Getting engaged is an exhilarating moment that marks the beginning of a beautiful journey with your partner. While the joy and excitement are undeniable, it's essential to navigate the post-engagement period with clarity and thoughtful planning. In this blog post, we'll provide you with a comprehensive guide on what to do after getting engaged, ensuring that you set the foundation for a memorable and stress-free wedding preparation.
Celebrate and Share the News:
After the initial rush of emotions, take some time to celebrate your engagement. Share the news with your loved ones and enjoy the outpouring of love and congratulations. Host an engagement party or a small gathering to commemorate this special milestone. It's a wonderful opportunity to bring together close friends and family, sharing in the joy of your commitment.
Reflect on Your Vision:
Create a Timeline:
Next, create a timeline for your wedding planning journey. Determine the ideal wedding date or a range of dates if you have flexibility. Factor in any significant events, seasons, or holidays that might affect availability or pricing. Establishing a timeline will allow you to stay organized and prioritize tasks effectively.
Start Researching and Booking Vendors:
Researching and booking vendors early on is essential, as many popular wedding professionals get booked well in advance. Begin with the most critical vendors, such as the venue, caterer, and photographer. Read reviews, compare prices, and schedule consultations to ensure they align with your vision. Remember to keep your budget in mind while making decisions.
Begin the Fun!
With the essentials covered, allow yourself to indulge in the creative aspect of wedding planning. Start collecting inspiration from magazines, websites, and social media platforms. Explore color schemes, décor ideas, floral arrangements, and other design elements that align with your vision. Create a mood board or a digital folder to organize your inspirations and share them with your vendors.
Embarking on the journey of planning a wedding after getting engaged is an exciting and fulfilling experience. By following this guide and taking things step by step, you'll set the foundation for a memorable celebration of love. Remember to enjoy the process, lean on your support system, and make decisions that reflect your unique vision as a couple. Congratulations on your engagement, and here's to a blissful journey towards your dream wedding!
When it comes to planning weddings and events, colors play a crucial role in setting the ambiance and creating a memorable experience. Pantone, the global authority on color, sets the trends every year with its Color of the Year. In 2023, Pantone has unveiled a captivating shade that is set to transform wedding and event design: Viva Magenta. In this blog post, we will explore the enchanting qualities of Viva Magenta and how it can elevate weddings and events with its vibrancy, versatility, and timeless charm.
The Allure of Viva Magenta:
Viva Magenta is a captivating hue that strikes a balance between boldness and sophistication. This vivacious color infuses celebrations with a sense of energy, excitement, and romance. It's warm undertones exude warmth and passion, making it an ideal choice for couples and event planners who seek to create an atmosphere of love, joy, and celebration.
Creating a Striking Visual Impact:
Versatility in Pairings:
One of the most remarkable features of Viva Magenta is its versatility. This vibrant hue can be paired with a range of complementary and contrasting colors to achieve different moods and aesthetics. For a romantic and elegant ambiance, combine Viva Magenta with soft pastels like blush pink or light lavender. For a modern and sophisticated look, pair it with metallic accents like gold or silver. For a vibrant and energetic feel, contrast it with bold shades like royal blue or emerald green. The possibilities are endless, allowing clients and event planners to personalize their color palettes to suit their unique style and vision.
Below are just a few of our favorite color combinations that pair well with Viva Magenta!
From Ceremony to Reception:
Viva Magenta can seamlessly transition from the ceremony to the reception, unifying the overall design concept of the event. For wedding ceremonies, Viva Magenta can be incorporated into the bridal party's attire, floral arrangements, and ceremonial backdrops. Its striking presence will add a touch of romance and elegance to the sacred moments of the day. As the celebration moves into the reception, Viva Magenta can grace the tables with beautiful linens, napkins, and centerpieces. Lighting can also play a crucial role in highlighting the richness of Viva Magenta, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere for guests to revel in.
