How Do I Re-Plan My Wedding?

May 27, 2020 in Early Stages - No Comments

“Seriously? I have to postpone my wedding all because someone in China decided to eat a bat?”

I don’t know if that’s how all of this started. That’s just what I read on the Internet. But we all know that if it’s on the Internet, it must be true. Right?

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How To Create A Realistic Wedding Budget

Talking about money – especially talking about money with your future in-laws – can be a pretty uncomfortable topic. You might as well be telling them about that time when you got wasted at a frat party freshman year and –

You know what, there’s a chance they could read this. I’m not going to finish that story.

Early in the planning stages of our wedding (when my “planning” process still consisted of “Pinterest”), I decided that our budget was going to be a nice round number of thirty thousand dollars.

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When A Global Pandemic Screws Up Your Wedding

Seriously. A GLOBAL PANDEMIC. I mean, really.

Most brides just have to worry about rain. Or “I hope it’s not too cold that day” or “too hot”. “I hope my dress fits.” “I hope the minister pronounces our names correctly.” For most brides – or at least those who came before March of 2020 – “viral apocalypse” wasn’t high on their list of questions to ask the venue when booking (“Yes, and what’s your refund policy in case of a viral apocalypse where the government enforces a ban on large gatherings?”)

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Everything You’ll Need For Your Wedding Website

If the only reason you’re hesitating to make a “wedding website” is because you “don’t know a lot about computers” – don’t worry, it’s not hard. You don’t have to ask your “tech-y friend” for help. Websites like Zola, Wix, and Squarespace are website builders designed for people who don’t really build websites (aka: people like me who really only use the Internet to buy stuff, watch make-up tutorials, and look up “business casual outfits” on Pinterest – if I can do it, so can you!)

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When Should I Start Shopping For My Wedding Dress?

February 25, 2020 in Attire, Early Stages, Wedding Planning - No Comments

People will get pretty nosy about your dress. Of course they’re trying to be nice, they want to show an interest in your wedding planning – and let’s be honest, your dress is probably one of the more interesting things about wedding planning (besides the whole committing-to-one-another-for-life thing, the dress part is just fun.).

Or at least it’s supposed to be. It’s supposed to be fun. But, as brides, we just have to make everything complicated, don’t we?

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How To Compromise When It Comes To Wedding Planning

It was early in the planning process – like way too early, we’re talking maybe a month after he proposed – when I questioned myself on whether or not I was being a “Bridezilla”.

First of all – can we finally banish the whole “Bridezilla” title? A bride is not a malicious creature with fangs and claws who eats people and climbs buildings like a squirrel. This is the equivalent to calling any woman with an opinion “too bossy” or “too loud” – it’s 2020, you should be allowed to have a specific opinion about your own wedding.

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the first 10 things you need to do right after you get engaged

January 20, 2020 in Early Stages, Wedding Planning

Getting engaged is fun. Getting married is fun too, but getting engaged feels like gaining access into an exclusive club. Now you can finally start trying on wedding dresses instead of just pinning your favorite “Wedding Inspo” on Pinterest. You can show off your ring in the obligatory “We’re engaged!!” post on social media, and tell everyone about how you were SO SURPRISED! (even if you weren’t, it’s okay, no one really knows the truth except for you.) You can finally start saying things like “my fiancé” instead of “my boyfriend”, and “our wedding” instead of “my wedding” – because now there’s actually a groom. Yay for grooms! Yay for getting engaged!

Of course, it can also be a little overwhelming. Just slightly. After Kyle proposed, and after I said “yes”, and after we immediately popped the champagne that was waiting for us…. something happened. Not anything bad, just… a lull. The excitement was less intense once we’d gotten back into the car to head home. We just got engaged!

….now what?

What do we do now?

“We should call people!” I said eagerly. “Tell everyone!”

“Yes!” He agreed. “Let’s call your parents, and then we’ll call mine!”

So we called my parents, and then we called his. And then we called his sister, and his grandma, and our closest friends, and they all wanted to know about things like “when’s the wedding?” and “where do you think you’ll get married?” and “do you want a big wedding or a small wedding?”

I didn’t know. I mean, Kyle didn’t know either – and we both kept saying things like “uh… I don’t know, we haven’t talked about that yet!” Were we supposed to have answers to these questions? Already? I had no idea. We just got engaged! I was still buzzing from the champagne!

In case you, like me, are overwhelmed and wondering what you’re “supposed” to be doing right after you’ve said “yes!” – below is a list of the first 10 things you should do right after getting engaged. You may not have your colors picked out yet, but if you can manage these things over the first few weeks, you’ll be ahead of the game.

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The Early Stages of wedding planning

January 5, 2020 in Early Stages, Wedding Planning

About three months after you get engaged, something happens. The first two months are all about celebrations and “Congratulations!” and people telling you how happy they are for you. You’ve found your person. The one who’s agreed to smell your morning breath every day for the rest of your life and kiss you anyway (albeit, sometimes on the forehead. That’s okay.) 

“There’s plenty of time to plan”, people will say. “There’s no rush. Just enjoy it!” 

“Just enjoy it,” they say. Until the ‘newness’ wears off. Once your friends and family have already heard the story about ‘how he did it’ and ‘where he did it’ and “did you know? Were you surprised?” – the conversation gradually fades during the upcoming months into questions about dress shopping and guest counts and napkin colors.

Napkin colors. Did you know that it’s possible to have a ten minute conversation about napkin colors? I didn’t. Until it happened the other day when I was asked about “my vision” and “were these napkins going to work with that?”

I mean… they’re still napkins, right? If I spill something, these will be the things used to clean it up? Okay. Just checking. 

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