With a year and a half long engagement, and my wedding in the books, here are some tips for all of the soon to be brides. For anyone in the Orlando area, I will link all of the amazing vendors I worked with that I would recommend!
From the second I got engaged I was asked when the wedding would be and such specific details it made my head spin (i’m sure some of you can relate!) It really launched me into pre-planning my wedding even though it was a year and a half away. With that being said, if your timeline allows for it...take a few months to soak all of it in and enjoy the engaged life!
Here is what i’ve learned from going through the planning process to dealing with all things wedding related.
1) If it’s in your budget, hire a wedding planner. When you sit back and look at what you have to do it may not seem all that bad. But keeping up with vendors, designs, payments, and just the overall questions can be exhausting. I am so glad I had a wedding planner to turn to. And the big payoff is when they handle the whole wedding day. My mom and maids of honor were able to somewhat relax because everything had already been handled in advanced by the planner.
2)Take your time. Although not all couples are into the lengthy engagement, i’m so glad we chose to go this route. Yes, the excitement creeps up on you but being engaged for a year and a half was the best decision. This gave us a good 5 months before I even had to start thinking and planning out the details of the wedding. You really get to enjoy the moment.
3) Let your wedding reflect your style. There are so many options out there as to what decor, flowers, table setups, dresses etc. Choose something that will make you and your fiancé happy and something that you will always remember. The best wedding pictures i’ve seen reflected the style of the bride and groom.
4) Dedicate a folder for all financial documents. When I look back and think of people telling me wedding panning would be hard, no one said the financial aspect was the hardest part to keep up with. Yes, there are a lot of decisions that go into planning but keeping up with payments is exhausting! Keep a folder of 3 things: all your deposits, due dates, and receipts. This will make planning SO much easier.
5) Keep a vendor list. Most every vendor you meet with during your planning process will ask who your other vendors are. Keep a list of your vendors names along with their phone numbers. This will help you as well as them.
Shoutout to all of my amazing vendors!
Planner: Kristi from Tickled Pink Brides
Venue: Knowles Memorial Chapel, The Alfond Inn
Photographers: By the Robinsons
Videographer: Brandon Kari
Flowers: Velvet and Twine
Cake: Sugar Suite
Linen Rental: Over the Top
Chair & Tabletop Rental: A Chair Affair
Furniture Rental: RW Events
Sign Decor: The Chalk Shop
Invitations & paper goods: Maureen Hall Invitations
Pianist: Chris Chan with The Entertainment Company