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Wedding Planning 101

Tips for Planning a WeddingOnce the excitement of an engagement settles down, it is time to start planning that special day. The wedding planning process usually starts 9-16 months before the big day. Wedding planning can be just as stressful as the actual wedding days. There are many decisions to be made on the day, location, guest list, and much more.  There are many websites and magazines that can help the new couple create wedding planning checklists to sharing wedding planning tips for both big and small weddings.

According to, most weddings in the United States have an average cost ranging from $18,900 to $31,500, with the majority of weddings costing less than $10,000. Having a checklist will keep the future bride and groom organized for all of the information and advice that is being given to them and keep them within a set budget!

Getting married is one of many life’s many pivotal events. Couples are combining their lives and their households.  If the couple is older, then both bride and groom have household items or furniture that will need to be combined. This means that there could be many duplicates in furniture, kitchen appliances and linens. Instead of getting rid of these items, renting a self storage unit is a great solution for storing these extra items until you decide to keep, sell, donate, throw away or continue to store these items. You can also store wedding presents that you do not yet have room for in your home in a storage unit until you can find room in your new combined household.  A self storage unit is also a source of storage during the planning of your wedding. If you need to rent certain items such as table displays and favors for your wedding that you do not have room for at your home, then store it inside a storage unit until he wedding day.

Wedding Planning Tips

In order to be organized for your wedding day, there are some wedding planning tips that you will need to consider.

  1. Start a wedding binder or folder for all of your wedding planning tips, notes and ideas. Go through bridal, lifestyle, food, and fashion magazine for ideas for your wedding. This is a great time to consult Pinterest and get wedding ideas. Add pins to your Pinterest page of wishes and ideas for the wedding day.
  2. Create wedding planning checklists for every portion of your wedding from dress and tux shopping to the wedding shower wishes (The bridesmaid usually take care of the shower with the bride’s wishes), rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, wedding day and reception. Having a wedding planning checklist that you can check off will help you track what you have done for your planning and what you still need to do.
  3. Attend the wedding shows in your city. Most bridal shows are held after the holidays because the majority of couples get engaged then. Fort Stewart is having a wedding show on Sunday, April 26th at Camp Stewart for future brides. Wedding shows are great places to get ideas for your wedding by gathering pamphlets and information from wedding industry vendors.
  4. Determine the budget for the wedding. In that budget, include the money that you and your family will contribute to the big day. Try to stick to the budget as much as possible during your planning process, but leave a bit of room for the “just in case” events.
  5. Decide who will be on the guest list for the wedding. The list will then determine the size of the venue that you need. The larger the guest list, the larger the cost. If you are looking to cut costs for your wedding, then a smaller guest list would be the best option.
  6. Reserve a date and the venue for the big day. The most popular time of year for weddings is May and June, with September and October following closely behind. If you want an outdoor wedding, then it is best to have it during the summer.
  7. This is also the time to start asking and answering the many questions about the actual wedding day. For example, do you want to have a destination wedding? This would require even more planning and coordinating between the wedding party and the guests. Another consideration for the wedding day is if you want to get married in a church or another location? Will you need to book a minister? Will the ceremony be held separately than the reception? Is a daytime or a nighttime wedding? Once you have the day and the venue then you can really start the planning the events of the wedding day.
  8. Choose who you would like to have in your wedding party. These family and friends will also be great sources for information on planning your wedding.
  9. Research photographers, caterers, florists, bands and disc jockeys. The wedding shows are a great resources for seeing local wedding vendors. Ask friends who recently got married for recommendations for the vendors that they used. Decide if you want to have a band or a DJ for your wedding. A DJ usually costs less than a band and they can also be a master of ceremonies for a wedding.
  10. Once you have a venue and date set, create a save the date postcard, flyer or an email for wedding guests. The save the date could be a part of the invitation package that you purchase.

Good Luck and Congratulation with planning for your big day!

Fire Safety for Self Storage Units

Prevent Fires at Self Storage Units There are always seems to be stories in the news about fires at self storage facilities, but in reality, self storage facility fires are not very common.  Facility fires offer many challenges to renters. Renters loose personal property and belongings that can be personally or monetarily valuable. Self storage facilities fires can be averted with the proper prevention measures by both the facility management and by the renters.

Storage facilities built with fire resistant materials such as concrete blocks and metal are less of a fire hazard than wood building materials. Storage facilities should have a working sprinkler system, smoke detectors and fire alarms throughout the facility. These should be monitored as part of a facility’s video surveillance security system. Fires at self storage facilities are least likely to happen when the managers and staff have been properly trained in fire prevention measures. Managers should diligently enforce the non-smoking rules at their facilities.

Fire Prevention for Self Storage Customers

As a renter of a self storage unit, it is very important to follow the fire safety guidelines that are provided by your storage facility. Properly load and stack items in your storage unit. Do not over stuff the storage unit with your belongings. Leave space for airflow as well as an aisle for easier access to the belongings. For additional protection from fire, store important documents or valuables in fire-proof boxes.  Do not store flammable liquids such as gasoline, alcohol, paint or chemicals. When storing a lawn mower or other power equipment, drain the gasoline before storage. Do not store fireworks, fertilizers or aerosol cans.

Self storage tenants should alert facility management if they see other tenants breaking the rules and guidelines of the facility. Tenants should also let the management know if they see any damaged exit lights, cluttered walkways and electrical outlets that might need to be fixed. Most of all, it is the tenant’s responsibility to get insurance to cover their items while in storage. Check with home owner insurance to see if items in storage are covered in the policy. If not, then purchase tenant insurance that is provided by the facility for an additional charge each month. It will give you additional peace-of-mind you’re your belongings are covered while in storage. Storage operators do not have fire insurance for client’s belongings.

Self storage operators, managers and tenants all can work together to make sure that a self storage facility is following fire prevention rules and regulations.  The most important thing is to pay attention to your surroundings and let others know if there could be a hazard.