You’re engaged and can’t wait to tie the knot. But before you say I do, you have to consider the big questions – where do you start? What kind of wedding do you want? How much do you want to spend on the wedding?
The idea of a wedding can be confusing to some couples, but before you can even know where to begin, here are 10 questions you should answer before you commit to any type of wedding or venue.
1. The main reason you have a specific kind of wedding in mind is:
A. You fell in love with a specific style.
B. You want to limit the guest list without causing too many hard feelings.
C. You have been to a million mediocre weddings and want to do something different.
D. You want to invite everyone you know to celebrate your special day.
2. When picturing your wedding day, your main focus is on:
A. Everything. Nothing is too big or small for you to handle.
B. The setting: a great location with lots of ambiance.
C. The details: the perfect flowers, an amazing menu and an out-of-this-world wedding cake.
D. The people: It’s all about spending quality time with the people you love.
3. The bulk of your guests:
A. Would never consider traveling for a wedding.
B. Would attend if the drive was not more than ___hours.
C. Would only attend if it was local wedding.
D. Would love to attend no matter where you decide to get married.
4. What is most important for entertainment?
A. You already know who you want for entertainment.
B. You rely on suggestions from a professional; after all, they know best!
C. A band you know that can play a perfect rendition of “Purple Rain” for your choreographed first dance.
D. You would rather ask for recommendations, then ask the band or DJ if they can play your must-have songs.
5. If the wedding flowers drooped before the ceremony and the cake was the wrong flavor, you would likely:
A. Call up the vendors immediately and demand a refund.
B. Cry and feel you’re off to a bad start.
C. Deal with it later.
D. Shrug your shoulders and hit the dance floor.
6. You have a question for the photographer and you expect a response:
A. Immediately, after all, you are the client!
B. Within 24 hours, which seems reasonable to you.
C. You know it’s wedding season, so as long as it’s within the week, you’ll be okay.
D. Whenever they manage to get back to you.
7. A few of your VIP friends can’t afford to attend an out-of-town wedding. Your solution:
A. Panic. A wedding without your best friends and family is not going to happen.
B. Spring for their airline tickets and hotel rooms so they can celebrate with you.
C. You worry, but you don’t say anything.
D. Go on without them, but have a celebration back home and share the video.
8. As a bride, how would you rate your organizational skills?
A. You are the go-to person for organizing group plans with all your friends.
B. You hate dealing with details.
C. You’re above average – you can definitely keep things straight, but you don’t freak out if the unexpected occurs.
D. You thrive on chaos and haven’t planned anything bigger than a last-minute barbecue.
9. How complex are the wedding plans you’re envisioning?
A. You want everything to look and feel special.
B. You have some type of vision, but you need a lot of help.
C. You want some special touches – certain flowers in your bouquet or a few favorite dishes on the menu.
D. As long as the food’s good and the location is pretty, you are set.
10. When it comes to wedding planning you are:
A. You want to be involved every step of the way.
B. Easygoing, but you want input on key details like flowers, food and music.
C. You have many ideas that are entirely unique, but you need your squad to help you make it happen.
D. You just want to know when and where to show up
Mostly As. Congratulations! You know what you want and you’re not afraid to get it. You most likely already have a binder filled with notes, ideas and vendors, and you make sure to only settle for the best. Your elegant, organized and timeless style is one that many envy. You envision a wedding that’s upscale, beautiful and intricate in its details. While you may oversee every decision, you know hiring a wedding planner to enact the details is the best way to get the wedding of your dreams. When looking for your perfect venue, consider the Mission Inn, which has rich history, refined elegance, and amazing wedding packages.
Mostly Bs. Although you have some vision on what you want your wedding to look like, you are still unsure about the details or how to carry out the plans. The best plan of attack is to assemble a loyal and trustworthy team that can help you create your perfect wedding. This can include a wedding planner, your Maid of Honor, mother or anyone else who knows your style. You are easygoing and able to “roll with the punches,” meaning that if something doesn’t work out, you will accept it and find another alternative. You care about the big things, like whether you want an indoor or outdoor wedding, or what type of food you want, but you don’t sweat the details. You might want to try Los Serranos Country Club, which offers many customizable options that helps you create your own unique wedding. Another worthwhile option to check out is the Diamond Bar Center, which provides an indoor or outdoor setting, and has many vendors to assist you.
Mostly Cs. You may not be a wedding expert, but you know you want yours to be different from the rest. You firmly believe that your wedding should be a reflection of you and your fiancé, and you will go out of your way with extra research to ensure that it matches your personalities. The best way to get started is to have a brainstorming session with your fiancé, and figure out what you both envision; then, go from there. We guarantee your wedding day will be something your guests will never forget. Unique venues, wedding dresses, dinner and desserts will be normal, which is why we think the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center is perfect for you. It is local, gorgeous and different, and they provide all the options to cater to your and your fiancé’s unique vision.
Mostly Ds. The details and planning don’t matter as much to you as the big party your wedding will be! And that’s because you’re laidback and easygoing. The most important aspect in your mind is marrying the love of your life and celebrating with family and friends. Your wedding will most likely be huge – and why not? There are many people you want to share this special day with. You want to keep it simple and easy, and you also recognize the beauty of your own hometown, which is why you want to keep it local. It’s easier for you and your family, and there are beautiful locations right in Chino Hills. Whether you want it indoor or out, the McCoy Equestrian & Recreation Center and the Chino Hills Community Center both offer wonderful backdrops to your fun, creative and unforgettable wedding.