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Top Tips for Grooms after she says YES!

You’ve popped the ques­tion — now what?  

I asked Chancey Charm’s tal­ent­ed team of wed­ding plan­ners, from across the coun­try, to share their top tips for the groom after she says yes!  And, the com­mon theme I saw emerge over and over again may sur­prise you if you’re new­ly engaged. Read our planner’s advice below to get the scoop.

Hap­py Plan­ning,

Sarah Chancey

Founder + Cre­ative Direc­tor, Chancey Charm

bride and groom in blue suit during recessional after ceremony

“Guest count has the largest impact on your bud­get and venue. Work with your fam­i­ly to come up with your dream guest list (every­one you could want) and a must-have guest list (a pared-down of those you can­not live with­out on your wed­ding day). Once you’ve got these, sit down with your part­ner and com­pare your indi­vid­ual lists along­side your bud­get to see what you can real­is­ti­cal­ly make hap­pen. Once you have a real­is­tic guest count, you’ll be able to allo­cate your bud­get accord­ing­ly and book a venue that will accom­mo­date all of your near­est and dear­est.” — Plan­ner Sky­lar Caitlin, Chancey Charm Hous­ton

“Start express­ing your opin­ions ear­ly! The wed­ding day is about both of you and your bride wants to hear your opin­ion and what mat­ters to you too! Don’t be afraid to speak up ear­ly on in the process because if you wait too long it may be too late to add in your whiskey bar or donut truck!” — Plan­ner Alana Futch­er, Chancey Charm Char­lottesville

“Be present and as active as you want to be, and as much as your fiance wants you to be! Many grooms think it’s the bride’s job to plan, but in real­i­ty, the bride wants to hear from you! This is your day too. This event should reflect the two of you, your rela­tion­ship, and the life you are cre­at­ing togeth­er.” — Plan­ner Brie Owens, Chancey Charm Atlanta

“One of the hard­est to-dos and most stress­ful parts of wed­ding plan­ning for cou­ples is the issue of bud­get. Whether you’re fronting the whole cost or rely­ing on oth­ers to help fund your dream day, some frank con­ver­sa­tions should be had from the start. Uti­lize your wed­ding plan­ner to under­stand what wed­dings in your area typ­i­cal­ly cost and what bud­get brack­et the wed­ding your visu­al­iz­ing will most like­ly end up in. It may get awk­ward, but have an open con­ver­sa­tion with any­one who has expressed that they would like to con­tribute finan­cial­ly to your day. Dis­cuss amounts, lev­el of inter­est in the plan­ning process, and any expec­ta­tions accept­ing the mon­ey may assume. Hav­ing this con­ver­sa­tion will pre­vent issues or fights lat­er in the plan­ning process. Hav­ing every­one on the same page sets you on the right path and you know exact­ly what you’re head­ed finan­cial­ly.” — Plan­ner Liz Ise, Chancey Charm Dal­las

bride and groom in black tuxedo in vineyard

Guest Blogger: Sarah Chancey

Sarah start­ed Chancey Charm, a des­ti­na­tion wed­ding plan­ning and design com­pa­ny, over eight years ago with a strong desire to build a busi­ness she loved. What start­ed as a few wed­dings in her spare time has since grown into a nation­al brand, with plan­ners span­ning across Amer­i­ca. Sarah is a wed­ding plan­ner, indus­try edu­ca­tor, and men­tor to her team of over 30+ wed­ding plan­ners. Sarah per­son­al­ly men­tors all of Chancey Char­m’s plan­ners, pur­su­ing her call­ing to help women have a cre­ative career they love, with the free­dom and flex­i­bil­i­ty to focus on their fam­i­ly.   Expand­ing upon her call­ing, Sarah also offers a series of free wed­ding plan­ning videos via Youtube and a col­lec­tion of plan­ning resources for brides and plan­ners alike.

About Chancey Charm

Chancey Charm is a wed­ding plan­ning and design com­pa­ny with a team of expe­ri­enced wed­ding plan­ners, in des­ti­na­tion wed­ding loca­tions across the coun­try. With over 150 pub­lished wed­dings and edi­to­ri­als under our brand, we’ve served 500+ hap­py cou­ples with cus­tom design boards and inspi­ra­tional sketch­es since 2011. We’ve been named a top plan­ner by South­ern Liv­ing Mag­a­zine and fea­tured on Martha Stew­art.

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