Ahh! We got our Save the Dates in from Minted and couldn’t be more excited!! This is all really happening and as soon as we dropped our beautiful Save the Dates in the mail, it became even more real. After we secured our venue in Southern California, the Save the Dates were our next step, so we could let family know to start making plans to come to our wedding. And ordering from Minted was such a breeze, and we ended up with everything we wanted!
Your First Dance at your wedding is a special dance as Husband and Wife. It usually starts off the reception, and gets the party going. Some couples have a song dedicated as “our song”, in their relationship, so you can always pick that as your first dance song… But if you’ve decided to use your special song while walking down the isle, during the ceremony, or some other time, you might not want to re-use it again. Maybe your song just isn’t really a good “first dance song”, so you are searching for the perfect First Dance Song to use for your important dance at your wedding.
“Always a Bridesmaid…Never a Bride.” I’ve been in my fair share of weddings as a bridesmaid, and now its my turn to be a bride! You always hear horror stories of dresses the brides pick out for her bridesmaids, and I have experienced one myself. Sometimes brides don’t necessarily think of their bridesmaids wants when picking their dresses, but now, some brides are much better at allowing their Bridesmaids to choose their dresses or at least give some input. I always wanted to be the bride who let her girls pick a dress they would love and feel beautiful in…and most importantly comfortable. So, when Amsale reached out to work with us, I was over the moon, because I fell in love with their styles, and I could see a perfect dress for each girl.
So I just want to say before I go into bullets that I am very happy with our decision to do the sandals wedding. Our wedding team, our photographer, videographer, and the amazing ladies who did our hair and make up seriously made our day extra special. I have never been to a sandals resort before this but I will definitely be going back and I know that Sandals Grande St Lucian will hold a special place in my heart for the rest of my life. The wedding and the whole vacation itself was life changing and magical. I wouldn’t change it for the world.
1. Embrace the Nerves
My girls and I got ready in the venue and had tons of snacks to eat the morning of, while the others were getting hair/makeup done. It was a very emotional morning, I was sooo nervous and kept crying and shaking… but as soon as we were pronounced husband and wife all my nerves instantly went away!
When I got into my dress, I had only my mom and sisters in the room with me which I loved, and then we did a surprise reveal to my bridesmaids it was a really cute moment!
It’s Wedding Planning time! You got engaged, celebrated and enjoyed the moments, and now you’re ready to plan the best day of your life. If you’re following our wedding planning checklist, it’s time to find your perfect wedding venue.
Your wedding venue can be one of the most important things you will decide on, that will help set the feel for the whole day.
B and I knew right away that we would want an outdoor wedding in Southern California. But, we also didn’t want all inclusive, because we wanted the freedom to plan the day we wanted. So we went searching, and were so excited to find a brand new and upcoming DIY outdoor venue in Southern California, Heritage Hill in Murrieta. We can’t wait to share all the details with you!
1. Accept help!
My wedding was absolutely incredible, and would not have been that way without the help of my family, friends, and even some strangers! I was 1,300 miles away throughout the entire planning process, so allowing help was not an option for me. We didn’t have a coordinator, but everyone pitched in to plan, set up, and tear everything down.
1. Have the wedding that speaks to you.
Canmore Alberta is our favorite cozy mountain town, and getting engaged on the top of a mountain there made it the perfect place for us to get married. With Canmore being an 8 hour drive from home, it likely wasn’t a popular choice at first for many of our family and friends. Once we spotted the venue of our dreams, there was no going back, and we decided we would absolutely NOT settle on a different venue. Having a wedding in our hometown would have been the easy option, but we knew we would look back and regret not having the wedding of our dreams, in our favorite place.
1. Set a budget and Secure your Venue and Photographer ASAP!
The most important step in wedding planning is setting a reasonable budget. There are many apps like “Wedding Wire” and “The Knot” to assist you with budgeting and wedding timelines. Be reasonable with your budget. The worst thing is to start off your new union in debt! When your budget is set, you have an idea of the type of Venue and Photographer you could want for your special day. Do your research but try to book early, as most places are all booked up months or even years in advance.