Calling all WiO Brides-to-be!
It's wedding season and here I am, Caitlin, the resident wedding guru, author of Tulle Wedding Skirts, and WiO Studio Associate, ready to offer you the perfect wedding planning advice.
We've seen and heard a lot of amazing engagement stories in the studios lately, so it got us thinking about the first steps in planning a wedding and the best advice.
We all know brides are looking to get in tip-top shape for their wedding (enter the amazing Work it Out Studios!), but in the midst of all the phone calls, celebratory dinners and new Pinterest boards, we know you're probably thinking "Where the heck do I begin?!" That's where I come in, along with a couple recent WiO Brides, for our top advice. Everyone, including myself, has different ideas and tips. Read through the top 7 things to really think about when you get engaged and choose whatever works for you.
1.So first things first, you're engaged! Congrats! Soak it all in. Stare at your hand – and stare again, and again (It’s still there). Drink that champagne. Just enjoy it!
1a. Get your ring resized, if need be. Trust me, you’re not used to it yet, so your finger won’t feel weird without it there – and it will just be a couple of days. You won’t want to give it up later on. Need a local jeweler? I'd recommend W. Kodak Jewelers right on Newark Street.
2. Take your time. There’s no sense rushing into planning and making any quick decisions.
3. Make a guest list. In a perfect world, who would you want to be there? You can’t pick a venue without knowing about how many people you’re going to invite.
4. Discuss your budget, your ideas, your likes & dislikes. It’s good to get on the same page – and know what elements of the wedding are important to you both.
5. Research venues. Make appointments to check them out. Discuss what you each like/dislike about each venue. Narrow your choices down.
5a. If you’ve decided you want to get married in a place of worship, make sure its available and the venue you are interested in are available on the same date.
6. If there are vendors you already know you absolutely want to have (say a photographer or a band), cross-check their availability with the venue’s availability to help narrow down a date. If you haven’t researched those vendors yet, don’t stress! There are plenty of vendors out there to choose from - and it can all be very personal. But if you're looking for photographers right in Hoboken check out Marie Papp and Studio A Images. Then, pick the date that works best for you and your fiance – whether that’s based on the time of year, work schedules or other family obligations.
7. Set the date!! And then call and email your VIP’s to make sure they mark their calendars!
When Diana Zetterstrom and Danielle LaMonica were featured as WiO Brides they each had their own personal advice to share with the WiO Community and surprisingly each of them believed in the same things - delegation and just breath, don't worry about everything!
Diana had top three points of advice to alleviate the stress of planning:
- Hire a wedding planner, especially for day of
- Make/allow your future husband to make some decisions
- Don't sweat the small stuff
Danielle believed it was important to remember to enjoy the moments!
- Don't get too overwhelmed with all the details. Plan a list of "to do's" in order of importance, and take on one thing at at time. You may not get to every little detail on your to do list so that's why prioritizing is important.
- Delegate! Don't be afraid to ask for help or ideas, but make sure you are specific with the way you want things.
- Go with your gut and stick with your vision. It's so easy to second guess the choices you've made, but know it will be the best day of your life and will turn out how you always dreamed.
- Make sure to save some "us time" with you and your fiance (or family members) where no wedding talk is involved. It's so easy to let the planning consume your life, and it's important to remember why you got there in the first place!
- You need to be prepared to let the day pan out how it does, things wont go 100% as planned but no one will notice the little mistakes (not even you) so just roll with it.
- Enjoy this time! It's such a big celebration and will be gone before you know it, leaving you to talk about it for the rest of your life =)
Stay tuned for more darling WiO Bride posts and news that you can use when planning a wedding. And don't hesitate to ask me anything if you see me in the studios!