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Congratulations! You're Engaged! Now What?

Randi Fracassi

A couple of weeks ago we determined what it truly meant to be engaged (you can read about that here). But now that you're engaged, what are the next steps in planning your wedding? Here are five quick things to do now that you're engaged. 

Image by Rachel Erin Photography

Image by Rachel Erin Photography

Determine what's important to you at your wedding.

Talk with your future spouse about what are things that cannot be missed at your wedding, whether it's photos, the kind of food, or a certain date. Be sure to write it down, and use it to help out with your budget. 

Set your budget and where money is coming from.

Use an excel sheet (like the one we talked about here), write it down, but make sure that there is no mistake of your budget, and make it easy to stay on track of your spending.

Get a planner (or binder) and write everything down that pertains to your wedding.

Whether you get one of of Etsy, the Knot, Southern Weddings, or DIY it. If you've decided that you want to hire someone to keep track of the details, 1) go ahead and hire them, and 2) ensure that they have solid communication with you to keep you on track of when you need to purchase or secure contracts, when payments are due, etc. 

Educate yourself.

Learn the prices, averages, and things about the region you're getting married in and how it affects the wedding industry. Just because a barn venue in Kentwood, Louisiana is one price does not make it the same or reasonable price as a barn venue in Dallas, Texas. Know also the differences in major fabrics and paper goods to make sure that you're not being overcharge for cardstock versus pressed paper or simple tablecloths versus elaborate or finely textured fabric. You can never know too much! 

Don't ask for or listen to everyone's opinions on your wedding.

As soon as it comes out that you're engaged, everyone and their mother comes out of the woodwork to pry, offer advice, and give recommendations. Take it all in, but you do not have to follow it all. Value the thoughts and words of your closest circle, as well as your future spouse. Remember that generally if you ask for advice on one topic, you'll get advice on every topic. 

Hope this was helpful as so many are getting a kick start on their wedding planning! Don't forget to check out our Wedding Planning Timeline or our Budget Series. Happy wedding planning! 

Thankfulness and Reflection 2016

Randi Fracassi

To be honest, I had a completely different post planned for today. I had planned on addressing the new trend of wedding planning before you've been proposed to or something about bridal or wedding discounts, but as I sit in my office quietly listening to the radio, it occurs to me just how great I have it in this life. 

I think about my health; granted, I've had a cold or two, but overall nothing serious or prolonged. I think about my family's health, and how thankful I am that my dad's ostiomyelitis (a fancy name for bone infection) has not spread, how thankful I am that my mom is beginning to drink less pop and more water and move around more, and that my sisters are doing ok. 

I think about how in light of the Great Flood of 2016, my apartment didn't take on water (when literally everyone around us did), and my S/O's family's homes didn't flood (minor damage relating to a stick in the roof, but other than that...). I think about the opportunities I've had to start my business and to travel and to plan beautiful events, and to be an active member of the Rising Tide Society, which has lead me to meet and interact with so many incredible creatives from around the world. 

I'm thankful because of the dream I've watched my S/O achieve and work towards, and how we've become closer as we both are going on this journey. God, am I so thankful that he has found his calling and is so much happier because of it. 

And most of all, I'm thankful for YOU, Poppy. I'm thankful for the time you take to read my blog, get to know my company, and watch as I take ideas and visions and make them realities for my clients. I'm thankful for my brides and grooms who have put their trust in me this year to make sure their weddings turn out beautifully, and for the conference organizers for letting me manage and take care of their logistics. I'm thankful for the chances and opportunities I will have in the year to come as I continue to plan their events. 

I'm very lucky, y'all. And it's because of you that I feel this way. Thank you. 

We're being published!

Randi Fracassi

I am SO excited to announce that Poppy Lane Event's Serenity-Inspired Styled Shoot from this past spring is going to be featured in Southern Celebrations Magazine's November Issue! 

Image courtesy of Southern Celebrations Magazine. Cover Photo by  Rachel Erin Photography .

Image courtesy of Southern Celebrations Magazine. Cover Photo by Rachel Erin Photography.

The folks over at Southern Celebrations even graced us with a teaser, and posted a sneak peak on their website. You can pre-order your copy of the magazine here, or pick it up on Southern newsstands this coming November. 

Let me tell you, Poppies, the creation of this styled shoot was not an easy task! Collaborating with vendors whose hours greatly differed from my own, and the threat of rain behind it all was exhausting and absolutely thrilling. It reminded me of why I chose to go into managing, planning, and styling events -- the stress of making sure all the details lined up and then seeing it all come to fruition made it all worth it. I love this work and its challenges working with fellow creatives to make visions and dreams a reality. 

Want to find out more about how to get published and the process behind a styled shoot? Stay tuned for more!