In May, with a fantastic ring on my finger and a wedding date just over three months away, I quickly launched into wedding planning.
While my kids camps and grown-up parties have always been well attended, I quickly realized that wedding planning was far outside my scope of practice. I wasn’t the kind of girl who dreamed about her “someday wedding” and I’d stayed far away from bridal magazines turned pinterest wedding boards. (I have since been busy on a secret pinterest board which I can’t wait to reveal!)
What I did know was that we wanted to throw a great party that honors other people, reflects our shared vision and celebrates this great love. So, being the good bride I am, I launched into those ten page wedding checklists….where I immediately felt like an incompetent loser. The words “maybe we should just elope” did escape my mouth a time or two. I’m not interested in living the American Dream, but somehow I felt pressure to have a wedding like all those checklists demanded.
Luckily, others helped me find my rhythm and do it our way. Now that our wedding day is less than a week away and I’m just doing final touches, I thought I’d bring you into the process. Quite a few of my friends are following suit with short engagements and marriages by the end of the year, so I feel it’s my duty to help brides throw out checklists and concentrate on the important things.
Believe it or not, I only did 5 things in the first 2 months of our 3.5 month engagement:
- Secure this location
- Hire this photographer
- Hire this caterer (who ended up doing it for the cost of food because she’s AMAZING)
- Create, print and mail invites
- Create a wedding website and online registry.
Since our wedding website won’t last much beyond our wedding, I wanted to show you what it looks like and allow you to take a look at our special day. I will post some screenshots for our memories, but feel free to view it live at aprilandjosh.com this week!
If you’re in need of a wedding website, I would highly recommend weddingjojo.com. I picked it because it was the cheapest (I only needed it for three months and I can pay per month), but it ended up giving me a very customized look with a few simple clicks.
It is possible to plan the wedding of your dreams, invite people you know and some that you don’t, and do it without breaking the bank. I can’t wait to share more of the planning with you this week. But mostly, I can’t wait to see how it all turns out on Saturday! Yay! I’m getting married!