Just Engaged: How to Plan a Stress-Free Wedding

Congratulations on your engagement! Now that you’ve made the promise to get married, it’s time to plan the wedding. This should be a fun, memorable time for you and your fiancé, but it’s also momentous task can strike fear into the most organized person.  Relax and know there are wedding specialists available to help. Here are their tips to plan the perfect wedding without spending the next few months in frantic worry and obsession.

Pick One Location

If there’s one thing that makes it easier to plan a wedding, it’s booking the right location. Instead of looking for just any beautiful wedding venue in Georgia, you’ll want to find a singular location where you can hold the ceremony, host the reception, and put up your guests for the night. This saves a lot of money because you’re only reserving one space. You also don’t have to worry about transporting your guests from one location to the other. And nobody has to drive to their hotel after they’ve had a drink or two while toasting your good fortune. Consider Callaway Resort & Gardens as your wedding venue! You and your guests can enjoy the amenities of Lodge & Spa during their stay and plenty of activities during free time at our butterfly center, plus our many other features and amenities.

Be Flexible

Planning a wedding is more difficult if you want everything to be perfect. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t care about the details, but a little flexibility can make your life easier. Remember the mantra:  Progress, not perfection.   It starts with picking the date. If you have a year or more to book the venue, you can pick any date you like. If your wedding is only a few months away, you can still get the location you want, if you’re not picky about which day to have the wedding on. Flexibility can also help you find the right vendors.

Use Preferred Vendor Partners

To simplify planning, always trust your venue’s wedding specialist list of preferred vendor partners.    This list will only contain those vendors who are reputable, licensed, insured and above all – show up!    All elements of your special day can be recommended by your specialist – unique décor, lighting, linens, floral arrangements, cakes and invitations – we know the best of the best.  You can also rest assured the vendors listed as preferred partners know how to navigate around the property which is important when you select a unique venue such as Callaway Resort & Gardens with a variety of options like large, indoor ballrooms and tented outdoor lawns to an elegant stone chapel in the woodlands.

Plan the Honeymoon

You want to have a beautiful wedding, but don’t forget about what comes next. It’s a great idea to start your married life off by going on to a relaxing honeymoon of your choice. You could even choose to stay at the same hotel and enjoy a romantic getaway in Georgia once your guests leave.  A suite at The Lodge and Spa at Callaway is the perfect getaway!

Hire a Wedding Planner

If just reading these suggestions make you feel overwhelmed, you may want to hire someone to do the planning for you. After all, it doesn’t stop with selecting the venue, there are many more decisions to be made and things to be done. A wedding planner can help you stay on track to ensure that nothing falls through the cracks. They can also be your venue and vendor’s go-to person, so that you don’t get bogged down with last-minute details while you’re getting ready for your big day.

Callaway Resort & Gardens is one of the most desirable wedding destinations in Georgia and the Southeast.  Only an hour south of the Atlanta airport, it’s a destination wedding all your family and friends can easily attend while you can have your ceremony, reception, and accommodations all in one place.  Book your special day at Callaway Resort & Gardens today!

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