Make reservations ahead of time! That way I can plan what outfit I will wear and pick out something for my fiancé that will match it quite nicely. On the day of the date, I like to build anticipation by sending him texts and dropping hints throughout the day.
I'm down for a good time as long as we're together and I look cute--after all, we are engaged now so I have to look my best everywhere we go! The shoes, the purse, the necklace- they all make my outfit complete.
Plan ahead…to make sure it fits in the budget. We are planning our wedding, so I want to make sure all other activities are fitting into the budget we set. The restaurant and activity that fits best wins!
I have to ask my fiancé for his opinion first. Even when I am in charge of planning everything, I just really want to make sure he has a good time so I always ask what he is in the mood for.
Trusting someone else to take care of all the details I've so carefully put together. I've put a lot of thought into this, so I just hope my coordinator can live up to my expectations!
That my guests are as in love with the designs I've selected as I am. I have been dreaming about this for a while now and I have a vision. Just hope everyone can appreciate it.
Going over budget. I have a tracker I update every time I pay a vendor to make sure we are at or under our budget goals. Sure hope the open bar doesn't put us over our limit...
I think you mean to ask…'What am I NOT concerned about'? I have so many concerns, I really don't know where to begin. Everything from making sure my guests are entertained to making sure the vendors deliver on what they've promised. Mostly, I want everyone to have a good time.
Everything is going according to plan--and that's how I like it! I'm organized, the inspiration is flowing and we are on track with our budget…perfect.
I've dreamt about my wedding at least 5 nights in a row this week. I can picture every single detail. I still have to do research to find the vendors that can deliver exactly the way I want it, but I have visualized everything from beginning to end.
I have started using some planning tools to keep me organized and on schedule. I have a monthly calendar that tells me what needs to be done this month, but as far as selecting flowers and linens, I'm stuck. Oh and let's not talk about the fashion and decor…procrastination setting in with those areas.
I always thought about how organized and calm I would be while planning my wedding. But now that I am actually engaged, I feel a little disoriented and have a little trouble making decisions. I ask my bridesmaids their opinion on everything!
I have four favorite stores. I'll go with them to all the others, but I know my style to the tee and where to get the best deals for my frame and style.
I like to give myself a challenge. I'll pick out a really cute necklace and build an entire outfit around it.
I give myself a spending limit and try not to spend it all in one place. I also research as many coupons and sales as possible before hand.
I need one of my friends to wait by the dressing room door while I try on my selections. I just can't bring myself to purchase anything without their opinions first.
I find out which vendors will be in attendance before hand and make a visit to their websites. The ones that I like are the first booths I visit when I get to there. While at the show, I make appointments with the vendors I make an instant connection with.
I Instagram pictures of all the latest bridal trends in fashion, linen, floral arrangements, lighting and cakes. When I get home, I'll spend the rest of the weekend incorporating this new inspiration into my wedding vision.
I research the price ranges of the vendors attending the show before hand. Then, I prepare interview questions for those that interest me most and are within my budget. At the show I visit those booths first so I'm not distracted by all of the other activities going on. Then I'll take a look around for inspiration to get an idea of price. Still haven't decided on any of the aesthetics just yet.
I bring an entire entourage with me to the show. Mom, sister, maid of honor and my two best friends with the biggest personalities and most honest opinions. I would hate to get there and be overwhelmed by too many options.
Committee Chair. I an extremely organized and have a great since of style so selecting decorations, contacting vendors and following up with committee members on tasks would be too easy for me.
I'd be Design Lead. Everything from selecting invitations to centerpieces--I have a gift for picking out elements that go together well.
I'd be the Logistics Lead. I can create spreadsheets to track spending, meetings notes, supplies, and timelines very easily.
The Helping Hand. I follow directions very well and would be a great fit in whichever area the committee needs the most help.
The day after my fiancé and I announced our engagement, I went out and bought a wedding planning binder. It has a calendar, checklist, vendor information and has become my Wedding Bible. I never leave home without it!
Ummm, Pinterest, hello! I didn't realize there were any other tools out there! You can't plan your wedding without good inspiration. I spend hours pinning beautiful photos of BEAUTIFUL weddings.
Microsoft Excel. I really don't see how anyone can plan anything without a spreadsheet. I track finances, to-do lists, and even hyperlinked my favorite planning websites so I can go right to them whenever I need to.
My mom and my matron of honor. If I didn't have these two to share their experiences with me, I'd be lost.
I've been reading a lot of Food and Wine Magazine, so I have a better appreciation for the little details. Presentation of the food, the wine pairing, and the linens. I am also trying to decide on menu card design, so once we finish this appointment, I'll have a clearer picture of how to tie the elements of the meal into the menu card design.
My focus will definitely be on the ability of the chef to create a dining experience for my guests. If the food is not presented exactly the way I've envisioned it, we will have to make some changes to make sure it's perfect.
I am going to focus on how much money per person I could save if we went with the chicken instead of the beef. I hope the chef presents both options because even $2 per person less in the end means huge savings.
I will lean heavily on my fiancé and the caterer for their opinions and advice. I've never done this before, so I have no idea what to expect!
I want to ensure we add pieces that will accentuate the ambiance of each room in our home. I want a warm living room and an entertaining den. I want a spa for a bathroom and a library for an office. So decor pieces that will bring those themes to life will be my number 1 registry requests.
Since I was little I wanted an entraining home. I watch HGTV at least 3x a week and every time I see something really neat, I make a note of it. I'll just take all of those notes with me on our shopping trip and watch my visions for our new home come to life.
I am going go ask the wedding registry host to walk with my fiancé and I through the aisles. This way I won't miss anything tradition says we should have because I don't have a clue what to ask for.
My guests work hard for their money, so I am only going to ask for things we truly need.
Taking the advice of others. I know they are only trying to help, but I have a really good sense of what I want, how much it costs, and what I can afford. I want our wedding to represent who WE are so that's the direction I go with on all decisions made.
Sticking with a spending limit. I am starting to realize that all the visions I've had for the most AMAZING WEDDING EVER is quite expensive. So it has been a challenge getting everything that completes my vision without breaking the bank.
Deciding on a theme for our wedding has been difficult. I have our budget down pact and I am on track with completing my checklist items, but I still haven't picked our wedding colors….
What HASN'T presented a challenge?!? There just aren't enough hours in the day to keep up with my everyday life AND plan a wedding. HELP ME.