Wedding Wednesday ; Organized Wedding Planning

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Planning a wedding is an extraordinary experience and being the bride-to-be is so much fun but things can certainly get a bit overwhelming during the wedding planing process. The way I see it – you’re only a bride once in your life so you better make the best of it!  It’ll be the most overwhelming, fun, crazy, new experience and you need to make sure you enjoy it!  I can say that as irritated as I may get with certain aspects of wedding planning, thus far I have thoroughly enjoyed it!  I’m not sure if it’s because I went to the Rosen School of Hospitality for Event Management or because I have a vision of EXACTLY what I want for my wedding but it’s not as “not enjoyable” as some friends have said it would be. Trust me when I say that staying organized will absolutely assist in keeping the wedding planning process fun and running smoothly! So let’s get into my tips for organized wedding planning!

The Binder

Before you even get started; get yourself a 1 inch binder, I put a photo of Jeff and I on the cover along with our preferred date.  Remember Pinterest is your friend and there are so many pins of printable wedding packets that are perfect for wedding binders.  I was able to print out a budget, sheets for bridesmaids and bridal dresses, appointments, wedding invite lists, venue sites and much more and of course I have it separated by vendor department- Venue, Ceremony, Reception, Food and Beverage, Music, Photography etc.  This binder has been my wedding planning bible and will certainly be yours!  Once all vendors have been settled on you can take your binder, minimize the information in it and hand it over to your day of coordinator!

Payment Schedules  

You may not think about it but you don’t want to end up having to pay all your vendors within the same week- between a $10,000 venue/F&B Minimum, a photographer, floral, musicians etc things get very expensive!  Payment schedules are a must and when speaking with vendors be sure to inquire on a payment schedule.  Most vendors will tell you there is a deposit due at contract signing and the balance will be due within 2 weeks of the event.  If they don’t provide you with a payment schedule – look at the information provided and create your own payment schedule for each of your vendors.  This allows you to make payments month by month and not be hit with a giant bill the month before you say I do!

Have Your Checklist

A checklist is something you absolutely need.  I printed my checklists courtesy of The Knot and they are so helpful (especially because I haven’t done this before)  Between my super organized mother and my checklist I know exactly where I should be in the planning process!  The checklist will assist you in knowing 12 months out you should have these tasks done, 9 months out, 3 months out etc. I’ve always been a visual person and having the breakdown in front of me in the form of a checklist makes it so easy for me to ensure things are moving along nicely.

 

If you’re a bride-to-be I hope this helps and I’d love to hear how you’re staying organized!

Image Credit: https://thebridelink.com/inspiration/2015/06/all-white-wedding-inspiration

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Wedding Wednesday Engagement Photos

Jeff and I have been engaged for just over a year now and we’ve checked quite a few things off of our Wedding To Do List. We found the venue and booked it!  I got my dress and my shoes, I’ve proposed to my bridesmaids (and he found his groomsman) and put together a look for each of them, and even designed and ordered our Save the Dates, (they’re in a box in my bedroom waiting to be sent out) BUT the one thing everyone has been pushing us to do that we honestly haven’t done yet is take Engagement Photos.

I know all you brides out there are probably shaking your head thinking what are you doing and what are you waiting for but truthfully it just hasn’t been something on my radar. I’ve gone back and forth so many times about what I want to do for our engagement photos. First I wanted to do very fairytale like photos in the Botanical Gardens, then I thought how fun to take photos in the graffiti covered venue where we met, then my thought was we can take super couture photos in one of the few museums here in Orlando.  I’ve definitely been pretty scattered with my thoughts on our engagement photos but ladies I think I’ve figured it out!

Back in December (only a year and half after our engagement) my brother is getting married in beautiful Saint Augustine during the Night of Lights!  Jeff and I went up with my family last year during the night of lights to tour his venue and find the house we’ll be staying in for the weekend.  Last night I thought ; being there for 4 days we should definitely have a few hours to sneak away to the Lightener Museum and take some beautiful photos one night with all the lights! I talked it over with Jeff and he agrees it would be a beautiful back drop for some amazing photos! I’m beyond excited to start planning it all!

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Now Let’s Get Into This Look!

