- 7 years ago
- Wedding: June 2011
Now that wedding season is in full swing and many brides are on the Mrs. side of the nuptuals, I have been seeing alot of posts about missing wedding planning. I wrote this a while back for a friends wedding blog and thought that I would make a post for it rather than writing it on all the seperate posts.
Now that the wedding is over, do you miss your wedding planning? Were there ideas that you wanted to incorporate and could not do for one reason or another? Did you love the rustic elegant details in someone else’s wedding, but you were having a formal black tie wedding? Why can’t we have our cake and eat it too. The great thing about the wedding being over is that you can, every single year. Now that you are married, it may be time to start your own annual traditions like an annual party. Just make it how you want it, as formal or as casual as you like.
First, decide what kind of party you would like. What annual tradition fits your life as a married couple?
- Do you want to get all gussied up, make fabulous martinis, and serve appetizers? Then a lovely Holiday cocktail party might be just for you. (Possibly an excuse to buy and awesome formal or really sexy cocktail dress)
- Do you enjoy grilling out, playing yard games, and drinking a cold beer? Then a Summer BBQ might be your thing. (Would you rather have worn a cute tea length dress? Perfect excuse to buy it.)
- Do you absolutely live for Halloween and dressing up? Then throw a disgustingly gross Halloween Costume party. (Really, who doesn’t like dressing up in a great costume? Now you can have that huge ball gown and be Scarlet O’Hara.)
Second, decide on a budget. If there is not a lot in the budget for a party, make it pot luck and BYOB. Friends and/or family getting together is what it is really about, not about what you can serve them.
Third, invites. I am absolutely in love with invitations. I mail them out for lots of things, but you don’t have to mail them, e vite them if you wish or make a phone call. The great part about your annual party is, there is no squabbling over your second cousins boyfriends’ college roommate.
Fourth, keep a binder or a computer file. I am the binder type. I have printed out a ton of ideas that I loved from other peoples weddings, those ideas didn’t fit my wedding, but I am going to use those ideas for some of our parties. I love the flag banners and colorful paper lanterns, but they would never fit into our wedding. I am making some really cute banner flags for our summer bbq this year and hanging some of those awesome paper lanterns from our trees.
Finally, just have fun with it. There are no rules, make it the party that the two of you want to represent who you are as a couple.