He got down on one knee. You said yes. Your friends and family oo’d and ah’d over the ring. Now everyone keeps asking that ever important, overwhelming question; “When’s the big day?!” Planning a wedding certainly takes a lot of dedication and hard work, but it doesn’t have to be as daunting as it seems. Having worked in the Central Oregon wedding industry for years, your friend’s at Twist have learned a thing or two about the do’s and don’ts of your big day in the High Desert. Here are our favorite tips for planning your perfect wedding in Central Oregon.
- Get your invitations out early and get your guest count.
Before doing almost anything else, you need to know how many people are actually going to attend your wedding. While Redmond airport is conveniently close, it can also be significantly more expensive, and may deter guests from attending. Make sure your guests know all of their travel options, such as flying into Portland if it better suits their budget.
It’s also important to consider the date of your wedding – does it fall on a holiday, or during a festival or other large event in the area? These types of situations can significantly raise the cost of travel for guests. Once you have a general idea of how many people will be able to make it, you’ll be able to pick the perfect venue to fit your wedding day needs
- Book your venue early.
As soon as you have a general idea of your guest count, book your venue ASAP. Central Oregon has some amazing wedding venues – From ranches, to barns, to museums and parks, options may appear to be endless, but they are definitely limited. Many locations are booked over a year in advance, so it is truly never too early to start looking for the best place to say “I do”.
- Consider the weather
While we are lucky in that generally, Central Oregon is dry, warm and sunny in the summer, you never know what can happen. While it is not always possible, it is a good idea to try and choose a venue that can accommodate guests both inside and out. If you’re wedding is in the spring or fall, you may run into an unexpected rainy day or unusually cold weather. If you’re wedding is in mid summer, you may encounter a blazing hot day, which can be both unpleasant and unsafe for guests.
- Connect with the best vendors
Bend and Central Oregon has a great selection of local vendors for everything from food catering to flowers, equipment, photographers, and of course cocktail caterers. Since our community is so tight-knit, don’t be afraid to ask a vendor for recommendations for other services. Chances are, since we are constantly working with each other, we will have some great advice on who to call next. Ready to make your wedding the best day EVER? Check CentralOregonWeddings.com for all of your wedding needs.
And when it comes time to plan out your bar, you know just who to call! Let Twist make your big day that much easier. Call us today at 541.633.5855 to chat about your perfect Central Oregon Wedding