7 Things To Keep In Mind During Your Wedding Weekend

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Wedding planning can be very stressful for some brides but the level of stress can reach a climax during the actual weekend that the wedding is to take place. As I approach my two month anniversary, I would like to give brides seven tips that I feel are essential and will help you get through one of the most important days of your life.

People will call you to say they aren’t coming and/or may tell you that they are bringing an extra person that you weren’t expecting.

Try not to let the news affect your mood one way or another. If someone says they won’t be able to make it, let them know that they’ll be missed and move along. If someone surprises you with an extra guest that they are bringing, try not to freak out. Just smile and say something along the lines of “that’s great.” At this point it’s probably too late to adjust seating anyway, so just don’t worry about it. Let your wedding coordinator and/or venue handle this one.Both of these things happened to me the day before my wedding and while everyone was freaking out around me (parents, husband, etc.), I just had to tell myself that it’s not my problem. I knew I had an amazing wedding coordinator and that she and her staff would be able to handle such issues.

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There will be no shows.

The open seats we had at our wedding were mostly people that had gotten in touch with us the day prior to our wedding to let us know that they wouldn’t be attending. But we did have a few who just no showed. Continue reading

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60 Days!

img_0023We are officially two months away from holy matrimony! Here’s what we have done so far:

Joint Bank Account

This has been the single task that we’ve done that made me go “oh shit, we’re getting married”. A lot of the other tasks thus far have felt like I’m just planning a party, but getting a joint bank account reminded me of the reason why we’ll be partying. We opted to keep our separate accounts open and we’ll have a portion of our paychecks deposited into our joint account on payday. A lot of people dread talking about money with their future spouse, but this was a very easy conversation to have for us.

Dresses/Fittings

My bridesmaids dresses actually came in today. I’m very excited to start shopping for their shoes and accessories. My attire for that day is complete now that I have my clutch bag. I’m still in the process of doing fittings, but I expect to be done with that this weekend. Now I’ll be able to focus on making sure my girls look amazing. Continue reading

100 DAYS!

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I’m getting married in T minus 99 days! I feel like we’ve done so much in the planning process but we still have a lot more tasks remaining.

Invitations & RSVPs

I just sent my invitations out on Tuesday and people are already starting to receive them! I was so nervous that I did something wrong and they would be returned to sender or that they would get lost in the mail (sometimes I worry about silly things even when I KNOW I did something right). But luckily, we got a call yesterday about someone getting theirs already. Now the hard part is going to be compiling all the RSVPs and meal choices. I’m anxious to see how many people will RSVP “yes”.

Attire

I picked up my dress back in November and had my first fitting earlier this month. I have another fitting in mid-January and if everything looks good, I should be able to take the dress home. I have my veil, jewelry, and shoes for that day but I’m still looking for a clutch bag to have at the reception. I’m ready for the bridesmaids’ dresses to come in so the girls can start getting their accessories. My fiancé has already decided on the guys’ attire, now they just have to order the tuxes. And I still need to buy his wedding band. Continue reading

5 Tips on Dealing With Your Wedding Vendors

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A huge part of planning a wedding is choosing your vendors. You have to be sure that you pick professionals that you can trust to get the job done and that you can have a pleasant experience with. I can imagine that there’s nothing worse than picking a DJ, photographer, or florist and having them disappoint you with their work on your special day or butting heads the entire time you have to deal with them. So I’ve come up with a list of five things that can help you and your vendors throughout the wedding planning process. Continue reading

The Knot vs. Wedding Wire

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The Knot and Wedding Wire are the two most popular wedding websites/apps that I know of. I had previously only used The Knot because it was the website that I discovered first and both sites pretty much do the same thing. So I never felt like I needed to use both sites. A couple of weeks ago, I got curious about what Wedding Wire has to offer and which site is better so I started using both sites simultaneously. Here’s what I discovered:

Checklist

The checklist on The Knot’s website is easier on the eyes. The Knot breaks down tasks in terms of “remaining”, “essentials”, and “completed”. All of those terms are self-explanatory so it’s very easy for the user to navigate. You can also see how far along you are in the planning process by percentage. Personally, I love this feature because I am the type of person who likes to check things off my list and seeing that I’ve accomplished 50% of the tasks makes me happy.

Wedding Wire’s checklist is a little more basic as far as style goes. It doesn’t have the percentage feature that The Knot has, but it does show you how many tasks you’ve done and how many more you have to do. I just prefer seeing that in a percentage form. Wedding Wire does allow you to do things to your checklist. You cannot do that on The Knot so if you have more unique things on your to-do list, Wedding Wire’s checklist may be best for you. Continue reading

Wedding Etiquette Mistakes

Over the weekend, I did some research on wedding etiquette. And I was a little shocked to find out that some things that I have seen other people and/or was considering doing are deemed poor etiquette. I figured I would share this information because a lot of brides are doing the wedding planning thing for the very first time so most etiquette mistakes are made because the bride didn’t know better, not because she was trying to be rude.

