Post # 1
My wedding is 1 year from tomorrow and I have absolutely no idea where to begin on planning my wedding. I am 22 and I have only been to 1 wedding in my entire life.I orignally wanted a getaway wedding but both my family and my fiance’s family are very traditional so we decided to have it here in Johnstown, PA. Therefore I would like to have a beach themed reception. I found my dress, a church and my reception venue (the holiday inn) but I am struggling to piece together everything else. We are inviting a total of 100 guest to the wedding and reception and our budget is about $8,000. We want to keep our special day small but elegant nothing too extravagant or flashy. My favorite color is yellow but i fell in love with the color guava after looking at some bridesmaid dresses from davids bridal. So i think I may want to use yellow as my accent color. From there Im not sure where to go. A year seems like a long time to plan but I am also a full time grad student so my time is limited. I am not very creative and I have a hard time picturing things that go well together without physically seeing them. Im so worried that things wont fall into place. IF ANYONE CAN HELP WITH ADVICE OR IDEAS FOR BOUQUETS, CENTER PIECES, CAKES, ETC. IT WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED. THANK YOU!
Post # 3
1) The year will go by fast. I know a lot of people say this, but it’s really true. Don’t push everything off to the last minute because it will leave you feeling MORE stressed.
2) I recommend sitting down with your Fiance (and parents and future in laws if they’re contributing) and making a list of what is most important to you. Do this first with your Fiance so you can have a united front when talking to parents. This list can include things like awesome food, kick ass DJ, amazing photographer, etc. Put down whatever is most important to the two of you. Decide where you’d like to splurge and where you are okay with saving.
3) You have your date, the church, and the reception, right? Now you need to start finding other vendors to fill the gaps.
4) Don’t feel like you have to commit to ONE or even two colors. If you want more, have more. And if you change your mind, so be it. I think I changed my colors no fewer than 6 times before settling on our actual colors. As long as you haven’t purchased anything that can’t be returned you aren’t out any money. I would probably think of things like bridesmaids dresses and flowers because they tend to have the biggest color impact.
5) The guava color is beautiful. I just looked at it and I think it’s really, really pretty. I think you could easily do guave and yellow, with whites, and maybe even orange.
Post # 4
Also, look around different websites to find inspiration. Check out the knot, style me pretty, weddingbee, etc. You will find lots of inspiration and get lots of ideas. Save the pictures that you like to your computer (start a wedding folder on your desktop) and you can weed through them as you go. Also, just google things like “beach wedding” or “yellow beach wedding” then look through the pictures.
Post # 5
I think the most helpful thing to do is set up a defined budget. The budgeting tool on https://www.marthastewartweddings.com/ is really cool. Also, many brides like to make an inspiration board to collect pictures of things they want to incorporate.
Take your dress, some pictures of your venue and start playing around with things that look good with it. Maybe make a little descriptive sentence that you want to define the tone of your wedding. Like, based on what you said, something like “A Casual Summer wedding with a Beachy feel”
Here’s my board to see what this can look like:
Some other tips:
http://apracticalwedding.com/ is a great resource for pretty much everything.
http://stylemepretty.com is really great to look at, but can be very intimidating because every wedding they feature is insanely beautiful.
http://100layercake.com/ is a very creative site, so if you feel like you aren’t creative, it’s a great place to get inspiration.
Post # 6
this website may be a good resource to help you define your color palette. They have tons of different combinations and inspiration photos to help you narrow down an overall ‘feel’ or ‘theme’ of your wedding.
I second the suggestions of ILikePink, those blogs are all great for inspiration.
Once you have an idea of what you want your wedding to look like, then you can start budgeting and figuring out what’s important and how to save where you can and execute the wedding of your dreams.
Post # 7
I would suggest getting a wedding planner notebook. They have lists and time schedules that will help you plan what you need to do.
I wouldn’t suggest this if you were still planning a destination wedding though, because I bought one for ours and it has been pretty useless… Lots of things in it that don’t pertain to our wedding at all… such as bridesmaids dresses, reception decorations… We’re eloping, so we don’t need to plan all that. But I can’t imagine planning a traditional wedding without a wedding planner notebook!
Post # 8
Thank you all so much. I am really nervous about planning this wedding. I will keep praying about it and everything will work out. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!
Post # 9
I was pretty much in your spot when I began planning, except I’ve never been in any weddings at all, and only one of my bridesmaids (who lives 4 hours away from me) is married. So I’ve pretty much done the whole thing and all the research myself. One thing I’ve learned, your fiance will probably leave a lot of the work up to you, which can be EXTREMELY frustrating, but most guys are like that during planning. I’ve heard that from most every girl who’s been there that I’ve vented to. Another thing is gradually plan things, it takes away a lot of stress and don’t leave things to the end. I looked around online for most of my ideas and how to do things.
I did find this website that has been pretty helpful: http://www.myweddingchecklist.net. The wedding timeline gives a good list of stuff to do when.
Hope some of this helps!
Post # 10
For inexpensive but nice beachy-type items, I suggest the dollar stores (like Dollar Tree, Big Lots, ets). You can usually get lots of great sea shells at those places for good prices. Also don’t forget Michael’s and their coupons (you have to sign up for their newsletters, but it’s soooo worth the 20% and 50% off coupons).
Candles, sand, etc. all would be easy to work with and give a really good beach flavor to everything! You could easily get vases, put shells and sand in them, as well as silk flowers (or even REAL flowers, since the water won’t harm either the sand OR shells! or even the flowers!)
As for colors, I agree with the others with yellow and white working with the guava color. Also, shades of blue and definiately green would work too, or brown and tan. Even black or silver would work well with it.
This might seem dumb, but if you can get a swatch of the material, take it to a greenhouse and hold it against the flowers you like. Or even a florist or ANYWHERE that sells flowers! It’ll give you a GREAT idea on what colors will work best. You might even surprise yourself on the color possibilities!!!
and congrats on the engagement!!!