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Did you Ring in the New Year?

January 29, 2024 | Posted in Engagement, Weddings

Did you ring in the new year? The holidays are the most popular time of year to pop the question!

First things first, Congratulations on your engagement!

We know that the wedding planning process can seem very overwhelming. Not sure where to begin? No worries – we’re here to help you get started and guide you through the process.


Let’s start with the basics:


  1. Celebrate your Engagement!

Some people tend to begin planning before their partner even gets down on one knee. Although we understand your excitement, we encourage you to be present in the moment and take some time to revel in your new relationship status. Treat yourselves to a special date night or celebrate with your loved ones. It doesn’t have to be a formal engagement party, but round up some family and friends for a celebratory cocktail. After all, an engagement is something worth toasting!


  1. Select a Wedding Date.


You don’t need an exact date, in fact, it helps to be flexible. Start with a range such as October 2025 or Spring 2026. Having a range will give you flexibility when it comes to touring venues. If you have a specific date in mind, select a back-up option as well. The most desirable dates tend to get booked far in advance.


  1. Decide on a Budget.


It’s very important to have a budget before booking venues and vendors. Your budget will help determine your most affordable options. Be realistic when deciding on a budget, take into consideration any debt, student loans or future purchases you may have – like a new home. Make sure you and your partner are discussing this together and are both comfortable with the budget you decide. Social media can make us feel pressure to spend an excessive amount for a beautiful wedding, but your wedding is your wedding. Do what YOU want and spend what YOU want. It will be beautiful no matter what!


  1. Determine your Wedding Size.


Whether you’re going big or keeping it small, it’s important to discuss this as a couple and include family input if necessary. You don’t need an exact number, a small range will do, such as 75-100 or 150-200. This information will be needed to commit to a venue because the cost directly correlates to the number of guests.

bride and bridesmaids posted in a garden

  1. Select your Wedding Venue.


Now for the fun part – begin researching wedding venues online or through social media. Create a list of the ones that catch your eye and fit your budget. Try to narrow it down to 3-4 venues, so you aren’t overwhelmed. Schedule your tours and prepare any questions you may have. While touring, be sure to take photos or write notes. This will be helpful when making that final decision!


  1. Choose your Vendors.


Once you book the venue and secure your date, start thinking about vendors (photographers, DJ, florist, hair, makeup, etc). This is another area where you’ll want to do your research. Look at these vendors’ websites, portfolios, and social media pages to get an idea of their work. If you aren’t sure where to begin, ask your venue for their recommendations or preferred vendor lists.

a ballroom photo with blue lighting

These steps are a guide to help get you started. The wedding planning process can be stressful at times, so make sure to set time aside to relax. Here at the Sterling Ballroom of Tinton Falls, our Catering Sales Team acts as your personal wedding planners. Leave the stress to them!

Schedule your personal tour today! Contact us at [email protected] or (732) 544-9305.

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