The First 5 Things I Did to Plan Our Wedding

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:

  1. Secure this location
  2. Hire this photographer
  3. Hire this caterer (who ended up doing it for the cost of food because she’s AMAZING)
  4. Create, print and mail invites
  5. 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!

One thought on “The First 5 Things I Did to Plan Our Wedding

  1. Dearest April, what a treat to check email before I go to bed and find out you are here with me, awake with me anyway. I pray that your wedding and your life with Josh will be a blessing to you both and to all those around you at the beginning and the middle and the byways of your journey. Keep your eyes and hearts focussed on HIM, our Savior and Good Shepherd, and you will be just fine. I love you dearly, MoM.

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