Hey y’all! I am deep into the wedding planning process and wanted to update you on a few things that have helped me stay as stress free as possible when planning a wedding. I have been lucky enough to have lots of friends that have gone through this process before me that have given me advice, vendor recommendations and so much more! I know that there are so many options out there and so little time to decide so I wanted to share who I am working with for our wedding, my favorite places to register and more! Read below for my tips for what you voted to hear more about on my recent insta story poll!
Staying organized amid the chaos:
I am a planner, type A for sure. So this wedding planning season has been pretty fun and enjoyable for me! Not to mention my mom is super talented in decor and design so she has been able to help a lot with our big day. Patrick has also been super helpful and intentional with being involved in the process which has been sooo nice! As far as staying organized with all of the vendors, contact info, due dates and more…I am a strong believer in Google. I use google sheets, google docs and gmail to house all of my wedding plans. I love that you do not have to press save and that it is easily sharable to others. I created a wedding email specific to us that way I do not have to search through different emails to remember where I sent what, it is all under our one wedding gmail! I also use our month of wedding planner, the amazing Kristen Jeremiah with Ivory and Lace Events. She is going to be a life saver when it starts to get closer to the big day and I HIGHLY recommend getting a planner, even if it is just for the month of.
How to make your bridesmaids love you(I think haha):
After being in several weddings for friends and just hearing from people about how much it costs to be a part of a wedding, it ain’t cheap y’all. I really wanted to remember that when considering what I wanted my bridesmaids wearing and purchasing. My number one suggestion is to not just look at the major bridesmaid retailers. They are pricey because they can be and not always the best quality. Not to mention, your maids will probably never wear it again. For my bridesmaids, I searched high and low for the perfect, affordable dress. I looked at Nordstrom, Lulus, Azazie, and basically every other place I could think of to find the perfect dress for my girls. Luckily, one of my bridesmaids was also looking for me because I had a very specific style/color in mind that I could not find anywhere. She found the dress for me! At $50 from New York and Company!!! Y’all, I would have never looked there or even known they had gowns but omg it is beautiful and affordable and totally something my girls can wear again. For my maid of honors(yes, two!), I wanted them in something a little different to stand out. I found theirs at Weddington Way(Banana Republic’s wedding line)! They are a little more expensive but beautiful dresses that are a really nice quality.
Vendors we love:
- Wedding Planner: Ivory and Lace Events(Kristen Jeremias)
- Photographer: Hannah Higgins Photography
- Cake: Jenny Layne Bakery
- Catering: Macklins Catering Co.
- Florist: Andy’s Floral Events
- Wedding Dress Shop: Blushing Bride(Frisco)
- Invitations: Minted/Artifact Uprising
- Venue: Venue 4050, our venue!!
Where we are registering:
- Target(in love with the new Hearth and Hand line)
- Crate and Barrel(secret: they have a private registry event for free where you RSVP and come before store hours to get one on one help from a worker and they even give you a gift and snacks, winning!!)
I hope that helps answer any wedding related questions you might have! Comment below with any other questions, thanks for taking the time to read my post, I love you forever!