Congratulations — you are engaged! Each year over 2 million couples get married in the United States, so it is no wonder that thousands of bridal fairs, web sites, magazines and books are dedicated to help newly engaged couples navigate the adventures of wedding planning. SPLURGE! has collected ideas from local merchants and brides to help make your wedding memorable.
Local bride, Taylor (Funk) Gould shared a key piece of advice a few days before her December wedding, “Start planning early and make some of the big decisions right when you get engaged.”
These decisions include setting the budget, selecting a date and venue for the wedding and reception. It is also a good idea to book key vendors as soon as possible and finalize the details closer to the wedding date. When people get overwhelmed, they tend to put things off and that is why many brides procrastinate.
Taylor, an organized and detail-oriented bride, was surprised by all of the little details that needed attention during the week before her wedding day. She was thankful for the work she did ahead of time. She said it is important to accept helpful offers from friends and family by giving them specific duties. Providing a detailed schedule, complete with directions for each member of the bridal party, family and vendors will help to get everyone to the church on time.
Angel McGhee with Thirty-One Gifts suggests that a practical and fashionable gift for someone who is newly engaged is a customized organizational tote. The bride can keep all of her wedding planning materials in one place. It is portable, stylish and looks much better than a plastic tub.
Down to the details
Next to choosing their wedding gown much of the brides’ efforts are put toward planning the reception. During the wedding celebration couples focus on entertaining and honoring their guests and most events include a meal at the reception.
One of the area’s most popular wedding venues is the patio at Terradyne Country Club overlooking the rolling Scottishstyle links course. The clubhouse is a majestic architectural backdrop and paired with the exceptional quality and tradition of the Hereford House, Terradyne offers couples all the amenities needed on their wedding day. Groups of 250 guests or fewer can be accommodated on the patio. Events with up to 300 guests often select the “Prime Room” banquet hall on the lower level.
In the heart of the Midwest, steak is the most common entree served at dinner receptions noted Mike Issa, Owner of Hereford House, but their menu is extensive. Grilled chicken, vegetarian and fish dishes are also popular.
Larkspur Bistro & Bar has built their reputation for having an inventive menu and comfortable yet classy atmosphere. Larkspur can accommodate small receptions, wedding parties and rehearsal dinners in the private banquet room for groups with 80 guests or fewer. The iconic patio at Larkspur is a popular location to rent for small private parties. The Old Town location is ideal for out-of-town guests who wish to explore Wichita’s night life.
At the center of the reception is the wedding cake. Couples expect their cake to be a show-stopper and also taste delicious. Offering 28 made-from-scratch flavors Monica’s Bundt Cake creates cakes for any occasion - bundts, 3-dimensional cakes, cupcakes, tiered cakes - you name it. Owner, Susy Ellis said, “Our artists can create anything a bride envisions.” Monica’s signature sweet cream frosting makes these cakes extra special. Couples will also find a variety of elegant cake stands, linen rentals, light and balloon decor available at Monica’s for their convenience.