It is finally the new year, and with only 9 months to the wedding it is becoming apparent that serious "on paper" planning is a MUST DO. So what's on my check list 9 months out?
First is picking the date and creating your guest list! The official date is important to choose early because it not only sets the rest of your bookings in motion, it also needs to incorporate the needs of important family members who you really want to attend. In order for people to request time off to go to your wedding, they need to know when it is! My matron of honor (aka "Dutchess" as she wants to be called as a young married woman haha) told me her husband was going to be in a friend's wedding the same month as mine and was frantic because she thought it was going to be at the same time! Examples like this are why choosing a date early (and before putting deposits down) is important.
Next up: Setting up a Budget. In order to do all the things that follow, you need to set a budget. Without a budget to follow, or at least guide you, you will set yourself up for failure. Without something to give you an idea of what you want to splurge/save on (or how many guests you can afford!), you can end up spending too much money on one thing, and then not have enough later on for something else you find yourself saying is a *MUST DO.*
With a budget in mind, it's time to think LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION. I did my checklist a little out of order here, because my first idea after getting engaged was to have my reception at home which doesn't need booking. However, since our wedding will be at a residence, we have to think of rentals to make our home a hot wedding spot. Will we be ordering a full tent rental, or just tables and chairs to put inside? For a home reception, the type of venue you want to *create* is what is important. Think about how you want to set the scene and the type of ambiance you want to create with your guests. (Final decisions on this are coming soon after discussion with my fiance!)
Now that your venue has been considered, what about how you arrive looking to said location? That's right: it's also time to look at wedding dresses! Although plenty of brides look smashing in white gowns, white is just not for me. I want something fun and daring that I can wear more than once! I personally do not see spending thousands of dollars on a big white gown that will end up sitting in my closet for the next few decades collecting dust. I don't hate on those that want to live the fantasy- you do you and look fabulous honey! xoxo For me personally though, I'd rather walk down the aisle in a vibrant Marchesa Notte, Nha Kahn, Sachin and Babi, etc. which will then be a gown ready to go for other people's weddings and galas! Full post on the wedding dress choosing process will be coming soon.
Now to chat with my fiance so I have details for you on my next post ;-)
Ta Ta for now!