The Road To Wedded Bliss – Part Three

Here at the Thrasher-Horne Center, weddings are second nature. Our massively accommodating Events Center has played host to hundreds of perfect weddings for couples all over the region. As a result, we’ve encountered numerous bridal checklists – all of which provided varying degrees of personal success for the new bride. After witnessing the best and the worst, we’ve assembled the following as your ultimate go-to list, which we’ll be doling out in monthly installments to keep you on schedule until your big day.

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Time is ticking along, Winter has segued to Spring, and you are now finding yourself two months into your brand new engagement. You’ve checked off all the boxes on the first month’s planning checklist, as well as the second month, and now you’re ready for your next round of tasks. Luckily, the Thrasher-Horne Center is here to provide you with Part Three of our yearlong wedding planning guide. Below, you’ll find your next steps on the path to a perfectly smooth blissful wedding.

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Staying organized will keep you on track while you try to make your wedding memorable, awesome and creative. The items on our monthly checklists are your perfectly portioned must-do’s to make this spectacular event come together in a way that only we know how.

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ABOUT 8 TO 9 MONTHS BEFORE

Great job so far

While you’re still making and changing plans, there are some things that need your attention if you want your guests to be happy, too.

  • Find three hotels at different price points for your out of town guests and book a block of rooms at a discounted rate. Not everyone will choose to stay in a high-end hotel, so make sure you choose hotels for everyone’s budget.
  • Create gift registries. Look for gifts with pricing that everyone attending will be able to afford.
  • Begin planning your honeymoon. Have you been to Aruba yet? Looking for an adventurous honeymoon? Look forward to this opportunity to kick back and relax after all the planning you and your fiancée (now new spouse) have done!
  • Browse wedding invitation designs and all the accompanying stationary. The options are endless and you want to make sure they reflect the theme you have chosen.
  • Refine the guest list and mail your “Save the Date” cards. Include the link to your website. The guests will be able to post their congratulations and thoughts on your site. Keep everyone up to date via social media.

 

white-table-setupThe Ideal Setting for your Wedding Day… The Thrasher-Horne Center, one venue which has it all!

Many stunning weddings have already been held at the Thrasher-Horne Conference Center! Nestled on the scenic St. Johns River State College campus in Orange Park, this venue provides the perfect atmosphere for your wedding and/or reception, with ample free guest parking, flexible catering choices with a full staging kitchen, and an accessible location right in the heart of Clay County. Comprised of six suites that can provide space in whatever design you envision, such as the Grand Banquet Room with comfortable space for up to 240 guests including enough room for dancing. Additionally, our other banquet or theatre spaces are the perfect setting for your wedding ceremony, combining both of your venue needs into one!

Call 904-276-6815 or visit  http://weddingsjacksonvillefl.com to schedule an appointment with a Thrasher-Horne Center Wedding Specialist today!

 

SEEN AT THE SCENE – SJRState Health Career Day

At the Thrasher-Horne Center, we host much more than entertainment. Our full Conference Center serves as a wonderful home base for the individuals and families that make up our incredible community. We host a multitude of weddings, parties, graduations, and business events like the recent SJRState Health Career Day, held annually at our center to help introduce the city’s collegiate and post-collegiate talent to our area’s top medical employers. Events like this are a mainstay for our facility and are oftentimes open to the general public. Check out our online calendar and join us for an upcoming event and who knows… you may be the next beautiful face to grace our blog!

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The Road To Wedded Bliss – Part Two

Here at the Thrasher-Horne Center, weddings are second nature. Our massively accommodating Events Center has played host to hundreds of perfect weddings for couples all over the region. As a result, we’ve encountered numerous bridal checklists – all of which provided varying degrees of personal success for the new bride. After witnessing the best and the worst, we’ve assembled the following as your ultimate go-to list, which we’ll be doling out in monthly installments to keep you on schedule until your big day.

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So it happened: last month you found yourself in a brand new engagement. You’ve checked off all the boxes on the first month’s planning checklist, and now you’re ready for your next round of tasks. Luckily, the Thrasher-Horne Center is here to provide you with Part Two of our yearlong wedding planning guide. Below, you’ll find your next steps on the path to a perfectly smooth blissful wedding.

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Staying organized will keep you on track while you try to make your wedding memorable, awesome and creative. The items on our monthly checklists are your perfectly portioned must-do’s to make this spectacular event come together in a way that only we know how.

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ABOUT 9 TO 10 MONTHS BEFORE

Getting down to business

Now is the time to make some decisions for the things that need to be taken care of well in advance. Musicians might not be available or your dress might not be ready on time. These checklist items are a must-do over the next month.

  • Purchase/order your dress and veil. If it is custom designed for you, it will definitely take longer so keep that in mind.
  • Choose bridal party attire and accessories. Let them in on the decision so they will be as comfortable with the price as they are in the dress.
  • Hire the photographer, videographer, musicians and DJ’s if you have not already done so. If you will be married during popular bridal seasons (spring & fall), it is especially important to book them well in advance.
  • Meet the caterers. Your venue should be able to provide a list of recommended caterers for you to select from.

 

white-table-setupThe Ideal Setting for your Wedding Day… The Thrasher-Horne Center, one venue which has it all!

Many stunning weddings have already been held at the Thrasher-Horne Conference Center! Nestled on the scenic St. Johns River State College campus in Orange Park, this venue provides the perfect atmosphere for your wedding and/or reception, with ample free guest parking, flexible catering choices with a full staging kitchen, and an accessible location right in the heart of Clay County. Comprised of six suites that can provide space in whatever design you envision, such as the Grand Banquet Room with comfortable space for up to 240 guests including enough room for dancing. Additionally, our other banquet or theatre spaces are the perfect setting for your wedding ceremony, combining both of your venue needs into one!

