Jul 21, 2012


Short on Time/Gerri's Fabulous Wedding

My name is Gerri and my fiance is Stephen, and our wedding date is set for July 21, 2012. 

I was born and raised in Miami, while Stephen is a native of Nigeria. We have been together for 5 1/2 years (would you believe we met in a club) and by the time we get married it will be shy one month of our sixth anniversary (yeah, about time). I'm an accountant and Stephen is a civil engineer, the bad thing about this is that we are both self employed, believe me when your planning a wedding and a future together, this is not the greatest since it's up and down, but the good thing is that there is a lot of flexibility. A little about us, I'm a workaholic, more out going but a little hint of conservatism. I love to travel (my profile picture, that's me recently during my trip to Lisboa, Portugal), work hard/play hard, while Stephen is very easy going, down to earth, loves kids  has his moody moments; and a home body (he is made to be a family man), which is why I love him so much, but I'm going to infect him w/my love of traveling. I've been working on that, and rather than take one honeymoon, I am going to schedule 4 honeymoon trips during our first year of marriage, one every quarter, if we can do more I will. I already have one booked, I just purchased a 5 day 4 night stay at Negril Treehouse one of my friends property in Negril, Jamaica, good for up to one year off of LivingSocial, can't wait!    

I am in Miami right now and the weather is perfect, one of the luxuries of living here, which is why we are tying the knot in Miami. At least half of our guest list will be out of towners, so keeping it here is a good idea because it will be a great wedding destination for our guest as well, which is important to us. If you have any thoughts, ideas, tips or guidance on how to plan a spectacular wedding without breaking the bank in such a short period of time, please share, because I would love to hear from you. I am a little bit overwhelmed, I attribute this to the fact that the only planning done thus far is securing the ceremony site (Holy Family Catholic Church) and officiant, and my fiance has been out of the country and will not return until February 2012 (he's here now!!!). This does not leave us with a lot of time to plan this fabulous and spectacular wedding by July and within budget.   

Good luck with your planning ladies and please share with me on ideas on how to have this wedding in Miami by July!

I figured out my style, it's got to be a classic elegance type feel but with a little twist, not sure how to get that but working on that now. I don't want to get to much into a theme because I am not that creative or crafty and seems like to much work, but I was thinking along the lines of incorporating East meets West to symbolize, US/Haitian meeting Nigerian/African, a way to include our culture, where our parents are from without it looking tacky with a bunch of flag colors. Right now, I'm trying to work on how to incorporate this. (Most of my profile is private, just send me a friend request and I will add you on, thanks!).

(4) Comments

If you need any advice or help for the Nigerian aspect i'd be glad to help-) What tribe in Nigerian is Stephen from? Apm2012 is another PW bride that would be able to help you.

Ditto What Mrsnelson said if you need any help don't hesitate to contact me!! Happy planning

Sounds good mrsnelson12, I will definitely reach out. Love your venue!

I am a Miami bride getting married in July as well. If you need help let me know, happy to give some advice!