Video Blog: Using Pinterest for Wedding Inspiration

Shari Zatman, Owner and Principal Event Planner and Designer of Perfectly Planned by Shari, discusses the use of Pinterest as a tool for wedding inspiration.

5 Tips for Newly-Engaged Couples

5 Tips for Newly-Engaged Couples

January 24, 2018

You have the ring, you’ve spread the news and all of a sudden, scrolling through Pinterest for wedding ideas has become one of your favorite hobbies. With any wedding engagement comes some obvious stressors, but we’re here to help!

Here are our top 5 suggestions for the beginning stages of planning your wedding:

1.Take some time to enjoy your engagement
Before jumping into the planning process, take some time to truly enjoy your engagement. Whether that time together is spent on a romantic date, casual night-in, or a short getaway, be sure to savor this time together without discussing all of the wedding details.

2.Tackle that guest list
Creating your guest list early on can help you avoid a plethora of problems. You’ll have an understanding of how large of a venue you need, and how flexible you can be with your budget. This lays the framework for our next couple of suggestions.

3.Talk through your budget
Do you have a restricted budget or is it flexible? It’s important to work through your budget and decide who is contributing to the wedding expenses and what the maximum amount of money is that you are willing to spend on your wedding.

4.Secure a venue and wedding date
It sounds obvious, but it’s difficult to take any additional steps until you have selected a venue and confirmed your wedding date, so you need to start here. Since you have a general idea of how many guests you’ll invite and what your budget is, you can start to sort through venue options using those important criteria.

5.Consider your vendors
What vendors are most important to you – Your photographer or florist? Maybe it’s your band or a DJ? Start to research potential vendors, and don’t be afraid to meet with several for comparison before making your final decision. We may be bias, but we are positive that a professional Wedding Planner should be one of the first vendors you hire because we can help you make all of the right decisions. As with other vendors, explore your options and talk to different planners to see which one is the right fit for you.

(Featured image taken by Joey Kennedy Photography.)

Creative Marriage Proposals

You have been thinking about this day for a very long time and now it’s finally here!

You’re going to ask someone a question that is going to change the rest of your lives forever, so how do you “pop the question”?  Do you have a creative marriage proposal? For Inspiration, read some of these romantic & creative marriage proposals, stories and ideas to make it the perfect moment that your loved one has always dreamed of.

Have you noticed that every time you go to the zoo she heads straight for the aquarium or to a specific animal?

Pay the divers at an aquarium to put on a proposal show inside their biggest fish tank. Give them a handwritten sign that says, “Will you marry me?” to hold up against the glass.  Or if she specifically likes elephants, go to the elephant exhibit and coordinate with the employees to have a sign hung around the elephants trunk that asks the question of your lifetime!


Be creative and pop the question on video.

When conquering an audacious and daring adventure together, such as skydiving or mountain climbing, record the whole experience on video tape from beginning to end.  Then at that special moment that you reach the peak of the thrill, for example, jumping out of the plane or making it to the top of the mountain, secretly hold up a sign that asks the big question.  The next day when showing her friends and family your biggest endeavor together she’ll finally see the sign, which is then the perfect time to get down on one knee!

We found this great marriage proposal story online and wanted to share it with you. Read this romantic story to get ideas on how to turn a “glass slipper” fairy tale into real life:

To celebrate our seventh year anniversary, we wanted to have a nice dinner downtown but the 11th fell on a Tuesday and I had other obligations. Not being one to throw a fit over such a conflict, I suggested we move the date to the next night. So at 7pm on 12/12/12 we had had dinner in the Galt House at the Rivue. It’s a nice restaurant at the 25th floor of a very nice hotel. The dining area that we were seated at revolves around, providing guests with a nice view of the Ohio River and a small part of the town.

I was really hoping he would be asking me this night, but couldn’t tell if he was going to or not. So after having a wonderful meal and delicious dessert, he asked if there was anything else I wanted to do before going home. Because he had given me “options” I didn’t think he would propose after all.

We ride the elevator down to the lobby and through the doors I see a horse and carriage waiting! I point this out to Richard to which he replies, “I think this is for us.” Before we climb aboard he begins to say “The last seven years have been like a fairy tale. So what would a carriage ride be without a glass slipper?” As he pulls something out of his jacket pocket he goes down to one knee and says,”Will you keep writing the fairy tale with me? Will you marry me?”

“Share Your Love with Us” and tell us about your perfect proposal story! Or if you are looking to create a creative and meaningful proposal, please contact us and we can connect you with someone who can assist you