8.24.2011

wedding wednesday {no.1}...






Today I thought i'd start a little weekly wedding column to share some of Rick and I's plans for our wedding next September (yes, date booked!). I realize "wedding wednesday" is a pretty predictable title, but "wedding thursday" just doesn't have that ring to it. So far we have a few of the big things booked - ceremony, reception, photographer and dj. According to most wedding planners, I had lots of time, but it's actually a good thing I started looking around early. Everything is booking up like crazy! How is it possible that photographers and dj's are already booking up into October of next year? The wedding industry is crazy, but I have to admit, a lot of fun too.

I have a pretty good idea of what i'd like our wedding to be like... traditional, elegant, with lots of white, cream, and pale green, possibly with a little lavender. Rick is on board, but i'm trying not to overwhelm him with wedding decor ideas quite yet. Guys can really only take so much of that stuff, lol. You can check out my wedding board here over on Pinterest if you'd like to see what inspiration i've been collecting so far. I also purchased a Martha Stewart Wedding Planner a while ago and I love it! Great for organizing all the little details and it's gorgeous. Don't you love that pale green? I swear it was a sign.

To those who are already married, do you have any tips during this exciting time of planning? I'd love to know your thoughts!

19 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your engagement!

    We got married 2 1/2 years ago. Planning a wedding (at least for me) has so much to do with secret dreams, a fairy-tale, being a princess... So first of all: enjoy! This is a unique time in your life!

    It is good to be planning ahead as much as you can.
    If, for whatever reason, you still get into the "too much to do" mood and feel overwhelmed, I found it very helpful to write everything down.
    Lists are great. I am sure you will find some standard lists in the wedding planner you purchased. It is even better to assign the tasks to specific weeks and days, especially in the last few weeks before the big day. It really calmed me down and prevented the "to do's" from turning in my head.

    Try to leave the last week before the wedding "empty" of tasks, especially the wedding day itself, in order for you to really just relax and fully enjoy the wedding! Tip: plan some spare time after the hair dresser. Mine took longer than planned and I was glad I had a spare half hour so it didn't matter!

    Drink a lot of water on the day (not the night;-) before the wedding as you might forget to drink enough on the wedding day. This will help to avoid a headache.

    Don't "do" anything anymore on the wedding day. You should behave like a passenger on a booked trip. Have nothing to worry about ;-).
    Your guests will enjoy the party if they see that the bride and groom are happy and relaxed.

    All the best from Switzerland,
    Isabel

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  2. Oh I got married in September..the 24th!

    Sounds like you are organized, yes, is does pay to book early :o

    My tip is just to enjoy the journey and record it (blogs are kinda handy for that).
    xxx DJ

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  3. Isabel - Thank you so much! What great tips! I'm definitely a list type person so that's good. And everyone has been telling me to try and keep that last week free. Hope I can do that, lol. Thanks again!

    DJ - Ours is Sept 29th, so we're so close! How fun :) I am definitely recording it it all, I will be on the blog, but i'm also keeping a journal to write down all the little memories and wedding related things.

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  4. I JUST got married! Remember to breathe constantly. I'm so happy that I had a wedding planner, helped relieve A LOT of stress. Enjoy your engagement!!!

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  5. Super excited for more Wedding Wednesdays!!! :)))))

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  6. I've been married one year, and the planning process was super fun for me (as I'm sure it is for you). Spend a lot of effort to personalize things to your taste, but don't lose your mind if you can't have exactly what you want. It will all work out! Some of the details I planned might have gone unnoticed by some, but they made me love the event that much more.

    On the day of the wedding, completely let go of all planning details and let yourself be completely present. Soak it in! All of those wonderful people there for you! :)

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  7. Daniella,

    Love the new site! You have beautiful taste and an engaging narrative voice.

    I have been married for 7 years. First, be wise about whose opinions you seek. Everyone has them, but not everyone's opinion is ... enriching. It's best to share your dilemmas and decisions only with those who care about you more than their own need to be right.

