Wedding 'I Do's and I Don'ts' Planning your wedding can be intimidating as you’re preparing for what will be one of the best days of your life. You have a long list of things to get done before a specific date, and you want it to be perfect. So, we’ve compiled a list of Do’s and Don’ts to ensure you enjoy as much of this celebratory experience as possible. I Do’s: 1. Prioritize Your List It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you have a long list to accomplish before the big day. Where do you start? It’s a good idea to organize your list in order from most important to least important, this way you can keep track of what needs to be done first and what can wait until closer to your date. Choosing a venue, photographer, and DJ/band should be at the top of your list, whereas gift bags, and specific decor can be finalized later on. By organizing your list in order of precedence, you’ll find wedding-related tasks to be more time manageable. 2. Let Your Wedding Planner Do the Work Leave the meticulous details to us. Although DIY projects are great, we recommend leaving it to our professionals, making sure everything is exactly the way you envisioned! When you book your wedding at The Century House, our experienced wedding coordinators will be with you every step of the way. From your first meeting to the end of your wedding dinner, we will be by your side transforming your dream wedding into a reality. You’ll be grateful you have a professional to perfect your day, giving you more time to enjoy the process rather than feeling overwhelmed. 3. Research Venue Benefits Make sure to maximize the space provided by your venue. When researching possible venues, check to see if they have a hotel located on site, or certain added benefits offering more than you would have expected. At The Century House, you’ll be able to take advantage of our cozy hotel and relaxing nature trail, both located on our historic grounds. Alleviate stress caused by traveling guests, or guests driving home after your reception by reserving a room block in our charming hotel (by doing so, you have the option of turning your wedding day into a weekend-long celebration!) I Don’ts: 1. Don’t Become Just Another Number Family-owned since 1949, it’s our goal to make each guest feel at home every time they walk through our doors. When you host your wedding at The Century House you become a part of our family. We take the time to get to know each of our wonderful couples, allowing us to incorporate a personalized touch specific to each wedding. Our altruism doesn’t stop with our guests, which is how our “Enjoy One Share One” program came to be. For every meal served in our restaurant, or at an event, and every hotel room stay, we provide a meal in their honor through the Northeast Regional Food Bank. By choosing The Century House, you’ll help us reach our next milestone of providing 1,000,000 meals! Learn more about our “Enjoy One, Share One” program here. 2. Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute If you’re a procrastinator at heart, or generally have a hectic schedule, it may be easy to push everything off until the last minute, ultimately leaving you more stressed in the end. The wedding professionals at The Century House are beside you every step of the way through multiple face-to-face meetings and periodic contact through phone and email ensuring you stay organized and on schedule. 3. Don’t Hesitate to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone Often times weddings with unexpected quirks make it more memorable, while keeping your guests entertained. Whether you decide to coordinate a choreographed dance with your significant other or celebrate your special day with a unique theme, The Century House will accommodate your special requests! Whether you plan on committing to something untraditional or not, we highly encourage hiring a professional videographer. You’ll be grateful to have footage of your special day that holds sentimental value. At The Century House, we understand how important this milestone is for each couple, which is why we’re dedicated to exceeding all of your expectations from the moment you walk through our doors. We love sharing useful and practical advice we’ve gathered throughout the years, to make sure your wedding is everything you’ve ever dreamed of. If you find these tips helpful, be sure to check out our Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest pages for more wedding-related content! To plan your wedding at The Century House, call our experienced wedding professionals at (518) 785-1857. Photos by Kevin Demassio and Paul Saunders.