Month: June 2020

How to Shop for Your Dress Under COVID-19 Restrictions

After being on lockdown for a month and a half, the first group of bridal shops are finally starting to open up again! There’s only so much wedding planning you can do in quarantine, so many soon-to-be brides are looking forward to finally shopping for the perfect dress. You might also find yourself wondering how COVID-19 is going to change the way we shop for wedding dresses. Here’s what a few bridal shops had to say about what you can expect when you go searching for your dress.

How Bridal Shops are Adapting

Like nearly every other business, bridal shops are implementing social distancing and frequent sanitization rules to keep staff and clients safe. Some shops are taking it even further by steam cleaning dresses after every client and offering face masks for anyone who wishes to wear them. Bridal shop staff will only make as much or as little physical contact as you’re comfortable with, and shops will be regularly sanitized to prevent the spread of bacteria between clients or staff. 

What to Expect

Bridal shops are working hard to give you and your party the dress shopping experience you’ve dreamed of, even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. You might have to invite a smaller party, reduce the physical contact between yourself and the people around you, and even wear a mask while trying on dresses, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy yourself. 

If you opt to order a custom dress, place your order earlier than you think you need to. Shipping and delivery are delayed right now, so you might want to give your dress a comfortable 7 to 8 month arrival window. Even if it doesn’t take that long, it’s better to be safe than to end up dressless on your wedding day.

Do’s and Don’ts of COVID-19 Dress Shopping

Bridal shops are doing their best to adapt to COVID-19 safety guidelines, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have to make some adjustments as well. 

Call your bridal shop before your appointment and ask how many people you’re allowed to have in your party. If you can’t invite everyone you hoped, add the rest of your guests to a video call so they can still join in on the fun. 

Make your appointment further in advance than you think is necessary, and please cancel or reschedule if you don’t feel well on the day. 

To make your search easier, and to cut down on the amount of time you’ll spend in the shop, come prepared with a pinterest board of ideas or a portfolio of dresses you find inspiring. 

Lastly, don’t forget to have fun! Even in the midst of a global pandemic, every bride deserves to have a wonderful time picking out the perfect dress.

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How to Announce Your Engagement to Family and Friends

Congratulations on your engagement! If you’re reading this, your partner probably popped the question recently and now you’re wondering how to tell your loved ones. As tempting as the iconic Instagram ring picture might be, you should hold off and follow a few rules to make your engagement announcement go as smoothly as possible.

Enjoy Your Engagement First

As much as you might want to tell your loved ones right away, it’s important to take some time to enjoy being newly engaged. Spend a day getting used to the idea of being engaged and spend some quality time with your partner. Whether you choose to go on a romantic outing or have a delivery and TV night, this is one of the most precious moments you’ll have with your partner. Savor it while you can and hold off on making the announcement.

Tell Your Closest Loved Ones First

Your parents don’t want to learn about your engagement from a Facebook post, so start by telling your inner circle first. There’s no reason to rush your engagement announcement, and choosing to tell your closest loved ones first might mean the world to them. Use the social media announcement to tell the rest of your social circle who aren’t close enough to warrant a one-on-one conversation, but make the announcement personal with the ones you love the lost.

Make Phone Calls

When telling your closest friends and family members about your engagement, put in the extra effort and pick up the phone! Text messages don’t do justice to the news you’re sharing, so call your family members and tell them. Allow them to hear the excitement in your voice and take the chance to get their live reaction. If you want to see their face, visit them in person or make the call a video chat so you can see their entire reaction. 

Social Media Announcements

Once your inner circle knows, it’s time to decide whether or not you want to make a social media announcement. The iconic ring picture might seem mandatory, but you should only share as much as you’re comfortable with. Make the announcement with a collage of cute couple photos if you don’t feel comfortable sharing your ring with the world. If you’re all about the ring, make sure to photograph it by a bright window so the light catches it and really brings out the sparkle. No matter how you choose to do it, make your announcement special and eye-catching so it doesn’t risk getting lost in anyone’s feed. 

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Bring your dream wedding to life when you have it at Hidden Creek! Our cozy outdoor venue combines the fairy-tale scenery you want with the privacy you need, and the nearby clearing is perfect for capturing beautiful sunset wedding photos. You can even invite your guests to your bachelor and bachelorette parties in our separate bride and groom cabins! Hidden Creek is the perfect venue for all weddings, no matter the size. Schedule your visit to Hidden Creek on our website today!

Planning Your Guest List: Should You Invite Your Co-Workers?