    And second, through this euphoric time of preparation, try to resist flaunting your love for each other through the flirtatious negligence in which some couples indulge. What I mean is, some couples flirt with each other through cutting comments & joking criticism. Yes, it's cute, funny, even exhilarating. But you'll never have a better time than this to build habits that raise each other up, instead of tear each other down. Think of the things you want to be saying to each other ten years from now, and start saying them.

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  8. Congrats! I had the same Martha Stewart Wedding Planner and loved it! I took it to all our vendor meetings and literally kept everything stored in there. Sounds like you have some great advice already. :) We incorporated a lot of traditions and things that involved our families in our wedding because that was important to us. Do what is important to you and your fiance, but also remember the comfort and experience of your guests. Go through every part of the wedding and be sure you've covered your bases. And yes, keep that last week or two empty because things WILL come up! Oh, and there's no such thing as planning too 'early'. People made fun of me for working on projects in July for our April wedding, but I sure was happy and relieved to have half our projects done for our wedding months before! Most of all, enjoy. :)

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  9. Congrats! I had the same Martha Stewart Wedding Planner and loved it! I took it to all our vendor meetings and literally kept everything stored in there. Sounds like you have some great advice already. :) We incorporated a lot of traditions and things that involved our families in our wedding because that was important to us. Do what is important to you and your fiance, but also remember the comfort and experience of your guests. Go through every part of the wedding and be sure you've covered your bases. And yes, keep that last week or two empty because things WILL come up! Oh, and there's no such thing as planning too 'early'. People made fun of me for working on projects in July for our April wedding, but I sure was happy and relieved to have half our projects done for our wedding months before! Most of all, enjoy. :)

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  10. Oh my goodness, just looked at your pinterest page and so many of your inspirations remind me of inspirations from our wedding! :) We had a fingerprint tree for our guest book as well. We love having it hung up in our house! Here is our wedding featured on EAD: http://www.elizabethannedesigns.com/blog/2011/06/08/elegant-phoenix-outdoor-wedding/

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  11. Loving the wedding post! Ours will be next August and I'm definitely on the planning bandwagon. I really enjoyed reading all of these comments so far, too. They are very helpful. Looking forward to more! check out my wedding board on pinterest too :)
    http://pinterest.com/kasselandkate/to-wed/
    -kassel

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  12. Andi - Breathing is good! lol... thank you!

    Tatiana - Glad to here it!

    Jordan - I definitely feel the same way! Some of the details will be really just for me, hahaha, but it always makes you feel great about an event when everything has turned out well. It's exciting!

    Mel - Thank you! And thanks for the tips... definitely know to just trust what Rick and I want. Much easier that way!

    Jana - Thanks for all the great tips! I don't think I could plan too early either, always best to have things done ahead of time. Too funny that our tastes our so similar, i love it! I just checked out your photos, GORGEOUS! Did everyone like the thumb print tree? I was worried it would leave people with ink on their thumb all evening, lol...

    Kassel - Congrats again if I haven't said so already! We'll have fun with all this planning time. Love the lace dresses on your board!

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  13. Congratulations! I had the same wedding binder and it was really helpful. My only advice is, don't listen to everybody's advice. :)

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  14. p.s. We got married on Sep. 26th last year. It's the best time of year!

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  15. Nina - Hahaha, it's so true! That is good advice, lol. Our wedding date is actually September 29th!

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  16. Hi Daniella- I started following your Pinterest board- beautiful!!
    I'm getting married next June, and I'm also going with mostly creams, whites, and a new color I've never heard of- Oyster (Must be one of those 'wedding' colors!)
    Congratulations to you, and I look forward to Wedding Wednesday to see how things progress.

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  17. The Martha Stewart guest list organizer is a life-saver. You have names, addresses, number of guests per party....a checklist of who got an invite/thank you card/etc. and a place to record what they got you. It's an amazing bit of help. And we didn't even have a wedding!!

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  18. huge congrats on getting your date nailed down. Super excited to watch the planning process unfold. I know everything you do will be so stunning! xo

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  19. Emily - Congrats! Oyster sounds like a pretty colour actually, like a shimmery grey maybe? Sounds nice anyway! Glad you like my Pinterest finds :)

    Miz.November - Yes, I love it!

    Erin- Thank you! I'm pretty excited about it all!

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