Are you newly engaged?! Let us start off by saying congratulations on your engagement, this is a time in your life you will never ever forget!

Are you “not so sure” about where to begin with the planning process?! No worries! Here are tips to get you started in the right direction.

Newly Engaged

-Start with creating a rough draft guest list. An “estimated guest count” will help with the next few step.

-Decide on a budget. Narrow in on who will be paying for your wedding, whether it be you and your fiance or if family be helping too. Setting a budget plays a large role especially when it comes to choosing your wedding venue (keeping your guest count in mind).

-Begin your wedding venue search online BEFORE choosing your wedding date. The best wedding venues, including Cross Creek Ranch, book up to two years in advance. Yes, you read that correctly… two years in advance!

-Once you have selected a venue (or a few) contact them immediately to set up a tour. Touring venues is exciting and can be overwhelming, so prepare a list of questions to ask during the tour. The sooner you tour and you decide on a venue, the sooner you can book your wedding date!

-Hire professional vendors. Your wedding is not the time for DIY; plus on the day of, the last thing you (or your family and friends) want to do is set up decorations or clean. Let the professionals handle everything.

-Rely on the expertise of your wedding designer and coordinator. At Cross Creek Ranch, we do it all from scheduling appointments with vendors to the set up and break down on your wedding day! Your wedding at Cross Creek Ranch, is completely custom to match your visions.

-Choose your bridesmaids and groomsmen. Go gown/dress shopping with your ladies and have the men get fitted for their tuxedos/suits.

-Research photographers/videographers. A great photographer/videographer is definitely something to invest in! You and your fiance will cherish these photos and videos for a lifetime.

-Think about who you want to officiate your wedding. Reach out to them to ensure they are available for your special day.

-Narrow down your guest list and prepare to send out “Save the Date” cards and later your wedding invitations.

-As your wedding day approaches, your wedding coordinator will meet with you to ensure that all details are covered. At this meeting, do not hesitate to ask any additional questions you may have. Rather ask sooner than later.

Make the most of the planning process. Time will fly and your wedding day will arrive before you know it. On your big day, remember to relax and have fun. After all, beginning a new chapter with the one you love is incredibly special!

At Cross Creek Ranch, we offer affordable wedding packages that allow you to make monthly payments. For more information regarding our packages, pricing and availability, email us at! 

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