Making (Wedding) Plans

25 Jan

Gusto & GraceBride ButtonI’ve got my groove back. I fell behind on many wedding to-dos during the holidays, and the turn of the new year made marrying Anthony seem so near. So how did I re-group after failing to meet the deadlines for the check marks I strongly desired?

First, I found a checklist that worked for me. I have looked at many lists that are supposed to remind you of what you should not forget, or the details that might never cross you mind. I bought a planner. One of my bridesmaids gave me a planner. I found checklists on sites like Real Simple and The Knot. I compared. I scribbled. I crumpled. I tossed. They all seemed to leave out different key elements. Until….THIS! Have you made contact sheets for your wedding? Thought about your floor plan? Created a timeline? Compared bridesmaids gowns? Tracked deposits and payments? Russell and Hazel thought of everything.

Second, I set a date for a project night. It is important to me to involve my friends and family in my wedding, so I planned a night to get together with a group of ladies: the moms and the bridesmaids, to help with projects such as embossing envelopes and making signs and centerpieces. Make sure you try the projects out before having everyone get together and realizing that it would work so much better if you had “X”. I am grateful that I have friends and family (and soon-to-be family) that are enriching my engagement and investing in our wedding.

Lastly, I had a “share the vision” session with my mom. Sitting down and showing her my thoughts, plans and wishes put me at ease. After a few hours, I felt like all was right in the wedding world again. It might be your wedding coordinator, your mother, or a friend, but if you are planning a wedding, I highly encourage you to find someone you can hash out all the gritty details with. Find someone else who is there for your musing and rambling. Find someone who delights in the joyous “small things.” Brainstorm. With someone.

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7 Responses to “Making (Wedding) Plans”

  1. Kristin 25 January 2013 at 6:47 PM #

    So excited to see it all come together!!! Let us know if you need anything. Can’t wait to see your vision in real life.

    • gusto&grace 30 January 2013 at 10:16 AM #

      Thanks Kristin! I really am open to any ideas. I know you have seen a lot of weddings and I’m sure could offer some great advice. If you see anything shiny and metallic, feel free to send links and images my way!

  2. Mom 25 January 2013 at 7:21 PM #

    I really enjoyed our vision/brainstorming/planning evening! I am looking forward to the floral field trip, craft night and all of the time we will have putting the pieces together. Thank you for reaching out and including me on this journey!

    • gusto&grace 30 January 2013 at 10:17 AM #

      I’m so grateful for your help! You’ve been an awesome sounding board.

  3. (i)mages 27 January 2013 at 1:56 PM #

    Oh my gosh! Thank you! I haven’t bought a planner yet…I have 2 years which is great, but so many details to attend to 🙂 So thanks for posting this! I’ll have to order it

    • gusto&grace 30 January 2013 at 10:15 AM #

      Congratulations on the engagement! The planner is actually a free download, so you can print it out at home. They offer adorable binders and organizers to store it in, but if you’re on a budget, you can put your own together with their printables!

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