Making a guest list sounds like it should be the easiest part of your wedding planning experience. What could be hard about listing your favorite people in the world and comparing notes with your partner? Unfortunately, guest lists are often one of the greatest sources of pre-marital stress. Between disagreements about who to invite, venue capacity, and deciding who should be able to attend, the guest list can be an overwhelming hassle that sucks the fun out of planning your special day. When making your list, you might be conflicted about inviting co-workers to your wedding. Here’s some advice on choosing whether or not to invite the people you work with.

Guest List Considerations

When choosing co-workers to invite, it’s important to ask yourself a few questions about these people. How well do you get along? Are you friends with this person outside of work? Can they stay quiet to other co-workers who weren’t invited? Would they enhance your wedding experience in a meaningful way? If the answer is yes, add them to the list. If not, it might be best to keep your friendship limited to the workplace.

Cutting Down Your Guest List

Okay, you’ve chosen the lucky group of co-workers who get to see this important step in your life. How do you break the news to those who didn’t make the cut? You don’t need to make a formal announcement and explain your decision to everyone in the office. Some polite, flowery language should get the message across without hurting anyone’s feelings. Just explain that you decided to keep it small and intimate, and that you would have loved to invite them if you had the space. This should help them understand your decision without feeling left out. If they get upset and insist they should have been invited, this only further proves that they wouldn’t have made the best guest. 

Guest List Etiquette

Once you’ve invited your co-workers, you should make an effort to be polite around the people you didn’t include. Don’t make your wedding the only topic of conversation to those who didn’t receive an invitation, or else you might find yourself in an awkward situation. Keep your wedding talk to a minimum around co-workers who didn’t make the cut, and try to bring pictures and stories back to the office so everyone can feel included. You can gush about cake tasting and dress fitting outside the office with your guests, but save your other co-workers the hurt feelings by keeping the topic separate from the workplace.

Make Your Wedding Magical at Hidden Creek

If you’re looking for the perfect fairy-tale setting for your special day, Hidden Creek might be the venue for you. Our gorgeous outdoor scenery combines the magic you want with the privacy you need, and the creek-side open field is the perfect place to take your sunset wedding photos. Our cozy, intimate atmosphere will make your wedding the perfect, dreamy event you’re looking for. Schedule a virtual or in-person tour of Hidden Creek on our website today!

How to Choose the Perfect Date For Your Wedding

When planning your wedding, it’s natural to want everything to be perfect. Choosing the date for your wedding sounds simple, but it can prove to be one of the harder aspects of wedding planning. If you’re struggling to find a day that works for you, your venue, and your guests, here are a few tips to make the process a little easier.

Find Your Venue First

Before picking out your ideal date, you should already know the venue you want. If you start with the date, it’ll be more difficult to find a venue with an opening on that day, meaning you could end up ruling out the perfect venue because they can’t make room for you.

Choose the Time of Year

Once you’ve chosen the venue, think about the time of year you want to marry in. Spring and summer weddings can be gorgeous and ideal for an outdoor ceremony, but fall and winter weddings have their own special charm, and they’re usually much cheaper. Think about your budget, wedding theme, and the comfort of your guests, and plan your wedding accordingly.

Consider Weather Events

If you’re having an outdoor wedding, the weather is an extremely important consideration when choosing your date. Look into weather forecasts and consider the most common type of weather in the season you’ve chosen. If you’re dedicated to a fall or winter wedding, have a backup plan in case you get rained out. If you live in a particularly rainy area, consider choosing an indoor venue or having a destination wedding.

Plan Around Local Events

The last thing you want on your wedding day is a disruptive pack of tourists passing through. If you’re having your wedding in a public area, check the dates of local events. Don’t schedule your wedding on the same day as a large festival, or else you risk being disrupted in the middle of your vows. Check the city’s website for a calendar of events and plan around them so you can have as much privacy as possible during your ceremony.

Be Flexible

Our last piece of advice is to be flexible with your wedding date. You might have a specific date in mind, but you’ll have to change it if the venue, weather, or budget get in the way. You’ll have to make compromises when planning your wedding, so remind yourself that it’s okay if things don’t go the way you’d hoped. Being flexible with your wedding date can help you choose the perfect venue, colors, and themes. It’s also bound to promote a better turnout if you consider the plans of your guests, so take it slow and be open to change.

