Wedding Planning

340 Days To Wedding Day: DIY Projects

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Still many many many days away! But that’s okay because all of this time is giving me the opportunity to plan for as much DIY as possible for the Wedding Day. One of the reasons Corey and I are putting the wedding off until 2018 is monetary (we’re trying to buy a house) and because of that I’d love to save as much cost as possible for the big day! So why not try to do as much as I can on my own?! So, on a regular basis, I turn to Pinterest. Follow along with my wedding boards here.

One of the most exciting things that I’m trying to learn will be a huge help for so many DIY projects when the time comes! Calligraphy and/or Modern Script. From invitations, save the date cards, place cards, signs, etc, Calligraphy is an elegant feature that could become quite a hefty cost if you were to commission it. So why not learn how to do it yourself? Truthfully…I thought this was going to be a lot easier. (more…)

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392 Days to Wedding Day: Engagement Pic Outfits

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Its been a while since I last updated you on the wedding planning. You can find the last post here where I told you I was going to lose weight….yeah. I’ve lost 24 pounds since ordering my wedding dress and it is three sizes too big. Apparently it’s too late to order a new size. I’m looking forward to how that turns out and I’m ready to fight if I have to (they wouldn’t listen to me when I wanted a smaller size).

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….ANYWAYS! Moving on. In less than a month the wedding will be exactly 1 year away! We have the photographer, the caterer, the venue, the bar, the dress, the wedding party! Still lots to do but excitingly we have our engagement photos coming up!! I’ve never stressed so much about my outfit choice though! I want to make sure the focus isn’t on what we are wearing but on us. It seems easy for Corey, but what about me? We’ll be by the water so I want something flowy, but simple. I’ve been browsing online and have created myself a simple little wishlist.

Dresses and/or skirts from places like H&M, RW&CO, Zara, and some great searching at Saks Off Fifth and HR2.

What do you think? I need some help my friends!

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Putting Your Guests At Ease On Your Big Day

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We’ve all been to a wedding where we’ve felt a little uncomfortable and out of place. And when it comes to planning our own wedding we want our guests to feel at ease and have a great time. Check out these simple ways to break the ice and spoil your wedding guests.

  1. Scrap The Receiving Line

Receiving lines are uncomfortable at the best of times. They’re uncomfortable for the bride and groom’s parents who may not know everyone, and they’re uncomfortable for the guests. There’s always that tricky moment as you approach the line and you wrack your brain for something funny or meaningful to say.

When working through your wedding plan, instead of the formal line consider some of the following modern approaches:

  • Create a line with the bride and groom only; this is more comfortable as between them, they will know all of the guests
  • Congregate at the entrance of the venue with cocktails or champagne and the bride and groom can mingle
  • Informally greet guests as they arrive at the reception
  • Have the bride and groom walk around each table and chat with their guests
  • Set up a booth during the evening where the couple can have an informal chat with their friends and family
  1. Set Up A Photo Booth

Photo booths are a great way to break the ice at weddings. They’re informal, funny, and silly. Guests are encouraged to use the props and create their own scenes. Look for a professional company like Booth Boy and provide your guests with hours of fun. The resulting photos make a great memento of the day.

  1. Provide Entertainment

Often the awkward moments occur as guests are waiting. They may be waiting to enter the venue or waiting to be seated for the wedding breakfast. Lighten these moments by providing some entertainment. Magicians will work the crowd and wow people with their tricks. Singers and musicians also make welcome distractions.  

  1. Be Inclusive

Make sure you consider everyone in your celebrations. Your young friends and coworkers may love to dance all night to your fave rock tunes. However, it might be a little much for some of your older guests. So provide a range of activities and set up some quieter areas for those who may just like to chat or sit quietly and enjoy the evening.

  1. Provide A Hashtag

Provide guests with a hashtag so that when they take photos and share them on social media, everything can be collated and accessed easily. This also allows guests to become familiar with some of the other people who are at the event.

  1. Photo Boards

Photo boards are a great way for people to get to know the bride and groom and their romance. Expand this a little and include photos of the couple with family and friends. Captions will identify everyone involved.

Everyone wants a beautiful wedding that they can look back on in years to come. They want to do something a little bit different to everyone else and add their own personal flair. Make sure you include your guests in this. It’s not just a day for the happy couple. It’s a day for family and friends to gather together and celebrate this happy union.