Two simple words: I do. When you say I do, it’s something you’ll remember forever.

That “I do” moment is pure magic, and we want every moment of your wedding to be just as magical! While there are a ton of places where you can have your dream wedding, The Desmond is a true one-stop location for everything you deserve on your special day.

Planning a wedding can be a challenge, and nothing beats asking an expert. That’s why we caught up with Alyssa Vanderslice, one of our wedding planners here at The Desmond. She gave us the top seven tips to help you plan your dream wedding:

1. Make it Easy

Choosing a full-service venue like The Desmond and enlisting the help of a wedding planner means less stress and less work. That leaves more room for fun and creativity, so you can truly enjoy the experience.

2. Prioritize

A good rule of thumb? Choose the top three must-haves (food, music, location) and work down from there. Having a clear direction of where you’re going makes decision-making easy.

3. Choose Hospitality

“With my own wedding, it was the people who went the extra step that really made a lasting impression,” Alyssa confides. “When sharing one of the most important days of your life, you want to feel comfortable, connected and know that they will go above and beyond to make your day perfect.”

4. Enjoy the Process

“You only get engaged once,” says Alyssa, so you might as well enjoy it! Tasting cakes, selecting the drink menu and picking out the perfect dress and the perfect room to spend the night can all be a wonderful treat for the senses. Avoid getting wrapped up in the process so you can stay in the moment.

5. Keep it Fun

Small details can make a lasting impression. Create memories with your guests by hosting a welcome reception with drinks, adding an interactive food station at cocktail hour or having an afterparty reception at the Fox and Hounds Pub!

6. Know Your Audience

While it is your day, your guests will be there alongside you to have fun and celebrate. Noting dietary restrictions, as well as being conscious of guests’ needs and expectations, makes for a more magical time for everyone.

7. Remember the Why

When you get married, it’s all about joining hands with your special someone to walk forward in life together. Even if you have to change something at the last moment (things do happen), it helps to keep in mind the love you’re sharing and celebrating.

The only thing better than asking an expert? Working with one! Come see why we’ve been awarded the 2018 Couple’s Choice award from WeddingWire and 2018 Best of Weddings from The Knot! Say yes to The Desmond! Let us make your big day something truly special.

For 25 years, The Desmond Hotel has earned a reputation for superior hospitality and comfort. We boast 194 well-appointed nonsmoking guest rooms and suites with modern amenities and hotel-wide free Wi-Fi. Our luxurious property offers three onsite dining options, two bars, indoor and outdoor fitness and beautiful grounds. We have the perfect setting for you—no matter the occasion. The Desmond is ideal for corporate meetings and retreats, wedding receptions and any kind of celebration. Events of all sizes welcome!

Nathan Greenwood

Photos: Morby Photography