Wedding Planning for the Uncoordinated
- Last updated on June 16, 2011 at 4:09 am
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Since we have had almost a 3 year engagement, I didn't get overly excited about planning the wedding for a long time. Sure, as soon as he asked me I started checking out wedding dresses, but that quickly faded. Everything was just too much money, and it was too far away to start thinking. HA....
(my inital inspiration board, in 2009)
We decided on Labor Day weekend 2011, this was back in December of 2009 when we finally picked a date. I started calling a few places to get some ideas for the budget, and we quickly discovered that nearly EVERYTHING we wanted for that weekend was booked!! We were floored. It was a quick initiation into the crazy world for wedding planning, that's for sure!
With the chilling thought that we were way behind on everything, I quickly jumped into action. We had to push the date back a week and ended up on 9-10-11, which we thought was pretty funny. Within a week I had the ceremony and reception site, photographer and DJ booked. Not long after that we decided on a cake person and the bridal party. Whew! That meant we had almost two years to really work out the details and take our time putting it all together. Once that initial burst was over, we really weren't that excited. There was just so much we couldn't do that far out. And since we are financially taking care of almost everything ourselves, we really had to be budget conscious. Having the time to really decide what was important to us has been a huge help. (Sure, I really want the wrought-iron garden chairs at the ceremony, but black is $2 cheaper a chair and they will be just fine!)
(We are getting married outside this gorgeous B&B we booked for the weekend, on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi)
Flash forward to 3 months before the big day, and I'm finding a TON of stuff I want/need to do, and I'm really starting to love it! I credit PW entirely with giving me the courage and the inspiration to DIY a lot of stuff and go for ideas I may never have thought of otherwise! (Pomanders, blingy shoes and DIY invitations just to name a few!)
My favorite color is limegreen, anyone who knows me quickly realizes this! So naturally my wedding will have green incorporated.
I am having my BMs in apple green dresses with stargazer lillies and dark pink roses, and that theme will be carried throughout. Even though the wedding is in the fall, I don't care for fall colors so I'm doing what I want. Pink and green it is!
I so do NOT have an eye for decorating or accessories or anything that would come in handy when putting a wedding together, but I'm trying :) Our cake is going to the same shade of apple with pink ribbon and accents in the flowers the BMs will carry.
(The FG dress, and the BM dress in a different color)
(inspiration for the cake) (My dress!)
(Original inspriation for my bouquet, I knew I wanted to add some pink accents.)
Overall, I'm not sure what you would call our wedding style. Jake is very laid back and keeps telling me that I should do what I want and he knows that whatever I come up with will be great. I see all these pictures of elegant tablescapes and cute candy bars, ice sculptures and rose petal aisles and I admire those girls so much!! As much as I love so many of the ideas I see here on PW, I will never be able to pull it off! Either I just don't have the DIY chops or it's way out of my price range, but I'm slowly pulling together a simple, cute wedding that incorporates a few of my visions, and we are doing it all for right about $8K. Not bad for a non-creative gal on a budget!!