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Winter is approaching quickly, and most couples get caught in the daze of planning the holidays instead of a wedding. But what if we told you – there was a way to celebrate a cozy Christmas and have a magical wedding all in one month? Yes, it’s doable if you turn for help from a professional event planner and find a venue that can squeeze you in between the numerous office and Holiday parties, as well as New Year celebrations.

Whether you DIY your entire wedding without a planner or are just making a few things yourself — the most important thing is to not put anything off until the last minute at home or for a destination wedding. Still, there’s nothing quite like the helping hand of a person who’s hired to do one job and one job alone – take the hassle out of planning your wedding down to the smallest detail.

What many couples fail to realize is that they can still DIY some things even if they hire an event planner. They won’t object to you hand-picking your wedding decorations or hand-making a bunch of sentimental goodie bags for your guests. They will, however, gently remind you if you’re overstretching your means, time, and budget. The most significant risk of a DIY wedding is having the events executed smoothly during the wedding weekend and getting a chance to enjoy your wedding at the same time. It’s a tricky balance, but it can be achieved. Here are several things you’re better off leaving (at least partly) in the hands of your event planning professional for an exceptional winter wedding:

Don’t try to do your flowers and decorations unless you are a florist or know one. Pinterest is full of lovely ideas that are oh-so-tempting to make, but the Internet is even more full of DIY disasters of people trying to recreate them. Your wedding is not the time and place to experiment with your artistic side. You’ll be stressed, pressed for time, and the stakes are just too high. It’s just not worth it.

Don’t DJ your wedding and only accept the help of friends and family who are professional musicians. It’s not enough to set up playlists and stick a phone into an iPod dock. There’s a great deal of synchronization that goes in the back-end – music has to be stopped and started and cued correctly for your entrances and other significant activities at the wedding. A poorly selected playlist can be a real buzzkill, so this is not the service to cheap out on.
Don’t compromise with your venue as it sets the tone for your entire wedding. Meet in advance with the team in charge of event planning and see if they are agreeable and willing to accommodate your requests. Of course, it’s not reasonable to expect impossible things, but a good venue will treat their clients with respect and courtesy, making it clear what they can and cannot do. Don’t settle for less.

Part of a DIY wedding is being actively involved in the preparation and venue selection. Different things are important to different couples, and your event planner is there to provide advice and assistance on the elements you can save on and the ones that are crucial for the day. Of course, you have the last say in everything, so don’t be afraid to speak your mind and sign off on every decision.
If you have your heart set on a romantic winter wedding, The Links at Union Vale can serve as the perfect backdrop for your special day. A newly-renovated elegant ballroom and private cocktail lounge with an over-sized dance floor with windows overlooking the golf course provide the ideal setting for hours of fun and entertainment. A private bridal suite with bathroom is available for your use throughout the day and a maitre d’ is assigned to ensure your wedding is coordinated seamlessly.

The Links does have 2018 winter dates still available. Call us today to check winter availability and off-season packages.

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