From the Archives: Selecting Your Wedding Date

7-18-2017 5-30-31 PMWhen we started making wedding plans, one important question kept coming up. When will it be? It was confusing for us to figure it out and it took some time to select the perfect date. There are a few things to take into account when deciding this:
First, narrow down the calendar. Is there a season that feels best? One that means something to you as a couple? Maybe you met on a beach during spring break or while on a walk in the park with leaves falling around you. Or maybe you dreamed of a winter white wedding and that happens to be a less stressful work season when you can take off. This is a great place to start.

You could also select a special day if you already have one that you cherish. Either the date of when you met, or an anniversary, or the day that your parents or grandparents were married.
If you are still floundering…there’s another less romantic topic related to saving the date: price. A lot of venues decrease prices for weekday weddings, or wedding resort packages might be more appealing during the lull of travel season. Think about this, if it’s peak travel season and everyone is off doing fun things, it will likely be more expensive.

And last but not least…just look at a calendar and choose something! We chose a day with no prior significance…it just happened to fall on a weekend during the time of year that we wanted, and it sounded good. No matter what, this will be YOUR day of love forever! Don’t put too much pressure on it. Having a date is extremely helpful because it will allow you to plan and have a schedule to work against.

With love,

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How to Select Your Wedding Theme

One thing I’ve been thinking about lately is how a couple decides upon their wedding theme. Some can range from so generic and right out of a wedding magazine to really eccentric and off-the-wall. The tips that I have for you are the following:

  1. First consider your location. Is there something about your wedding venue that makes it easier to either apply a theme or discard a theme? For example, I had always envisioned a peacock themed wedding. I love the colors and think it could be a really vibrant and pretty experience. However, when we would be getting married at the beach, this made absolutely no sense!
  2. If you do get married somewhere like the beach, for example, don’t feel forced to do something so straightforward as a beach theme. We ended up doing more of a nautical-travel theme and tied in some really personal elements. There’s no reason why you can’t slant a certain idea to make it more meaningful and true to who both of you are.
  3. Is there something unique that both you and your fiancé do, are passionate about, or equally love? This could be a variety of things. Baseball? New York City? Travel? Donuts? Coffee? Reading? Of course you need to widen some of these ideas to work as an actual theme but it could give you a great starting point.
  4. Think about your relationship and the story of how you came to be you and he. Some of the best weddings are ones were guest walk away feeling like they know the couple even better than when they walked in. If there is something about your love story that makes it really truly unique, think about how to tie this into the theme. Maybe each of you have different cultural backgrounds and family traditions or met in a unique place. This can be a great place to start.
  5. Don’t forget the weddings that you’ve gone to or have seen on TV/online. Would have been some of your favorite themes? What would you have changed about them to make them more personal? Or is there a theme that you really hated? You’ve got to start somewhere! Use this as fuel for your brainstorming.

Hope this helps! Happy planning.

With love,

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Five Tips to Become an Organized Bride

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When it came to planning my wedding, I knew that my natural instincts would come in handy. I am detail-oriented and am called the “process queen” by people I work with…because how can you stay organized and on track with ANYTHING without a process in place?! But what if you aren’t this way, or you instinctively are, but you just have too much going on to keep the planning on track.

More and more brides these days are planning their own weddings, without having a wedding planner on call for all of the details. Some have more of a hybrid approach, where they hire wedding support consultants for a specific area (like decor) or running the day-of events. Either way, it’s going to be crucial to stay on track with all of your tasks!

Here are my tips based on what helped me:

  • As hard as it might be, try not to get overwhelmed! You can not do all things at once so make sure to prioritize. The crucial components (like date and venue) should all be planned first, and the type of candle placed in the church or your first dance song can be selected a little later.
  • Use technology to your advantage. Keeping a notebook can be tough because you’ll probably do your wedding planning throughout your day and in different locations. If you use your phone to stay on track, you’ll always have it with you at a moments notice. If you prefer an in-app experience, The Knot has a great checklist that you can use on your phone. I used the “notepad” section on my phone for hot items because it was more customized to me, and then had a longer to-do list saved on my computer.
  • Organize your tasks by category so you can keep things straight. For example, have a category on your list related to your wedding dress. Note your dates for dress shopping, alteration 1 and alteration 2. Or have a category for your catering so tasks include things like finding a vendor, food tasting, and then menu planning. Also make sure to note any important vendor meetings (especially close to the big day) so you don’t forget anything.
  • Have an accountability partner that can keep you on track (and preferably not your future spouse, but that’s another topic to talk about another day.) A member of your bridal party is a great option because they’ll be involved and invested. Ask these individuals to help you keep things straight by either delegating tasks or working together on large items. Bridesmaids can be GREAT at reminding you to do things, especially as you get closer to the big day, but you need to make sure they’re aware of what you need help with. (And ask nicely!)
  • Celebrate when you cross things off of your list! There will be so much going on around you and a lot of pressure on both the bride and groom to get things done on time. Don’t be so focused that you miss the small moments and milestones along the way. After all, all of these decisions are going to eventually lead into the biggest day of your life! (No pressure!)

Do you have other tips that brides can keep in mind? Chime in with a comment!

With love,

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