Today is my three-year wedding anniversary. How time flies! Looking at the pictures from our big day brings back so many wonderful memories: friends and family from around the world coming together to celebrate our “I Dos”. So much fun! So much love!
So much stress, that even writing this has me on the verge of a panic attack.
No one ever said that planning a fall wedding is easy: after all, there is an entire industry devoted solely to wedding planning. Unfortunately, I was not one of those brides who had the luxury of hiring a planner, or the ability to rely on family and friends on to help. I and I alone was responsible for planning the entire wedding.
To help you reduce your pharmaceutical costs, here are a few bits of advice to help you plan the perfect fall wedding.
Never assume the weather will cooperate. Fall weddings are the best – the crisp autumn air, the cool breeze, the still-warm afternoon sun. That is, unless it rains or is freakishly hot or cold. Have a backup plan if you want any part of the wedding to be outside.
Make a list and check it twice (a day). Sure, all those bridal books provide nice little planners and checklists, but each bride is unique. Get the best ideas from these reference guides then build your own individual list, highlighting status, deadlines, vendors contact numbers, etc.
Don’t panic over missed artificial deadlines. All those nice wedding websites and books love to provide countdown calendars to help with planning. Of course, they assume that you have 24 months between now and The Big Day – I panicked that I was already three months behind schedule when I actually started planning. My advice? Relax. You’ll get it done.
Things will go wrong. Accept that. Move on. Oh, the lovely gift bags that we assembled for hotel guests! Too bad the guests arrived at the hotel before the bags did. We had a wonderful rehearsal dinner! Then, ended up stranded there with our guests staying at the hotel as we neglected to book transportation (and assumed that cabs would be plentiful. Not so much.)
At the end of the day, it’s up to you to decide what to focus on once the big day is here – the love and the fun, or the details.
I chose fun, and my wedding day – because of everything and in spite of it – was perfect.
Happy anniversary, James! I love you!