The Wedding Planning Guide

A roadmap to help you navigate your wedding planning journey.

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Developing your guest list 

The first step in the wedding planning process

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Your Budget

How to get started on this must-have document

Hiring a Wedding Planner

What a Wedding Planner really does for you

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Choosing a Time of Year

Things to consider when selecting a wedding date

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Booking a Venue

Questions to ask yourself and venues as you search for one

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Hiring a Photographer

Featuring tips from some amazing local photographers

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Hiring a Florist

Featuring tips about the process from talented NJ florists

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Hiring Hair & Makeup

Tips for selecting your hair and makeup team 

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Rentals 

Info on the items that you may need to rent for your wedding

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Hiring a Band or DJ

Figuring out which makes the most sense for your wedding

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Hiring an Invitation Designer

Where to start when designing invitations

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Selecting Your Cake

Tips and things to consider when searching for your Bakery

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Selecting your Officiant

Steps to finding the right person to marry you and your partner

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Your Look & Feel

Organizing your thoughts to figure out your over style

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Including Kids

Ways to incorporate special little ones into your wedding day

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For Your Guests

Room blocks, Transportation, Website and more

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Wedding Party Details

Determining the attire for your wedding party

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Wedding Dress Shopping

The search for a dress to wear on you wedding day 

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7 months prior

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Table Numbers

Table Numbers come in all different styles- which is yours?

Designing Escort Cards

Ideas & considerations for Escort Cards and Seating Charts

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Other Details & Decor

Additional signage and decor that you can add to your day

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Wedding Favors

Ideas for your optional wedding favors 

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Exit Details

Things to think about for the conclusion of your reception

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Preparing Your Invites

Tips for getting ready to send these beauties out the door

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5 months prior

Last 4 months 

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Do I Need...

The items that we most often get asked "do I need this" about

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Wedding Traditions

Some traditions that it is ok to skip or switch up

Ceremony Details

Details to think about for your Wedding Ceremony

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Bachelorette Party

Some of our favorite spots within driving distance from NJ

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Is a First Look for Me

Evaulating whether or not a first look makes sense for your day

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Developing your Timeline

How to figure out the schedule for your wedding day

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Reception Details

The formalities that occur during your reception

Signature Drinks

Will you have them? What else can you do with drinks? 

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Overlooked Details

Details of your day that you don't want to forget about

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Extra Special Touches

Some fun, special touches for your wedding

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Weather Backup Plan

Coming up with a Plan B for outdoor spaces

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Vendor Details

Final things to review with your vendors before your wedding

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Marriage License

Steps to apply for a marriage license in NJ

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General FAQ's

Answers to the questions we hear the most

Your Wedding Day

What to expect for the rest of your day

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Seating Layout

Choosing a seat for all of your guests

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Your Wedding Morning

How to organize and prepare for your wedding morning

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Congrats!! 

Items to take care of after your wedding day 

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Thank you to our photographer friends for the beautiful images appearing on this page.

Photo credits for images appearing on this page: Idalia Photography, Havana Photography, Endless Wave Studios, Suess Moments, Jackie Averill Photography, Jessa Schifilliti Associates, Yan Schwartzman Photography, Susan Elizabeth Weddings, Ifitfitz, Emily Wren Associates, William  West Studio, Nicole DeTone Photography

 

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