St. John Wedding Planner

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Saturday, June 18th, 2011

At the very beginning, there’s some overall guidelines for planning your wedding, destination or not. We found the most thorough checklist on Real Simple’s website, so we decided to guide you there to look further because of the great additional links on each topic (i.e. tips for trimming guest lists, etc.). Along with that, we have a FREE downloadable Guide, “How Planning a Wedding Works” that you can get by clicking here:

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Sixteen to Nine Months Before

  • Start a wedding folder or binder. Begin leafing through bridal, lifestyle, fashion, gardening, design, and food magazines for inspiration.

  • Work out your budget. Determine how much you have to spend, based on your families’ contributions and your own.
  • Pick your wedding party. As soon as you’re engaged, people will start wondering who’s in.

  • Start the guest list. Make a head count database to use throughout your planning process, with columns for contact info, RSVPs, gifts, and any other relevant information. (Want to keep costs low? It may be brutal, but the best way to do it is to reduce your guest list.)
  • Hire a planner if desired…especially if you’re looking for a wedding in a destination location, like St. John. A planner can help you from here: locations, officiants, reception reservations, transportation, marriage licenses and fees and so on.

8 Months Out

  • Purchase a dress. You’ll need to schedule time for at least three fittings. Veil shopping can be postponed for another two to three months. If you’re planning a beach wedding, you may not want a veil.
  • Reserve a block of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests. Try to pick three hotels or villas at different price points. On St. John, there are hundreds of villas of all sizes and types. There’s also the Westin and Caneel Bay Resort, and Tamarind Inn. St. Thomas has more hotel offerings in case that might be an option for you.
  • Registerif you’re planning to do so. Sign up at a minimum of three retailers if so.

  • Launch a wedding website. Create your personal page through a free provider such as weddingchannel.com. Note the date of the wedding, travel information, and accommodations. Then send the link to invitees. A great site we like is OurWeddingsPlus.com.

From here, the list that Real Simple offers is fantastic with many links. If you’ve selected our wedding planning services, most of the reservation and arrangement tasks on that list we’ll take care of for you. However, the fittings, invitations, registries and other personal details we’ll leave to you!


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I am truly grateful for everything you did! The event went perfectly and it was better than I had imagined it! I am a very happy bride and all my guests had a wonderful time!

Diana