July is my favorite month in the whole year. But August is starting to creep in there because it kicks off my wedding planning! I am definitely a Patty Planner, so I am going to make sure this is a fun experience for me and everyone involved. I am only hoping I dont make it onto an episode of Bridezillas.
I took the last week relishing the fact that Matt and I are finally engaged. Back story for the new folks. Matt and I met in 2004 at a party in college. He was part of the Target group that I worked with. While friends, we hung out every weekend (in a group) and we always had the same work schedule. The next July 4th, we went down to Florida to stay at his roommates beach house. We were playing some stupid drinking game when I rested my head on his shoulder and something went off. It was like an out of body experience. I said to myself “hmm he is not this big tough guy that he portrays.” I was hooked. And of course the awkward giggling happened EVERY.TIME.I.SAW.HIM. After a few solid weeks of nothing, we started hanging out more and more with fewer friends attached. Around this time I was really unsure of what would happen to us. He was leaving to join the Army. Fast forward 7 years later and here we are.
So now that we are getting hitched, there is a lot of planning to do. I had to breakdown the list by month because there was so much to wrap my head around. Thankfully The Knot did that for me.
To do in August:
Choose wedding date - DONE! June 8, 2013. Originally we wanted March to keep costs down, but my younger sister is still in school and we want her to be part of this.
Research venues – seeing we are picking a busy wedding month, we have to get that narrowed down sooner than later since places might be unavailable
Finalize the budget – Seriously, our budget is tiny. I am not going to reveal the budget until after because there are a lot of naysayers out there thinking I am being completely unrealistic about this.
Finalize the wedding party – DONE! I have known for a long time though. Matt, not so much. He has already asked our friend to be his best man…or really our friend told him he was the best man, lol.
Ask the girls of the wedding party to be bridesmaids – I have a DIY project coming for this. I want to give them enough time to plan and prep.
Begin Guest List – such a daunting task, but I want to get it over with.
Research music options – I am so stuck on what I want to do in regards to music. Band, DJ, Ipod? I dont know how expensive these are, so I need to start looking around. I know this part is going to be drawn out for me.
Start a wedding party Facebook Page – as cheesy as that sounds, I think its a good idea so we can all keep in touch with each other and MUCH easier than sending out trails of emails.
Other things I have already done:
- Picked the colors: Yellow, Navy, and Natural. I am OBSESSED with burlap and that will be a MAJOR part of the wedding
- Bought the ring bearer carrier. Coming in a future post
- Picked a theme: rustic
-If feasible, picked out a theme for our menu. Coming soon
After I broke my lists out by month, I felt a huge weight lifted. There may be a few things on my list I probably do not need to start for another few months, but in taking advice from a few comments from our last post, getting it done earlier is much better. SEE I LISTEN TO YOU!!
I honestly have NO idea what to expect during this process, so more advice is welcome. Expect some posts on things I have made throughout this process (as DIY is a big part of what this blog is supposed to be!).
What elements did you love about planning for your wedding? What did you hate?
Are there things you wish you had done differently?
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