wedding planning 101
where to start:
Venue is key! First comes love, then comes the venue. After you secure your engagement you'll need to lock down a ceremony and reception space. Some venues are booked up to a year in advance, so you will definitely want to start here. Things to consider are guest capacity, the ceremony site and reception area. Here at Rancho Dos Amantes we have several ceremony site options as well as a beautiful outdoor reception area equipped with a commercial quality kitchen, romantic bistro lighting and a dance floor! What is your perfect venue style? Take the quiz!
The Wedding Party
You have your love, your ring and your venue. Now who's going to accompany you as you say I Do? The wedding party is a sentimental tradition and for some tricky to choose. Best friends, sisters and soon to be sisters often are some of your potential options. Choose carefully, your big day is about you! So don't choose anyone who will try and steal your spotlight! Giving your gals notice is key so they can be there for you. Be sure to let them know of important dates they will need to be present for, like Engagement Dinner and dress fittings.
What girl hasn't been planning her dream wedding in her head? So I'm sure you have a dress style in mind. Search online. It's a great way to find deals and any dress you can dream of. Of course local shops are a great option to get that perfect fit. We have even had a Bride make her own gown! You can find great deals by going to Bridal Gown Floor Shows where you choose a dress and walk away with it that day!
Caterers are important. Many companies can handle not only preparing and serving the food but also can arrange for rentals of tables and chairs as well as taking care of the bar. You can have plated dinner served or a buffet line. Food can be fun because there are many options. Taco bar? Italian? We have seen it all! Rancho Dos Amantes has a kitchen caterers love! If you have a Chef in the family maybe they can DYI and save time and money.
Many couples go with DJ's but bands are big as well. You'll want to book someone who suits your style. Bands that do covers songs are great so everyone can sign along. DJ's are very diverse as well. Rancho Dos Amantes has a beautiful patio surrounding the Red Barn Kitchen that doubles as the dance floor, with plenty of electricity to cover even the most eccentric rock band.
What truly makes Rancho Dos Amantes a unique wedding venue are our lodging accommodations that are included with the rental. Not only does Rancho Dos Amantes provide a stunningly beautiful and intimate event space for your ceremony and reception, but allows you to really make your wedding weekend your own by providing you the space and time to celebrate more than just your big day.
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