#WeddingWednesday has over 515K tags on Instagram, making it one of the best tags for makeup artists, hair stylists, wedding vendors, and brides to showcase their work. I thought I’d take this tag and turn it into a series for the blog. Once a week, I’ll be doing a Wedding Wednesday post explaining my journey and experience with wedding planning at such a young age.
I got engaged almost 3 months ago and I’m completely amazed how fast the time has gone. One of the first things I did after getting engaged was contacting Abby on Facebook to see if she was able to take our engagement photos. When she said yes, butterflies started to become much more present in my stomach. It started to make things feel much more real, like this all wasn’t a dream.
Fast-forward to now, so much has already been checked off my list. It hasn’t been the easiest thing to do but it hasn’t been impossible. Many of our friends and family have volunteered their time and effort into helping us find a venue and decorations for our special day. We were even able to find my wedding dress during my vacation in Mexico!
The inspiration for this series started when I read other blogs about wedding planning. It gave me a lot of comfort reading about the struggles other brides had that I am currently facing. I figured it’d be a smart idea to list out everything we’ve accomplished thus far, along with any struggles we’ve faced in hopes of helping other couples through their own struggles.
Save the Dates
As soon as we took our engagement photos, I went on to VistaPrint and created templates of different kinds of ‘save the dates’. One of my biggest concerns was how much they were going to cost. It came down to two templates, and I let Kai decide which one we would use.
As soon as we received them, we made a list of all the people we wanted to invite and the list got..huge. We realized that the people we invited were people we couldn’t imagine our wedding without. After doing this, our list got smaller and much more realistic.
While on our trip in Mexico, my grandmother informed me that in downtown Guadalajara there was an alley of wedding dress vendors. This one of my biggest hopes when we were there – to find my wedding dress in Mexico. Now, I can’t share what my dress looks like BUT I can tell you that my train is 16 feet long and my dress is puffy like Cinderella.
Recently, we had a BBQ/Potluck engagement party with our closest family and friends. Everything and everyone came together so great, it got me excited for the day of the wedding.
But of course, the planning wasn’t easy. This was the first time I had ever planned or hosted anything. I received some help from my mom and Kai, but I really felt like it was up to me to make sure everything went well.
On the morning of the potluck, I had gone to the park by myself and set everything up on the tables to make sure people knew they were reserved (on a first come first serve basis). This was the hardest part of the event because on top of making sure I had the tables I needed reserved, I had to go to the store and buy extra items we were missing. I was so nervous that someone was going to steal something off the tables or the wind was going to blow everything away.
Luckily, my biggest nightmares didn’t occur and everything went smoothly. Like I mentioned, all our friends and family got to meet and we united like one big family. That was the whole reason we wanted to do the potluck. So we could all get together in celebration of our engagement and the joining of two families.
One thing I learned from this is to make sure to ask for help when needed. I could’ve asked someone to help me set up, but because I’m a total control freak I felt like I had to do everything so that nothing would go wrong. This is something I’m still working on.
I’d love to hear some of your wedding stories and planning struggles you’ve faced during the wedding process, so make sure to let me know down below!
I’ll see you in the next #WeddingWednesday post!