You're engaged! Now what?

So I hear you just got engaged, Congratulations!  Now there are endless lists, suggestions and tips online as to what every newly engaged couple has to do, and every single thing seems like its the most important and has to be done basically as soon as the ring is on your finger! Not to worry, you do indeed have time to think about and organize one of the most important days of your life. We've come up with 5 things that are definitely top priority once you've said yes!

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1. Celebrate! Celebrate!

This may seem a little obvious yes however, a lot of couples tend to go right into the planning of their wedding and forget about this big moment in their lives. Now some couples choose to keep this a secret to enjoy the little moments with their fiance before telling everyone and anyone about your engagement. The first people that are a must tell are your parents/family, preferably in person since they will probably have the best reaction and it has a lot more meaning to them! After that go wild and crazy telling friends because they have definitely been waiting for you to tell them this news. Once you have covered all your must-tell people on your lives, don't hesitate to post a picture on social media after, we all want to see that ring, well and of course how they proposed. 

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2. Ring Insurance

Not the most thrilling part of an engagement, understandably, but very necessary! Having your ring appraised is crucial when adding it as a "ring rider" to you homeowners/renters insurance and policy will give you coverage in case anything happens to your now most prized possession. The Knot & Jewelers Mutual has a great article about how the whole process and why its necessary, Click Here!

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Photograph by Leila Brewster Photography

3. Determine Top 2 Wedding Priorities 

This is something that you and your fiance should talk about and agree on early in the wedding planning process. Something that you both will not compromise on weather that is budget for the overall wedding, location and even guest count. Setting these decisions will save time and concerns when concentrating on other factors that you and your fiance can compromise on through out such as food (buffet/sit down), florals, photographer etc. 

4. Start Thinking About a Theme/Aesthetic 

Here is where Pinterest/Instagram/Wedding Blogs becomes your new best friend. This is where you get a chance to see all types of weddings, gain inspiration, and start envisioning the experience you want your guests to have while celebrating your day. Some of the main components to focus on are the color scheme, types of florals, indoor/outdoor ceremony, table settings, weddings favors, the list goes on! Once you've secured the theme and ambiance, try and stick with that throughout and narrow your search for ideas because adding too many elements could become chaotic. 

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5. Interview Planners/ Vendors

Now you don't need to make this decision right away but if you are thinking about minimizing your stress load, organizing appointments and maintaining a budget then interviewing a planner that has experience, an eye for details and a team of people might be something to look into. Since planners and vendors tend to have a certain number of clients they take on a year its best to start doing research, finding out what they can offer and if they have the date of your wedding available. If you are not really interested in hiring a planner, totally okay, vendors will definitely give you enough to do/think about and could potentially be cheaper since you are doing all of the organizing and communicating yourself. 

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InTents “5 under 40”

We are so honored to have InTents Magazine - an Industrial Fabrics Association International publication - feature The Greenwich Tent Company's founder and President Zachary Wilson in their 2019 feature "5 under 40" in the tenting industry. These five industry leaders are pushing the tenting industry forward to new possibilities and new heights. And Zach Wilson is one of the forerunners of the movement. 

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Featured Venue: Longshore Pavilion at Norwalk Cove

The charming and historic Inn at Longshore has always been a known destination even when it was originally built in 1890 as a a private estate that was quite popular with icons such the Rockefellers, the Roosevelts, F. Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald, Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe. Ever since 1960 when the town of Westport bought the property and turned it into a public country club, the amount of celebrations have grown exponentially and we are so glad we have been a part of so many!

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Photograph by Brooke Allison

The location of the Inn at Longshore Pavilion is nestled on Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk offering some of the best views overlooking Long Island Sound especially with an amazing sunset. The choices are unlimited as to how you can celebrate, with access to paddle boarding and kayaking from your own beach, lawn games, family parties and our favorite events - weddings! 

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Breaking Ground on the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation

We were thrilled to be a part of this amazing day for the official start and ground breaking of the new Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation! This is a new addition to the American Museum of Natural History which will give the opportunity for visitors to see 4 million scientific specimens as well as provide access state of the art theater, research library and classrooms. 

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This new addition will help to elevate the museums constantly growing activity while raising awareness for climate change and biodiversity. The overall project will be 5 floors, 230,000 sq ft costing approximately $383 million dollars. Its goal is to give visitors of all ages the chance to look at current research and inventive learning zones. 

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The Gilder Center is a non-profit organization with the help of Richard Gilder, co-founder of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and is chairman at the New York Historical Society, who serves on the executive board of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture among many more prestigious organizations. Along with the Gilder Center, Richard Gilder created a PhD program at the museum in comparative biology as well as a Master of Arts in Science Teaching. 

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Photograph by D. Finnin at AMNH

For the big reveal day we were happy to have our 30x50, 40x60 Anchor Navitrac and 16x32 a band stage for the ceremony. We cannot wait to see the building once it's completed and celebrate all the wonderful discoveries that will occur there. 

Click here for more info on the Gilder Center and its future impact!

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