I am Caitlin Fore from Gussied Up Blog! And I was super excited when Chelsea asked me to guest post on her blog during all of her wedding festivities. I adore her blog and loved the thought of getting to share some of my wedding insight with all of y’all.
Let’s see, I married my college sweetheart a little over three and a half years ago (I still can’t believe that, it’s gone by fast) in Oklahoma City (my home town) at the church I grew up going to. We then had the reception at a great hotel ballroom close by. It really was the best day ever!!
We took a year to plan the wedding and here comes my first piece of advice, I’d do all it again, but in six months. By the first couple months into planning I had the dress, venues, flowers, and bridesmaid dresses. So by six months I was just ready to be married, ya know what I mean!?
I love pinterest in all, I mean I do have like 45 boards…anyways I just wouldn’t be obsessive with it. I think pinterest is a great tool to collect. But as a bride you have to know when to be flexible. Especially with flowers, I knew I wanted peonies super bad for my bouquets, and I was lucky they were in season (we got married on June 4, 2011). But say if you’re getting married in October – I’m not sure you can get peonies, but if you can it’s gonna be pricey. So just be aware of things that are naturally around during your wedding season and know that if it isn’t easily available – it’s gonna be pricey. And it’s totally your day – so live it up!!
I’d say pick three big things that mean the most to you and focus on making those the main focus of your budget. For me I’d have to say most of my budget went to my dress (so typical I know, but it really was perfect), photographer (make sure to practice your kiss to get the best pic ever), and reception (I was ready to throw the best party of our lives).
Oh and make sure to reach out to your friends and family to help with as much as possible. Not only because you are only one person, but because they love you they will want to help make your special day just perfect for you!
With that – congratulations to Chelsea and Jeff and their fabulous wedding in Punta Cana!