I want to definitely take my engagement photos in a BOMB outfit. Something that compliments the lights and also isn’t your cliché white sundress, I’ll definitely be in white I think I’ll move toward wearing a dress oppose to a pants look (unless I find a killer jumpsuit) however with wanting to take the photos at night in the light museum area I’m looking for more of a formal or at least a little e more jazzed up dress.  I’ve found a few looks I think would be fun for Engagement Photos so be sure to leave me a comment and tell me which is your fav!

I’m always a fan of House of CB and there are so many looks that would be perfect for our engagement shoot starting with this super sexy starting with this Camora dress!  I love the fitted midi skirt, and the peeking shoulder.

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Its no secret I love Revolve just like pretty much every other girl out there and they have a killer selection of dresses.  This About Us Coco High Slight dress would be a great look for our engagement photos.  Showing just the right amount of leg this dress is super sexy!  I could certainly see this dress with middle part styled sleek hair or even a pony!

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Now I did say that I didn’t rule out the thought of a jumpsuit.  I’m pretty tall and I feel like a good jumpsuit on a tall and slender girl can be super sexy.  I came across this on House of CB that is literal perfection!  Fitted to the body, a little sexy with a plunging neckline and stark white!

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Keeping on the theme of dresses I didn’t want to leave out the idea of a fitted floor length dress.  Again on House of CB, this Merveielle dress is super slender and very sexy.  It could be a fun look for our engagement photos!

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I definitely know which one I’m leaning toward but what are you loving?

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Wedding Wednesday ; Bridesmaid Proposal Boxes!!

In my opinion, something that makes your wedding so special is the people you’re sharing the moment with, and I’m not talking about those invited attendees I’m talking about the ladies in your bridal party! Those girls who you know will be there to relieve some stress, have a little fun and of course hold your dress while you use the bathroom.  Of course when asking those ladies to be a part of not only your special day but also your special year (planning) it should certainly be done with love and with some fun! When I went on to choose my bridal party it was honestly a no brainer- I have the best friends and they all would serve a perfect part in my big day.  So I feel pretty accomplished because  finally put together and sent out my bridesmaid proposal boxes! I’m so happy I finally talk about it because the boxes should’ve been delivered today! Ladies this was such a hassle because I wanted to do something cute but I didn’t want to do the typically mini bottle of champagne and nail polish.  I wanted it to be different, memorable and totally me so what I decided to do was all 3! With more than half my girls living in different cities (and states) than me I knew I would need something that would transfer well.

Anyone who knows me knows I’m such a fan all things smell good, from perfume, to candles and room and linen sprays. Now I certainly wasn’t going to buy the ladies a perfume ( with allergies this could be terrible) so I decided to put together the perfect room smell good kit! The Bridesmaid Proposal boxes are filled with gold, black and white stuffing ( my wedding colors), the ceramic plug in which is in its box and bubble wrapped (each girl got a different one) the melting wax in different scents and a bottle of room spray! If you haven’t heard of Scentsy then I urge you to do a little research!  Scentsy is a brand that makes not only rooms prays but plug in candles and scented wax, and the best part about the plug in is it’s not a real flame, it’s a light bulb that melts the wax! Super cute and each girl got a different design and a different scent! I wanted something to be super personalized for each girl so I decided that I would get personalized cards made with each girls name and our wedding hashtag #foreveruknighted in gold foil because nothing says “Danielle” more than gold foil and stationary!  Each girl’s card has a poem as well as the big question! Will You Be My Bridesmaid, Maid of Honor, Matron of Honor? I like the idea of that personal touch and something that the girls can keep forever should they have a card box like my sister!

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I went back and forth with ordering cute boxes for the packages but in the end ladies it’s going to be packaged inside of a USPS or FedEx box and I thought I want them to open the package and immediately be hit with the stuffing so I decided to package them right in the USPS packages with the personalized cards right on top! I completely understand the want for that cutesy stuff but you’re planning and possibly paying for a wedding, your friends won’t be mad at the packaging! And if they are they probably shouldn’t be in your bridal party (just saying!) Anywhoo I’m so excited for the girl’s to all get their boxes today and I’ll be back to update you on the reactions ( I know they’ll love them)!

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