Wedding Planning for Dummies

As soon as I got engaged people started asking me: how’s the wedding planning process going? Well friends… it’s going. And it probably will continue to be “going” for the next 18 months! Every day I think of (or someone reminds me of) something else I need to do. Someone offers a tip I need to remember, or if I am lucky, gives me a vendor that they have had an amazing experience with.

It’s a lot to handle ladies!wpd-engagement-3

But honestly, there are so many resources out there to help you stay updated & get ideas from, fingers crossed I won’t forget anything.
I have been doing everything I can to take in advise & ideas for my big day, & all of the events leading up to it. There is wedding dress shopping, asking my bridesmaids & maid of honor to be in the wedding, engagement photos, my shower, & of coarse… my bachelorette. And this type A personality isn’t about to let anyone else plan that celebration.

I put together a little list of my favorite resources I’ve been using so far in my wedding planning process below. 18 months is a long time off so I am sure along the way I will find even more. What are your favorite resources from planning your wedding?? Let me know what you’ve used below!

Wedding Dress Shopping
I went dress shopping for the first time this weekend and the first question I was asked was “when you’re looking on Pinterest, what are you drawn to?” What!!? If you asked me three years ago what type of dress I’d want, I would say a-line dress, strapless, with a sweetheart neckline. Three days ago I would say I want a beaded strapped, v-neck dress. Today… I have no idea!! Look at as many dresses as you can, from as many dresses as you can. Your wedding dress consultant is going to be the best person to ask for dress advice. They don’t care what you’re mom wants you to wear, or what you think you want to wear. They care about what is going to fit your body type best & what is going to make your day magical.

Engagement Photos
I literally screen shot a photo probably every day of a background that I love, or a pose a bride and groom are doing. Using other bride & groom’s photos is my favorite resource. That is exactly why I am in love with this active page that the oh so fabulous Wedding Paper Divas came up with on their blog a few months ago. It is perfect to narrow down exactly what type of photo will work for you & you’re hunny. You may even find some location ideas or poses that you never thought of for yourself.

A Bridal Shower
Okay, okay, I don’t think my mom will actually allow me to plan my bridal shower but I am currently in the process of planning one of my girlfriend’s so I am on the lookout for shower ideas too. Center pieces, favors, games, a room full of women. Definitely not something I am used to, so research is necessary. I use Instagram to my fullest potential. Gift ideas, table décor ideas. It’s all on there. Here are some of my favorite accounts: @casadeperrin & @stylemepretty

My Bachelorette Party
This I will be planning. From the day we got engaged, I knew exactly what I wanted from my bachelorette party & I am the type of person that make sure I get the experience I want. I’ve never been to Napa & I know this may come a shock to some of you, but I love wine! So we are going to Napa Valley! Lucky for me, part of my job consists of researching vacations for my clients, so last week when a lady said she wanted to plan a girl’s trip to Napa, I hopped on board. I can’t lie that I asked her to let me know everything about her trip. I want to know their favorite wineries, best places to eat & how the hotel is. Other people are your best resources. They have first had experiences & knowledge of what they are suggesting. And most likely, if they’re suggesting it, it is something well deserved. Take every DJs name, every bakery, & every photographer’s referral seriously & meet with them to see if they fit what you’re looking for.

 

Photo by: Wedding Paper Divas

Engagement Announcements

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I know I am a little late but four months after getting engaged we finally sent out our engagement announcements to some of our family members. We went back and forth about whether or not we were going to go old school & send actual announcements. We assumed that it’s 2016, hello there’s Instagram!

Well no. With both Chris & I being from pretty big families we decided the best way to get the announcement out to our aunts & uncles was a good old fashioned engagement announcement. We have family all over the country & I know it’s a little shocking, but not everyone goes to social media for their latest news on friends & family.

We were lucky to have an amazing photographer friend capture our engagement from a far. You can see some of our photos here. We took advantage of having those great shots, & an amazing deal on Shutterfly to share our amazing day with our family.

I for one am obsessed. I love the work Bryan did on our photos & nothing can hold me back from grey stationary with some amazing photography. I went back and forth about what photos to choose until I finally decided on a variety of a full body shot, close up & my favorite, a beautiful black and white candid. Let me know what you think!

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Happy Friday everyone!! Who’s excited for the weekend?? (Raising hand emoji inserted here.) We have a busy weekend ahead of us. One of Chris’s fraternity brothers is getting married Saturday & it’s always fun to get together with all of his friends. They seem to think they’re still in college so all of us girlfriends & wives-to-be get a good laugh out of making fun of them.

Saturday we will be driving up to Westlake Village for the wedding & then shacking up at a friend’s house in the Valley. A mini getaway is super needed, even if it is just for a night. Then Sunday night we are going to see Jason Aldean which I am super excited for!! Last summer we went to see him at Irvine Meadows & I talked Chris into leaving before the concert even started. I am just not really a fan of those concerts were you are fighting for a spot & everyone is pushing each other. I think I even broke a sandal at that show. RIP.
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Temecula Wedding Venue Recap

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Finding a venue can be one of the most stressful parts of wedding planning. The venue is the answer to so many questions in the wedding planning process. What type of food will you have? Buffet or plated? What is the theme? Will kids be there? What type of food will be served? Next to dress shopping, I would say venue shopping is right up there!

In Southern California I am lucky to have millions of options at my fingertips. We could have a beach wedding, a vineyard wedding, a wedding at an estate or even a wedding in the mountains & not have to go too far. We tossed around a few options. Chris and I both love the central coast so we thought a wedding in Solvang might be perfect. But after a little bit of deliberation (and a few stress tears on my end) we decided that central coast probably wouldn’t be the best bet for a wedding where half of the guests are coming from out of state.

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Engagement Gift Ideas

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We have received an amazing amount of love & support from our friends & family regarding our engagement. It was a weekend full of festivities that we were lucky enough to share with our parents & closest friends.

Lucky for me, a few of my girlfriends are in the same boat as I am, getting engaged & beginning the wedding planning process so we are able to bounce ideas off one another, talk flowers with each other, & celebrate one of the most exciting times of our lives together. Unfortunately for me, my oldest & closest girlfriends live 3,000 miles away. So while a lot of our California friends were able to spend the weekend with us, my girlfriends on the east coast were unable to travel out for the weekend.

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