You’ve secured your dream Venue…What’s next?

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Congratulations! You’ve taken a significant step towards your dream wedding by booking your venue. Now that you have the perfect setting for your big day, it’s time to move forward with your wedding planning checklist. If you haven’t downloaded our comprehensive wedding planning checklist do it now! In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the next essential steps to ensure your wedding day is nothing short of spectacular.

1. Book a Photographer and Schedule Your Engagement Session

Your wedding day will be filled with beautiful moments, and capturing these memories is crucial. Start by researching and booking a professional photographer who aligns with your style and vision. Most couples don’t even realize they have a style until you stumble across THE photographer your destined to book!

Here are the key steps:

– Research: Look for photographers in your area, read reviews, and browse their portfolios. It’s essential to find someone who resonates with your style, whether it’s traditional, candid, or artistic. Be sure to check out your local Wedding Association 

– Interview: Schedule meetings or virtual consultations with potential photographers to discuss your vision, budget, and their availability.

– Engagement Session: Many photographers offer engagement sessions as part of their packages. Schedule this session to get comfortable in front of the camera and to have some beautiful photos for your save-the-dates and wedding website.

-At 7F Lodge we offer photography packages that can be booked through us! We save you the time and the hassle and have narrowed down our top 5 local wedding photographers in the BCS Area! All Heart Photography, Faith & Fire Collective, Jamie Hardin Photography, San Angel Photo, Rachel Driskell Photography 

2. Use Engagement Photos to Order Save the Dates through

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Engagement photos are not only a great way to announce your upcoming nuptials but also a wonderful keepsake of this special time in your lives. offers a user-friendly platform for creating elegant and personalized save-the-date cards. Here’s how to go about it:

– Select Your Photos: Choose your favorite engagement photos that reflect your personalities as a couple.

– Design Your Cards: offers a wide range of customizable designs. Personalize your save-the-date cards with your chosen photos and wedding details.

– Place Your Order: Once your design is perfect, place your order for the number of cards you need. Don’t forget to order a few extra for keepsakes and last-minute additions to your guest list.

3. Time for Dress and Suit Shopping

Now that you’ve set the date and sent out save-the-dates, it’s time to find the perfect attire for you and your partner. Here’s what you should consider:

– Bridal Gown: Start shopping for your dream wedding dress early to allow time for alterations. Bring along your closest friends or family for a fun and memorable experience. Be sure to schedule an appointment ahead of time. That way you get top notch attention from the stylists. Our go to bridal boutique here in the Bryan College Station are is Coreena’s Bridal Boutique. 

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– Groom’s Suit: Find a suit or tuxedo that complements the wedding’s style and your personal taste. Consider renting or buying, depending on your budget and preferences.  If you are looking for a suit or a Tux in the area head to Men’s Warehouse or

4. Book the Rest of Your All-Star Wedding Professional Team

To make your wedding day seamless and unforgettable, assemble a team of professionals who are experts in their respective fields.

– Booking your Videographer: Capture every moment in motion with a skilled videographer. Review their previous work and discuss your preferences for the wedding video. Often a photographer will have their own videography team or know someone that they work well with. You will want a cohesive team.

-Booking your Catering Team: The catering team will play a crucial role in delighting your guests with delectable dishes. Arrange tastings to finalize the menu and service style.  Ask if they can accommodate for dietary restrictions, will there be a non-acholic drink station and when will they break it down.

-Booking your Bartending Service: Ensure your guests have a fantastic time with a bartending service that offers signature cocktails and a wide selection of beverages.

-Booking your Entertainment (DJ and/or String Quartet): Decide on the type of entertainment you want – a DJ for a lively dance party or a string quartet for an elegant ambiance. Book early to secure your preferred choice. Or a lot of couples will opt for both! Have the string quartet to play for the ceremony and beginning of cocktail hour. Then the DJ can takeover for the rest of the reception.

7F Lodge & Events offers an All Inclusive package where your catering and Bartending services are already factored into your pricing. All you have to do now is make the detailed selections for dinner and bar. We arrange for group tasting events throughout the planning process. To view our packaging download the brochure here.

Booking your wedding venue is a significant milestone,

There’s still much to do to bring your dream wedding to life. By following these steps to book your photographer, order save-the-dates, shop for attire, and secure the rest of your wedding professionals, you’ll be well on your way to planning a memorable and magical day. Stay organized, communicate with your partner, and enjoy the journey towards your happily ever after.

Have You Already Selected Your Wedding Venue?

We have to agree that wedding planning is such a fun experience that you’ll never forget! From touring venues to meeting with vendors and everything in-between, we are sure that you’ll have an absolute blast. 7F Lodge & Events is a rustic wedding venue located in College Station, TX. Our little white chapel tucked away in the trees on the outskirts of Aggieland, has been honored to have had the opportunity to host thousands of wedding celebrations over the last 25 years. We hope this wedding planning checklist will help you during the early stages.

Lastly, if you are engaged and still on the hunt for a dream wedding venue, we would absolutely love to show you around 7F Lodge. You will have the opportunity to see the event venue itself, our 8 uniquely themed cabins on property and the getting ready suites! To schedule a time that works best for you, request your tour HERE. If you have any questions about specific wedding packages or general availability/pricing, don’t hesitate to fill out the form linked HERE.  Someone from our team will be in touch! We hope you have an amazing and stress free wedding planning experience!

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