While trends come and go, Viva Magenta possesses a timeless appeal that ensures it's longevity. Its rich and captivating nature ensures that it will never go out of style. Incorporating Viva Magenta into your wedding or event design will create memories that stand the test of time. Whether you choose to incorporate it sparingly or make it the star of the show, Viva Magenta will continue to captivate hearts and minds for years to come.
Viva Magenta, the 2023 Pantone Color of the Year, brings a sense of vibrancy, sophistication, and romance to celebrations. Its bold presence and versatile nature make it a perfect choice for creating striking visual impact and setting the desired ambiance. By incorporating Viva Magenta into your wedding or event design, you can infuse your special day with a timeless charm that will leave a lasting impression on both you and your guests. So, embrace the allure of Viva Magenta and let it elevate your wedding or event to new heights of beauty and enchantment.
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Cheers to 2022 Weddings!
As 2022 comes to an end, let’s look back at all the top 2022 wedding trends! Even though these trends are considered 2022 trends, don’t worry if you are head over heels in love with some of them. We are too! According to Brides.com, some of these trends will show up throughout 2023!
The biggest trend of 2022 was breaking tradition. Many of our couples have decided to opt out of doing the traditional bouquet and garter tosses. Brides.com makes a great point by calling this the “anti-trend” trend–breaking away from the traditions or standards of what a wedding is supposed to look like according to past expectations. Here at Judson Mill, we believe you should celebrate your big day your way with all the individualized touches that represent you as a couple. For some people, that means bucking the wedding trends of yesteryear and introducing their own ideas–and we love it!
Within the wedding industry, we've seen many couples continue to break through wedding traditions in creative ways. One of those is the wedding timeline. This year, more couples opted for small, intimate ceremonies or elopements with bigger, reception-only celebrations afterward. Some coupled even chose to reverse or completely toss out the traditional timeline!
Invitations, save the dates, and other traditional stationary has been swapped for electronic versions. Not only is this trend more green, eco-friendly, and sustainable, but it allows for more creative flexibility than your traditional invitations. Electronic invitations can be more budget-friendly, and RSVP's are much easier to track electronically. We will most likely be seeing this trend roll into 2023 with us.
Another big change from tradition has been the use of nontraditional guest books. For ideas on different guest books look back to our previous blog called "Guest Book Inspiration," which is filled with creative, nontraditional guest book inspo!
Wedding florals and greenery have been a huge décor aspect for decades, but the styles have changed over the years. 2022 couples often chose to simplify their floral arrangements. From the ceremony space to their reception tables, florals have been very lowkey, simplified, and more inclined toward greenery than blooms. Even the bouquets have taken on a more petite form, completely changed shaped, or have been discarded altogether. Hoop bouquets or floral rings have become more popular. Martha Stewart Weddings says that this trend has taken the bouquets from traditional to trendy. With endless ways to style, many have fallen in love with this new trendy way to add a touch of uniqueness to their wedding day.
Alternative Entertainment has been a big hit with 2022 weddings! Some couples opted for a silent disco over a live band or DJ. Silent disco is a great option for the dance party part of your reception; it allows people the option of listening to the music through their headphones or chatting and mingling with friends and loved ones without shouting over the noise. Speaking of dance parties, we've seen many couples throughout 2022 doing nontraditional first dances or eliminating first dances all together. One of our very favorite new trends at Events at Judson Mill is the private lasts dance. A private last dance creates a beautiful, intimate moment for the couple. It’s a wonderful way to end the reception–and it makes for great pictures, too!
Let's not forget about a huge aspect of your wedding day–the fashion!! Wedding fashions are constantly changing and updating to fit in with the time period. Believe it or not, 2022 has brought back the 80s style wedding dress, with a 21st century twist of course. Bows, pearls, feathers, statement sleeves, and designs/patterns have seen a huge comeback this year. Even bridesmaids have been seen with patterned dresses! If you want some wedding dress fashion inspiration, check out fashionista.com or Brides.com. Are you a bride wanting a nontraditional or statement look? Try a bridal suit! They have also made an appearance throughout 2022, and we expect to see more of them in years to come. When it comes to wedding fashion, there are endless options for everyone to pick from to add uniqueness, flair, and most importantly, your own personal touch to the big day. So, pick the outfit that YOU will feel your best in and rock it!
