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September 19, 2018

Wednesday Wedding Wisdom

Happy bride and groom enjoying their wedding day in green nature, lying on grass

Loutre Wedding Hi Friends!

I’m McKinzie Loutre, the Events Coordinator here at The Center for Rural Development. Many of you may not be aware, but we offer a full range of wedding consultation services to help couples plan and coordinate every last detail leading up to their special day. In our first Wednesday Wedding Wisdom of 2017, I’m going to give all newly engaged couples some insider tips to begin their planning process.

Photo left: McKinzie on her wedding day, at The Center for Rural Development.



First 5 Steps to Wedding Planning for the Newly Engaged Couple

Couple in kitchen using laptop and smiling

1. Set a budget

You shouldn’t be doing anything before deciding on your budget. That means consulting your partner, as well as any family members that may be contributing to your wedding fund.

Marking The Calendar

2. Choose a date

To be safe, you may actually want to choose 2-3 possible dates to have your wedding. Begin by thinking of the time of year you prefer, as well as take into consideration your work schedules and vacation time. Choose your #1 preferred date, and have a #2 and #3 available in case your preferred date isn’t available. Often, think outside of the box with your date. Does a Friday or even a Sunday coordinate better for you and your family?

Letter of love

3. Start your guest list

Sit down early with your partner and family members. Jot down your dream guest list, the must-haves and the maybes. Of course you want to invite everyone you know, but consider this your warning: the more people you have, the more you have to spend. Take this into consideration as you choose a venue and search for vendors.

Loutre Wedding at The Center for Rural Development

4. Pick a venue

Once you’ve made the first of the logistical decisions mentioned above, you can start researching and touring venues. What do you want your wedding to look like? Where do you see yourself tying the knot? Give yourself enough time to tour all of your possibilities and inquire about your chosen date. Get all the information about what things really cost. Watch for hidden service charges, location fees, or additional services. Compare prices and feel secure about your decision—make sure it doesn’t blow the budget.

Young couple looking at information on tablet

5. Do your research

This step encompasses so many of the wedding planning activities that happen all at once. Start considering all the details that will go into your special day. Decide your colors and style, research florists, caterers, photographers, designers, and other vendors that match your needs. When you’re researching, I recommend that you check out the vendor’s portfolio, bio, pricing info, and of course, availability. Overwhelmed yet?! If the answer is yes, consider hiring a wedding planner, they will be able to give you excellent recommendations that will save you lots of time and frustration.


From This Moment Bridal Show on Jan 27

We would also like to invite you to our bridal show “From This Moment”, on January 27, 2018, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. You will have exclusive access to a wide variety of vendors and services for your big day! Brides plus one guest are only $5!! Check out our event page for more details for follow us on for vendor announcements and emerging details.

Register me!



McKinzie on her wedding day.

More moments from McKinzie’s wedding and reception at The Center for Rural Development.

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