PLANNING YOUR WEDDING
This is somewhat like a recipe. You can add or take away an ingredient or two that suits your particular taste. In a recipe on making rabbit stew, the recipe starts, "First, catch a rabbit." The following guide assumes "you have caught your rabbit."
As soon as you get engaged, people will start asking you when you're getting married. They can't help it; they're interested.It's hard to really start doing serious wedding planning without having a specific date in mind, so this is something you'll want to settle on pretty quickly.
Try to find out when your family and friends will be available, and use that as a guide. However, it's impossible to please everyone -- ultimately, you're just going to have to decide and hope that people will be able to come (but accept it if they can't). Some couples pick a holiday weekend so folks can take advantage of the Monday holiday.
Once you've set a date, let your guests know as far in advance as possible so they can make travel and vacation plans. You may want to send out a "Save the Date" card as soon as you set the date.
If you have a specific date you're attached to, then just go for it -- in the world of wedding planning, anytime you can make a quick decision, do it, and do it fast (before you change your mind!).
After determining the total that you could spend, use the budget figures in bridal magazines and on the internet to come up with a preliminary budget. We hope this site will give you some assistance. We give package prices in different budget categories. We also list "EXTRAS" with as much information as we can find. Prices change not only yearly, but seasonally too. However, you should be able to get a good idea of the pricing for your budget.
It is assumed that you want to be married in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. We hope you you choose Smoky Mountain Weddings by Value 2 U. Regardless, it is highly suggested you choose and book a place as soon as possible. This area is a very popular area for weddings and they are booked well in advance. It is also advised you book a reception area (if any) and your honeymoon cabin, chalet or suite at the same time. Once again, we have tried to make this easier for you by including suggestions and prices. Don't forget some of these items are included in our packages.
Some of our packages do include pictures. You can always add photographer and pictures as an a la carte. We use only the state of the art Sony digital cameras with 8 to 10.2 mega pixels. Our photographers all take the course from Sony or equivalent. We also offer all your pictures on a CD. The CD comes with a copyright release so you can make as many copies and at any size you want, e.g., 8X10.
After setting the date, the site, and the photographer, the next step is to find a gown. Some dresses, once ordered, could take several months to come in. We will be offering a list of places soon to order a dress. However, you may want to look in bridal magazines or even the internet.
We can recommend two places in Gatlinburg for Rentals. They rent gowns of all
sizes as well as tuxedos:
Fantasy Bridal and
Rentals. If you are looking to
purchase your gown(s), we recommend
Amy Lee Bridal. Click
below on their banner to visit their website.
STEP 6 SELECTING A THEME (OPTIONAL)
For those who wish a special theme for their wedding need to start early and know what is involved. The wedding party needs to know ahead of time in order to select dresses and tuxedos to compliment the theme. You may also want to coordinate such things as flowers and favors according to your theme. We will soon put up some links for theme ideas. However, most people who want a theme already have one in mind.
Two of our packages include a silk bridal bouquet. If you feel you want to special order flowers, the following are some tips you may find useful. We can make the floral arrangements for you or send you recommended florists in our area.
Let the florist use his/her expertise and allow him/her to offer suggestions
Make sure the florist shows you photos of his/her own work (not FTD arrangements).
Look into the flower cases and make sure all the flowers look fresh.
Make sure the florist knows what's in season for your wedding and will help you find seasonal flowers to create the look you want -- using seasonal flowers instead of special ordering can save huge amounts of money.
Ask who will be setting up for your wedding, and request that the florist you speak to be the one who sets up for you.
If possible, watch the florist setting up another wedding, so you can get an idea of how he/she works.
A skilled florist can often suggest options which will be less expensive but will create the same effect as more costly flowers.
If you're willing to trust your florist fully, give him or her a sense of color and style, and let the florist go to the market just before your wedding and choose the least expensive flowers that will accomplish your overall look.
There are also many options besides working with a professional florist. You could ask a friend to arrange the flowers for -- or with -- you, buying them wholesale if possible. Or contact your local art school and let students of flower arranging do your flowers. Silk or dried flowers are also good cost-cutting options.
MUSIC: Please contact via e-mail our Wedding Coordinator and arrange the music you want. Special Music with professional singers and musicians (e.g. Violinist, Harpist) can be arranged. We also can provide a DJ.
INVITATIONS: Select and send out invitations at least three months in advance. If you have not sent out a "Save the Date" card, you may want to do this earlier so people can plan their vacations and trips.
VIDEO: If you want a professional videographer, we can arrange that for you. However, you may want to have a friend or family member do a video.
REHEARSAL DINNER: For those who are having a rehearsal and want to book a restaurant for a rehearsal dinner, let us know and we will suggest some places for you.
MOTEL ROOMS FOR OUT OF TOWN GUESTS: It is highly suggested that you let your out of town guests know to call certain hotels and motels with whom you have made arrangements. This is a very popular resort area and most hotels and motels book up very early. We can also help you with that if you e-mail us.
DISC JOCKEY: We also have an excellent DJ that we use. Let us know via e-mail.
CAKE: Our cakes are THE BEST. If you need a special type cake, e.g., you need for a theme, we can accommodate for slight extra charge.
WEDDING PARTY GIFTS: Don't forget those gifts for those people who shared your special time.
MARRIAGE LICENSE: Plan when you will get into Tennessee, so you can pick up your license. Remember, you can get it on the same day of your wedding, but not more than 30 days in advance. The following should help you:
WE WILL BE ADDING MORE INFORMATION ON "THINGS TO DO" FROM TIME TO TIME. THE FOLLOWING RESOURCES WE HOPE WILL BE HELPFUL.
Smokies are known for their native brook and brown trout, and Gatlinburg and the
National Park are crawling (or should we say swimming?) with over 900 miles of
rivers and streams that are just waiting for you to cast your line. Before you
pack up your tackle box, however, there are local and state regulations that
have to be observed. For example, children under the age of nine do not require
licenses or permits of any kind, whereas adults must possess various
combinations of local and/or state licenses. The requirements vary according to
age, and state of residence. For a brochure which explains these regulations in
detail, call the Gatlinburg Recreation Department at (865) 436-4990 and ask for
their Trout Fishing brochure or call Gatlinburg City Hall at (865) 436-1400.
Both locations can also give you specifics regarding the different fishing
seasons and fishing limits in the city.
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