Make Your Wedding Magical at Hidden Creek

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20 Frugal Tips for Trimming Your Wedding Budget

Celebrating your special day in style doesn’t have to break the bank. If you’re a bride on a budget, you’ll love these 20 tips for cutting your wedding costs without sacrificing the ceremony of your dreams.

Limit Alcoholic Drinks

Instead of serving a full bar, choose to only serve beer and wine to your guests. If you want to add some flare to the drink menu, serve a signature cocktail instead of offering an entire bar of drinks. Limited choices means lower drink costs, and you can choose a cocktail that goes with the theme or style of your wedding.

Comparison Shop Wedding Cakes

Don’t jump at the first cake shop you see. Instead, try comparison shopping at multiple shops in the area to see if you can get the cake you want for a lower price than other shops.

Make Your Cake the Dessert Course

Who needs a dessert table when your beautiful wedding cake is waiting to be eaten? Cut out the cost of luxury pastries and choose to serve your wedding cake as the dessert instead.

Choose In-Season Flowers

Most popular wedding flowers are available all year round, but opting for in-season flowers will most likely be the cheapest option. You might even find an in-season floral option goes better with your decorations than classic roses.

Combine Favors and Place Cards

Make creative favors with nametags on them instead of shopping separately for favors and place cards. These adorable favors might even add an intimate, handmade feel to your reception, and they’re a great way to cut costs without risking style.

Buy Local Ingredients

Don’t go for exotic fruits and imported fish when you can buy local ingredients that taste just as good? Shopping local doesn’t just save money- it’s a great way to support local farmer’s markets and businesses.

Have A Breakfast or Brunch Reception

Breakfast and brunch ingredients don’t cost nearly as much as dinner foods, so you might want to consider switching it up for your reception.

Top Off An Affordable Cake

Instead of dropping hundreds of dollars on an intricately detailed and massive cake, go for something small and affordable and choose the topper on your own. Small cakes can easily come to life with a vintage bride-and-groom topper or some tastefully arranged flowers.

Celebrate in the Off-Season

Some venues offer discounts for fall and winter weddings, so scheduling your wedding accordingly could save you thousands of dollars. Winter weddings can be absolutely stunning, so make the most of an off-season wedding day.

Hand-Made Favors

Assembling favors on your own can be extremely time consuming, but it’s also extremely affordable. Sit down with a good TV show and get started on your hand-made favors to save some extra money.

Prioritize A Few Parts of the Big Day

Going frugal on some aspects of your wedding makes it possible to splurge on others, so talk with your partner about the wedding traditions you’d like to prioritize.

Have A Friend Officiate

Officiants can be surprisingly costly, so save the money and ask a special friend or family member to officiate. The Universal Life Church makes it easy to get ordained in less than ten minutes, and the process is completely free.

All-Inclusive Venues

Some venues like Hidden Creek give you access to talented wedding coordinators for help with planning. Look out for these venues and save the cost of a wedding planner.

Get Help From Your Loved Ones

Instead of hiring a team to decorate your venue or assemble your favors, ask your loved ones if they can help for free. Odds are your loved ones will want to help in any way they can, so you shouldn’t have a problem finding free assistance.

Limit Calligraphy and Choose Free Fonts

Only get custom calligraphy for the cover of your programs and choose your favorite free fonts for the small text. This saves money and it might even make your programs easier to read.

Save on Your Dress

Keep an eye out for dress discounts, and even consider looking for a secondhand dress. If your mom saved her wedding dress, you could wear hers. The alterations still won’t cost as much as a new dress, and the gesture will mean a lot to her.

Hold A Punch-and-Cake Reception

Punch-and-cake receptions are simple and quick, and they go really well with summer weddings. They’re also the cheapest reception you can have, and you’ll be able to save on the decorations. 

Decorate With Candles

Replace flowers with candles during your ceremony for a warm, intimate experience. White candles are very affordable and can be purchased in bulk, and they’ll add a fairy-tale charm to your wedding.

Hire A DJ

Consider hiring a DJ instead of a full band for your wedding. The right DJ can still fire up the crowd, and they’ll be much cheaper than a band.

Choose A Public Space

Public spaces like parks and recreation centers are cheaper than traditional venues, and they might even be more ideal for the experience you want.

Make Your Wedding Magical at Hidden Creek

Hidden Creek is the perfect outdoor wedding venue to add a fairy-tale charm to your ceremony. Our venue combines beautiful scenery with peaceful privacy, and tucked away beyond the forest is an open field that’s great for capturing those sunset wedding photos. Visit our website today to schedule your tour of Hidden Creek!