Events at Judson Mill loves to see our couples add uniqueness and personal touches to their big day. Whether breaking traditions completely or adding a few trendy aspects to a traditional wedding, the big day should always display the couple’s personalities and love for one another in the ways that they see fit. Remember–as the couple, your wedding day is all about YOU!
Did we miss anything? Share a trend you love in the comments, and let us know what personal touches you’ll be adding to YOUR big day!
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Take a deep breath - Here are a few tips for proposing during engagement season:
So, why is Events at Judson Mill lecturing to me about engagement season?
Well, without this magical time of the year, we wouldn’t be able to host your special day!
We hope you are ready to buckle up for this adventure. Roughly 85% of couples start wedding planning less than 2 months after getting engaged and 60% within a month of getting engaged! What does that mean for upcoming/newly engaged couples? It’s time to start thinking about your future venue, vendors, and everything else in between.
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Be sure to check out all that Events at Judson Mill offers so we can be a part of your special day. If you have any questions at all, don’t be afraid to reach out! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org!
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Guest books are a long-standing tradition at weddings. They are meant to be a way for friends and family to give advice and best wishes to the newlyweds, and they are something the couple can keep in order to look back on their special day. However, in this day and age, everyone is looking for a way to make their wedding day more unique, and your guest book is one small way you can do so. Here are five fun alternatives to the traditional wedding guest book!
2. Polaroid Pictures Guest Book
A scrapbook-style guest book, using Polaroids from the reception, is a fun twist on the classic guest book. Friends and family can snap a quick photo together and then write a sweet note to the happy couple!
3. Spotify-Inspired Acrylic Guest Book
Do you and your partner have a song that is near and dear to your hearts? If so, an acrylic Spotify-inspired guest book might be the thing for you! Replace the album cover with a fun engagement photo, and you have the perfect keepsake for all of your guests to sign!
4. Patched Quilt Guest Book
A quilt is the perfect way to look back on your wedding each and every day. If you and your partner are very sentimental, a memento like this is a fun and unique guest book idea for you.
5. Typewriter Guest Book
If the aesthetic for your wedding is a bit more vintage-inspired, we suggest letting your guests type up their best wishes and memories on a typewriter. This idea is especially perfect for more intimate weddings, where all the guests know the couple really well.
What other unique guest book ideas have you come across? Share them in the comments!
There are a lot of resources that go into making your special day perfect, but there is also a lot of waste! Therefore, many couples have started opting for environmentally friendly alternatives and additions to their weddings. Here is a list of six ways you can decrease your wedding’s carbon footprint.
There are several ways you can go green with your wedding invitations and save the dates, the first being to go completely paperless. E-invites mean fewer carbon emissions from transportation and no paper usage! However, if you love the idea of a physical invitation, we have another alternative for you. Biodegradable seed paper invites are equally as beautiful as the traditional options. Plus, they are made from recycled materials and can give back to Mother Nature! Once your guests have marked their calendars for your big day, they can cut up the invitations, plant them in soil, and the seeds will germinate in seven to ten days. Over the years, these plants will produce oxygen, provide nutrients to the soil, and protect against erosion.
Another way couples can be more sustainable for their big day is by having a charity registry donation. This is a perfect idea for couples who feel they already have all the newlywed necessities. Instead of having your friends and family purchase gifts for you, you can ask them to donate to a cause of your choosing, through platforms such as The Good Beginning. Although you may have never thought about it, wedding registries can be very straining on our environment. Between buying, packaging, wrapping, and transporting new products, registries leave behind a large carbon footprint. Charity wedding registries can help you start your union off by doing good.
