tones & pattern.
Inspiration can be found anywhere! Thinking outside the Pinterest box can help make your mood board stand out! I find a lot of my inspiration on IG which is where all these photos are from! Our page can be found @accentsfloraldesign
#3 – make your lists! You will need to determine a wedding day date, guest count, budget, bridal party attendees, ceremony & reception locations among other things.
This is where the overwhelm can start to really creep in, so if you find you are needing some extra help in this area take a look at the design team of Lauren Field Design. They can help you with mood boards and selecting vendors to fit your vision so you can have that cohesive look!
#4 – get out there and start looking at venues. Now that so many places have photos online, you can start by looking at websites. But, it’s always best to meet in person to see the space and talk to the coordinator about all the regulations/extra offerings the space has.
The Butterfly House at Faust Park (15193 Olive Blvd, Chesterfield, Missouri) is a great outdoor space to go visit and you can also bring lunch & have a relaxing picnic
#5 – vendor picking time! This can be an overwhelming process, so maybe just do one at a time. If your wedding date is on a popular day, get your vendors booked early on. Most vendors will book up a year out, especially in the busy ‘in’ season.
Of course, I’m bias here- lol! But flowers can play a big part in your day! For many, it’s the only form of other décor that will be at your venue besides what’s already there. This was a bouquet I designed for a late spring wedding at Silver Oaks Chateau (1168 Missouri Highway 100, Pacific, Missouri) one of my favorite venues! If you are needing some extra help in the flower department please let me know- I’m happy to set up a meeting with you!
This is only a general starting point, but you’ve got to start someplace. Hopefully these 5 to-do’s will help you to move in the right direction and avoid any planning stress!