..Wedding Planning

January 4, 2016

Photo is of a little engagement package from our wedding planner/designer Paige of Gilded Lily Events.

Happy New Year! It somehow became 2016 in the blink of an eye. It feels like it was just a few weeks ago that I was sipping champs in the grass freshly engaged to my college sweetheart of 8+ years. That was August. One move, one job change, and a lot of contracts later, it's January and I am fully immersed in the terrifying world of wedding planning, which to me can feel a little like the real life hunger games (may the odds of scoring a venue on a Saturday in 2016 be ever in your favor). While I realize many bloggers make it a point to not blog too much about wedding stuff during their engagement, I'm choosing to do it here and there because it's what's currently happening in my life and frankly, I've never really been super traditional in the blogger sense. With the season of engagement behind us, I thought I'd share some things I've learned for anyone who is in the same boat AND for people who are the friends/family of those couples.

1. Everyone will ask you when your wedding is, IMMEDIATELY. This came as a surprise to me. Literally, fifteen minutes after we got engaged that was the number one response. Did they think I had secretly been locking down vendors before this happened? I have no clue, but "we have no idea" was a lot of the conversations we had for six weeks following ours, so if you are that person congratulating a couple, hold off on that question for a while if you can or maybe rephrase to "do you have a season in mind?" It made me feel pressure to get planning right away when I probably could have just enjoyed the celebration of it all a little more.

2. Don't bother with those wedding timelines until you book a date. Once you do that I found this one to be really helpful! I like how detailed it was but also how it grouped things into time frames rather than actual dates.

3. If you have it in your budget at all, get a wedding planner/partial planner/day of planner. I was a little overwhelmed by how many different businesses and vendors you have to research to make decisions but if you start with a planner a lot of that can be reduced as they have a great list of trusted ones right in your area already.

4. Invest in a great agenda. You have so many meetings, visits, appointments coming up this year, you will be so happy you did. I use this one and love it!

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