You’re engaged! Congrats! Now what?

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Your wedding day is something you’ve been looking forward to since you were a little girl. And even though the groom probably hasn’t done the same, it’s still a very special day for him, too. For 25 years, we’ve been here to help the happy couple have the kind of day they won’t soon forget.

It starts with the dream, proposal, and of course, the beautiful ring. But what’s next? To help you out, here are two websites you can visit. Each one has a special checklist that will aid you in planning your special day. They’ve both been great partners for us for years and I think they’ll be just as great for you.

The Knot  has a “Planning 101” list that covers everything from wedding flowers to reception songs. I would start at the planning basics and budgeting sections, and go from there. (Just a little side note, my wife and I used their list in 1988 when we got married from the massive magazine she carried everywhere!) It might be a little shocking when you first start looking at all the costs involved, but fret not; that’s why we are here to help you.

The WeddingWire has an area called “Planning Tools.” The checklist is great and helps keep you on schedule. Additionally, it has a pretty incredible seating chart program, budget and a tracking list for your guests. This guest list helps with things like notifications, RSVPs, meals and gifts. Keeping meals and special requests straight isn’t easy, but this guest tracking list avoids those issues.

Hopefully these links will help you plan your special day. And remember, we are here to help make your wedding unforgettable and create a memory that will last forever.

And now it’s time for some delicious white raspberry cake.

Happy planning!

Tips for making your perfect day a little more perfect

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Planning a wedding can be stressful, but not every part of it needs to be.

Something you can do to create lifelong memories is to make a list of fun activities you can do before and after your special day. This list is just to get you started. There’s a lot more you can do!

  • Before you head out on to the dance floor for the first time as a married couple, take dance lessons and really show off your stuff.
  • Create a signature drink with a group of friends or as a couple. Make sure it’s something that really says something unique about your relationship.
  • Dream up a post-wedding bucket list. And not the honeymoon, either. These should be things that you can check off as you spend the rest of your life together.
  • Take your personal attendant to a spa day. She is going to be helping you on your day so treat her to something special as well.
  • Have a game night with the friends that make you laugh and forget all about the stress that comes with the lead up to your big day.

The planning of your wedding day will be filled with many emotions and details. Take some time to have fun, laugh and talk about your new life together. Just enjoy the ride!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, there’s some wedding cake I need to go and sample now. Until next time!

Earle Brown’s 25th Anniversary

Earle Brown Heritage Center started hosting wedding ceremonies and receptions shortly after we opened, in the summer of 1990. Fast forward twenty five years and it’s striking just how much things have changed. And before this year’s weddings are in full swing, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on some of our successes over the past year.badgesm_148x150

In addition to hosting hundreds of weddings and receptions that are all amazing in their own right, we’re especially proud of the WeddingWire Couples Choice Award we received. This prestigious award is given to only the top 5% of wedding professionals nationwide by the couples who rated Earle Brown Heritage Center following their wedding.

Another award we’re very proud of is The Knot’s Best Of Weddings. It’s an award that’s given to just the top 2% of wedding professionals nationwide. And, like the WeddingWire award, this is also based on couples who had their ceremonies and/or receptions at Earle Brown and rated us following their experience.

These awards are very important to us as they represent industry success but, more importantly, they mean a successful evening for you; our couples and their families. This is a day that’s so very special for you. And by choosing a facility that has stood the test of time, delivered extraordinary food and provided outstanding service, your special day becomes our special day as well. Because creating memories for our couples that will be with them for all their years is the greatest award we can receive.

For ideas and inspiration for your wedding or event, check out our Pinterest page.

Until next time! (There is a piece of chocolate cake with raspberry filling waiting for me.)