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A Frederick Maryland Wedding Venue
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  • Writer's pictureDebbie Donohue

Wedding Planning 101

Advice from Prosperity Mansion & Farm, an outdoor / garden Maryland wedding venue located in Frederick County Maryland bordering Carroll County Maryland.

Planning a Wedding Yourself?

Planning a wedding is possible on your own. You should be enjoying the time leading up to your “Big Day”, not stressing out. Let’s face it, planning a wedding can be difficult. Throughout this article Prosperity Mansion & Farms will give you steps and tips to look over before planning your wedding.

One of the most important parts about planning a wedding is communication. It is extremely important that you communicate with your partner first of all to make sure you are both in agreement on key wedding details. The details below should be considered when planning your own wedding. They are in no particular order and may not work for you. Discussing these steps throughout the wedding planning efforts will ensure a thorough and organized wedding planning adventure. Communication and organization are extremely important when it comes to wedding planning!

-Figure out your budget. If you do not establish a set budget for your wedding you may start your marriage overwhelmed with wedding expenses (Forrest, 2020). Your budget might include how much you are willing to spend, how much you are planning on saving up until your wedding date, and how much you are designating to the venue, food and drink, decor, etc. These numbers will help you later on when exploring venues, researching caterers and inviting guests. If you know something is out of your budget it will be easier to keep examining other options, then it will be to rearrange your budget.

-Draft up a close estimate of the number of guests you plan on inviting. This may need tweaking later on depending on how your budget is being used and what capacity your dream wedding venue has.

-Establish your wedding theme and colors. Wedding details will revolve around your wedding theme and color scheme. Embrace yourself and your relationship when making these choices. You can apply this preference to any wedding venue. Sticking to your theme when it comes to floral decor, tablecloths, or activities can lead to a lesser number of overwhelming choices (Hanlon, 2022). Some venues like Prosperity Mansion & Farm offer decorations as a part of their wedding packages to make planning easier for wedding couples. Your wedding theme will guide your venue choice. That’s why Prosperity Mansion & Farm aims to appeal to many different styles such as garden, outdoor, rustic, vintage and whimsical.

-Find your venue that is available on a desirable date that is within your budget and guest number. You cannot plan any other details without securing your wedding venue and date. Keep your wedding dates flexible in case your ideal wedding venue is booked. Remember not all wedding venues offer food, drink, and entertainment as a part of their package. Ask for their wedding packages and pricing to see which place fits your needs before booking venue tours. You will know once you arrive at your future wedding venue! When signing the contract with a venue it is a good idea to read through twice before signing. Communicate openly with the wedding venue management about your budget, guests, and expectations. Prosperity Mansion & Farm is more than happy to answer any wedding couples’ questions to ensure for your benefit. This outdoor / garden wedding venue also provides a preferred vendors list with local caterers, bartenders, etc. to help couples find vendors with ease.

-Choose your bridal party. Decide from the friends and family you are closest to and communicate with on a regular basis. If you stick to those who you trust they will likely make you feel more relaxed on your wedding day. They are likely a part of your support system who will be there for you when you need it (Lord, 2022).

-Designate wedding day tasks to the wedding party and/or those you trust. Communicate their roles and responsibilities for your wedding day throughout wedding planning. The VIPs in your life will be more than happy to take on these duties and make your “Big Day'' one to remember.

-Explore the online wedding world which is full of resources to help you! From DIY guides to invitation templates to personalized wedding websites, you will be surprised at how much these resources can benefit your wedding planning adventure (Cohen, 2021).

-Research and explore the vendors you will need for your wedding. The most important vendors will likely be food, drinks, and entertainment. Remember that your venue will likely have a preferred vendors list that understands how to provide their services at that location.

-Send out invitations to your established guest list about 2-3 months before the wedding date. This will make sure they will have enough time to RSVP and mark their schedule for your special day. Remember to invite those guests closest to you. It can be a challenge to leave people out, but this is your wedding so should be confident in your guest list (Forrest, 2020). As you add more guests to this list your wedding expenses will increase.

-Ensure the venue and vendors have been paid and that your communications with them are up to date. Verify that all of the appropriate forms and signatures are turned in (Forrest, 2020). We at Prosperity Mansion & Farm recommend that wedding couples put all necessary information and forms into a folder to stay organized with all contracts regarding the wedding day.

-Establish a wedding day timeline. Overestimate the time it takes for each task so you do not run out of time for anything on the wedding day.

-Get a marriage license from the local courthouse. This is a vital step that you cannot forget to have on your wedding day (Cohen, 2021). That legal document represents the significance of the bond you share and is absolutely needed for any kind of wedding.

-Pamper yourself in the days leading up to your wedding to ensure you are relaxed and ready to celebrate.

-Lastly, live and celebrate your wedding day regardless of any small mistakes that occur. You will look back on your wedding day with joy knowing you embraced every lively moment rather than stressing out.

Overall, your happiness as the wedding couple is the most important. So, if you have the time and funds to plan your own wedding, keep these steps in mind.

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Mission Statement:

Prosperity Mansion & Farm is committed to providing a beautiful wedding venue that is affordable to all couples. Our budget friendly venue allows you to celebrate your big day and then move on to the next phase of your relationship without financial burdens.


Cohen, T. (2021, October 25). How to plan A wedding: The complete 20-step guide. Wix Blog. Retrieved May 24, 2022, from

Forrest, K. (2020, December 8). How to plan A wedding step by step. WeddingWire. Retrieved May 19, 2022, from

Lord, M. (2022, January 6). How to plan a wedding step-by-step: Tips for a happy bride. Wedding Forward. Retrieved May 24, 2022, from,20%20Obtain%20your%20marriage%20license%2021%20Get%20married


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