Call 904-276-6815 or visit  http://weddingsjacksonvillefl.com to schedule an appointment with a Thrasher-Horne Center Wedding Specialist today!

 

SEEN AT THE SCENE – Clay County Career Fair

At the Thrasher-Horne Center, we host much more than entertainment. Our full Conference Center serves as a wonderful home base for the individuals and families that make up our incredible community. We host a multitude of weddings, parties, graduations, and business events like the recent Clay County Career Fair, held annually at our center to help introduce the city’s collegiate and post-collegiate talent to our area’s top employers. Events like this are a mainstay for our facility and are oftentimes open to the general public. Check out our online calendar and join us for an upcoming event and who knows… you may be the next beautiful face to grace our blog!

Congratulations on your Valentine’s Engagement… now what comes next?

Valentine’s Day isn’t always the most memorable of holidays, but this year everything changed. You became one of the lucky few to find yourself in a brand new engagement. Now it’s time to plan your dream wedding – though you may have no idea where to start. No one is going to tell you it’s easy to plan, but many have walked (or danced) down the aisle before you and had a fabulous time doing it. Make your wedding the party of the year. Your guests will love you for it. Be memorable, be awesome, and be creative.

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Here at the Thrasher-Horne Center, weddings are second nature. Our massively accommodating Events Center has played host to hundreds of perfect weddings for couples all over the region. As a result, we’ve encountered numerous bridal checklists – all of which provided varying degrees of personal success for the new bride. After witnessing the best and the worst, we’ve assembled the following as your ultimate go-to list, which we’ll be doling out in monthly installments to keep you on schedule until your big day.

12-17-16-indian-8

Staying organized will keep you on track while you try to make your wedding memorable, awesome and creative. The items on our checklist are your perfectly portioned must-do’s to make this spectacular event come together in a way that only we know how.

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STEP ONE: ABOUT A YEAR BEFORE

Don’t worry, take it a piece at time!

 

The planning stage begins here, where you and your fiancé are brainstorming ideas that will make this an unforgettable day. These steps are all about laying a foundation. If you think of your wedding as a college term paper, what you do in this first month will revolve primarily around research. Don’t worry about making a lot of concrete decisions… there will be plenty of time for that later in the process. Just envision your perfect wedding day, and start funneling those wishes into realities (on paper, at least).

  • Work out your budget. This will be the major factor in many of your decisions. Whether you can spend to your heart’s content or have to be more budget conscious, there are dozens of ideas that will make this the day of your dreams. Identify the parties responsible for funding your big day and have a completely realistic conversation with them about your parameters. It may not be the most comfortable part of the process, but it will definitely set your planning in the right direction – eliminating embarrassing, disappointing, or stressful future scenarios. For interactive budgeting help, make use of the online wedding budget tool at The Knot.
  • Choose your date and venue for ceremony and reception. This is the most important detail that affects your other planning decisions. Worried about inclement weather? There’s nothing like a sudden storm to put a damper on an outside event. Consider an inside venue that will accommodate all your wishes and desires. Do you want a wedding with a theme? Check to see what the venue might suggest. Feel free to check out our site to begin in the right direction.
  • Who will be in your wedding party? Give them as much time as possible so they can plan for the big day.
  • Pick your guest list. Sure, you want everyone you know to share your joy, but can you afford it? This is often one of the most difficult decisions to make. Name everyone who you would like to attend at first, then whittle it down over time.
  • Who will officiate the ceremony? Make sure he or she will be available on your special day.
  • Begin your research. Check into local photographers, bands or DJ’s, florists, videographers and caterers (Sites like The Knot are a great resource!) Once you’ve chosen your venue, get some great recommendations from them also as they work closely with a lot of different vendors.
  • Create a wedding website. Chronicle your ventures and accomplishments. Let your guests join in on the fun. Crowdsourcing ideas and suggestions is always helpful when undertaking a huge project such as a wedding.
  • Browse wedding dress and veil styles. Will you go traditional or a little more modern? What length? What colors? What designers? Have fun experimenting.
  • Research all the great wedding blogs and websites. There’s a ton of them with fantastic ideas and inspirational stories. But don’t get too lost in these sites. Take in all suggestions at first, then slowly edit down the articles you read as you begin to more tightly focus your own personal wedding experience and what that will require.
  • Most of all, be creative and personalize your special day. Come up with ideas to make your wedding an event your guests will rave about for a long time to come. If you stay true to your own personality, your family and friends will appreciate the ceremony even more for the way it represents your own unique style.

 

white-table-setupThe Ideal Setting for your Wedding Day… The Thrasher-Horne Center, one venue which has it all!

Many stunning weddings have already been held at the Thrasher-Horne Conference Center! Nestled on the scenic St. Johns River State College campus in Orange Park, this venue provides the perfect atmosphere for your wedding and/or reception, with ample free guest parking, flexible catering choices with a full staging kitchen, and an accessible location right in the heart of Clay County. Comprised of six suites that can provide space in whatever design you envision, such as the Grand Banquet Room with comfortable space for up to 240 guests including enough room for dancing. Additionally, our other banquet or theatre spaces are the perfect setting for your wedding ceremony, combining both of your venue needs into one!

Call 904-276-6815 or visit  http://weddingsjacksonvillefl.com to schedule an appointment with a Thrasher-Horne Center Wedding Specialist today!