Florals are an important part of any wedding, and there are several different ways you can have beautiful flowers without hurting the Earth. For centerpieces, couples usually opt for cut flowers, but instead you can do potted plants and floral arrangements that you and guests can take home and enjoy for a lot longer. However, if you prefer to use cut flowers, it’s a great idea to use locally sourced, seasonal flowers because they don’t have to travel as far which cuts down on the emissions from transport!
When choosing between a sit-down dinner or a buffet for your big day, consider how many guests you will have and how much food you expect them to consume. Sit-down dinners tend to alleviate waste because they provide exact servings to each guest. Buffets, on the other hand, usually consist of a large spread with many options and an excess of each dish. This creates a lot of unnecessary waste and harms our environment.
Have you ever seen these environmentally conscious alternatives at a wedding? Would you try one yourself? Let us know in the comments!
Our team will temporarily be taking over the historic wedding and event venue at 405 Westfield, located in downtown Greenville, from October through January 2023. This 20,000 square foot event space, situated between the Reedy River and the Swamp Rabbit trail, is recognizable for its white exterior and sleek steel window furnishings. With floor-to-ceiling windows, an open floor plan, and a light and airy aesthetic, 405 Westfield is the perfect place for fall and winter weddings, family gatherings, corporate holiday parties, and celebrations of all kinds.
Potential new clients can visit our “405 Westfield” tab to learn more about the space, view the photo gallery, and see our pricing.
Wedding favors are a small gift traditionally given to wedding guests as a token of appreciation from the couple. While favors are by no means mandatory, they’re a nice touch to let your guests know that you appreciate their presence on your big day. With spring wedding season fast approaching, here are 10 cute, unique, and inexpensive ideas you can use to treat your guests on your wedding day!
What are some unique favors you’ve seen at weddings? Would you use any of these ideas for your spring wedding? Let us know in the comments!
Those who are new or native to the city of Greenville may not know that the once largest mill in Greenville County is currently undergoing a major transformation into a space of sustainable living, prideful work, and passionate love.
Named after Furman University professor Charles Judson, the textile mill served as a place of work, industry, and community. The 36-acre mill is part of the Mill Crescent, which is a collection of textile mills along the city of Greenville’s western border. It originally operated 53,000 spindles and 1,200 looms and was the first to produce fine linens in the south. In the sense of creating community, Judson Mill created a friendly atmosphere amongst friends, family, and neighbors. The mill originally opened in March of 1912, and formally closed in October of 2015. However, the closing of the textile mill could not put a stop to the soulful, historical community.
Since construction began in 2019, residents, community partners, stakeholders, and a development team have been working hard to preserve and encapsulate the history, soul, and character of the area. The idea behind the project is to create affordable places to work, live, and play. The transformation is creating three types of spaces: loft apartments, an entertainment center, and an extensive event space. Architectural details such as hundred-year-old masonry, oversized mill windows, and original timber beams, allow for the unique history of the area to live on through the future of this extraordinary venue. While the project mainly focuses on keeping an industrial aesthetic to honor the locations past, current building plans intend on creating plenty of green spaces for gathering, activities, and flourishing flora.
As for High Spirits Hospitality’s vision for the venue, we want to create a unique and welcoming space to host a variety of events. We plan to utilize the large indoor event spaces known as the Annex and Smokestack, and the two outdoor lawns to host wedding ceremonies, corporate affairs, and social celebrations. Incorporating the industrial aesthetic and green areas within both spaces offers unique variety for our client’s needs. With our office space located just below the venue we will be able to mitigate any on-site issues with ease. Our operations, finance, sales, marketing, and event departments are staffed with many insightful and passionate individuals who are qualified to address the client’s needs. The Events at Judson Mill is not intended to just be a venue, but a full-service product offering event planning, beverage catering, lay-outs, rentals, security, and much more. Our team has the space, knowledge, and passion, all we need is the client’s vision to make their event a reality.