Unplugged ceremonies

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I’ll admit that this was something that I was seriously considering doing at my ceremony. I thought the cute little signs about being present and putting the phones away until the reception were cute. But apparently, they are extremely passive aggressive and snooty. It’s a wedding, not a classroom. So your guests shouldn’t feel like they are being treated like children. That being said, this trend of “unplugging” has risen due to brides (and grooms) “need” to say something that they shouldn’t have to say. If that makes sense…

Specifying the Attire

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Even though you may want to give people a reminder of the suggested attire for your event, it’s rude to do so for two reasons. Continue reading

5 Things That Are Helping Me Plan My Wedding

I’ve had to take a brief break from posting due to my schedule being overloaded with extra work (I got a promotion) and wedding planning (things are moving really fast now). I’ve had to start juggling all of the things going on in my life during these past few weeks so the blog had to take a backseat for a little bit. But I know I have a few brides and/or potential brides who read my blog, so I figured I would share the five things that I have been using to help me plan my wedding without having my head explode.

Pinterest

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Pinterest is my digital vision board for my wedding. If I need to visualize something regarding décor or attire, Pinterest is my go-to app/website. The main reason why I love it so much is because even if I’m not on Pinterest at the moment, I can still pin things to my wedding board from YouTube, The Knot, Buzzfeed, random sites, etc. I find things everywhere, so it’s great to be able to store it all in one place.

The Knot

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The Knot (app/website/magazine) is something you literally have no use for if you aren’t planning a wedding. I only got familiar with this site after my engagement but it is a godsend. I can find articles about wedding tips, Q&As, vendors, dresses, etc. I could keep listing things but basically any tool you’d ever need to plan a wedding is featured on The Knot. Continue reading

I Said “YES” to the Dress!

Two weeks ago… I said “YES” to the dress.

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I had such an awesome experience that I felt like I needed to write a few helpful tips so that other brides could have the same amazing experience that I had.

Go to a boutique with experienced consultants

I can’t stress this enough. You’ll be able to tell who’s experienced and who isn’t as soon as you walk into a store. Your consultant should be able to help bring your vision to life. In some stores they have girls working there who aren’t really consultants, they are just regular retail associates. You want to avoid stores like that. Read the reviews on bridal boutiques before you visit any. Continue reading

Save The Date: Choosing Your Wedding Venue

I’ve finally done it! I’ve finally booked my wedding venue and we finally have a guaranteed wedding date. The wedding planning process consists of making decision after decision. Choosing your venue is one of the first big decisions that you have to make. Your choice of venue kind of dictates everything else. Your wedding date, your vendors, your honeymoon, your dress, etc. Everything begins to fall into place once you book your venue. Since I’ve finally done the deed, I feel like I should share my most helpful tips for choosing your venue.

Narrow your search down BEFORE you start visiting venues

There are a lot of ways to filter through the long list of wedding venues. You can save yourself a lot of headache and confusion by getting your list down to no more than FIVE venues before you start making tour appointments. Continue reading

OMG, I Left My E-ring at Home!

This past Thursday, I did the unthinkable.

I accidentally left my engagement ring at home.

Here’s how it happened…

 I always wear my e-ring when I’m sleeping. Even when it was too big, I was still wearing it everywhere. I mean, this is something I had been wanting for most of this year so of course I’m wearing it no matter what. But I’m also very vigilant about keeping it clean and keeping it safe. So when I’m putting any type of product on my hands (i.e. Makeup, lotion) or when I’m near any open drains (i.e. Any sink or bathtub), I take it off and put it on my dresser or on top of my makeup organizers. On this particular day, I set the ring on top of my makeup organizers, put my makeup and lotion on and then I went to work. Since it’s colder now, I always put a second coat of lotion on my hands when I get to my desk. This usually means I have to take my ring off briefly and that’s when I noticed that my ring was already off. I had never put it back on before I left the house! Luckily, my fiancé was still at home and said that he would bring the ring to me so that I didn’t have to leave work or be without it all day. I was only without my ring for nearly four hours but I felt so awkward without it. My hand felt naked. I could see a small indentation in my finger where my ring was supposed to be. I was trying to keep my left hand hidden until I got it back. It really gave me a little bit of anxiety. I kept thinking that people were going to notice the missing ring and ask me about it (no one did). I told a couple of my female coworkers about it and they assured me that it won’t be the last time I forget to put it on, and as time goes on it won’t even be something that I feel the need to turn around for. But right now, since it’s so new to me, I’ve decided that I’m just not taking it off anymore.