Congratulations, you're engaged! This is such an exciting time in your life...but where do you start?
Don't worry, I am here to help :). Many of you may not know that not only am I a bride to be, but I am also a full time event planner. Armed with my event planning knowledge and experience as a newly engaged person, I am going to break it down for ya.
Step 1: Celebrate! Take some time to show off that new left hand bling! Pop some champagne, clink some glasses and take really cute and cheesy photos with your besties.
Sept 2: Secure the bling. If your ring is feeling a little loose be sure to take it into your retailer and get it re-sized, this is something you definitely don't want to lose. Most stores will do this for free and if they don`t feel you need it to be adjusted, they are usually pretty honest about it. You want your ring to fit comfortably, not squish your finger and not be spinning around. If you are able to take your ring off without a lot of effort but it is still catching slightly on your knuckle, you are in business.
Step 3: Start Pinning..if you haven't already. I know many girls in this day and age have a curated collection of wedding inspiration long before they are actually planning their wedding. If you haven't already created your Pinterest board, this is the time to start. If you have already created a board, this is the time to whittle down the links you have pinned and try to focus in on a clear idea of what you want your wedding to look and feel like.
Sept 4: Start a preliminary guest list. I know you may be asking why this is so high on this list and trust me I was a bit apprehensive when my mom said, the day after I got engaged, that we needed to start putting together our list of invitees. Although this may not seem like a top line item, this list will not only determine the venues you can choose, but it may also determine the date you will have your wedding. I cannot tell you how many women I have worked with who have planned their wedding date around one or two key friends or relatives who are either traveling from afar, or have very tight work schedules.
Step 5: Budget. Crunch those numbers and figure out exactly what you want to spend, then stick with it. Finances are often sited as the number one reason for divorce, so get that conversation going early and try to be as realistic as possible. You and your partner, along with any family members who are contributing all need to be in agreement about who pays for what and how much they are willing to pay before you start purchasing items and booking vendors. There are some awesome budget planning tools out in the market today; my favourite is through WeddingWire, you can register your wedding here, set up a wedding website (we still need to do this), manage your invitation list, look for vendors etc. Basically it's a one-stop-shop for your wedding planning needs.
Step 6: Book your venue. Once you have decided on the general feel and style of your wedding, as well as the budget and guest list, start doing your research for potential venues in your area. We/I (Josh was on shift) ended up seeing about 5 venues (I would text him photos throughout the day). I would highly suggest you bring someone with you who is level headed and can keep track of the details, you may find yourself a little overwhelmed by all the details. Also bring a list of questions (thanks to my future mother-in-law for this) and a notebook with you to keep track of details, ask the venue to provide a breakdown of costs and a general quote for a wedding with the approximate number of guests. The WeddingWire is also great for this and comes with reviews. If you are in the Toronto area Event Source is a great resource for venue planning. ** A number of venues in the GTA are already booking into 2016 and some are almost filled up; if you are engaged and looking for a venue don't wait **
Step 7: Pick the wedding party. These people will play a key part in the success of your wedding day. We are still in the works of officially asking our wedding party so more to come on that later.
Step 8: Engagement photos. This part is so fun! You get to show off that beautiful bling and be totally cheesy and cute for the world to see. There are plenty of Pinterest suggestions for outfit planning for your engagement photos. My one key recommendation would be to dress like the best version of yourself. This is not the time to try the latest fashion trend or hairstyle; these are photos that you will want to last a lifetime so classic, timeless pieces are what to look for.
Step 9: Pick your officiant. As we have been attending the same church for a number of years, we know who we would like to be our officiant, but still need to get that conversation going. I would highly suggest having an officiant who knows you both and has been involved in your relationship; this will make for the most intimate and meaningful ceremony. If you don't have that option, be sure to meet with your officiant at least a couple of times before the big day and get to know each other.
Step 10: Start your wedding website. We have yet to do this as we will be signing off on our contract with our venue this weekend. Once the t's are crossed and i's are dotted we will get started on our site and provide more information to our friends and families. Again, WeddingWire will be able to set this up for you once you have registered your wedding; be sure to check it out!
I hope this first wedding post helps you find your starting point for your wedding planning. If you have any questions or comments shoot me an email or leave a message in the comments section below, I am always happy to provide event planning guidance. Thanks for reading xo!
As Josh and I watch our condo be (slowly) built, I have been growing more excited about the potential of this blank canvas. I have always lived with my parents, and we have been in the same house for the past 20 years. Although my parents have been great about giving me creative freedom with my room, I am so thrilled to have a space of our own that we can design and style as we please.
Since we signed for the condo back in December, I have been searching for the perfect pieces for our first home. And as much as I do wish it was ready now and we could get started with painting and decorating, I am very thankful for this time to be able to pick and choose those perfect items to make the space ours. While looking for the perfect pieces, I try to keep Josh in mind and not totally girl out on him. These white pieces, with touches of gold will look clean and stylish in our new space, while keeping us both happy. Thanks for reading xo!
Happy Monday! I hope you all had an amazing weekend; for me it was a total whirlwind adventure! I took Friday off to attend a friends wedding at a beautiful waterfront estate, then was up bright and early on Saturday to head to NYC for fashion week. Even though it was a really short trip, I had the chance to attend the rSNYFW event at the Empire Hotel and boy that did not disappoint! When I saw this Parker NY top (on major sale) a couple weeks ago I fell head over heels in love. I own my fair share of sparkly, sequined, and beaded tops but I have never owned one like this. The quality and attention to detail is second to none. If you're a girl who likes to sparkle and shine like me, Parker NY is where it's at. Thanks for reading, xo!
Today is part two of my back to school wishlist. How stylish of a student would you be in this outfit!? Plus you can transition these pieces from summer to fall, maybe even winter, by simply adding a few pieces. Pull out that chambray blouse for under the dress, throw on a pair of tights with brown leather boots and you are good to go! No joke, I think this might be my favorite outfit ever (my birthday is in two months, hint hint!). If I wasn't saving for our condo I would probably own this outfit already, but for now I will just continue to hardcore swoon over these items and pray that I win the lottery. Thanks for reading!