Wedding Wednesday Vol. 2: Little Bits & Bobs

I love using the phrase “bits and bobs” – I blame it on watching a LOT of British YouTubers. 😍

Wedding Wednesday
If you saw last week’s post, I kind of filled you in on most of the stuff we finished. I didn’t get as much done this week because we’re kind of on a stand still until we get some $$ info figured out.

What we’ve done so far:

  • Bought a few inexpensive chalkboards and a pen holder from the Target dollar section + a plastic container to hold it all (I’m assuming I’ll be picking up a few “bits and bobs” here in the next year and a half.
  • Paid for engagement party room rental ($100)
  • We made the decision that we will probably not be getting a wedding planner. 😩  While I’d love one, I have a background in events and I don’t really *need* it. And, quite honestly, The $2000+ on a wedding planner could be used on my dress or multiple other things. I may still hire one of my previous interns to do day of planning for me, just to take some of the stress off. If I had less experience, I would hands down hire one, but since one of my dreams is to plan weddings, why not start with my own?!
  • Gotten TONS of recommendations and ideas from friends who are willing to borrow me things and/or gave ideas on ways we could cut costs
  • Had a crying fit because I felt like Ben didn’t want to get married because he’s freaked out about $$ (lollll #happyengagement we’re good now)
  • Bought “things” off Etsy for my bridesmaid boxes. Two girls’ boxes are themed one way, the other three are themed another based on their interests. I CAN’T WAIT TO DO THESE!!
  • Started adding $$ to savings account for wedding budget
  • Applied for credit card that we’ll pay for wedding expenses with (DON’T WORRY – we’ll be paying it off every month. Just want everything to be in one place.) It’s a pretty specialty card, though, so I still don’t know if I was accepted. 🤔
  • Looked through Costco to see what we could purchase there for the engagement party
  • Tried to figure out wedding colors. I’m leaning toward gold, green, white and maybe a pop of purple. Still haven’t decided if the bridesmaid dresses will be purple, though. That’s a lot of color for me!
  • Asked our AMAZING friend Frank to get ordained and be our officiant!
  • Made Facebook event + invited everyone to our engagement party

What’s next on our agenda:

  • Get coffee with Amanda + check out the engagement party room this Saturday (we’re using the party room in her high rise – thanks, friend!)
  • Book the ceremony/reception venue + set the date
  • Find an engagement party dress
  • Find engagement party decoration (will know more after Saturday coffee with Amanda) though I did get a “Yay” ballon 🤗
  • Figure out food for engagement party

Previous Posts:

Volume 1: Just Getting Started

Anything you’d like to see more of during this journey? Do you like knowing the money side of things? Once I start getting into the thick of things, I’m hoping to do videos + more photos. We’re just in beginning stages. 

Wedding Wednesday Vol. 1: Just getting started

Today starts the first of many (AKA 1.5 years worth) of wedding update blogs. There might not be one every single week, and then other weeks there might be a lot. I thought I was getting WAY ahead of myself for already planning stuff, but once I noticed the venue we love is already booked up for Saturdays in May and June in 2019, I’m glad I got started!

Wedding Wednesday Vol. 1: Just getting started
What we’ve done so far:

  • Stared at my ring a lot
  • Went to a few venues and have *pretty much* decided on this one
  • Decided we’re going to get married on a Sunday to save costs
  • Interviewed a BAZILLION wedding planners and decided that’s my next career venture
  • Interviewed a couple of photographers, but I’m pretty set on Ariele (who reached out via Instagram!)
  • Started saving for the wedding
  • Reached out to the required caterers and beverage providers for the venue we love
  • Set up an account on The Knot
  • Got an Engagement Starter Kit of sorts from my sister
  • Decided on our bridesmaids and groomsmen (to be honest, we did this before we were engaged)
  • Started buying stuff for my bridesmaid proposal boxes (plan to see those in mid-late February once I’ve finished and given to my girls!)
  • Booked a space for our engagement party / my belated 30th birthday party for Feb. 17
  • Created a Google sheet with our budget, guest lists (version 1 & 2), vendor research, etc.

What’s next on our agenda:

  • Book the venue + set the date
  • Find an engagement party dress
  • Find engagement party decoration
  • Figured out food for engagement party (okay, basically my focus is the party)
  • Make decision if we will be hiring a wedding planner
  • Continue to work on bridesmaid boxes – shoot to have them done by/before the engagement party

That’s it so far! What else would you like to know/see in these posts moving forward?