PART 1 of 2
Since we’re still several months away from the wedding, and the planning is technically not over yet, I’m going to do a 2 part series on the wedding planning experience: during and after!
First Thing’s First – Wedding Planning During a Global Pandemic: 10/10 Would NOT Recommend
First and foremost let’s briefly address the 2020 elephant in the room. Friends, wedding planning is hard. Wedding planning while trying to keep yourself, your family, and your friends from contracting a deadly virus is one of the most stressful life experiences ever. Holy cow. Okay, now that is out of the way, let’s move on to the more general wedding planning dos, don’ts, and things to consider.
Now That You’ve Got the Ring, Give Your Family a Ring
Call the fam! We got engaged one fall evening, and I’ll delve into more detail about that in another post. 😉 Anyway, after we finished taking pictures and joyfully squealing with some of our siblings (who patiently hid behind behind trees and bushes), we hopped in the car to go have dinner. After that, we started making LOTS of phone calls. Most couples do this anyway, but just a reminder for the all-too-giddy to share the exciting news on all the social sites, call your family and tell them first! We made a lot of phone calls to aunts and uncles, grandmas, cousins, etc., to tell them the news because we wanted them to find out from us first.
Picking the color scheme early is certainly something I suggest. You’re going to have to plan A LOT of other details around your colors, so knowing what you want your wedding color scheme to look like early on in your planning process will help tremendously. Dylan and I had a pretty easy time picking which colors we wanted – thank goodness!
When is the Big Day?
Decide on a season! Traditional summer wedding? Pretty autumn wedding with pumpkins and leaves galore? Spring? Or cozy winter? You decide! We wanted to do something a little different, and not too hot, so we are having a winter wedding. Also, make sure you avoid picking a date that falls on family member’s birthday, another anniversary, etc. This doesn’t have to be a huge factor, but it’s nice to double check that not too many special occasions are overlapping.
So, funny story… I bought my dress about 2 months before Dylan proposed. 😀 I don’t recommend that for everyone, but Dylan and I had been together for so long and already made tentative wedding plans that I didn’t see anything wrong with getting ahead of the game! I’m so glad I did! I bought my dress around this time last year, and if I waited until after he proposed I would have probably been looking for my dress during the pandemic. Yikes.
Even though I did not have to look for my dress during the pandemic, I still had to take it in for alterations in the midst of all this craziness. This is a photo of me and my Momma going in for my alterations appointment.
Where in the World?
I’m not going to lie to you, friends, locking down a venue has been a pain in the butt. The level of difficulty involved in finding a location to get married is mainly contingent upon when you are getting married and what your budget looks like. Summer and fall weddings provide you with a lot more location opportunities because you have more indoor/outdoor options. Winter and even early spring weddings can be tricky because you’re limited to indoor only, and some venues are not even open certain times of the year. If you have plenty of wiggle room with your budget, that is a major help in terms of venue options, but it can get pretty tricky the tighter the budget. (Tricky, but not impossible!)
My Biggest Piece of Advice:
I will do a more thorough breakdown of some specifics later (let me know in the comments what engagement/wedding/relationship tips and experiences you’d like me to cover), but for now I will leave you with this important planning tip: You do you. You are going to get questions, comments, criticism, suggestions, and more, coming at you from all different directions. Take all of those things into consideration, but in the end do what you and your fiance want to do!
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